Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman review and comparisons.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman.

I do believe every cosmetics brand has now come out with their version of the matte liquid lipstick.  Understandably, these types of lipsticks are very big sellers. With that being said, Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments Get It On and American Woman ($26 USD/ 5.5mL.) is one of the newer releases that certainly proves somethings are worth the wait.  Everything from the formula, to the applicator head, packaging, amount, etc. is done well.  To boot, who could resist lipsticks named after classic rock songs?  Well played Monsieur Nars.

Nars Get It On

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Get It On

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On.

Nars American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment American Woman.

  • IMHO, when it comes to liquid lipstick, the one thing that makes or breaks a new release is the applicator head.  Lets face it, formula is important, but truthfully speaking if the applicator head is cheaply made (e.g., large head, long splayed fibers, too thin or thick tip, etc.), the product becomes useless.  Even though Nars is a bit late to the matte liquid lipstick party, they took their time and thoroughly designed a head with precisely cut fibers and a substantial pointed tip–absolute genius.
  • Typically a lipliner is usually used to achieve a crisp outline of the lips; however, with Nars Powermattes the tip virtually eliminates the need for that step.  The softly rounded rigid pointed design glides effortlessly across the skin, depositing pigment with exacting detail.  A lipliner can be used, but more so to add dimension or for color alteration.
  • In addition, the top portion and wand length allows for amazing control during application.  The top is the perfect size and girth for a hardy grasp and the wand length ensures perfect balance during application.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Arm Swatches andFormula:

Nars Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman freshly applied.

Nars Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman after three (3) minutes.

  • The formula of the new Nars Powermatte Pigments is quite thin and watery when compared to other matte liquid lipsticks on the market.  For this reason, Nars strongly advises to shake the pigment prior to application.  Omitting this step will result in uneven color placement and poor longevity.  When the pigment is properly incorporated, one dip will deliver complete opacity on the lips.  Even the lightest shade, Get It On, will absolutely cover and conceal natural lip coloring with one swipe.
  • As expected, the colors deepen slightly when dry.  The above swatches shows Get It On develops a pinker undertone and American Woman develops a rosier undertone.  Both colors look amazing on their own (not too pale) or mixed together (see photo below).
  • In my experience when working with the darker shades in the line (e.g. Rock With You), it would be highly advisable to wipe some liquid off on the sides of the opening before applying the color to the lips.  The applicator head holds quite an ample amount of product that gathers at the corners of the mouth if one is not careful.  When I state these are potently concentrated I am not exaggerating, Rock With You was returned because it was too dark and high maintenance for my liking. Regardless, I was quite impressed with the consistency of all three shades; they all applied smoothly without any patchiness.
  • Also worth noting, a light vanilla fragrance is present, but not as pungent as MAC lipsticks.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Wear Time:

  • As for the wear, I found the formula adhered immediately to the skin without drying down fully. That slight moisture retention is what makes both colors so bearable throughout the day. The color transfer on cups and cheeks (if kissing) is minimal, certainly not as drastic as one would experience from a conventional formula.
  • Unlike the arm swatches, a matte finish develops within thirty (30) seconds on the lips. The lasting power ranges between four to six (4-6) hours (without eating or drinking) with even fading thereafter. The colors layer well, but on my dry lips I could only tolerate one touch up for the day. Multiple layers feel too heavy and drying for my taste; I prefer to wipe away the existing color and start fresh.
  • In all honesty, I cannot wear Nars Powermattes, on their own, for too many days in a row.  Even though the formula is comfortable, my lips were very dry by the third day.  Going forth, I remedied this dilemma by pairing these with my favorite lipsticks, Chanel Rouge Allure Inks (Chanel’s version of a matte liquid lipstick and reviewed here and here).  In comparison, Chanel’s formula has a lot more slip and dries down more gradually than Nars.  The addition of the Rouge Allure Inks, in particular, provides extra hydration and dimension, while yielding a velvety finish. Glosses also work well, but be sure to add just a touch to the center of the lips to prevent bleeding and wear of the liquid lipstick.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Lip Swatches:

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On (one coat).

