Liquid -NARS -Sheer Glow Foundation

on 12/14/2017 6:11:00 AM

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I decided to buy this foundation after researching non-comedogenic high-end alternatives after using Revlon Colorstay pretty much religiously for about two years. The main issue I had with Revlon was that I'm very yellow and it's hard to find a match in their range, but I also loved the finish of it and it did not seem to break me out. Now as for Nars, I loved loved loved the colour match in light 6 Ceylan, it basically was the exact shade of my skin. Sadly, that was pretty much the only thing I liked about it. Usually I stay away from primers as they tend to break me out, and with the colorstay on its own I managed just fine for everyday wear. This, on the other hand, just goes on very patchy and stays on top of my skin in an odd way, so for example I can see my pores possibly even more than without foundation on and even though I do not really struggle with redness, it just leaves any redness uncovered somehow. I just can't seem to push it in so that it blends into my skin and it ends up looking super cakey once I set it. I've tried just fingers but that was too streaky, I've tried just a beauty blender sponge but it used up so much product and did not cover, and then I mixed the two methods ie applied mostly with fingers and used sponge to blend in by tapping but that left me patchy... This is all mostly an issue with my T-zone, and on the sides of my face where the skin is drier it looks fine, but nothing special. All in all I'm off to try out other high-end non-comedogenic yellow-based foundations because this has sadly not worked for me at all despite all the great reviews!


Masks -NARS -Aqua Gel Luminous Mask

on 12/14/2017 3:06:00 AM

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I use this less as a mask and more as a "pre-moisturizer". Toners just don't to do much for me, so I go the granny-who-is-an-adorable-living-time-capsule route and just use various flower waters... rose, neroli, or lavender, and sometimes witch hazel. But I do find I need a little something to go under proper moisturizer and face oil, and this fits the bill.

When you first squeeze it out of the tube, it looks thin (even kind of watery), and translucent, not very promising. But something happens when it goes on... it's not full of moisture but it nicely quenches the thirst my skin so often feels. It's not thick or plumping but somehow skin feels so much smoother and fine-textured after this goes on. It's not cushiony but soothes and comforts skin that is hot and bothered. It feels cooling even when I haven't put it in the fridge. Going by that and a slight tingling feeling I often feel on application, I would be tempted to say that one of the ingredients is alcohol. But I've tried other products that include alcohol before, and with very little exception, they wreck my skin... I actually break out when my skin is too DRY, I think it has something to do with the barrier being damaged. That's not what happens here.

It's a great product and a little goes a long way... I use an amount that's literally the size of a pea, and it's enough to brighten and refresh the whole face (I don't think I've seen any benefits from using any more... if anything, it tends to blunt the effect). I use it morning and evening, alone in summer (when the weather is hot and humid and my skin soaks up water from the air anyway), and during the rest of the year I layer it under moisturizer and face oils. Not necessarily every day, because I am terrible about maintaining a consistent routine, and also because I'm trying to economize because of how darn expensive this is, but this does tend to be the first thing I reach for whenever my skin feels dull and ready for a pick-me-up. On that count, it always delivers.

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Concealers -NARS -Radiant Creamy Concealer

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I decided to re-write an old review because I've changed my mind about this completely. I loved it when I first got it, then after wear, watching my undertones more and including a more dewy foundation I just can't get on with it.

The formula is quite nice. It is very creamy, incredibly easy to blend and isn't at all flat- it really does look radiant. I'd say for a concealer it has medium coverage, which is just not enough for my particular brand of crazy dark circles. The lightest shade (chantilly) is also too yellow for my liking and other more neutral options are too dark. I'd more class it as a cool yellow though, so you more yellow toned cool peeps might love the shade. Personally though I need something like a cool neutral.

