Brand Focus: NARS Cosmetics

18 May, 2015 Brand Focus: NARS Cosmetics

When I was thinking about the brands I could do a focus post on, NARS didn’t immediately spring to mind. It was only when I took a proper look at my makeup collection that I realised the sheer volume of products I owned from their range, and how many of them I use and rely on daily. I have a varied selection of NARS makeup – some base, some cheeks, some eyes and some lips – so I think this post could be useful if you’re looking to stock up on the brand, but aren’t sure what to pick.

NARS Brand Focus

First up is my most recent NARS purchase, and it’s the Light Reflecting Setting Powder (Pressed) in Translucent Crystal (£26.50 here). This beautiful, silky powder is a great product for finishing your base and setting under-eye concealer, and the finely-milled formula blurs over pores and imperfections without disturbing powder and cream products underneath. Although it looks a little glittery in the pan, on skin it translates as a semi-matte finish that looks radiant rather than shiny. A great pressed powder for perfecting your overall look and touch-ups.

NARS Audacious Swatches

NARS released 24 lipsticks in the Audacious line, and there was a huge buzz about the creamy formula, intense pigmentation and gorgeous range of versatile shades. I own four colours: Anna (a cool-toned mauve-pink), Raquel (a milky peach-pink), Charlotte (a deep blue-toned cranberry) and Anita (a dusky rose-pink).  They definitely need a little liner to keep things looking neat, but otherwise, they’re pretty much flawless lipsticks. Buy here for £24.

For my birthday, my lovely boyfriend picked me up a selection of beauty products I had on my wishlist – the NARS Contour Blush in Paloma was one of them. This powder duo contains a banana-toned matte powder and a cool-toned bronzer, which work together to create a sculpted, matte look without a hint of orange. I absolutely love this yellow powder for bringing some sheen to my cheekbones and under my eyes, and it makes a great brow-bone highlight as well. Buy here for £30.

Next up is my favourite primer for matte, shine-free skin: the Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer. For oily-skinned gals, this is up there with the Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Primer – a great, lightweight gel that blurs over pores, mattifies sheen, retextures and smoothes for a flawless base under foundation. The silicon-free formula doesn’t feel heavy and there’s no risk of it bunching up or pilling under thicker liquids or powders. Try it and thank me later. Buy here for £26.

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard is another blogger favourite, but it’s always been hit-or-miss with me. I find it covers blemishes fairly well and has a pleasant consistency, but on the under-eye area it can be quite drying. I’m very oily with minimal dry areas, so if this is drying on me, I’m not sure how great it would be for dehydrated-sensitive skin types. Nevertheless, the packaging is beautiful, the doe foot applicator picks up the perfect amount, and everyone seems to love it! Buy here for £22.

A product from the Spring 2015 Collection that I am currently living for is the Eyeshadow Duo in St. Paul-de-Vence. This is perfect for everyday, features a pretty contrast of shimmery peach-coral and cool-toned brown, and offers lovely pigmentation without any fall-out on the skin. The shimmery peach looks gorgeous blended all over the lid, with the cool brown blended into the crease. Buy here for £25.

My last product to review is an absolute beauty, and it’s the Virtual Domination Palette. This limited edition selection of cheek products was a huge talking point for bloggers and editors alike last Christmas, and I was lucky enough to receive this stunner for my birthday. The palette contains a mixture of cult classics and new launches: Laguna bronzer (mid-tone brown), Miss Liberty highlighter (ultra-glittery champagne), Deep Throat blusher (sheer peachy pink), Sex Fantasy blusher (mauve lavender) and Final Cut blusher (coral-peach). There’s a great selection of cheek colours, and the generously sized Laguna bronzer is particularly lovely. As it was limited edition it’s been sold out for a while, but you can still find some knocking around online – here’s one for £80!

Which products do you own from NARS? Do you have any other products to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Monday!


  • Made in Mauve
    Posted at 17:58h, 29 May Reply

    Beautiful colors! NARS is such a great brand

    Made in MauveBloglovin

    • Jessica
      Posted at 00:18h, 30 May Reply

      Totally agree! Thanks for stopping by! X

  • justaddmascara
    Posted at 17:37h, 27 May Reply

    I definitely need to pick up some more Audacious lipsticks! They’re just so beautiful.

