NARS Blush Collection 2020 | Complete Swatches

It’s been a while since NARS has focused on cheeks and finally we have some new shades! I’m a massive fan of the NARS blush formula and thrilled to see new additions.

There’re 10 brand new blushes hitting the shelves this February for a total of 26 shades. The lineup is pretty comprehensive with almost every colour family well represented. I personally hoped for more nudes, especially since my all time favourite NARS blush Madly will be discontinued.. However, i’m loving the new additions and already stocked up with backups on what I’ll miss from the old collection.

At the preview I noticed some of the new shades had an improved formula in comparison to my old NARS blushes. It’ll be interesting to see how the beauty community receives these. The formula is now more pigmented, swatching a lot more smoother with much finer shimmer (in the shimmery shades)!

I’ve been playing with a few new colours that I received, and it almost seems NARS is on the verge of revamping their blushes like they did with the eyeshadows in these past two years.

nars spring blush 2020

The lineup, (new shades marked with an *)

Orgasm X* – shimmering coral pink with gold pearl

Tempted* – silky shimmering beige

Illicit* – warm peachy brown with a satin finish

Savage* – shimmering mid tone bronze

Zen* – neutral mid tone matte brown

Behave* – neutral matte mauve

Dominate* – reddened bronze chrome

Aroused* – matte deep berry

Thrill* – matte blue toned pink

Coeur Battant* – matte bright blue toned pink

Orgasm – peachy pink with gold shimmer

Bumpy Ride – a bright peachy pink in a satin finish

Deep Throat – soft peachy pink with a golden sheen

Sex Appeal – matte pale peachy pink

Gina – muted matte peach

Torrid – warm shimmery mid tone coral

Liberté – neutral toned brick red

Lustre – peach with gold shimmer

Amour – matte mauve-y pink

Taos – reddened brick with golden shimmer

Dolce Vita – dusty rose in a satin finish

Sin – neutral mauve with a golden sheen

Mata Hari – dusty mid toned muted pink

Exhibit A – bright orangey red

Taj Mahal –  mandarine orange with shimmer

Impassioned – matte pale pink mauve

Nars blush 2020

nars blush swatch 2020

nars blush swatch 2020

The most anticipated within the newly launched shades is Orgasm X. A brighter, bolder version of the original. The shimmer is a lot finer and smoother, which is perfect since I love my shimmers subtle!

Orgasm X NARS

Top to Bottom it’s, Tempted, Orgasm X and Dominate. My top three picks from the collection.

Nars Orgasm X Tempted Dominate

Swatched, Orgasm X is a bright coral pink. My first thought was how PERFECT this would be for summer when my tan starts showing. It’ll compliment medium skin tones so well!

Dominate on the other hand would be one for a bolder look, a burnished red that would balance a striking makeup look. I usually gravitate to shades like these for the night. The formula of all three were EXCELLENT. And for anyone with a medium deep complexion i’d highly recommend this one.

Tempted is more of a highlighter on me. It was the second blush that caught my eye. I loved how smooth and buttery this feels in the pan, the formula almost feels soft! It’s an unusual colour for blush and has a gorgeous sheen, on my medium fair complexion it’s almost golden. For even fairer skin tones this would almost be a very natural peachy nude. For reference, this looks very similar in finish to NARS Hot Sand delivering a very subtle/natural look.

Bottom Line

The colours are fantastic and i’m obsessed! There were a few shades I swatched that didn’t quite hit the mark (like Aroused which was very difficult to swatch as it felt a bit too dry, and Zen that was almost blending in with my skin tone and was also difficult to pick up). Other than a few misses, they are overall very promising.

I’d love to see more with the same formula as Dominate and the new Orgasm X. The quality was actually superb and i’ve got my fingers crossed, hoping they’d make some more!

Launch Date

4th February at the NARS Boutique at Takashimaya. With each blush retailing at SGD52

 

NARS Afterglow Collection for Spring 2020| Preview, Photos & Swatches

Kicking off the new year with an exciting preview of the NARS Afterglow collection that’s launching soon!

