11.06.2010

NARS Cosmetics Review & Swatches


NARS is one of my favorite brands ever. I have so much NARS, yet I never review it.
So expect to see more in the upcoming weeks!

NARS Brightening Serum
Buy it here
$61
2.5 Fl. Oz. 75mL
A fast-acting, lightweight serum that visibly brightens skin after only one application, immediately improving the appearance of dull complexions by promoting clarity and brightness. A more radiant and even skin tone is immediately attainable through a unique combination of Active Phytoseed Complex, powerful antioxidants and Fennel, revealing a luminous complexion and youthful glow.
I absolutely love the sleek, clean packaging.
Comes in a pump dispenser.
Product Benefits:
Creates instantly brighter, more radiant skin
Moisturizes
Helps improve skin's texture
Helps protect against free radical damage
Illuminates with pink pearlescence
This reminds me a lot of MAC's Strobe Cream, however it is lighter weight.
It feels very hydrating, even though it's considered a serum.
I use this almost everyday and I love it!
I probably will repurchase because it gives me skin a beautiful glow without looking greasy.

Sheer Glow Foundation
Buy it here
$42
My shade: Santa Fe
Okay, my lovely MUA/SA at the NARS counter hooked me up with this pump dispenser...
They aren't really allowed to do that, but she was awesome and let me have the one they use for the testers!
I asked her why they don't sell pumps and she told me that NARS does this on purpose.
Huh?! Why?!
Because they want you to SHAKE the bottle each and every time before you use it.
Reason being, there are skincare ingredients in this foundation that need to be mixed before application.
Okay after I wrote all of that, I just saw on the NARS website that they now sell pumps!!
haha!!!
Buy it here (scroll down to see it).
I guess they finally gave into the complaints of all us Sheer Glow lovers!
A glowing, satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage. Replete with skincare benefits and the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, skin is hydrated, more luminous, softer and smoother. Used daily, Sheer Glow Foundation improves skin brightness, radiance and texture. For normal to dry skin types.
I absolutely adore this foundation!
Yes there is tons of hype, and rightfully so.
It makes your skin look flawless and vibrant!

NARS Multiple in Luxor
Buy it here
$38
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
The original multifunction color stick
Mistake-proof color; quick and easy to apply
Sheer, natural finish for eyes, cheeks and lips
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Luxor is described as an "iridescent pink."
I already have Copacabana, which is described as a "glistening pearl."
Although the two are similar, Luxor is definitely more pink and a little "icier" if that makes any sense.
I warm the product up on two fingers and apply it the high-planes of my face (top of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, above my brows and lips).
It gives you that "glow from within" look. I don't know how this would do on darker skin-tones (it might look a little too grayish).
Top Swatch: swiped once
Bottom Swatch: swiped multiple times
Blended out.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator
Buy it here
$29
Go beautifully nude with Orgasm Illuminator, a scintillatingly sheer, weightless fluid that makes skin appear refreshed, radiant and glowing. Flecks of gold, peach and pink shimmer softly diffuse light, melting into the skin to allow your true beauty shine through.
Softly reflecting light, Orgasm Illuminator melts into your natural skin to bring out the best of you. 
Directions for use
Orgasm Illuminator can be applied all over the face or used as a highlighter, over or under makeup. It may also be mixed with foundation. Apply to face, neck, shoulders, or décolleté.
I have been mixing this with my NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and/or my BB Creams.
It gives my foundation even more of a glow and I am so happy I bought this.
I thought I wouldn't like it, but the effect that it gives is beautiful and not overpowering.
I will definitely be repurchasing this again!
It isn't meant to be a cream or gel blush.
Use it like the multiple if you want a beautiful sheen to your skin!

NARS Douceur Blush
Buy it here
$26
Made with transparent pigments for a soft and sheer look. Imparts a natural, healthy glow for any skin tone and may be worn alone or layered together for more depth and intensity.
Provides a sheer, natural hint of color
Made with transparent pigments to avoid heaviness
Broad selection of shades
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Douceur is described as a "soft pink-brown."
I would describe it as a neutral, rosy, nude-pink.
It isn't extremely pigmented.
So to get the look I want, I layer this and it the perfect everyday blush!
This is better suited for lighter skin-tones.


NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Rajasthan
Buy it here
$32
Shades to inspire and desire. The same longwearing crease resistant formula as NARS single eyeshadow, in uniquely paired color combinations. Worn together or alone, all duo eyeshadows can be applied sheer or built up for a more dramatic effect. All powder eyeshadows can be used wet or dry.
Richly pigmented, micronized powder formula provides improved wear and feel
Effortless blending; coordinated in fashionable pairs
Multifunction: use as eyeshadow, eyeliner or on eyebrows
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Rajasthan is described as a "metallic beige/blue-black charcoal."
I would describe the left shade to be a metallic taupe-beige.
The right shade is a deep, smoky, green-teal.