  • Nars Get It On is described as a “tan rose,” to my eye, the shade is very reminiscent of Dose of Colors Truffle (reviewed here).  This warm beige pinky-peach can be worn on its own for those with light to medium skins. Darker skins will most likely experience a concealer like effect, but adding a darker lipliner will easily alter the shade to be more wearable.
Nars American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment American Woman (one coat).

  • Nars American Woman is a lovely warm rose shade for those who desire the need for a more robust neutral color.  At first, I was under the impression this shade would be too cool for my coloring, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how rich and warm the color appeared against my complexion.
 Nars Get It On and American Woman

Wearing Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman mixed together (two coats).

  • When the mood strikes, a combination of both colors meld to form a lovely shade for daily use. The silky smooth formula easily blends on the lips by just pressing and rubbing the lips together. The newly formed shade takes on a slightly cooler tone, but still extremely wearable for us olive-skinned ladies.

Comparison Swatches:

Comparison Shades: Jouer Melon, Jouer Creme Brûlée, Dose of Colors Truffle, Nars Get It On, Nars American Woman, Jouer Terra, Pixi Matte Beige, and Dose of Colors Supernatural.

Comparison Shades:
Jouer Melon, Jouer Creme Brûlée, Dose of Colors Truffle, Nars Get It On, Nars American Woman, Jouer Terra, Pixi Matte Beige, and Dose of Colors Supernatural.

  • Dose of Colors Truffle ($18USD/ 4.5mL) is the closest color in my collection to Nars Get It On. Truffle has a slightly deeper brownish undertone, a more whipped consistency and contains less product.  If you have one, you may not necessarily need the other.  Currently, Nars is not cruelty-free, so if that is of significance to you, then DOC may be your best bet.
  • Jouer Terra ($18 USD/ 6mL) is the closest color to Nars American Woman, with a less rosy undertone and a more mousse-like consistency.  Jouer is cruelty-free and their liquid lipsticks are lovely.
  • Out of all the brands swatched, Pixi Matte Beige ($14 USD/ 7 mL) is the only formula that is as fluid as Nars. From the onset, Pixi’s formula seems to require more time to settle and the applicator head is rather flimsy.   
Nars Get It On and American Woman ingredients

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman ingredient list.

**Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments come in twenty (20) shades, are made in Italy and sold at Sephora, Nordstrom, Lord &Taylor, narscosmetics.com, etc.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman are two colors that will surely become staples for many.  Since these two colors have entered my life, I have been shamefully ignoring my other liquid lipsticks.  Considering this formula works so well with other colors and brands, it has almost become automatic to reach for either color on a daily basis.  Which colors are on your radar?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer review and photos.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

As the warmer weather approaches, bulky winter trapping are finally stored away and skin can finally breathe a sigh of relief.  However, once the sweaters and scarfs are stripped away, my pale and uneven complexion does not want to come out and play.  Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer ($40 USD/ 1 fl. oz.) easily and quickly remedies my superficial insecurities, by providing me with just the right amount of vitality my skin has been missing.  I hope you enjoy!

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

 

The Pros to Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer:

  1. Watery consistency blends seamlessly into the skin.
  2. Provides a satiny golden finish without offensive shimmer.
  3. Dries down quickly without feeling sticky or rubbing off on clothes.
  4. Skin does not feel dry–could be due to the Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed oil and Coconut oil and of course, silicones.
  5. Removes easily at night with a wash cloth.
  6. Lasts all day on my dry skin (summer time may yield varying results).
  7. Can be applied directly on bare skin, over foundation, mixed with primers, moisturizers and serums.
  8. Can be mixed in with lighter foundations to accommodate a summer tan.
  9. Builds-up quickly without any patchiness.
  10. Tan and darker skinned beauties can utilize this to even out complexion and provide a subtle radiance with minimal use of foundation.
  11. Golden coloring is especially flattering on more mature skins.
  12. Faint fragrance (reminds me of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse) is barely detectable.
  13. Black opaque glass bottle contains a pump and looks incredibly chic.
  14. Formulated without mineral oil, parabens or DHA (Dihydroxyacetone read about this chemical here).
  15. Made in USA.