My main problem with this is the creasing. DEAR GODS THE CREASING. I've tried my newer foundation without this and had no problems at all, but with this I crease like absolute crazy. I have tried every method to work with the formula but I just can't. Powder first, Powder then primer, Powder after, Powder sacrifices to the great lord satan- just nothing works. I have large-ish round eyes so I have a small amount of deep natural lines under my eyes which have been there since childhood, i'm not sure if it would be as bad with fine lines caused by age but it might be something to take into account.

All in all, this just isn't worth the money for me any more.

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Lipstick -NARS -Audacious Lipstick - Barbara

on 12/12/2017 1:26:00 PM

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Executive summary: this color is beautiful, this formula is the pits.

This color is beautiful: I am a very fair woman and this is basically the color of my lips when I'm having a very pale day. It's not my lips but better, it's just my lip color in lipstick format. So basically it is the end all be all nude lip for me. It's a sandy pink with a dash of yellow, and it's transparent enough that a lip liner can really be fun to play with here. Today I wore it with MAC's Enoki and I am having a lovely trippy time remembering a mauve combo I wore at Estée Lauder in the early aughts. It's so gorgeous.

This formula is the pits: I am completely in the minority here, I know, but this is a wretched formula. The colors are so gorgeous though that I finally caved on Barbara (and might do with Shirley, too). It can give me "fadey" lip, and kind of a dry crusty looking lip if I don't baby sit it and if I go sans liner, it isn't lasting for longer than an hour. It feels gorgeous going on, but then it's done. But again I feel like I am so in the minority on this opinion that if you're on the fence, go try it. This color is so so fetching.

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Liquid -NARS -Sheer Glow Foundation

on 12/11/2017 10:35:00 AM

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Love this foundation, i have combination skin and it gives a nice full coverage without looking too cakey. I also don’t tend to break out with this foundation. Tried many other foundations such as Mac but don’t have the same glow and coverage after applying.

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Eye Shadow -NARS -Narcissist Eyeshadow Pallette

on 12/11/2017 7:37:00 AM

I saw this on the Sephora web site and decided to try it. This is another warm toned pallette, that has primarily glitter/sparkly shadows, which makes it very hard to do am eyeshadow look using this alone. I like some of the pink and red shades, but 2 of the colors are basically glitter, and only 4 are matte. I am going to use it during the holidays, but I do no see this as being something I would use very often. I really should have returned it.


Blush -NARS -Orgasm Blush

on 12/10/2017 9:54:00 PM

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The NARS ORGASM BLUSH is a pretty hyped up product. It gives my NC25-30 skin tone a nice warm glow during winter whilst leaving a faint hint of colour. This is not an overpowering corally-pink shade but can be built up. I focus the product on the inner cheek area giving me a 'innocent' kind of look but putting it on the outer perimeters, of my face, also works.
I find that the sparkly particles are too large in size and that the chunks are very noticeable. It clashes when I wear highlighter as well. But I do like this product for everyday use (for a bit of colour on the face during the winter months).
I received this as a gift because I couldn't face paying that much for a blush but I think it does work well in my collection.

I like the sleek look of the packaging but it doesn't get messy and collects makeup.
Overall, a decent product.. satisfying many.


Blush -NARS -Torrid

on 12/10/2017 4:24:00 AM

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This blush is good. This was my first blush (bought it based on hype around Nars blushes) and I apply it very sparingly as I did not get a hang of blush application when I started with this. I like this color and I bought it based on the reviews that said this is the best blush for tan or medium/dark skin. I'm nc41or nc40 and Bobbi Brown 4.25 in Natural Tan. This blush is very good for my skin tone and not too bright. But as I have watched more make up tutorials and as I've started with pink blushes, I feel that this color is more of an orange coral for my liking these days. Nevertheless, I like this color and I wear it once in a while. It may look best with a tan like other reviews suggest as I often tone it down so that it doesn't look muddy or orangey. I do have a medium dark skin tone nevertheless and I still tone it down sometimes. So, if you are light to medium, I would suggest to swatch before you buy this one if you don't like too much orange in your blush.