With the success of last years Afterglow Lip Balm collection (exclusive to Asia), NARS has come back with new shades and an entire collection of Afterglow for Spring 2020. The existing lineup of Afterglow Lip Balms are to be phased out and replaced with these brand new shades.

The Collection launches early February & includes :

The Afterglow Eyeshadow palette $90

Overlust Cheek palette $90

Afterglow Lip Balm $40

Dolce Vita, Turbo, Wicked Ways, Torrid, Fast Lane, Deep Throat, Orgasm*, Clean Cut* 

*existing shades.

Today i’ll be sharing swatches of the eyeshadow palette & new balms. Unfortunately the cheek palette wasn’t available for swatching at the time of preview; however according to the press release, it’s said to contain an all new formulation of highlighter called the Gel-to-Powder highlighter which is exciting!

For the lips there’re 6 new shades of Afterglow balm. The formula is undoubtedly more pigmented than before. Previously I found it impossible to get the colour to show up on a swatch but now there’s definitely more payoff (some more than others).

NARS Afterglow balms 2020

The new shades left to right, Wicked Ways, Torrid, Dolce Vita, Fast Lane, Deep Throat & Turbo.

If you snagged the cute Softcore stocking stuffers during Christmas you’d have already tried Dolce Vita or Torrid in the mini version. It’s identical to what’s releasing this Spring. More colour pay off but equally hydrating but noticeably creamier on the lips. I definitely think the new formula is even better.

NARS Afterglow balm swatches

Dolce Vitais a soft nude rose

Torridan orangey coral

Wicked Waysis a deep plum

Turbois a punchy cherry red

Deep Throatis a soft peachy pink

Fast Lane – is a soft mauve pink

For the eyes NARS offers sorbet shades aptly combined into a neat little palette this spring. The overall feel is warm, with a hint of playfulness with the inclusion of pops of colour. The mattes were buttery. All smooth to the touch and infinitely pigmented. I also find the pop shades perfect for creating fun makeup looks through the season.

Here’s a quick look!

NARS Afterglow palette

… and some swatches!

NARS Afterglow palette swatches

Overall I find the colour mix interesting and allows a variety of looks. If you are on the look out for a neutral palette, with options for some colour this would be ideal. The quality of the shadows are pretty much on par in comparison to their existing mattes and shimmer formula.

Bottom line

The collection is exactly what I love for spring, beautiful neutrals with pops of pink & soft sorbet shades for added interest. I love, love, LOVE the NARS Afterglow balms from last year so obviously these new ones are a must-have for me.My top pick would be Dolce Vita, Deep Throat and Turbo. Dolce Vita is that ideal MLBB shade which is bound to look great on everyone and Deep Throat another winner b’cos we love peachy pinks over here in this part of the world!

P.S- Click here for swatches of all the existing shades PLUS the limited edition Chinese New Year Afterglow balm Nuits de Chine (in limited edition red & gold packaging).

Launch dates

Collection launches beginning of February. I feel the Afterglow balms should fly off the shelves as soon as they hit, it would be a good idea to waitlist your favourite shades in store as restocks take time once they are sold out.

What’s on your beauty radar this spring? I’ll be reviewing a bunch of spring releases including the NARS blush edit for spring 2020. So stay tuned!

 

NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette | Review, Photos & Swatches

It’s always exciting reviewing NARS launches. I think their formulations are some of the best in the market.

Late last year they revamped their entire eyeshadow lineup and improved on their already impressive shadows which was exciting as a fellow ‘Narsisist’! See swatches/ first impressions of their single shadows here. Fittingly, I’ve been spotting a bunch of new palettes now out with this new formula.

One of which is this new neutral palette called Skin Deep, I knew I had to have it ASAP. The good ones really go out of stock FAST!

I love how the palette has some everyday basics in larger pans. It’s been designed in a way that the most used neutrals are set in a larger pan since they are most likely to be the first to be used up. In addition, these powders can be applied to any part of the face anyway, you don’t need to restrict yourself to using them solely as eyeshadows! Some shades make interesting blush colours (especially) for deeper skin tones, or work even as contour.