The Cons to Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer:

  1. Rubberized top can get dirty quickly–when will Nars learn?
  2. Due to the subtle nature of the product and depending on skin tone, three to four pumps may be needed to reach a deep coloring.
  3. Can look orangey on lighter complexions if too much is applied–this is more aptly suited for those who prefer a golden finish rather than a ruddy tan.
  4. Oiler skins may find the slight luminous finish counter productive (see swatches below).
  5. When applied over a foundation, Liquid Laguna will rub off if you touch your face–quite predictable, considering all powdered bronzers perform in the same manner.
Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer (small dot unblended).

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer (heavy swatch).

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer blended out.

  • As you can tell by the above swatches, Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer does contain gold micro shimmers (aka: mica) in the formula.  I can only surmise, this addition is intended to give the color more dimension, rather than leave the skin looking flat.  However, once on the skin, the golden mica particles are undetectable indoors; in the presence of natural sunlight, they emit a subtle radiance, but not in an Edward Cullen kind of way.
  • As mentioned above, the coloring of this formula is more golden, leaning towards the warm/orange septum of the tanning scale.  If you are one to favor ruddy undertone bronzers, then this offering is not for you.  Normally, my preference leans towards ruddy bronzers, but I’m finding as I get older my olive complexion looks more “healthy” when golden toned foundations and bronzers are utilized.
Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer along with Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse and Eve Pearl Priming Moisturizer.

  • Currently, this bronzer is mainly used on bare skin to even out the complexion on my neck and décolletage area.  For experimental purposes, I have mixed this liquid bronzer into my primers and facial oils and have notice a beautiful effect on the skin.  Granted, I could go out in this manner, but my vanity insists I add a light layer of foundation just for good measure.  🙂
Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer with MAC 130 brush.

  • When utilizing this liquid bronzer for traditional bronzing purposes, I find a stippling brush to be the best delivery system.  The delicate synthetic fibers infuses the liquid on top of foundation gently without disturbing my base makeup.  My weapon of choice is the MAC 130 brush, the small head strategically fits the contours of the cheeks and forehead perfectly.
Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Wearing Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer over my foundation on the hallows of the cheeks, on the cheeks, forehead and down the neck.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer ingredient list.

**Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer can be purchased at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Beauty.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer is a beautiful liquid bronzer–everything from the packaging to the formula is spot-on.  If you are into temporary tanning solutions or are just looking for a bronzer to add some radiance to your beauty routine, look no further than this beauty.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend my friends!!!

-Maria

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Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte review, swatches and comparisons.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charolotte.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

When a cosmetics company claims to have formulated a lipstick so revolutionary, so dramatic, so color saturated and yes, so audacious, yours truly stands and takes notice.  Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte ($32 USD/4.2g) is yet another deep dark seductive color that is sure to capture everyone’s attention.  Will this newly mint filly topple my beloved Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage (reviewed here) from the #1 spot in my collection?  You’ll see 🙂

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charolotte.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charolotte swatch.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte swatch.

The Pros to Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte:

  1. Gorgeous burgundy-red color.
  2. Semi-matte finish.
  3. Smooth saturated color that glides on the lips without any tugging.
  4. Lasts for 4 hours on its own, however when paired with a lipliner/base the wear is extended to 5-6 hours.
  5. Castor oil is the first ingredient which makes the lipstick very hydrating.
  6. Leaves behind a noticeable stain when the color has faded.
  7. Layers well over an existing layer.
  8. Formulated without any fragrance, parabens, or mineral oil.
  9. Fantastic sleek black packaging (non-rubberized) with a modern magnetic closure.
  10. Can be used with other lipstick brands to create a unique shade.  I have used Charlotte to brighten YSL 205 and the resulting shade was stunning.
  11. Amazing price/amount ratio…4.2 grams.
  12. The Audacious Line houses 40 delectable shades:  14 of these shades are available through Sephora.com but not in-store (Audrey, Barbara, Bette, Brigitte, Liv, Catherine, Deborah, Grace, Greta, Janet, Leslie, Marlene, Natalie, and Vera);  10 of these shades are exclusive to Barneys NY (Carmen, Dominique, Ingrid, Julie, Kelly, Marisa, Sandra, Silvia, Vanessa, and Vivien).
  13. Highly available from a variety of retailers.