I hate the rubber packaging. It's melted and become all sticky and I haven't even made a slightest dent in the blush yet. It was ok as long as it was stored in it's box. It's expensive for the amount of product you get and I wish the packaging was fool proof. However, I do see that for a light make up wearer thus could last for a very long time. Packaging issue with melting and becoming sticky can be resolved too. I used rubbing alcohol to get rid of the sticky mess and I was left with a matte plastic casing - below that rubbery mess is a plastic casing. However, I still think for the price I'm paying I should never have to invest more time or money to salvage the packaging. I don't have any problems with the pigmentation of this one. It's quite pigmented and when I use a real techniques blush brush it picks up enough product that you can build to a full application in two strokes. I also use a hakuhodo kabuki before I bought the blush brush and that brush picks up the color like crazy. So, the pigmentation is very good. There is tiny micro sparkle, but nothing too bothersome. Good product overall.


Lip Liners -NARS -Velvet lip liner in 'Waimea'

on 12/10/2017 4:03:00 AM

I bought this after I read a review on makeup and beauty blog. I was looking at buying a nude/neutral lip pencil that I could wear under a neutral lip color so that the neutral lip color doesn't wash me out. I had velvet teddy by mac and I couldn't make it work on me. A clarins joli rouge lipstick also washed me out when I had a tan. So, I saw many tutorials that said if you could line your lips with a darker color, you could made these work. That was my motivation behind going for this lip pencil. This is only my second lip pencil. My first was a berry toned lip pencil by Maybelline. I should have gotten the ever so popular spice by MAC. I have since purchased a MAC lip liner and I'm now in a good position to review and compare both.

This lip pencil is anything but velvety. It drags on my lips and applies a sharp line and does not blend a bit. I tried to build it up by doing feathery strokes but that doesn't work either. Many reviews I read say otherwise. I dislike this product a lot. It is a total waste of money and I tried to warm it up as you do with an eye pencil by first going over my hand a few strokes. It applies well on the hand and a little better on lips after this. But I've never been able to wear this even once. Everytime it applies in lines and the product does not blend at all. The product is new and I bought it from Sephora. I have the MAC in stripdown and Maybelline in a berry shade. They are both super velvety. MAC does dry out on the lips after a while but applies smooth. I'm nc41 in MAC and Natural Tan in Bobbi Brown. I bought this color sight unseen as I got a good deal online and I wanted to also wear this as a standalone lip. It does not work with my skin tone also. It is much too light and peachy-orangey. I would not recommend this product.

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Blush -NARS -Liquid Blush

on 12/10/2017 12:52:00 AM

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I have two NARS liquid blushes - Orgasm and Torrid and I love them both equally. I've tried the powder version of Orgasm and I liked it when it was 'the' blush to wear but my tastes have changed over time, primarily because what suited me in my younger years doesn't flatter me in my mature years. The liquid version of this blush isn't as glittery as the powder form and the staying power is superior.

These blushes are very pigmented so a little goes a long way. I find one pump more than enough. Speaking of the pump packaging, it's easy to squeeze too much product if you're not careful so use caution.
The formula is superb and blends easily and effortlessly.

Orgasm does have a bit of shimmer whereas Torrid doesn't. I'll wear Torrid in the summer when I like warm, coral toned looks.

Yes, these blushes are expensive and given how little product I use, they will last me for quite some time.
A worthy investment.

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Concealers -NARS -Radiant Creamy Concealer

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I first used this concealer with a full face of foundation, & truthfully didn't care for it. It just didn't wow me, especially for the price. It sat in my collection for awhile- and I decided to try it out with a more natural face. Some days, I like to look more natural (though I love full out glam most days ❤️) I honestly had troubles finding a concealer that didn't look obvious under my eyes. My skin is clear, and I have tiny under eye circles- but I have blue veins under each of my eyes. I've had them for years, and they have always made me self conscious- they're easily covered with a full face of makeup. This is the only concealer that looks flawless under my eyes. It brightens, covers the blue veins & just looks beautiful. I use a damp beauty blender to blend it out. Considering no laser place I've gone to will zap these veins (they're to close to my eyes) I'm really happy with how this looks :) not sure why this doesn't work with any of my foundations - but I'm not complaining.