On the top row each contain 3.5g of product in comparison to the ones on the bottom two rows which are just 1.4g each (for reference their single shadows usually contain 1.1g but look much larger than these small ones, strangely). I have a feeling the numbers are a bit off on this unless the pans are deeper.. who knows.

At first glance I also noticed a couple of the shades are actually some of the older popular single eyeshadows sitting beside the new ones. Bali and Coconut Grove have been two of my OG faves. Newly launched Sophia is also included in the larger pan.

I honestly don’t mind the repetition. Overall the mix is really versatile and that’s all that matters in my opinion. In any case, a majority of the shades are new (although some can be very closely duped with existing NARS shadows).

 

NARs Skin Deep palette swatches

 

The formula of these when swatched were on par with the new reformulated shadows from October. Some, such as Faster Pussycat, Basic Instinct were (almost) creamy to the touch and swatch like butter!

 

NARS skin deep swatch

 

Here’s another swatch set in direct sunlight.

 

NARS Skin Deep

 

Taunt – is a matte cream beige

Sophia – is a medium rosy matte brown

Whipped – is warmer reddish matte brown

Undressed – is a medium cool taupe

Icon – is a lustrous champagne

Basic Instinct – is a warm rose gold

Coconut Grove – is a medium deep matte brown

Centerfold – is a lustrous taupe

Calender Girl – is a dull bronze

Faster Pussycat – is a rich coppery red

Unbuttoned – is a deep brown with red shimmer

Overall the eyeshadows are well pigmented and apply smoothly. Even the mattes blend like a dream. Honestly, I can’t pick a single dud in here. NARS really set the standard high with this palette.

Skin Deep, is one of those palettes that’s perfectly curated. There’s a matte highlighter/ base shade, a few transition options and shimmery pop colours. Literally no guess work with all the shades just laid out perfectly. I have to say it makes life easier to not have to fish for a neutral beige or dig out a matte brown.

For todays makeup I added a blue winged liner for some contrast inspired by my blue manicure. My aim was to not make this neutral eye look boring. And the blue really compliments the warm coppery lower lash line.

Also making an appearance is the latest NARS face palette Fireclay on the cheeks and highlight points. Hopefully reviewing this next.

 

 

Here’s a closer look. My hooded eyes make it a bit difficult photographing the lid space without looking sleepy.  But here’s my best take! You see the eyeshadow placements more clearly.

 

 

Products used, Icon and Basic Instinct in the inner corner blended towards the center. Undressed and Whipped in the crease for depth and transition. Bali in the outer corner. Faster Pussycat on the lower lash line.

For eyeliner I used an old NARS navy blue eye pencil topped with the single shadow Outremer for extra pop.

On the lips i’m wearing a nude lip liner with Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm.

Cheeks & subtle highlight via the Fireclay palette. It’s a 100% NARS look!

Bottom Line

Can’t recommend this palette enough! Even though the colours in here can be duped by other NARS singles in my stash, the convenience of having them all together, already curated and ready to go is money well spent. I know i’ll be packing this on practically every trip now on.

I love that there’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers which play very well together and the overall neutral tone makes for easy everyday eye looks since it doesn’t lean too red or warm.

If you already have a tonne of palettes, you probably won’t need this one. But I can’t hide the fact that it’s one of the best eyeshadow palettes i’ve seen in quite some time with really good quality & value for money and (i’ve tried a fair few to say the least)! PLUS it’s totally wearable for all skin tones, including the deeper complexions which is wonderful.

Bottom line, I’m enjoying it loads, and it’s something I wouldn’t want you to miss out on if you are thinking of grabbing this.

P.S – If you haven’t been to my Instagram, drop by and follow me there. All the latest makeup launches and makeup looks are always shared there first! xx

 

Available at NARS boutiques (Ngee Ann City) and Sephora Singapore (retailing at SGD90).