The Cons to Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte:

  1. Charlotte tends to feather into my fine lines by the third hour of wear.  A quality lip liner/base is essential when wearing this color.
  2. These do not play well with glosses of any kind.  When paired with my Dior Addict Fluid Sticks (reviewed here and here), the color started to break down after a couple of hours.  I was left with faded lipstick in the center and a strong outlining color on the perimeter of the lips.  NOT CUTE!
  3. Tends to photograph more like a brick-red than a burgundy.
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte lip swatch.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte lip swatch.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte over It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lipliner in Perfect Red.

After roughly taking 30 pictures, the first photo, captured what I believe to be an accurate color depiction of Charlotte.  However, in the second photo, Charlotte took-on a more brick-red appearance.  In person, the burgundy tone was definitely noticeable and the color faded into a lasting stain.

Comparisons to Nars Charlotte Lipstick:

Comparison Swatches L-R: Julie Hewett Sin Noir, Nars Charlotte, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Entourage, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie, and Kevyn Aucoin BloodRoses.

Comparison Swatches L-R:
Julie Hewett Sin Noir, Nars Charlotte, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Entourage, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie, and Kevyn Aucoin BloodRoses.

  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205  (reviewed here) has a strong plum tone.  This color is clearly deeper and more robust than Charlotte.  This formula is not as smooth as Charlotte, but the non-feathering aspect and amazing longevity are noteworthy.  YSL The Mats Lipsticks have the most potent staining effect than any other lipstick I own.
  • Julie Hewett Sin Noir is much more brown in its overall tone when compared to Charlotte.  The application is not as smooth as Charlotte, but the lasting power is quite impressive.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Entourage is deeper and has more of a berry undertone when compared to Charlotte.  The velvet matte finish is so attractive and the silky smooth formula is unsurpassed…need I say more?
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie is brighter and contains less burgundy pigment when compared to Charlotte.  Just like Entourage, the formula is simply the best.
  • Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses is deeper in tone and glossier than Charlotte.  This is one lipstick that can easily be classified as hydrating, but the longevity is somewhat compromised due to the emollient nature of the formula.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte:

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

**Nars Audacious Lipsticks can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Beauty.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte is a truly sensational color and formulation.  I was rather impressed with how smoothly the color applied and the level of pigmentation.  Will Charlotte replace my beloved LQ Entourage?  No..there simply isn’t any other brand that can come close to Poppy’s formula.  However, Charlotte is no slouch, she performs brilliantly and is a proud achievement from an amazing brand.  Have you tried any Audacious lipsticks to date?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base review and photos.

Nars Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

What makes an eyeshadow great?  Is it the color, the texture, the brand, the packaging?  No…it’s the eyeshadow primer/base!  Regardless of eyeshadow brand, an eyeshadow primer makes any powder or cream shadow/liner last longer, colors more vibrant and allows shimmer formulas to adhere more securely to the skin.  Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24 US/ 8g) is one primer that delivers beautifully on all accounts; just like my Amex card, I will never leave home without it!

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

The Pros:

  1. Clear formula allows for a variety of colored shadows to be used.
  2. Smooth lightweight formula applies seamlessly.
  3. Will not dry out delicate skin around the eyes.
  4. Skin feels smooth and hydrated.
  5. Formula dries evenly and allows for smooth application of powdered eyeshadows.
  6. Small amount needed, therefore one tube will last awhile (@ 7-12 months) if used everyday.
  7. Makes any eyeshadow last 10 hours +.
  8. Shimmer formulas adhere beautifully and fallout is drastically reduced/eliminated.
  9. Sleek and sturdy packaging is suited for travel.
  10. Formulated without parabens or fragrance.

The Cons:

  1. Despite the attractive packaging, I would have preferred a squeeze tube (like Too Faced Shadow Insurance).
  2. Contamination of product is possible if used on multiple people or if applied on dirty skin (don’t share).
  3. Cannot determine when product needs replacing.
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base applied heavily and blended out.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base applied heavily and blended out.

Powder Eyeshadows adhere very well to Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and last amazingly well over time.

