NARS

NARS Cosmetics is a French cosmetics and skin care company founded by make-up artist and photographer François Nars. The cosmetics line began with twelve lipsticks sold at Barneys New York. Since then, NARS has created various multi-use beauty products and now is a subsidiary of Shiseido. (wikipedia.com)
https://www.narscosmetics.com/

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4.1

944 products

41,378 reviews

72% would repurchase

Recent NARS Reviews

Lipstick -NARS - Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama

on 2/24/2017 7:44:00 PM

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Beautiful, beautiful colour - 90s in the most wonderful way, but without that old skool muddiness that used to wash you out, give you red eyes and make you look like a reanimated corpse. I love how it looks, but it doesn't last well on me and I find it drying. Packaging looks great as most NARS does, but as others have mentioned it's rather a wasteful design,.



Liquid -NARS - Sheer Glow Foundation

on 2/24/2017 7:19:00 PM

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For some reason, I've been putting off trying this for years - probably because I was scared of loving it and having to spend £32... anyway, I sidled up to the NARS counter in our most prestigious local department store, and explained I was looking for foundation. The sales assistant didn't even bother discussing their range, straight away she went for the Sheer Glow. Not sure if that was because of her assessment of my skin or whether she just rates it most highly. From online descriptions I assumed I'd be Siberia, possibly Gobi, but Mont Blanc is actually perfect for me. I'd caution that the light shades lean very yellow - I'm a neutral skin tone, with blue and green veins, and many other brands are too pink for me. Siberia is too pale (as is Chantilly concealer)! Only other porcelain types will appreciate how exciting it is not to be either the lightest available shade or rendered tangerine like by every single one. once colour matched, she used their toner, moisturiser and primer before applying the foundation - expert advice echoes other reviewers and she explained it's best applied with fingers. She also used a little Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, and set with translucent powder. I bought a lipstick but knew from bitter experience I need time to see how a foundation works for me, so I wore it home and also bought a decant for a few pounds from eBay so I could check it wouldn't break me out or look weird in different lights. So far so good, I've been using it about a month. It doesn't oxidise, I can't feel it on my skin, it doesn't make me look like a featureless egg and IT DOESNT SETTLE IN WRINKLES!!!! Which, at my age, is verging on miraculous. So, of course I've spent £32 (plus £3 for a pump and £23 on the gorgeous blush I would never have tried myself). I I can honestly say, I've never liked a liquid foundation since L'Oreal discontinued Mattique in about 1973, but this is lovely. I've been using a matte spray primer underneath (cheapo Revolution from Superdrug) and setting with my beloved Innisfree powder, and it wears very well. If I give it a bit of a fluff up with a Real Techniques stippling brush and repowder after 4-5 hours, it looks freshly applied again and stays looking nice until bedtime. I do think the price is very steep - the bottle feels smaller than other foundations, but you don't need a lot, and of course I've deducted a point for the whole 'no pump' 'buy a pump' 'now the lid won't screw on' debacle, but nothing else I've tried has come close to this. It's very easy to apply and blend, has decent coverage but looks natural, and doesn't make me look flaky or like I've got pores the size of a bin lid, and the colour is spot on. There is a reason it's considered a classic - try it, if you haven't already, especially if you're in your late 30s/early 40s and are finding that makeup highlights your lines.


Lip Gloss -NARS - Velvet Lip Glide

on 2/24/2017 5:32:00 PM

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I received a sample of this in this month's Sephora Play Box in the shade Bound. The color is lovely - your typical MLBB pinky mauve. There are "Bound" to be numerous dupes of this, ha ha... ha. The formula is interesting: it applies fluidly like a liquid lipstick (steady hands required) and it dries down to a velvety semi-matte finish. Everything is alright except that the lasting time is abysmal, even less than a bullet lipstick in the same finish, although I'm sure certain colors fare better. But for Bound, by 2 hours, it already significantly faded from the lips and I had to reapply. That's not a deal-breaker or anything, but I'd honestly rather just use a regular lipstick, simply because they're less fussy and last much longer. I understand liquid lipsticks and glosses being in this format out of necessity, but for the in-betweens, I'm not sold.


Blush -NARS - Orgasm Blush

on 2/23/2017 11:18:00 PM

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I tried the sample sized blush in the shade goulue; at first I was annoyed that the blush was so small but once I dipped my brush it and applied it, the pigmentation was amazing. You only need the tiniest amount for color; it will look clownish if you try to apply more or later it. It is a mostly matte mid tone pink with some fine shimmer in it; if you build it up it will look almost berry. There is no fall out and it stays on my cheeks all day with no primer underneath.


Mascara -NARS - Audacious Mascara

on 2/23/2017 6:13:00 PM

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I don't like to be one to look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth but.... I received a decent mini size of this mascara at a Sephora VIB event and was really excited to try it since I have so many other Nars products I love. The tube itself looks nice and stylish and has that nice red top to the lid. And I guess the brush is red too, though you can't really tell since it is coated in mascara (I think....it's kinda hard to tell from the less than thrilling results I got). The nice look of the tube is where the liking ends, I'm afraid. This really should be called Audaciously Disappointing Mascara. I realize I only had a mini but that shouldn't affect the product or the brush application. Both of these were disappointing, and I'm someone who actually PREFERS a more natural lash look but I wasn't seeing much of anything on my lashes and then, when I finally did see some results, it was mostly clumping and uneven application and generally inexcusable poor quality from a mascara that sells for $34 in Canada. As someone else said, the brush really was painful to the rims of my lids and while I've got other mascaras with similar plastic bristle brushes, none of them hurt performed as poorly. It actually looks a bit like some vicious battle club from the Middle Ages! I've had drugstore mascaras that cost under $10 that work better than this stuff. I am glad I didn't actually spend my own money on this.

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