 

 

 

 

NARS Eyeshadow Singles | Photos & Swatches (2018)

This month NARS launched their ‘Eyes Collection’ with a reformulation of existing shadows and also  brand new shades. For as long as I remember, NARS shadows have been some of the best in the market and with what i’ve seen (swatched) the product is now improved and even better.

This new line introduces a brand new Pigment Powder Suspension technology that delivers intense colour payoff, effortless blendability and rich, longwearing vibrant colour. Expect glitters, buttery mattes, shimmery pearls and satins, whatever suits your fancy.

The collection is broken down to 4 categories,

Hardwired sheens – Multi dimensional glitters for maximum impact and dramatic shine.

Precious metals – Shimmery shades to create soft pops of colour.

Pure Pops – Bright vibrant shades to add a burst of colour.

Soft Essentials – Neutrals in buttery mattes and smooth satins.

Along with the new formula, NARS has now switched up the packaging for a sleeker, slim compact. Of course no departure from the signature matte black packaging, it’s still quintessentially NARS.

Hardwired Sheens were the first to catch my eye. The colours were spectacular. Nothing that’s been in the permanent NARS collections before. Duo chromes, sparkly glitters that are soft to the touch and almost flakey (in a good way) and amazing pearly pigment that glisten. There’s 18 in total.

Argentina – A shimmering violet with a smokey deep base.

Chile – An iridescent lavender duochrome with pink shimmer.

Earthshine – Iridescent pink with a shimmery champagne shimmer.

Ecstacy – A minty green with gold shimmer. Very soft and flakey to the touch with good pigmentation.

Firenze – Another flakey high shimmer pink sequin like shadow.

Galapagos – Earthy brown with gold shimmer. Excellent pigmentation.

Goa – A brown green.

Hellcat – Pewter green with gold shimmer.

Lunar – A Lavender with pink shimmer. Good pigmentation with a very smooth application.

Madrid – A duochrome brown with a green and purple shift.

Melrose – Duochrome salmon pink with gold flecks.

Mendoza – A bronze with gold reflect. Excellent pigmentation.

hardwired sheens

Night breed – A sooty matte black with black glitter flecks.

Night clubbing – Black with gold pearly shimmer.

Pattaya – Coppery gold with a high shimmer flakey finish.

Pointe Noire – Plum brown with shimmer.

Rio de la Plata – A champagne with gold flecks.

Stud – A silvery pewter brown with amazing pigmentation.

Next up Precious Metals. These are the metallic shimmers and pearly shades. Almost everything swatched with good payoff and silky smooth to the touch. 13 shades in total.

Banquise – Vibrant silver.

Big Sur – A shimmering deep blue.

Fez – A medium satin brown.

Guayaquil – A bright rusty brown.

Isla Bonita – An iridescent white gold.

Kashmir – A neutral champagne beige.

Lahore – A rosy brown.

Mekong – A deep warm brown with golden shimmer.

Pyrenees – A shimmery gunmetal.

Rome – A taupey grey with silver shimmer.

Verona – Icy pink with silver shimmer.

Virgin Gorda – A golden pink.

Zambezi – A cool mint green with shimmer.

precious metals nars

The mattes and satins within the Soft Essentials category were simply exceptional. Pretty much everything I could ever want in a matte. Think buttery soft, silky, exceptional blendability (no dry chalkiness at all) and good pigmentation. My first thought was, I need them all!.. (and so do you).

nars soft essentials

Ashes to ashes – A soft fleshy brown.

Bali – A neutral deep brown.

Bengali – A warm medium brown.

Biarritz – A silky matte cream.

Blondie – An ashy light brown with yellow undertones.

Cabo san Lucas – A fleshy pink.

Coconut grove – A deep brown.

NARS soft essentials

Kingston – A silky matte grey taupe.

Nepal – A satin pink nude.

New York – Reddened neutral brown with amazing smoothness and payoff.

Night star – A cream with golden glitter flecks.

Nouméa – Orange toned brown with amazing payoff and texture.

Sofia – A pink toned brown.

Tullum – A warm ochre brown with excellent texture and pigmentation.

