NARS Audacious Lipstick

My love for NARS Cosmetics runs deep and unconditional.  They have actually COMPLETELY outdone themselves on their upcoming 20th anniversary launch of Audacious Lipstick Collection.  The two shades I have to show you today are Audrey and Brigitte.  Those names are so iconic and these lipsticks absolutely live up to that!NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

“NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars launched his namesake brand with a collection of 12 unforgettable lipsticks. Now, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, NARS pays tribute to its beginnings with the launch of The Audacious Lipstick Collection: lipsticks so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture, the sensation is absolutely audacious.

The innovative, pigment-rich formula delivers an intense, full-coverage finish in a single stroke, while nutrient rich ingredients are known to smooth, moisturize and volumize. This 40-shade collection features a full range of provocative hues from neutral nudes to striking reds and bold pinks. Housed in a modern, matte-black metallic case with a magnetic closure, the specially designed sculpted bullet is embossed with the NARS logo.” – NARS Cosmetics

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

Because Francois Nars is actually a well-known movie buff and often names his products after movies and the like it is no surprise that the shades in this collection actually are named after some fabulous ladies.  The shades that I have to show you from the NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection just happen to correlate to two of my favorite fashion and beauty icons.  Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

I chose the lipsticks I wanted based SOLELY on the names alone.  I didn’t even have to see the shade to know I love them.  I think the shades were perfectly chosen and really embody the women they are named after.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey is a red currant.  It leans more mauve/rose than the description suggests but it is 100% a lip color for which Audrey is famous.  This type of beautiful, deeper lip shade is going to be PERFECTLY on trend for the Fall.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte is described as a nude rose and I would totally have to agree.  This is actually one of my perfect shades to wear. It goes with everything, including a sexy eye look and an intrepid star.  Brigitte is known as a sexpot and this has sexy written all over it.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection in Audrey and Brigitte Swatches

Can you get over these shades? WOW!  I am completely convinced that I need every shade of NARS Audacious Lipsticks under the sun.  THIS IS ONE SWIPE from the bullet.  I am blown away.  The formula is so rich and luscious.  The pigmentation is smooth and amazing.  I have not one gripe about this collection EXCEPT that I have to wait until September 1st to order them from either narscosmetics.com or Barneys!


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NARS Smokey Eye Kit

NARS Gifting for Fall 2014 includes the beautiful Smokey Eye Kit, the NARSissist’s most-coveted everyday essentials for eyes. Ready to wear—anytime, every place.  I am a neutral junkie and even though I have 2 of these shades already  I think this is a very necessary kit.  It has a travel brush, a mini liner and this gorgeous compact with 3 shades inside.  Essentially it is the basics of what you need for travel and quite compact.

NARS Narcissist Smokey Eye Kit

The compact contains Madrague I, Bali and Mekong. Madrague I is a matte cream, Bali is neutral matte medium taupe, Mekong is an expresso infused with gold micro glitters.

nars smokey eye kit

This kit includes a mini version of the Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto. It is a rich and creamy black pencil that glides on smooth with all the pigmentation in the world and stays there.  This is actually the first chance I have had to play with a NARS eyeliner and I think that it is just everything.  I also love the shape of the tip.  I wish it would stay like that forever because it is truly perfection.nars via veneto pencil

The last item in this set is a travel size of their #43 Wide Contour Eyeshadow brush.  It is the go-to artist essential that does it all: tap, blend, or sweep shadow with ease. Angled doe foot shape allows for all-over or precise application.nars travel size 43 brush

These shades are so beautiful together.  I don’t think I would have ever paired Bali with Mekong on my own.  Maybe I would, but I never have in the past.

nars smokey eye swatches

nars smokey eye kit arm swatches

Now it is time for some compare and contrast.  I do not have Madrague I from any other palette or single so I can’t compare that one for you.  I can only explain that this one is fabulous.  The texture is soft and smooth and for it to be a cream it is extremely pigmented.

nars smokey eye comparisons

Bali is one of those shades that is perfect to sweep all over your lids and just wear on its own for a subtle smokey eye.  Swatched on my finger tips they look very similar.  The texture in the Smokey Eye Kit is actually slightly softer and smoother, but that could be because the 9944 Best palette is quite old now and the texture could have changed.

nars bali comparison

NARS Mekong also looks identical while swatched on the fingers.  The single is actually softer an the Smokey Eye Palette but only by a little bit.

nars mekong comparison

So all swatched out on my arm side by side you can see real differences.  The Bali in the 9944 palette is less dark and a touch cooler in tone.  It also appears that the Mekong in the Smokey Eye Palette is less warm than the single.  So perhaps these shades were altered slightly to make them more agreeable?  More neutral…

nars smokey eye comparison swatches

nars smokey eye look 2

nars smokey eye look

Overall, the NARS Smokey Eye Kit is beautiful and you will get use out of it whether you are brand new with makeup or are a pro.  These shades are staples in my routine and have been for yours.  This kit will retail for $59 at narscosmetics.com (July 15th) and all other boutiques and department stores (like Sephora) starting August 1st.

