6 December 2014

An ode to NARS

An Ode to NARS

From those first twelve lipsticks sold in New York NARS has grown to become a worldwide make up brand and somewhat of a household name for many beauty enthusiasts across the country. It wasn't until this time last year when I tried my very first NARS product whereby ever since I have found myself keeping up with the latest releases and eyeing up more than one of their lip pencils. From the sleek black packaging to the beauty that is NARS Sheer Glow I think it truly is a brand that embraces beauty, individuality and a passion for the make up industry.

Let's not shy away from the fact that NARS is quite a luxurious brand of which of course comes with a price tag. Due to this I find that it is not a brand that I can just go and spend money on as I like to take my time and try the products to the best of my ability before I purchase them. My first product was the much hyped NARS Sheer Glow whereby after being colour matched to the shade 'deauville' at the counter I decided to treat myself with my birthday money last year. I have to say having now being using this foundation for over a year now I think it really does warrant all of the hype, it is beautiful to apply and leaves an even more beautiful finish. To correspond with that I also picked up the Radiance Enhancing Primer which at the time I thought was really good having never used a primer before however in hind sight I do believe I have found something that works much better for me. Out of all the products featured here that is the only one that I have mixed feelings about therefore it really doesn't affect my feelings as a whole in regards to the brand.

The two palettes are both as good as they look with NARS Fairy's Kiss being a gift from my mum last year. This is the palette that I'm using the most at the moment as I really like the purple hues within it and is the only palette within my collection with these types of shades, it's also really handy and compact which I'm a big fan of. In contrast to this the NARSissit Palette is pretty huge and if I'm honest it is a bit too big for my liking. Whilst I absolutely love it because of the range of shades I'm not getting as much use out of it as I had thought which is a shame. My main reason for this is purely down to its size as I often find myself reaching for my smaller palettes such as Fairy's Kiss as they are easier to pick up out of my muji storage; it's a bit of a poor excuse but it's an honest one. Both of these palettes are limited editions so I'm not sure if any are available to purchase any more although you may find some of the latter floating around as it was only released this year.

It's hard to ignore the somewhat provocative names for the NARS blushes yet I don't even bat an eyelid now; I'm not entirely sure what that says about me so I'll move on quite quickly. At the moment I own one of the powder blushes in 'deep throat' which is gorgeous and so flattering to wear yet it is the type of shade I'm more prone to wearing in the summer time. I have found myself considering picking up penny lane which is quite different yet is a shade that I could wear all year round without much consideration. Douceur was originally the shade I wanted to invest in next however there are rumours that this has been discontinued although why that is I do not know as it has to be the most talked about blush that NARS offer.

Onto the Velvet Matte and Gloss Lip Pencils whereby where can I possibly start? Last year NARS launched their Promiscuous Lip Coffret which I treated myself to after going through a bit of a tough time at the end of the year. It was such a fantastic purchase and is one that I have never regretted as it allowed me to try five of their lip pencils in a smaller yet still generous size without having to commit to purchasing them at full price. This year they have launched a really similar set in absolutely stunning packaging which secretly I do prefer to last years.

So there we have it, I'm a self confessed NARSissist although, I bet you are too! 

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51 comments

  1. There is so much love for NARS and I don't think I've ever seen a negative review.

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  2. NARS is definitely one of my favourite brands. i've got oily skin so i actually have sheer matte instead of sheer glow but it really has the most beautiful finish. i love my NARSissist palette too, it's a shame you don't seem to use yours much though - maybe if you rearrange the products in your drawer so it's easier to get out (i'm guessing it might be stuck up the back?) or put it on top of your drawers that might encourage you to get some more use out of it.

    their lip pencils are wonderful too, and the audacious lipstick are glorious. and the radiant creamy concealer, and of course their blushes. i'm a blush addict so i have a handful of NARS ones now and they're some of my favourites out of everything i own.

    little henry lee

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  3. What a beautiful Nars collection!!! I've never tried any of their products, but I definitely want to! And who doesn't?? :)

    Diana P. | Cups & Roses

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  4. Nars products are so lust worthy and there's not one single one that I would turn my nose at, even though I am yet to experience the brand for myself! I love that palette, such gorgeous shades in there x

    Beauty with charm

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  5. Nars products always look so amazing! I really want to try Sheer Glow foundation because it sounds amazing!

    Jodie // La Lune Song

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  6. Ahh this is such a gorgeous post! Nars is one of my favourite brands, don't think I've ever had a product I didn't like from them. I absolutely love their silky lip pencils :)











    X Emma | www.missemmacharlotte.com

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  7. I've not actually tried anything from NARS yet but I'm waiting on an order from them of their Dragon Girl lip pencil and a nail polish. I kind of hope I don't love it too much though because everywhere else seems to have sold out of Dragon Girl.

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  8. The palette looks gorgeous!!