Soft Essentials NARS

Lastly a look at the Pure Pops range that feature bright colours especially for artistry. Most of the best pigmented shades within this line were the mattes. The colours were saturated with very good texture and payoff. There’s just one shade that I couldn’t seem to swatch. The poorest performer. Domination. I can’t confirm how it picks up on a brush, but when swatching the payoff was next to nothing.

In this category I swatched just a few shades. The ones that caught my eye and had good pigmentation.

Baby Jane – A matte bright baby blue with good payoff.

Duoro – An exceptional bright matte yellow.

Night Porter – A shimmering forest green.

Persia – A matte Terracotta orange with amazing payoff.

Showgirl – A shimmering bright blue with amazing payoff and silky texture.

Strada – A Lavender with a gold sheen.

* Another shade that’s worth a mention was Goldfinger. A muted yellow gold. Unfortunately I missed it in the swatch but the texture and finish is very similar to Showgirl.

Bottom line

Given the overwhelming range, my favourites that I think you should zoom in on would be the Hardwired Sheens and the Soft Essential (mattes). The colours and textures will be some of the best you’ve ever tried.

Here’re my top favourites. I’m going to try and keep them to ten!

Earthshine, Firenze, Galapagos, Mendoza, Melrose, Stud, Virgin Gorda, Noumea, Bengali, Persia. I’d also like to throw in Tulum as a unique ochre which would make a beautiful warming shadow that works well as a transition shade and also layering.

For the more adventurous, I’d suggest Baby Jane and Duoro. Both must haves!

Pricing and availability

The collection is now available at all NARS boutiques and counters. Each eyeshadow retailing at SGD33.

Happy shopping!

*Thank you NARS Singapore for loaning these for swatches! ❤

 

 

 

NARS Man Ray Holiday 2017 | Preview, Photos & Swatches

Each year, the beginning of the festive season is marked by the viewing of the NARS Holiday Collection. It’s the BEST NARS launch of the year, featuring loads of exciting gifting options offering a variety of colours and possibilities. To me it’s quite literally Christmas coming early, the opportunity to swatch all the new products with the NARS team early October!

This year François Nars offers a collection that’s inspired by Man Ray. An American visual artist who’s renowned for his photography. His artistic captures adorn the gifting collection with elements of his work running through the packaging. Beautiful makeup wrapped in the best way possible!

Since i’m planning on sharing some reviews and a makeup look later on, i’ll be keeping this post pretty brief, containing mostly swatches from the preview and some first impressions. Just enough to get your wishlist finalised so you won’t miss out on the best bits when it launches Nov 1st!

NARS Man Ray holiday 2017

As always the NARS holiday launch is a formidable one. The Colour Collection featuring sultry plummy burgundy eyes with bright cheeks, and intense lip lacquers to tie this glamourous look together.

Among the most highly anticipated products is the new lip embossed highlighter, Double Take. An all new formula by NARS. If highlighters are your weakness, you should know this looks like liquid metal! A powder formula that swatches as smooth as a cream!

NARS Double Take

If the cool lip embossing hadn’t sucked you in, rest assured this outstanding formula will win you over. What you see here is one swipe that’s incredibly pigmented & ultra smooth!

NARS Man Ray

Moving on to the eyeshadows. There’s two options to choose from. Debauched containing a satin plum & deep aubergine (with violet micro glitter) and Montparnasse with a pale satin gold and burgundy combo.

NARS Holiday 2017

The colours aren’t exactly new or groundbreaking, but the formula of the two were quite good. Between them, Montparnasse swatched better with a smoother finish, giving you a more classic eye look for the festivities. Debauched on the other hand delivers a more smokier eye, perfect for the daring NARSissist.

NARS Man Ray

For lining the eyes, this collection includes two ultra smooth Velvet Eyeliners, my eyes went straight to Nagoya. A rather unique shade of purple. I love that it was a cream finish with zero shimmer. Just a statement colour to create some drama.

Santiago too was of excellent quality. Both in fact make wonderful additions to any makeup collection! You won’t be disappointed with these.

……moving on to some cheeky goodness! Intenstly & Fetishized.