Tell me in the comments below: What is your favorite eye look?  Do you prefer smokey eyes?  Washes of color?  I want to know!


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NARS Night Caller Fall 2014 Color Collection

The NARS Fall 2014 Color Collection has been announced.  It is called the Night Caller.   Not only is there a gorgeous line-up of autumnal products, this dramatic color palette also features the exciting launch of new Night Series Eyeliners.  I don’t have those to share with you but I am so excited to show you the Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo and the blush named Unlawful.

Dolomites is a beautiful neutral eyeshadow duo.  The left side is described as a rosy pink quartz.  My description is a gorgeous warm plummy, pink taupe.  It has a high-shine, metallic finish and is just beautiful all over the lid.  The right side is described as chocolate and I would agree.  To me it looks like a reddish brown and is the perfect shade to compliment and deepen the lighter shade.
NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo

The texture of this eyeshadow duo is amazing.  They are soft and buttery.  The left side is perfect while the right side kicks up a good bit of powder, but I didn’t experience fallout when I was putting them on my lid.  They blend easily.  Perfection.

NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo Swatches

Unlawful blush is a warm amber pink with silver micro-glitters.  It really is love.  There are a lot of those micro-glitters packed in this beautiful blush.  In my swatches you can see them big time but when these are dusted on the cheek the glitters seem to fall away for the most part.  The good thing about these glitters is that when you are using this you don’t actually need a highlighter in addition to the blush.

NARS Unlawful Blush

 

The swatches on my fingers are both this blush but I felt it was important to show you them side by side because it plays with the light beautifully.  You can see that with the movement of your skin you can catch light and it illuminates the cheek bones.  The texture is really nice too.  Finely milled and very soft.

NARS Unlawful Blush Swatches

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Overall I think that NARS Night Caller is a beautiful collection full of colors that are perfect for the Fall.  For some reason Autumn shades really excite me.  I think that it is because the summer is so jam-packed with brights that I am ready for comfortable neutrals.  What is it that you love about Fall makeup collections?


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NARS Callisto

I am a huge NARS Cosmetics fan.  In case you want to see a list of all my NARS posts just click the link!  When I found out about the fantastic BRAND NEW Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows I leapt for joy.  NARS releases new items all the time but almost never an entirely new formula.  The shade I have for you today is Callisto

“Double-down with the new dual-application formula – apply dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or apply with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense, opaque color. Twelve ready-to-wear and rebelliously romantic shades transform your look with a riveting range from delicate peach pink to fierce black orchid. This exciting new product is available beginning July 1 at NARS boutiques and on www.narscosmetics.com.”

NARS Callisto

Callisto is described as an icy, silver pink.  When I am looking at it in the pan I keep trying to call it taupe because of its complexity.  Actually, I think that anytime a color has a silvery sheen running through it I call it taupe…  Yeah…

So I took pictures of it immediately because I was dying to get into this pan and smear it all up!  I just ran my finger over this shade a couple of swipes and I am completely amazed at the HIGH SHINE I got in return.  This is supposed to be Dual-Intensity but with intensity like this dry, I am not sure I will need to apply it wet.  nars callisto swatch

So even though I can tell that this is definitely a silvery pink with mild leanings of tan I still wanted to swatch it next to my favorite taupes of all time.  Just to see how it stacked up.

nars taupe comparisons

 

L to R:  Shu Uemura ME856, Shu Uemura ME850, NARS Callisto, CARGO Yukon, Lancome Erika F.

nars swatch arm comparisons

Compared side by side I see that this one screams pink, but can you see the little glimmer of brown/tan that is shining through?  It is love.  I am in love with NARS Callisto.  Now I just need to get my hands on more of these shades.  I don’t know about you, but I am now off to go and find more shades on their website for me to hoard collect!  And like always, I will have a makeup look coming very soon for you to see!  Again, this are on narscosmetics.com, Sephora, and other various retailers.

Which shade are you most excited about?


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