    • Jessica
      Posted at 00:18h, 30 May Reply

      I know, right?! Which shades do you own? X

      • justaddmascara
        Posted at 18:01h, 01 June Reply

        Just one – Fanny, a really deep gorgeous berry

  • Jasmine Harding
    Posted at 11:29h, 27 May Reply

    I LOVE NARS. I’m totally obsessed! You’ve got a great collection here, I really want to get more lipsticks and single eye shadows!

    Jasmine |

    • Jessica
      Posted at 00:19h, 30 May Reply

      Thanks Jasmine! Let me know if you pick anything up! X

  • Alina Bostan
    Posted at 23:48h, 18 May Reply

    You’ve got such an amazing collection with some fantastic products. If there’s one brand I am always lusting after it’s NARS. The translucent powder sounds like such a good buy and the eyeshadow duo shades are super pretty x

    Beauty with charm

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:04h, 21 May Reply

      Thanks Alina! It’s such a lovely product and definitely one to add to your wishlist! X

  • GlamBlink Klaudia
    Posted at 22:31h, 18 May Reply

    I haven’t got many NARS products, as my student budget is quite tight. I really want to try the Audacious lipsticks they look amazing!

    Klaudia x

    • Jessica
      Posted at 15:49h, 21 May Reply

      They’re so gorgeous, definitely check them out for birthdays/Christmas? X

  • Magpie Jasmine
    Posted at 21:49h, 18 May Reply

    You have the best taste in lipsticks, seriously! I haven’t ever tried one from Nars but I want all of these! I loved the concealer during winter but I’m definitely after something a little lighter and more hydrating under the eyes for summer xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  • Alessia
    Posted at 17:03h, 18 May Reply

    Wow I’m so envious of your private collection! I do have the same palette and find it gorgeous for both evening and everyday looks! I haven’t had the chance and luck (I must say) to try their wonderful lipsticks, but I bet they’re amazing. Try their lip pencils, because they’re so pigmented, vibrant and beautiful. I mean the Satin lip pencil…As regards the rest, I read wonders about their duo blushers, as well as about under eye concealer and foundation. Still on my wish list! I hope to buy them both really soon. Have a nice week ma belle!

    • Jessica
      Posted at 15:46h, 21 May Reply

      Thanks Alessia! They really are gorgeous! I’ve heard great things too (about the concealer and blusher). Hope your week is going well! X

      • Alessia
        Posted at 22:57h, 21 May Reply

        A really hard week at work and I even got a pair of super gorgeous high heels which doesn’t fit my size…but it’s ok, I’ll try to fix things. What about your week?

  • Emily Aleece
    Posted at 14:22h, 18 May Reply

    I never noticed either but I tend to buy more NARS products than any other high end brand as well. I have loved everything that I’ve bought by them!

    Emily | EMBUR.

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:05h, 18 May Reply

      They’re such a reliable brand! Thanks for stopping by Emily! X

  • Dagmara Klich
    Posted at 14:16h, 18 May Reply

    I love their Audacious lipsticks, I have Anna and Natalie 🙂 I’ve been also lucky to receive an eyeshadow duo and eyeliner (they’re on my blog today) and they’re great! I also just bought the new foundation but I still haven’t tested it properly. The primer and the powder are next on my list 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:06h, 18 May Reply

      Ooh how exciting! Definitely gonna check your post out ASAP! You definitely need the primer and the translucent powder, my makeup looks SO much better now than it ever used to! X

  • Jasmine Turner
    Posted at 10:19h, 18 May Reply

    Those lipstick shades are all gorgeous! Im obsessed with NARS, it has to be my fave brand!

    xprincessjas | ♥

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:07h, 18 May Reply

      Me too! Glad you like them Jasmine! X

  • Tasha
    Posted at 08:37h, 18 May Reply

    I only own a couple of NARS products (creamy concealer and a satin lip pencil) but I love them both, and I’m forever drooling over other people’s collections! Yours is gorgeous! I definitely need to get my hands on some of their blushes and lipsticks!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:07h, 18 May Reply

      Thanks Tasha! You’ll love the Audacious lipsticks – formula and colour range is phenomenal! X

  • Charline Steuckers
    Posted at 08:13h, 18 May Reply

    I can’t wait to try their latest foundation and I’m definitely eying on some of their blushes too!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:08h, 18 May Reply

      Ooh I look forward to your review! Their blushers are amazinggggg! x

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