NARS Review

I am easily seduced by NARS cosmetics. It’s easy to convince myself I need something else enrobed in matte black packaging. Here are my most recent finds:

I couldn’t resist the Danmari All About Cheeks Palette($107 value, for $65). I personally think the regular sized blushes are huge (0.16 oz.) but the tinier (0.12 oz) ones are perfect. This palette of 6 contains an OK selection of colors, I do think they should have left out one of the Orgasm shades, because who needs 2 and how much difference is there really between Orgasm and Super Orgasm? I was impressed with the size of this palette and love the large mirror. Great travel palette. At $65, each 0.12 oz. blush works out to cost $10.83. A regular sized 0.16 oz. blush costs $27. For a regular blush you’re paying $168.75/oz. In this palette you’re paying $90.28/oz. Overall, I didn’t really need it, but… oh well.

face candy grade: B+

Is there one beauty thing that you always manage to do? Mine is contouring. I love my cheekbones and ALWAYS contour. I bought The Multiple Bronzer ($38) in Malaysia for quick on the go contouring. A couple swipes, blend with your fingers and you’re done. The color is intense at first but can be sheered depending on your desired finish. I layer Laguna Powder Bronzer over top with an angled cheek brush. I really like it but don’t think it’s worth $38.

face candy grade: B-

Read about my experience at the New York Makeup Show

After being quite disappointed by MUFE’s uplights, I decided to try The Illuminator ($29) in Copacabana. The glistening pinky pearl is not a color I would have normally picked for myself, but I’m branching out and trying new things. Anyway, I apply a little on both cheeks and up into the cheek bones, down the center of my nose and on my cupid’s bow. Combine this with the Multiple Bronzer and your face will have dimensions you never knew it had! Work quickly though, it can dry in an unflattering way if you wait too long. One of my new favorites.
face candy grade: A

The Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow ($45) caught my eye and I needed it. I love the first two shades, black with red pearl and black with purple pearl, but could do without the black with gunmetal shimmer. I all ready own Night Clubbing which is black with gold pearl. This is one of my favorite lining palettes, I almost always reach for it when getting dressed up. That said, I find the third eyeshadow to be useless and the first has begun to crumble a bit around the edges despite having travelled practically no where in its short life. If you’re really into the colors, splurge, but otherwise you can probably live without it.

face candy grade: B-

What are your favorite NARS products? I think the next thing to try will be the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24) as I know some people prefer it to Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, which I am just now finishing up.

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