L:  MAC Uninterrupted (here) without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. R:  MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

L: MAC Uninterrupted (here) without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.
R: MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Both swatches rubbed with a tissue. L: MAC Uninterrupted (here) without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. R: MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Both swatches rubbed with a finger to show longevity.
L: MAC Uninterrupted without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.
R: MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base didn’t move.

Cream eyeshadows/liners also perform brilliantly over Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  The shimmers are more prominent, the longevity is amazing and shimmer fallout is drastically reduced and in some case, eliminated.

L:  MAC Its Physical Fluidline without Nars Smudge proof Eyeshdow Base. R:  MAC Its Physical Fluidline on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

L: MAC Its Physical Fluidline without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshdow Base.
R: MAC Its Physical Fluidline on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ingredient list.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ingredient list.

Nars Cosmetics can be found in Sephora, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, narscosmetics.com, beauty.com, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you are an avid eyeshadow wearer, then Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is a must-have in your arsenal.  I have had this primer/base in my possession for the past two weeks and cannot believe I have gone this long without it.  Nars has outdone itself with the creation of this little gem; it far surpasses Laura Mercier Eye Canvas, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Urban Decay Primer Potion (very drying on me) or any other eyeshadow primer out on the market.  I think I may have found my Top Eyeshadow Primer for 2014…slow your roll Maria, the year just started.  I know but, this stuff has rocked my world!  What is your HG eyeshadow primer?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Nars Fling Lip Set review and photos.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set.

Nars Fling Lip Set.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

What holiday collection would be complete without some form of red lips thrown into a campaign?  Nars has taken that cliché and run amok with the Nars Fling Lip Set ($49 US).  The collection is named after fellow Frenchman and photographer, the late Guy Bourdin.  Some of Monsieur Bourdin’s work was very controversial, however I find most artist, including Francois Nars himself, thrive off of controversy.  Regardless, our focus will remain on the lip set not the artist.

The red lip-shaped lacquered box (really acrylic) is very well made and sturdy, I can predict most sales of this set will be due to this unique item (it was for me).  Another lovely feature, are the two full size lipsticks and two lip pencils included.  If you are a fan of Nars lip products or know someone in need of a quality makeup gift for the holidays (or anytime), then do not hesitate and purchase this limited edition lip set.  No, I am not affiliated with Nars in any way, shape or form..I just really like this set 🙂

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set content and ingredient list.

Nars Fling Lip Set content and ingredient list.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set lacquered box size.

Nars Fling Lip Set lacquered box size compared to my paperback book.

Nars Fling Lip Set Contents:

  • Red Lip-Shaped Lacquered Case:  Excellent quality–solid mold casing all around without any seams in sight.
  • Roman Holiday Lipstick:  Full size (3.4 g) cool tone pink color housed in a smaller case.
  • Damage Lipstick:  Full size (3.4 g) pink/brown/mauve color housed in a smaller case.
  • Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil:  Not full size (1.7 g) sheer dusty rose color.
  • Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil:  Full size ( 2.5 g) raspberry sorbet color.

Swatches of Lip Colors:

Nars Roman Holiday Lipstick swatch.

Nars Roman Holiday Lipstick swatch.

Nars Damage Lipstick swatch.

Nars Damage Lipstick swatch.

Nars Dolce Vita Matte Velvet Lip Pencil swatch.

Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil swatch.

Nars Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil swatch.

Nars Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil swatch.

My preferred combo:   MAC Red Enriched with Nars Baroque Velvet Glossy Lip Pencil.

My preferred combo: MAC Red Enriched with Nars Baroque Velvet Glossy Lip Pencil.

All lip products were creamy, smooth and sheer.  Perfect for the woman who prefers subtle colors on her lips.  Personally, all the colors were a little too sheer and pink based for my liking, so I paired MAC Red Enriched Lip Pencil with Nars Baroque Lip Pencil and the results were simply stunning; similar to my lacquered box 🙂

Nars Fling Lip Set Red Lip-Shaped Lacquered Box.

Nars Fling Lip Set Red Lip-Shaped Lacquered Box.

My criticism lies with the absence of a holiday red included in this set.  Cruella or Dragon Girl Lip Pencil would have been a more fitting selection as one of the pencils offered.  Something else to note, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil contains parabens.  Both Lip Pencils do not have a twist-up mechanism, I use my trusty Slice sharpener (reviewed here) to renew the point.

