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Brand Spotlight Series – NARS

This is just a round up post of my first ever ‘brand spotlight series’ with the first brand being NARS.

First of all, where to purchase NARS.

Apart from the usual suspects like Sephora (US) & Mecca Cosmetica (AUS), I’d like to point your attention (especially those who aren’t in the US) a fantastic website I like to use to get my NARS fix – Kiss & Makeup NY. This website is a god-send! They sell not only NARS but also other brands like Laura Mercier, Deborah Lipmann, Smashbox at US retail prices. Shipping is very reasonable too – $9.95USD flat rate for us international ladies!

Generally, NARS blushes will see you forking out $26USD/$49AUD & you get 0.16oz/4.5g of product. Lipsticks are $24USD/$58AUD with 0.12oz/3.4g of moisturising lip colour for you. As for the multiples, the mother load of them all, $39USD/$79AUD & you get a whooping 0.50 oz/14.2g of product.

Lastly, here is a comparison post of 3 very similar NARS blushes – Orgasm, Deep Throat & Torrid.

Swatch comparison - NARS Orgasm blush, NARS Deep Throat blush, NARS Torrid blush

 

Brand Spotlight Series – NARS #8

Lucky last.

NARS Malibu multiple

NARS Malibu multiple.

They say…

The original multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body. Its unique, creamy formula blends effortlessly to provide sheer color for creating shimmering accents, contours or dynamic highlights on all skin tones. Creates perfect, glowing complexions and is conveniently designed for failproof application.

Pinkish brown.

I say…

It is a deep red wine colour with hints of plum & brown tones. It does have some subtle gold shimmer but this is hardly noticeable when applied. In the tube, it looks daunting & scary. I mean when I first saw it, I was just kind of like WTF? What a dark shade. How would you ever wear it? Lo & behold, I started experimenting with NARS Malibu multiple & found that it is quite a universal shade afterall.

On my medium-tone Asian olive skin (about NC30-35 or thereabouts), it, surprisingly, gave my cheeks a healthy rosy flush.

I applied it by dabbing NARS Malibu multiple on my cheeks & then blending it with my fingers. It stays dewy & glowy & doesn’t just disappear & mattify throughout the day. In terms of wear, it lasts all day on me!

I’ve also tried wearing NARS Malibu multiple on my lips. It dries down to a powder-like finish on my lips so I find that I have to use a bit of clear lip balm so they don’t look flaky.

As for wearing it as an eyeshadow, I haven’t tried as I tend to steer away from shades like this on my eyes. Makes me look scary lol.

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NARS Malibu multiple is sold as a multi-use product but I find that this particular shade works best as a blusher.

These multiples are freaking huge & the price tag reflects this. For $39USD/$79AUD, you get a whooping 0.50 oz/14.2g of product & seeing as you only use a little bit each time, this thing will last you a lifetime (or two…)

Brand Spotlight Series – NARS #7

Today, we’re moving away from NARS blushes & having a look at my lone NARS lipstick in Dolce Vita.

NARS Dolce Vita lipstick

I don’t have a lot of experience with NARS lipsticks so I can’t say much – what I’m posting is based on my experience with this one & only lipstick shade.

They say …

This sheer dusty rose lipstick is frequently voted the most “universally flattering” lipstick shade by industry professionals.

Dusty rose which mimics the natural blush of lips.

I say …

According to NARS, I own another cult favourite 😛

NARS Dolce Vita lipstick is essentially my MLBB shade. It gives my lips just that tiny hint of colour without making me look overdone.

NARS Dolce Vita lipstick

I like the NARS lipstick formula for Dolce Vita as it is quite moisturising. According to their website, this is due to the vitamin E content which is nourishing & non-drying. Also, NARS Dolce Vita lipstick is part of their sheer lipstick range meaning that the “long lasting color pigments have been suspended in this translucent formula to provide a sheer, natural tint” and that it does!

NARS Dolce Vita lipstick

The great thing about NARS Dolce Vita lipstick is that it’s buildable. You don’t want to look overdone? Not a problem. A swipe of this gives your lips some colour but not too much. Want to change it to a dramatic lip look? Sure thing – another swipe or two & you’re good to go!

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Bare lips - natural light

Lip swatch - natural light

I also think it’s a great beginners’ red lipstick. It’s not too out there that a beginner to red lips would feel self-conscious about in public.

Brand Spotlight Series – NARS #6

Now, this last one isn’t technically a blush per say but..whatevs.

I present to you, my HG highlighter – NARS Albatross highlighting blush powder.

NARS Albatross highlighting powder blush

They say…

Luminous glow.

This truly versatile highlighting product may be worn on its own or layered over other color products for added highlight and dimension. The soft shimmering color will add instant radiance to any complexion, and may be used on the face and body.

I say…

In the pan, NARS Albatross highlighting blush powder is deceptively boring. White with shimmer. Yawn.