NARS Holiday 2017

The blushes had to be the most interesting offerings of the collection. There’s a pale matte orange (so fun and cheery colour for fairer skin tones) and a vivid satin coral pink.

Both swatch smooth and with good payoff.

Last but not least, a new formulation of gloss for intense shine and maximum impact!

NARS Holiday 2017

Ranging from the rather unique sheer gold to shocking pink, to the nudes and vampy reds, Nars pretty much covered all bases.

If I had to pick one though, it’s Off Limits for me. The intense colour and fun sparkle is always a good choice when it comes to Christmas parties.

Added bonus, it’s guaranteed to stand out from the usual reds that everyone else will be wearing!

NARS Anita Man Ray

Also in a seasonal special edition packaging is this years Audacious Lipstick shade, Anita. It was the first product I reached for and best believe, this one’s a must have!

Anita is part of the initial Audacious launch, therefore an existing shade, which also happens to be a best seller. I didn’t swatch this, but there’s swatches a plenty on the net. Including my very first Audacious lipstick post from 3 years ago!

Next up, my favourite part of the launch! The Gifting Collection!

As always, showcasing amazing artwork by the featured artist, in this case, Man Ray. The palettes seen here are The Veil, Love Game and Glass Tears. Two for the eyes and one complexion palette.

NARS holiday 2017

My first pick of the palettes would be Love Game. A stunning mix of neutrals combined with jewel tones. A palette that’ll take you from day to night!

NARS Love Game Palette

All shades swatched with good payoff, including the mattes. They’ve obviously perfected the formula over the years!

Here’s a look at swatches.

NARS Love Game

Next up, The Veil. A combination of a bronzer, blush and highlight.

If you feel the need for an all in one palette, the Veil would be your best bet. A complexion mix that should work great on fair to medium tones. My favourite would have to be the highlighter, Surreal. It’s slightly more rose tone in comparison to Double Take. If you plan on getting The Veil and Double Take, you wouldn’t necessarily be duplicating the highlighter.

Among the three powders in here, everything but the bronzer swatched with intense pigmentation! Please note the bronzer is the newer formula which is a sheerer build-able colour.

Adding more options for the eyes is the Glass Tears palette.

Glass Tears

Filled with sultry smoky shades, (a palette that’s ideal for evening makeup looks). There are two mattes (the cream & black) with 4 shimmery satin shades. They all swatch pretty impressive and would highly recommend this if you do wear bolder eye make up!

Next up, The Kiss. A golden pouch containing 4 new Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. Unfortunately I hadn’t snapped a pic of the pouch.. but here’re the swatches!

The kiss man ray

My eye instantly went to the gorgeous shimmering pink! Are you Spellbound too?? How amazing would this look with smokey eyes? (insert multiple heart eye emojis!)

If a unique collectible is what you are after, I’ve saved the best for last. Two gorgeous lipstick coffrets in a stunning magnifying case.

There’s a set of neutrals and a mix of reds to choose from. Both equally enticing to me!

NARS Man Ray holiday 2017

NARS Man ray holiday 2017

That rounds up all the swatches for the Holiday Preview.

There were also mini stocking stuffer kits containing minis of NARS best sellers which I never swatched. I shall share those on Instagram later on!

Top Picks

The best buys from this collection would be the Double Take highlighter, the Love Game palette which is excellent quality (and value) and the Audacious Lipstick Coffrets (which happen to be limited to very few pieces). You might want to snap them up as they land. The packaging it definitely something special!

So far the release dates are 1st Nov, with a  majority of the collection available at the stand alone boutique at Takashimaya. Come Wednesday, run, not walk!