The box itself is not too small it renders itself useless, on the contrary, it holds a sizable amount of products.  This box would also make a handy jewelry box, candy box, etc..

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set red lip-shaped lacquered box.

Nars Fling Lip Set red lip-shaped lacquered box.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set lacquered box.

Nars Fling Lip Set lacquered box.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set is sold at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Saks, Narscosmetics.com, and Beauty.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to buy Nars Fling Lip Set.  Treat yourself or a loved one to this useful set.  The colors and textures of the lip products and the beautiful lacquered box work synergistically to make an impressive statement.  These gorgeous lips will be a sure hit as a stocking stuffer, a Secret Santa gift, a young lady’s first lip product set, or sitting casually on top of a stack of magazines on your coffee table.  I already bought an extra set to give as a Christmas present…Yeah, I’m one of those crazy ladies that has her holiday shopping done by November 29th….Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder review and comparisons.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Lately, I been feeling as if something has been missing from my makeup routine (aka: I need to experiment with a new item).  So when countless YouTube personalities raved about the amazing airbrushed look Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ($34 US/ 7g) gave their complexion, I knew I needed to give this “amazing product” a try.  I mean, how wonderful and exciting could a setting powder possibly be? Pretty darn amazing 🙂

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

The Pros:

  1. Nars has created a pressed version of the typical loose silica setting powder.
  2. The packaging is thin with a sizable mirror.  Ideal for carrying in a makeup bag.
  3. The nylon pouch is very well made and washable.  Thank goodness not another useless velvet pouch (they get dirtier than the actual compact).
  4. A thin sponge is included for easy touch-ups during the day.  Works well to conceal pores using a press and roll method.
  5. This powder is finely milled and featherlight…an invisible veil of radiance covers the skin!
  6. Photographs beautifully if applied lightly.
  7. The powder is firmly packed into the compact.  Swirling your brush in the compact will not result in powder going everywhere.
  8. Formulated without sparkle, glitter or shimmer.
  9. The powder will not leave your skin feeling dry or give the appearance of caked-on makeup (presumably due to the high levels of glycerin and squalane in the formula)
  10. The formula does not contain parabens or fragrance.
  11. If properly applied, this powder does diffused the appearance of pores (sweep your brush across your face rather than buffing the powder onto your skin).
  12. A beautiful luminous sheen is left on the skin, while providing oil control.
  13. Suitable for dry and oily skins.
Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder packaging.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder packaging.

The Cons:

  1. The amount should be larger considering one will use this everyday, several times a day.
  2. May turn ashy on darker skinned beauties if used in abundance.
  3. The typical Nars rubberized packaging will get dirty very quickly.
  4. Flash-back will occur if too much product is applied.  In natural lighting the powder is invisible, however because this powder is silica based, it will reflect and give off a white case in flash photography.  Tread lightly my peeps.

Comparisons to Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder vs. Hourglass Diffused Ambient Powder.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder vs. Hourglass Diffused Ambient Powder.

Hourglass Diffused Light (reviewed here) has a noticeable yellow base color, has micro-fine shimmers, brightens the complexion, but is not meant to control oil.  Nars is a true setting powder, completely invisible if applied properly and will prolong the wear of your makeup.  Lately, I find myself using Nars Light Reflecting Powder more so than Hourglass Diffused Light.

Nars Light Reflecting pressed Powder vs. MAC Prep-n-Prime.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder vs. MAC Prep-n-Prime.

MAC Prep-n-Prime is very inconvenient to use, not travel friendly, leaves a white cast on the skin and does not control oil as well as Nars.

Compact sizing and thickness. L-R: Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

Compact sizing and thickness. L-R: Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

Clearly the winner in the packaging category is the Nars compact.  I am told (by a Sephora employee) the Hourglass baked powder is very delicate, it has a tendency to crack easily, hence the bulkier protective packaging.