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Tinted Moisturizer -NARS -Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

on 12/9/2017 2:12:00 AM

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EDIT: I didn’t get Groenland and St Moritz lol people on the tester counters mixed up the tubes & placed them in the wrong place. I got Alaska and Cuzco lol. Alaska matches me very well.

I’ve never liked tinted moisturisers much and have always been partial to foundation, but lately I’ve been trying to go foundation-free as I work on my skincare. I thought maybe it might be time to try tinted moisturiser again - and boy, they’ve come a long way since the greasy, covered-literally-nothing days!

Pros:
- Coverage. I’m normally acne-prone but I haven’t been breaking out too much so I don’t desire a full-coverage makeup base now. I want a more natural look, so I like this. I wouldn’t say it covered nothing either. The coverage is definitely there.
- Good colour match. Thank God I got samples from Mecca Cosmetics before buying because the shade I thought I was (St Moritz) ended up being too dark for me! The shade lighter than that (Groenland) ended up suiting me quite well even though it’s supposed to have a neutral pink/peachy tone (my skin is more yellow toned). I think if you’re an NC30-35 St Moritz would match, but right now I’m more of an NC25-30 and Groenland suits me better.
- Application is easy. I use my fingers. It works.
- Not greasy like other tinted moisturisers I’ve tried. My face can get a bit shiny after a few hours but if I powder up after application, it doesn’t do that. Then again, my skin isn’t too oily. It also hasn’t broken me out (yet?)
- Has SPF. Doesn’t make a huge difference for me since I choose to wear SPF underneath any makeup anyway but to those who rely on their base makeup for SPF, this is a good option. May want to stay if your skin doesn’t like chemical sunscreens. This has that.

Cons:
- Can emphasise dry patches, even minor ones. But I do find that if I apply this straight after my skincare, it doesn’t seem to do that as much.
- Still need to use a concealer for particularly dark PIH or pimples. What can I say though? This is a tinted moisturiser, so of course coverage will be quite light.
- The price haha retails for around $60 in Australia.

All in all, I would most likely buy the actual tube once my sample has run out. I’m not exactly enthused by the price and having it cling to dry patches, but I think the pros outweigh the cons in terms of what I’m personally looking for in a tinted moisturiser.

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Highlighters -NARS -Illuminator in Laguna

on 12/8/2017 9:52:00 PM

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A little pricey, but oh god its worth it. I apply as a bronzer/ contour using my fingers and blend out with a stippling brush. It really gives me a bronzey goddess glow. In love! It wears evenly on my skin and doesn't get patchy on me, like I know some other people do. Also, a little goes a long way - I don't think I'll ever have to repurchase this!


Concealers -NARS -Radiant Creamy Concealer

on 12/8/2017 2:33:00 PM

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This product is kind of pricey for a concealer, sure - but a tube also lasts me about a year, so it ends up being a really good value. I use Chantilly, which is a great match for my pale NW15 skin. It doesn't cover my under-eye circles but they are the dreaded genetic shiner variety and quite honestly nothing will cover those. I use it for an all around concealer/brightener, and it has a nice texture that looks natural.

NARS is cruelty free, although they've just expanded into the Chinese market which requires animal testing - so I'm not sure that they will be able to retain that distinction for much longer.

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Eye Shadow -NARS -Isolde Duo

on 12/7/2017 8:25:00 AM

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Beautiful colors, they make you look like a golden goddess. However, you will have significant fallout if you are not careful. I would recommend doing the eyes before the face when you are using this eyeshadow.

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