UPDATED

Price List

The Colour Collection (NARS boutique, Tangs Plaza & Robinsons The Heeren)

Photogloss Lip Lacquer – SGD40

Blush – SGD50

Duo Eyeshadow – SGD52

Velvet Eyeliner – SGD36

Overexposed Glow Highlighter – SGD65 (NARS boutique & select Sephora outlets only)

Gold Anita Audacious Lipstick – SGD46 (NARS boutique & select Sephora outlets only)

 

The Gifting Collection (NARS boutique, Tangs Plaza, Robinsons The Heeren)

The Veil Cheek Palette – SGD80

Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette – SGD80

Love Game Eyeshadow Palette – SGD85 (Select Sephora stores)

Les Amoureux Lipstick Coffret – SGD85

Noire Et Blanche Lipstick Coffret – SGD85

The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set – SGD90 (Select Sephora stores)

Love Triangles (mini blush & lipstick duo) – SGD36

 

 

NARS Summer 2017 Launches | Review, Photos & Swatches

It’s summer! And NARS is on top of the game with several enticing launches to get us through the hottest months of the year.

The collections have been steadily making their way to the counters, and by now everything i’m reviewing will already be in stores. As the current trend, i’m a little late even though I previewed this collection ages ago..  but hope this review and swatches will be helpful nonetheless!

The collections for summer 2017

NARS summer 2017

Floral Redux Collection (June) 

2 Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Sets in Tribulation & Mustang (SGD90 each)

Fox Dancer Mini Multiples Coffret (SGD70)

Angel Pride Cheek Palette (SGD110)

Highlighting & Bronzing Collection (July) 

Bord De Plage Palette (SGD90)

3 Velvet Shadow Sticks in shades, Corfu, Nepal & Dark Angel (SGD45 each)

Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer Collection (June)

4 shades –  Seaside, Laguna, Casino & Falaises

Kicking off with the hottest item from summer… the highlighter/bronzer palette Bord de Plage that’s practically on everyones wish list!

This palette comes with 4 gorgeous highlighters and two bronzers.

NARS Bord de plage

Rivage is a ivory with a silver opalescence, Crique is a pale gold, Corniche is an oyster pink with cool silver opalescence and Galet is a warm coppery gold. On my tan medium complexion the colours that work best are Corniche & Crique. Don’t think i’d be dipping into Galet much often as I noticed the base colour shows up way too gold and dark on my skin.

NARS Bord de Plage

These new highlighters come in a new water activated formula, where a wet brush would transform it to a molten metallic look that’s absolutely mind blowing. If you prefer your highlighters more discrete, wearing this dry with a very light hand would be my recommendation, although overall, I still find this to be quite intense even applied dry (as seen in the swatches).

The bronzers included in here make for a good travelling, however for daily use i’d still prefer a full sized pans as these strips don’t accommodate my regular bronzing brushes without sneaking into the highlighter pans. The formula is a soft matte, that bronzes the skin with a very natural finish. The powder is harder pressed but I find they are undetectable on the skin and never look powdery or artificial.

Along with the palette there’s three new shades of Velvet Shadow Sticks launching as well. I have two to share with you today.

NARS Velvet shadow stick nepal corfu

Nepal which is a satin warm pink and Corfu, a shimmering taupe.

I find this particular cream shadow great as a base/primer for powder eyeshadows. They are easy to apply, set quickly and hold makeup in place for hours!

Worn on their own, I always see some creasing, and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with oily lids unless you plan on setting with a translucent powder. It’s a matter of taking precautions to ensure longevity.

Between the two shades, Nepal’s too close to my skin tone to show up on my lids. I do enjoy the warmth this gives the eyes but most likely wouldn’t purchase this for myself. I’d go for Corfu instead, which is a great everyday shade with just enough shimmer to keep the eyes interesting and elegant.

Next up, the mini multiples of the Fox Dancer coffret.

NARS Fox Dance

If a full sized multiple is something you’d never use up, this cute limited edition set of minis is the perfect solution!

The kit comes with 4 shades ranging from a pink champagne to a striking raspberry red to warm terracotta .

The colours blend beautifully onto the skin for a natural dewy glow that’s ideal for summer. Skin looks fresh, glowy & youthful.

I love that the mix of colours make it wearable for all skin tones. Although on their own, a majority of the shades work better for paler skin types. This is when you get creative and mix your own colours and i’ve been loving Remember Me and Fox Dance as a duo. It also helps blend the more ‘scary’ shades better for a wearable day time look.