NARS Single Eyeshadow in Coconut Groove
Buy it here
$23
Longwearing, crease resistant color in sheer wearable formulas. All NARS eyeshadows can be applied sheer or layered for a more dramatic effect. These richly pigmented powders blend effortlessly and can also be used wet for precisely lining the eyes.
Richly pigmented, micronized powder formula provides improved wear and feel
Effortless blending
Multifunction: use as eyeshadow, eyeliner and on eyebrows
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Coconut Groove is described as a "deep taupe brown."
I would describe it as a matte, chocolate brown.
I didn't expect to purchase this, as I have tons of shades like it.
But the rich, velvety-smooth texture is what lured me in.
It's beautiful to deepen an everyday eye look (awesome as an eyeliner).

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Buy it here
$24
No smudging, creasing or caking. The NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is the insider trick of the trade. Never looking heavy-handed, this lightweight eye primer creates a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder color looking brilliant, fresh and just-applied, all day.

A polymer and mineral powder blend creates a firm grip on color ensuring hours and hours of gorgeous wear. Fortified with special deep-sea and antioxidant rice extracts, the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base dries on contact and keeps the delicate eyelid smooth and prepared for color application.
Extends the wear of eyeshadow, eyeliner and eyebrow pencil
Instantly transforms to a matte finish and preps skin for color application
Maximizes color intensity
Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. Fragrance free
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This is my new favorite base! My Holy Grail!!!
I use this everyday and I will continue to repurchase this.
It's creamy and glides on so easily, giving you about 30 seconds to a minute of time to blend your eyeshadows before it sets and stays.
Believe me, when it dries it keeps your shadows in place for HOURS with absolutely NO CREASING!
Highly recommended!!

The following products were purchased by me, with my own money.
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15 comments:

Nonners said...

I love the Nars eyeshadow base, it's basically the only thing I'll use!

Beauty Addict said...

Wow! That's an amazing haul!!
I've only tried Nars Orgasm once, but nothing else from the range.... they surely look tempting!

Jennifer said...

wow what a haul! Great one :) i'm tempted to try the sheer glow foundie...hehe

tsuki said...

I just ordered some Nars yesterday, and after reading your post, I'm extra excited for it to arrive, haha! They make some great stuff.

WillWorkForMakeup said...

I love everything you got in your haul! The Luxor Multiple and Rajasthan duo look really pretty :)

Alexandra said...

I would love to try the sheer glow.
But i dont have a counter near me so have no idea what shade i would be. Love his blushes and i have agorgeous bronze eyeshadow of his too :)

SmolderPhloof said...

im jealous!!! good haul Whit!

rica

Replica said...

I keep going back and forth as to whether I should buy the Orgasm Illuminator as a lot of people have said it makes no difference but it looks really nice in your pictures. I am very tempted by the eyeshadow base, would you say its better that UD primer potion/Too faced shadow insurance ?

izumi said...

ooo you make me want to try the nars primer :3 it sounds like it really does work magic.

Whitney said...

YES this eyeshadow base is BETTER than UDPP and TFSI (in my opinion)!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Whitney, I LOVE your awesome blog! It has such great accurate swatches of products which only a handful of blogs have (plus you have pretty fantastic hauls!).

I'm really interested in the nars brightening serum. I have to buy from the net/get it shipped over to me in Australia so I was wondering how heavy the packaging is because it looks fairly sturdy/bulky in packaging. Also, is the opalescence natural looking once on the face? Thanks

Replica said...

thanks, well you have sold it to me then, will make sure I pick this up soon :)

Whitney said...

The NARS brightening serum is very very heavy!!! I think the shipping might be on the expensive side eeek! The iridescence is gorgeous on the face!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey whitney,

thanks for answering my question. I checked amazon and the nars brightening serum weighs a whopping 10.7oz (luckily I found a company that ships to Australia for a really good shipping rate so I'll be able to buy it even though it weighs alot!) Just another question if you don't mind, do you prefer the bobbi brown skin foundation or nars sheer glow? Which one looks more natural up close to the face? Thanks

Whitney said...

Oh cool! Glad you found a good deal. Honestly, I know NARS Sheer Glow is all the hype but I can SEE it on my face... Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation is DEFINITELY more natural looking!!!