While I am familiar with the brand and own a few items, my makeup collection does not include a ton of NARS products. However, I’ve recently found myself in possession of several which are newer to me so I thought I’d do a collective NARS makeup review. I had so much fun testing out these products and putting this post together, that I’d like to make a little series out of it. Therefore, I will continue to occasionally review brands in groups. On the practical side of things, while I usually like to focus on reviewing one item, group reviews will also help me get through some of the many, many products I’m interested in as well as allow me to share more with you guys! Of course, I know that there is nothing new about this idea as I have been watching collective brand reviews on youtube and reading about them on blogs for years. Unlike my other Series which are posted quite randomly, I am going to try to do these Brand Spotlights bi-monthly. Finally, instead of including them in the “Special Features” section, I’ve decided they will be best placed in the menu under “Reviews” – “Brand Spotlight”. I hope you guys enjoy this approach!
NARS Cosmetics is a Shiseido-owned cosmetics and skin care company founded by François Nars, make-up artist and photographer. His first products, lipsticks, were first sold at Barneys New York. Since then, NARS has expanded into a global brand carrying multi-use beauty products, including their ever so famous blushes.
A few months ago I picked up a great 500-point perk that Sephora had on offer, which included three deluxe-sized samples of NARS products: NARS Blush in Deep Throat, NARS Pencil Eyeliner in Via Veneto, and the NARS Lip Pencil in Rikugien. Prior to that, I had also managed to score a deluxe sample of the NARS Lipgloss in Orgasm as well as their liquid/cream highlighter in Copacabana. That’s quite a bit of freebies (these were gifts with purchase not sent to me). Also already in my possession (which I purchased but had not yet opened) was a full-size of the *NARS Light Reflecting (Translucent) Loose Powder.
I’ve been using all of these products for at least three weeks (some longer) and here are my thoughts:
Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
According to NARS, this powder “enhances the look of foundation without a trace of color and prolongs makeup wear’. It is “infused with Photochromic Technology to diffuse light and adjust to new sources of light throughout the day”, optically fading fine lines, wrinkles and pores as well as regulating shine and setting foundation. It is paraben-free, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.
I’d heard a lot of hype around this powder last year, which is why I finally ended up purchasing it for myself. At the time, I had about five powders open so this remained unused until just a few weeks ago (will power, yah!) . Anyway, I’m kind of kicking myself for waiting so long because I LOVE this magical fairy dust! In my humble opinion, it does everything it says it’s going to do. It is lightweight, does not affect the colour of my foundation (though I am light/medium), mattifies, holds up to the hot weather and…drumroll, please, actually does blur the look of minor imperfections. For me, this is mainly the larger pores around my nose/upper check area. I think I might like this better than my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (gasp!). I think this would work well for all skin types. It retails for $34.00 USD.
Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien
According to NARS, their Satin Lip Pencils, are a “modern, long-wearing, vitamin-enriched formula in a jumbo pencil format” that “provide great wear and intense color with a satin finish”. The colour Rikugien is described as a rose pink. In my opinion, this is a very sheer but nice every-day wearable shade. This is the only satin lip pencil that I’ve tried from NARS, so keep that in mind when I say that I don’t find this product to be long wearing. It is, however, quite moisturizing and comfortable on the lips. A full size retails for $25.00 USD.
Nars Lip Gloss in Orgasm
The Nars Lip Glosses have recently been reformulated. They claim to provide “serious shine and sexy color in sheer, semi-sheer and creamy formulas”. Much like it’s blush counterpart, Orgasm is described as a peachy-pink with shimmer and I would categorize it as somewhere between semi-sheer/creamy. I think this particular colour gives great dimension to the lips (especially when applied at the center). It has decent wear-time, is not too sticky and is comfortable on the lips (I do not feel any glitter or shimmer particles). Finally, it is great worn on it’s own or as a topper. A full size retails for $26.00 USD.
Nars Blush in Deep Throat
Deep Throat is described as a “flirty, sheer peach”. The self-proclaimed “ultimate authority”, NARS is very well known for its blushes and claims to offer “the industry’s most iconic shades for cheeks” which are “natural, healthy-looking colors that immediately enliven the complexion”. As a “beauty blogger” is may be sacrilegious for me to admit that prior to Deep Throat, I hadn’t owned any NARS blushes. I did try Orgasm many years ago but that’s about it. I find this colour gives my light/medium complexion a healthy glow that looks quite natural. This is a fairly neutral shade that will pair well with almost anything. Because of the sheen finish, I find a highlighter unnecessary. NARS blushes retail for $30.00 USD.
Nars Illuminator in Copacabana
According to NARS, their liquid illuminators provide a “light from within” effect, claiming to enhance the complexion with shimmering incandescence. They are formulated to be applied all over the face or used as a highlighter, under, over or mixed with foundation. I’ve had this puppy for a year and though this is a sample size, a little goes a long way. Unfortunately, I don’t find that this particular illuminator mixes well with foundation and prefer to use it over my foundation as a highlighter before powder. Copacabana is described as a glistening pearl and I would characterize it as having a slight pink undertone. The Illuminators retail for $30.00 USD
Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto (Black)
This is a product I am more familiar with. Although I received the deluxe sample featured here in the Sephora perk, I do own the full size. For me, this is the only pencil liner that stays in my water line for most of the day. I agree with all of NARS’ claims when it comes to this product. I find it to be extremely long-wearing, budge-proof, very black and comfortable to apply. Last year, I had purchased this and the Marc Jacobs gel pencil liner in my search for the perfect water-line liner and this beat the MJ out, hands down. These liners are also far better at staying in the waterline, in my opinion, than the Urban Decay 24/7 liners (though I still enjoy those). The *Larger than Life Eyeliners retail for $24.00 USD.
Another of favorite products from NARS are their lipsticks, I own Roman Holiday and Dolce Vita.
NARS products can be purchased at NARS boutiques, Department Stores, Sephora and other retailers. There are not available locally (Bahamas). For international shoppers living in a region to where neither NARS nor Sephora ship, I have found NARS products on Amazon that ship through the *Blue Mercury storefront which is a well-known beauty boutique. Of course, if you’re in the U.S you can also shop Blue Mercury directly.
All products featured were purchased by the author. All opinion’s are the author’s. Affiliate links are marked with an “*”. For more information see Disclaimer here.