All swatches in natural lighting:  Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

All swatches in natural lighting: L-R: Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

All swatches taking with a flash photography:  Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

All swatches taken with flash photography: L-R: Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

Each swatch is applied heavily to show on camera and to illustrate why one should be light-hand with the application of any setting powder.  In natural lighting the Nars powder is undetectable.  However with the introduction of flash photography, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder strongly reflects light and gives off a white cast to the skin if applied heavily (as does Hourglass Diffused Ambient Powder and the MAC Prep-n-Prime powder ).

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ingredient list.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ingredient list.

I like to apply Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder with my Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (using a downward sweeping motion in all directions) after my foundation, before my powder blush and bronzer.  I then use my Skindinavia Setting Spray to harmonize the entire look.  Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder is very handy to use for touch-ups throughout the day; it performs similarly to oil blotting papers.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder Powder used all over the face.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder Powder used all over the face.

Nars Cosmetics can be found at Lord & Taylor, Saks, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Sephora and narscosmetics.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this is a very well executed attempt at a pressed translucent setting powder.  I prefer the look of my makeup at the end of the day when I use Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder.  Just to add a splash of reality to this glowing review, no one product will work magic on enlarged pores and problem skin.  Those are issues to address with a dermatologist and/or nutritionist.  Personally, this little puppy does exactly what I want it to do…it keeps me looking polished, smooth and radiant.  What more can I ask for?  World peace, government resolution, and economic stability would be nice….I guess Nars will have to do for now.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Nars Fury Nail Polish review and photos.

Nars Fury Nail Polish swatch.

Nars Fury Nail Polish swatch.

Nars Cosmetics is one brand you either love or are indifferent towards.  Quite frankly, I never understood the allure of their infamous Orgasm blush (other than the name of course) or their Night Series eyeshadows (the sparkles brush away easily). However, when Nars comes out with a new collection I always make it a point to take note of the nail polish colors.  Francois Nars does create some lovely shades and Nars Fury Nail Polish ($19 US/.5 oz.) from the Fall 2013 Color Collection, is one of those basic purple shades sure to suit a variety of tastes and skin tones.

Nars Fury Nail Polish swatch.

Nars Fury Nail Polish swatch.

The Pros/Color:

The color of Fury seems so plain and dupable.  However, when researching the shade, I could not find a close drugstore alternative.  I suppose while other companies are busy trying to create one-of-kind colors, Nars decided to revert back to the basics (not such a bad thing).  Nars Fury is a purple color, which by definition is a mixture of blue and red pigment.  My eye spies more red in the formula, which makes Fury a bit more distinguishable when compared to other purples out on the market.

Nars Fury does pull more of an indigo hue in certian lighting situations.  The color is not so dark it would be mistaken for a black polish.  This type of color does not border on the gothic realm, on the contrary, it has a refined appearance appropriate for many occasions.  Nars Fury Nail Polish is also 3-free (no formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP).

Nars Fury nail polish against a white background--looks more indigo than purple.

Nars Fury nail polish against a white background–looks more indigo than purple.

The cream formula has a thin/medium consistency which made the first coat apply streaky, however opacity was reached by the second coat. Tip wear was evident by the second day, still I was able to get five days wear without any chipping.  These results will vary depending on one’s activities.

Nars Fury Nail Polish.

Nars Fury Nail Polish.

The Cons:

Predictably, my standard focal point for any polish is the brush.  Nars nail polish brushes lack density and therefore, the polish does not apply in the most ideal manner.  Another point of contention, has to do with the cumbersome unremovable squared top.  The bulky top feels awkward in the hand.  It was quite challenging to maneuverer the brush to reach the sides and the base of the nail during application.

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Both Photos:  The brush was not able to reach the sides properly and tip wear was evident by the second day.

Nars Cosmetics is a Shiseido owned company and can be found in Lord & Taylor, Sephora, Bloomingdales,  Nordstrom, and Nars.com.

Matching eye makeup to Nars Fury.

Matching eye makeup to Nars Fury.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Nars Fury Nail Polish has a certain allure, no doubt due to it’s simplistic color and clean cream finish.  So smitten was I with this color, I felt compelled to sport a matching eye look.  In all honesty, I do not own many Nars polishes because of the square top contraption.  Having said that, for this one and only color I will settle my nerves/hands and carefully try to apply each stroke with the precision of a surgeon…..plus my husband really likes this color.  Love it or leave it?  Do tell….Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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