fotd: nars indes galantes

November 5, 2016  |  Face of the Day, NARS  |  2 Comments

At first glance, NARS Indes Galantes seemed like bit of an odd colour combo. It threw me until I actually tried it on my lids, at which point I realised how pretty and duochrome-y the combined effect of the shadows was. I’m wearing it here in a tulip placement, with the gunmetal shade all over my lid and the plummy brown shade in the inner and outer corners and through the crease.

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You can see swatches of this post, where I reviewed the NARS x Sarah Moon collection. Though the matte shade is a little drier than I’d like, it was still very pigmented and blendable on top of being an absolutely gorgeous colour. I was initially going to pair the look with one of the new Moon Matte lipsticks, but it felt a bit dramatic for the day of construction errands I had planned so I went with NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Playpen instead. Full product details are below.

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Face: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted  Moisturizer in Finland, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX03, Koh Gen Maifanshi Natural Lighting Powder // Cheeks: NARS Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette // Eyes: NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Indes Galantes, Make Up For Ever Excessive Las Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Aquabrow in #30 // Lips: NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Playpen


Some of the products in this post were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand(s) or their PR team(s). This post contains affiliate links.

nars x sarah moon holiday 2016

November 5, 2016  |  NARS, New Launches, Product Reviews  |  2 Comments

I briefly mentioned the NARS x Sarah Moon collection a couple weeks ago on Instagram, but it’s just so pretty that I wanted to put up all the rest of my photos from the media preview last month as well as some swatches I’d taken. The preview party was hosted in an art gallery, which was the perfect venue to display large-scale prints of Sarah Moon’s photographs as well as the makeup itself.

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I think all attendees would agree that the gifting sets stole the show. The lucite box sets especially were like little art pieces themselves! I didn’t get a good shot of them at the gallery, but here’s a group shot with my Get Real Lip and Eye Set, featuring a tube of Black Moon Audacious Mascara as well as 2 limited edition mini Audacious lipsticks in Leslie and Bette (swatches below):

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The other lucite box set on display was the Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret, featuring 8 mini Audacious lipsticks in (L-R) Sarah, Anita, Marlene, Rita, Olivia, Sandra, Charlotte and Bette.

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Other gifting sets included the Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

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…the Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette which includes 4 neutral eyeshadows and a Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto..

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…two Cheek/Lip Palettes in Recurring Dare (behind) and True Story (in front, swatched below) which each contained 3 blush shades, a highlighter and a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil…

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…and a mini Velvet Lip Glide Coffret that includes 3 limited edition shades (Chez Claude, Plato’s, No 675) as well as 3 permanent ones (Bound, Unspeakable, Toy).

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If you’re not into sets or palettes, there are also individual items from this collection: eyeshadow duos, nail polish, blush, falsies, kohliner and Moon Matte lipsticks, all of which are limited edition.

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I was most intrigued by the Moon Matte Lipsticks, which are fomula-wise entirely new to NARS. These are probably the most matte-matte bullet lipsticks I’ve tested in a long time that weren’t horribly drying and uncomfortable to wear. They’ve been getting great reviews from other bloggers too, so I hope NARS makes this formula permanent one day! Currently, there are only 4 colours available – 3 shades of red and 1 brownish-nude.

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The other standout amongst the collection’s individual items was the Indes Galantes eyeshadow duo. Both duos are beautiful, with Quai Des Brumes having the prettier and more complex shimmer shade (in my opinion), but Indes Galantes takes the cake for overall being the more unusual/creative colour pairing. They’re swatched here alongside the 2 limited edition Sarah Moon Blushes in Isadora and Impudique.

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And lastly, if I had to choose between all the sets, I would probably pick the Velvet Lip Glide Coffret because I’m so in love with the ones I already own! Hope this was helpful to anyone looking for more information on the collection. I’d love to hear what you’ve tried/are eyeing up from it, now that everything is finally available in stores.

Some of the products in this post were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand(s) or their PR team(s). This post contains affiliate links.

review: nars velvet lip glides

October 1, 2016  |  NARS, Product Reviews  |  1 Comment

NARS Velvet Lip Glides officially launch today, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I was generously gifted some as PR samples a while ago and every time I’ve worn them out (especially Unspeakable, which I wore in this post) people ask about it and I’d end up feeling like such a jerk for talking up something that wasn’t yet available. But today is the day, you guys! I can finally point people in the direction of the nearest NARS counter and send them on their way.

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I actually put up swatches of the full line a couple months ago, but here’s a re-post as well as some better quality close-ups and lip swatches of the colours I have.

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For everyone who’s asked if the Velvet Lip Glides are glosses or liquid lipsticks, they are kind of a hybrid. Think of them as pigmented, semi-opaque, non-sticky glosses. They are less pigmented and more glossy than the limited edition Lip Covers that were released in the summer, and don’t dry down or set at all. You can blot the darker colours into a satin stain, which I sometimes do for a softer look.

I think I’d like to add Bound and No.54 to my collection – what colours are you eyeing up?