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.
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 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!