NARS Cosmetics

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. (

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987 products

42,237 reviews

71% would repurchase

Recent NARS Cosmetics Reviews

Concealers -NARS Cosmetics -Radiant Creamy Concealer

on 9/18/2018 9:40:00 AM


I use this concealer for my dark circles, it has great coverage and blends very easily, a little goes a long way, however, it creases on me even after I set it. Ive noticed that it creases less when I blend using my fingers rather than a wet beauty blender.

Mascara -NARS Cosmetics -Climax

on 9/16/2018 2:40:00 AM


I really wanted to love this. The packaging is so fantastic. Unfortunately the product itself wasn’t even close to the packaging or any other NARS product. I tried the mascara for a week, hoping I was experiencing a fluke. It flaked very quickly - after just a few hours. It was also fairly clumpy. I found the brush difficult to get down towards the root of my lashes. The color is not black, but more a dark slate grey. By far the worst issue was with the flaking. I’ll be returning this one ☹️

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Blush -NARS Cosmetics -Orgasm Blush


Meh, I wasn't impressed with this cult favorite. It gets hard pan quite quickly, fades in less than an hour, and is not universally flattering. The only positives were it went it on smoothly and the packaging is nice and slim. I have a neutral undertone and this applied really red/orange, almost as if I had rosacea. This looks so pretty on my friend though who has a warm undertone, so I would have this applied in store before you buy.

5 of 6 people found this helpful.

Eye Shadow -NARS Cosmetics -Velvet Shadow Stick

on 9/14/2018 10:25:00 AM

Based on reviews, I am guessing that Oaxaca is the most popular shade in this formula from Nars. I have 2 others that look similar, LM Khaki and Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Brun Chatain, which I think is discontinued. Oaxaca is much more subtle and neutral than either of these. It is a lovely shade to add a bit of color and sheen if you are in a hurry or want to just look very casual or for very hot summer days when a full face of makeup seems unbearable. It is hard to describe the color, maybe warm greyish shimmery taupe. I have hazel/green eyes with pretty fair neutral/golden skintone and the color works great, but I think it would work with most eye colors and skin shades. This was my first e/s crayon purchase and I think it is the only one I am likely to use up and repurchase. And, if you're doing a full eye look, this one works great to give a subtle shimmer pop in an otherwise matte look.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Lipstick -NARS Cosmetics -Casablanca

on 9/13/2018 11:46:00 AM


This is a unique peach shade I ordered from the Nars site since I couldn’t find it anywhere else. I am a sucker for peach lipsticks and I have yet to find one that doesn’t read as nude, pastel, bright, or coral, and Casablanca totally fits that bill. It’s almost straight up medium orange (with a tinge of pink/coral) but is so well balanced that it looks great on my cool-leaning olive skin tone.

Casablanca isn’t totally opaque (it’s not a sheer though, if you have Nars Niagara, it’s the same opacity/consistency) but a few extra swipes will achieve rich, dewy color that seems to melt into your lips. I have really pigmented lips though fyi.

This one of the original formula crème/satin Nars lipsticks, which is a formula I really love. I don’t find it drying at all, and it’s very comfortable to wear all day. It doesn’t emphasize texture, which can be an issue for me. It’s not bulletproof in the least but it fades evenly and is easy to reapply. I actually love the way it looks at the end of the day after a few reapplications.

Casablanca is making me feel ~philosophical~ about makeup. It’s a shade that’s been around for a minute but it doesn’t necessarily have a retro vibe…I guess it’s making me nostalgic for simpler makeup times. The formula of these older Nars lipsticks is so elegant; they don’t have that “newest greatest longest lasting fanciest” feel with the accompanying product turnaround and fatigue. They aren’t “perfect” by our modern makeup standards, but they have a certain mystery—the shades are inspired even if they seem standard. You can sense the artistry vs. the technology and industry that is so rampant these days. I can see someone, Francois Nars probably, sitting and thinking about the city of Casablanca (or even the movie, or any other source of inspiration), how it looks, how it feels, until the perfect shade comes to him. This is probably an unpopular opinion, but it’s how I feel. I do appreciate so many of today’s makeup innovations (my foundation would not stay on my face otherwise), and I do recognize there is a ton of creativity happening in the makeup world, but like I said, I do miss when it was simpler.

Anyway, great lipstick lol

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

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