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Overview: NARS



It's strange to think if I had never started blogging I would have never felt the itch to explore the expensive, yet alluring NARS brand. This post could easily be called Blogging Made Me Buy It, but I'll be exploring NARS and giving you an overview of the brand along with my general thoughts.

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer was the first NARS product to come into my life the same day I purchased my first MAC product (fun fact). I had read about it and watched it in action in YouTube videos for months and just had to have it. I used to use it primarily for under my eyes, but it can be a bit heavy and fade easily if you don't pay attention to it. It's truly amazing with blemishes though. Red spots can't be seen after this stuff gets a hold of them.

I'm just going to go out on a limb and say that the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizers are my favorite NARS products. They're the perfect summer coverage and give my skin an amazing dewy glow that other bases just can't seem to achieve. It's a very light coverage, but still manages to hid any uneven skin tones and reduces redness effortlessly. A must try. The newest NARS addition to my little collection is their Sheer Glow Foundation. A medium to heavy coverage that makes skin look flawless, just as long as you get the right shade. I love the consistency of this and with a damp sponge application is a breeze. As I've said before though the color range is interesting and you have to be careful when selecting your shade as things seem to run a bit yellow.

The blogging world definitely convinced me I had to have the limited edition NARS Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette. I had been eyeing up "Orgasm" for a while and this palette included it. So I said goodbye to my money and hello to the world of NARS blushes. Although incredibly expensive, this palette has definitely gotten its use. I won't go into too much detail as it's only available on ebay and amazon these days, but it was a great buy that helped me to see just how pigmented and creamy NARS blushes are.

On to lips which is a genre I've only recently started to explore in NARS. Their Satin Lip Pencil in "Rikugien" is creamy yet feels permanent on the lips. It's a hard feeling to explain but its as if you can just tell that it'll stay on your lips for a while, long after the creamy moisturizing goodness has worn off. It's a perfect nude mauve color and so easy to use. On the darker side of things is the "Mirihi Island Beach" lip pencil. By far my favorite product design for a lip pencil making things a snap to use (it's a twist up!), this shade is a lot darker than I expected it would be. Yet it's still easy to get that perfect line and when I'm feeling bold I'll be sure to bring this out. "Tolede" satin lipstick leaves something to be desired as it is just too close to my natural lip color for me to even notice I'm wearing it. The consistency is great however and I'm sure a darker shade would be marvelous. And the packaging. Swoon.

Regardless of quality, NARS is still a really expensive brand for us working girls. There are loads of brands out there that are creating just as wonderful products for less, but I can't deny the pull to purchase NARS. Using the products feel like a decadent experience. It's not something I'll purchase every shopping trip, but as a little treat to myself every now and again. So if you have some spare cash laying around and want to treat yo self, you can't go wrong with NARS.

Do you own any NARS products? Which ones? Anything I should give a try? What do you think about the brand?

xoxo Kayla


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  1. Nars Sheer Glow is next on my list of foundations to try! I have wanted it for literally ages, but nowhere near me sells it, so to make sure I get the right colour I want to try it in person. Plus I do already have quite a few foundations sitting around which I should probably get through first...

    Jem Jem's Blog

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    1. I feel like that's always the case with foundations! I have a mound of them ( ;

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    1. Right?! The eye shadow palettes that have been released lately are swoon worthy but for the price and the actual size it just seems silly....

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  3. If I could only use one brand of makeup for the rest of my life, I'm almost positive that I'd choose Nars (disregarding how expensive that would be). I really want to try the Tinted Moisturizer! Their eyeshadow duos are really great too - I have the one in Earth Angel and even though it has an intimidating olive green shade in it, it's super pretty and wearable!

    Kelsey | Beauty by Kelsey

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    1. I actually don't know what brand I would use for the rest of my life if I had to choose one? I love Stila a surprising amount but haven't tried any bases by them...maybe I need to!

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  4. i want to try out their foundation, concealer and lip pencils but it's all so expensive and being an 18 year old expensive makeup is not a good thing for me to get into haha, nice post though!!

    fashion, beauty and an existential crisis

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    1. I completely understand. If NARS dropped all their prices $5 it would make a huuugeee difference. It's too bad they are so expensive

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  5. New Years Resolution: Try More Products From Nars.

    It's as if you wrote this post as a recommendation for me! I already have and love the Nars Sheer Glow but i'll definitely have to check out a few of the other products mentioned, and I already *need* that Creamy Concealer!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

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    1. That's awesome and good timing on my part! I've been wanting to write about NARS for a while but worried I hadn't experienced the brand enough yet...but then I thought what the heck let's do it!

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  6. I own two NARS products - the Laguna bronzer and Douceur blush. Both awesome products, I've already hit major pan on Laguna and I really love Douceuer as well, but as far as I know it's going to be discontinued! :/

    TanjaWhatsername x

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    1. I've heard some amazing things about Douceur. I may have to scoop it up before it's gone!

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  7. I love Nars Sheer Glow Foundation it gives me such a flawless, natural finish. I was also lucky enough to receive the Nars 'One Night Stand' palette last xmas and I'm still just as in love with it! xo

    Jenny | That Northern Gal

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  8. I absolutely love Nars and the Sheer Glow foundation is one of my all time faves! I definitely agree that the shades are a little on the yellow side though :) x

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  9. I have only tried a Nars Foundation and Lipstick and both I have been disappointed with.

    GreyWalls 

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    1. Which ones did you try!? I want to be sure to avoid them ( ;

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  10. I have the Creamy Concealer and I'm going to buy the Sheer Glow :-) Would love to try one of the lip pencils xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  11. I adore the cheek palette and the Rikugien lip pencil! Nars is such an amazing brand :) I love Sheer Glow but for some reason on me is more dry than matter foundations, maybe for the really light texture? And I agree on the concealer, it was a bit dry for the under eye area... Loved this post! :) xx

    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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