It's high time that I showed NARS some lovin' in one of these brand focus posts. This has easily been the most impressive brand discovery for me and my NARS collection has expanded rather rapidly from just a blush and bronzer duo to almost all manner of other make-up products. While I love the brand and most of what they have on offer, there are a few things I have tried that are duds and I will also delve into them a little more detail.
Let's talk lips first of all. Up until last December, I had never tried a NARS lip product. Now, I own four of their lip pencils and have no intention of stopping there! My favourite formulation are the NARS Velvet Matte as it is so incredibly rare to find a matte that is highly pigmented yet still creamy and not at all drying - usually you have to forgo one in favour of the others. I speak about this formula all the time and my love for it continues to grow with each shade I get. I currently own Cruella; a vibrant poppy red, Dragon Girl; a raspberry red, and Never Say Never; a neutral purple. I also own one of the NARS Satin Lip Pencils. Yu is a vibrant hot pink and the satin formula is every-so-slightly more slippery than the matte but, offers just as much pigmentation and comfort with, perhaps, a slightly reduced weartime due to the satin finish.
For eyes, I tip my hat toward the NARS eyeshadows as well as the brand's eyeliners. My first foray into NARS eyeshadows was with the NARSissist palette this January. Sadly this is as rare as hen's teeth now but, all of the shades are permanent and of the highest quality (some even say NARS singles and duos are better quality so, in that case, I would be mad not to recommend them!) so, it is definitely worth checking them out. Pigmentation is pretty solid across the range, though some shades need more work than others, and if you focus more on the neutral colours, you'll find it very easy to create an unlimited number of looks with very few eyeshadows as they are all very complementary. The NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliners are very nice, creamy, longwearing pencils. I'd say they are a hybrid of the MAC Eye Kohls and the Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners. I love the shade Via Appia - a warm bronze, but, my only issue with them is that you can't sharpen them conventionally. Instead, you have to use a fiddly wee sharpener in the top of the pencil that does a shoddy job.
There are three NARS face products that I love but, also three that I really dislike (and no longer have so, didn't include here!). I've spoken about the NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Pressed Powder here so, I won't dwell on it except to say this has become my powder of preference and I can't get over how much I love what it does to my skin. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has been in my arsenal since last summer and is still going strong. This is a beautiful, buildable concealer that works well for both blemishes and the undereye area. The newest addition to my NARS collection is the NARS Contour Blush. This is a very new product to the brand and is supposed to be a natural, foolproof contour and highlight kit. I got the palest shade, Olympia, and have been using it everyday. The powder formula is so fine and impossible to muck up so, this is a 10/10 for me!
A quick word on what I dislike from the brand and it's surprising because two are probably the most popular products; foundations because the shade range is very limited and always far too off and yellow on my skintone; NARS Orgasm blush because it's a shimmery mess; NARS Laguna bronzer because it's too orange and muddy for my skintone.