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However, once applied, it gives you that elusive ‘glow from within’ that you’ve been searching for. Okay, maybe not you YOU but me! It gives me the glow I’ve been on the hunt for. It has this amazing warm yellow golden glow that I just love. The shimmer is very finely milled & this contributes to that glow as it doesn’t look greasy & you don’t look like a disco ball 😉

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Please note that this was swatched heavily & obviously when you apply this, it’d be with a much lighter hand!

Brand Spotlight Series – NARS #5

We’re nearing the end of my brand spotlight series on NARS. Yippee!

The fifth blush in this series is NARS Torrid blush.

NARS Torrid blush

They say…

Coral with shimmer.

I say…

NARS Torrid blush is very similar to NARS Orgasm blush. It may be a shade or two darker than Nars Orgasm blush. In comparison to NARS Orgasm blush, NARS Torrid blush is much much more pigmented & the golden shimmer is quite subtle. It is much more of a true coral as opposed to NARS Orgasm’s peachy pink coral.

NARS Torrid would work very well on those with darker skintones as it’s pigmentation is unbelievable! I use a duo-fibre brush similar to MAC’s 188 brush to apply this.

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NARS Torrid, Orgasm & Deep Throat are all essentially from the same colour family with different nuances here & there & with different amounts of peach v pink in each. I will have a comparison swatch picture posted up for you in my NARS blush round-up post.

Brand Spotlight Series – NARS #4

We’re nearly at the end of my NARS blush collection!

Today, NARS Gina blush.

NARS Gina blush

They say…

Tangerine.

I say…

First of all – Francois Nars, you are not a man of many words, are you?

Secondly, NARS Gina blush is a straight up matte (no shimmer here) peach. In the pan & when swatched, it does pull a bit orange but on my cheeks, it becomes a muted peach. I love the matte texture – it isn’t chalky at all & very pigmented!

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NARS Gina blush was my first matte blush ever & before that, I had minor reservations about matte blushes – would they be chalky? Are they hard to apply? Would it look blotchy? NARS Gina blush weren’t any of those. Such a dream to apply & has convinced me to try other matte blushes.

Brand Spotlight Series – NARS #3

Another risque named blush by NARS – Deep Throat.

NARS Deep Throat blush

NARS Deep Throat blush is a great alternative to NARS Orgasm blush especially for those with darker skintones.

They say…

Peach with shimmer.

I say…

NARS Deep Throat blush is like the much pinker sister to NARS Orgasm blush. NARS Deep Throat blush is similar to NARS Orgasm blush in that they’re from the same family in terms of colour. The shimmer in NARS Deep Throat blush is much more subtle than its counterpart in NARS Orgasm blush.

In my opinion, I feel like NARS Deep Throat blush is much more universal than NARS Orgasm blush. For one – it is much more pigmented. Secondly, the shade, whilst more pink, is more natural on skintones ranging from fair to dark.

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It seems as though the ladies who didn’t love NARS Orgasm blush definitely liked/loved NARS Deep Throat blush.

Brand Spotlight Series – NARS #2

Today, I am showing you another favourite of mine from the NARS blush collection. The blush is called Luster.

NARS Luster blush

They say…

Sheer golden apricot

I say…

Luster is a glowy apricot/peach shade that is just perfect for Summer.

Sure, it does look mighty unimpressive in the pan but once applied, it imparts the most natural glow possible.The shimmer in Luster is very subtle unlike Orgasm’s shimmer which are very noticeable in the pan.

I find that Luster compliments my Asian olive skintone nicely.

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I love using Luster on its own or pairing it with other blushes. My favourite combination is applying NARS Gina blush first & then topping it with NARS Luster – my go-to Summer blush combination.

Brand Spotlight Series – NARS #1

Today, I am kicking off the Brand Spotlight Series on NARS with the most famous & coveted blush of all time – Orgasm.

NARS Orgasm blush

This was my first blush when I was starting out & I used it every single day for a year – hence the pan! It is also the only blush in my stash showing pan lol.

NARS Orgasm blush has been hyped up as the most universal & flattering shade of blush for every woman on Earth. However, after reading other reviews on the blush, some ladies just don’t love it :(

I’m on the ‘love this blush’ party. It is my default blush when I don’t want to put too much thought into what shade of blusher would compliment the rest of my makeup.

They say

NARS Orgasm makes cheeks blush a perfect pinky-peach flush and subtly highlights with accents of golden shimmer. The perennially pleasing, universally flattering shade is again and again a makeup artist and beauty editor favorite.

I say…

The description by NARS is pretty much spot on. Pink-peach base with golden shimmer. The noticeable shimmer in the pan translates beautifully as a natural glow on the cheeks.

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As you can see from the swatches, it is quite sheer. The pinky-peach base colour is not as pigmented but that’s the beauty of this blush. Sheer enough that you won’t screw up the application but there is enough of a hint of colour to give your cheeks a lift. Orgasm’s sheerness is what I think makes it unfavourable to some ladies. I don’t think those with darker skintones would like Orgasm as it would barely show up! However, there are other alternatives for darker skin tones in NARS’ blush range – stay tuned for these blushes :)

Overall, Orgasm is one of my top blushes as it gives my cheeks a hint of colour without going overboard.