My preferred method of application is just patting and blending with the fingertips though with Fox Dancer I use a foundation buffing brush (with synthetic bristles) better suited for a soft diffused look.

Here’s one more look at this stunning coffret.

NARS Fox Dancer

Last but not least, the Mustang Velvet Lip Pencil kit.

A set of 4 matte lippies in a red colour scheme that’s got you covered no matter what your red lipstick mood might be.

As seen below, everything comes neatly packed in a pretty vinyl pouch which makes for easy storage and also doubles up as a summer makeup bag.

NARS Mustang swatches

Here’s a closer look at the pretty shades!

NARS Mustang swatches

Left to right there’s Lesbos, a warm bright red, Bonifacio a deeper berry red, Rouge Immortel a muted coral red and Rouge Palatin a carnation pink.

If you are a long term reader of BubblyMichelle you’d know the NARS Velvet Lip Pencils are one of my all time favourite formulas. They are ultra comfortable on the lips and very long lasting. The pigmentation is always superb too and apply smoothly for a matte formula.

Within the set, I have found a new favourite, Lesbos which will be my go-to summer red!

On to some swatches!

 

Lastly a look I created with this collection!

The whole focus is on the bright lip (Lesbos) and limited work on the eyes.

For highlight i’ve used Crique mixed in with a little bit of Rivage. It’s lightly dusted on the top of my cheekbones and bridge of my nose.

Bottom Line

The palettes and value sets are my top recommendation. Specially the mini Multiples which I believe will be absolutely well loved this summer.

Bord de Plage is also an excellent buy if you don’t already own Blanc de Sable from a few months back.

Do you think you’ll be picking up anything from the collection? Do share your favourites in the comments below!

 

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer | Review, Photos & Complete Swatches

This February NARS introduced a new concealer to their line up of complexion products. A formula that promises the highest coverage with a natural-looking finish; a mix that’s hard to come by in the world of makeup!

NARS Soft matte complete concealer

Packaging

This new concealer comes packaged in a small acrylic pot with a screw top lid. It’s sleek, it’s sturdy and true to the typical NARS aesthetic.

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Formula 

According to the press info at hand, this new concealer is an oil-free formula that blurs, conceals and smoothes out imperfections. There’s an Optimal Diffusion Powder that helps light diffuse just so that it instantly transforms the look of the skin to smoother and softer focus finish, skincare ingredients such as peptides to boosts collagen and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and soften skin for a healthier look.

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The formula is velvety smooth when swatched. It blends easily and covers any imperfections with ease! I prefer this for the under eyes as it covers my dark circles like no other.

As with most concealers i’ve tested and used before this too creases quite easily. I blame the deep lines under my eyes. Nothing really is crease-proof on me, including the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer which I didn’t enjoy truth be told.

In general, formulas that set work best for me, and this does. The concealer stays in place and minimises further migration into wrinkles.

Longevity

Overall I find this the best wearing formula thus far. This concealer does.not.budge. It looks as fresh at the end of the day as when applied. My holy grail Clé de Peau concealer doesn’t beat the staying power of this.

On to some swatches of concealers currently in use.

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The best colour match for me is the MUFE Ultra HD. Lightweight with medium coverage. And the closest corresponding shade in the NARS line up is Custard. However with the fuller coverage formula, it ends up looking too light on my medium olive skin. Therefore my best recommendation for NC 35 skin would be Macadamia or Ginger.

Here’s a before & after.

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The overall look is a more even toned fresher, less tired face. In real life the effect is even more exaggerated.

Bottom Line

It does live up to the claim of extra EXTRA coverage with an undetectable finish, and even though this does crease on me i’m willing to let it slide (no pun intended) purely for the fact that it covers so well without looking cake-y AND lasts all day.

If you are looking for something for severe dark circles, this would be the best place to start. I hope you love this new concealer as much as I do!

Swatches! 

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Pricing & Other Info

The Soft Matte Complete Concealer retails at SGD45 for 6.2g. Available at NARS boutiques and counters.

*Thank you NARS Singapore for the samples to test!