    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  9. danniella josephine6 December 2014 at 18:54

    I am dying to try NARS! Next time I visit a counter I am going to splurge so hard :/

    Dannie x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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  10. I'm a huge fan of the Radiant Creamy Concealer and Laguna bronzer. Too bad their products are pretty hard to get where I'm from :(

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  11. Nars is definitely my favorite high-end brand and if I could only choose one brand, I would be very happy with this one!! I love the Fairy's Kiss Palette!! One of my fave!! xx

    Alexandra | The A Style | Beauty and lifestyle

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  12. Nars is just such a stunning brand. I tried my first products from them this year, and it just has me itching for more! I have a satin lip pencil in Lohdi which is ah-mazing, love their creamy concealer too. I have a sample of Sheer Glow which I love, definitely want to pick it up at some point!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  13. I do love NARS. Ahh I'm now itching to make an order lol. Their stuff is always gorgeous and very pigmented xo

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  14. I've never tried any Nars products, but their blushes, bronzers and foundation's always catch my eye. I should really give them a try over the Christmas period x


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  15. I only own one thing from Nars, their eye primer, but I'm hoping to get my hands on one of their Audacious lipsticks soon.
    Rubi | The Den

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  16. I haven't tried anything from NARS but everything sure does look pretty! I'd love to try their eyeshadows as I remember there being a lot of hype surrounding the NARSissist palette, and telling by the gorgeous array of shades and word about the quality of the products, I reckon it was well worth the hype! And haha, the blushers do look nice (interesting names aside).

    Kathryn from This Outlet

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  17. Really want to get my hands on Nars blushes. Can't believe I still haven't got one. Also would love to get my hands on that Narsissist palette but I can't find it online anymore. Their Audacious lipsticks are something else that deserves to be mentioned. They are amazing! x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  18. This is a great post and definitely spiked my interest in NARS a tad more. I love everything I have got from them so far and there quite a few velvet lip pencils that I would like to add to my collection.

    http://sweetsomethingsnz.blogspot.co.nz/

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  19. I LOVE NARS, they're my favourite brand.. that palette is stunning xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

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  20. I love the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, and the Pro Prime. The only thing with Nars is that ordering direct from their website is such a hassle, and occasionally just outright rude. It is so much better to order through a department store or Space NK in my experience.


    Ting | www.thetingthing.com

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  21. I love Nars, my favourite products have to be the eyeshadows and the blushes! I adore the Narsisst palette, actually I have to use it more because I'm so in love with it every time I use it :) xx

    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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  22. I love NARS one of my favourite brands, Sheer Glow is my go to foundation when I need a natural yet long lasting base. I love the creamy concealer and velvet matte lip pencils. xx

    http://www.rinicawrites.com

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  23. To be honest neither have I, it really is a brand I trust to perform despite not loving the primer above x

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  24. Doesn't it just, I presume the finish of both the matte version and the normal is pretty much the same. You are completely spot on there Jessica, it is at the back and I have put another thing on top of it which makes the problem worse. I'll fetch it out and put it on the stop I think like you have suggested, it's such a shame to have it sitting there unused.


    I love the lip pencils although they are pricey and I hear the new Maybelline ones are supposed to be just as good x

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  25. I know they really are of such good quality x

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  26. The palette is beautiful, I really like the smaller ones too such as Fairy's Kiss as they are really easy to hold and take away with you x

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  27. It is most certainly one of my favourites Jodie. If you can get yourself colour matched and bag a little sample at the same time it is well worth it, the sample lasts quite a while too I might add x

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  28. Me too Emma, the lip pencils really are lovely. They make me want to try out one of their lipsticks x

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  29. Oh how exciting! I hope you like it, that shade is pretty popular isn't it :) It'll come back don't worry, unless it is a limited edition? I haven't heard that it is though x

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  30. It really is, the shade range is excellent! x

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  31. Let me know what you get, trouble is there is so much to choose from it's hard to narrow it down to just one or two things x

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  32. Oh that's a shame although I guess where the bronzer is concerned at least that once you have it it'll last for a relatively long time x

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  33. I agree, if I could only buy from high end brand it would almost certainly be NARS :) x

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  34. Lodhi looks so beautiful, I'm not too sure if I could pull it off but I bet it looks gorgeous on you! x

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  35. Treat yourself for Christmas! I agree, I have been so impressed with the brand on a whole x

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  36. It's well worth stopping by if you have the chance to test out a few of their products, the lip pencils are lovely but I really do recommend the Sheer Glow Foundation x

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  37. How do you find the eye primer Rubi? The Audacious Lipsticks are gorgeous, I really like Anna x

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  38. The blushers are awesome, I love their eye shadows too but and it is a big but I do think Urban Decay are more pigmented and therefore are better value for money (that's just my personal opinion). The NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadows are however utterly incredible x

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  39. To be fair I think the majority of the eye shadows in that palette (if not all) are available to buy on their own or in duos which is a good thing. The lipsticks look incredible, I really like the look of Ana and will pick that up next year I think for my birthday. Just seven months to go haha! x

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  40. That's great to hear, if you check them out I'd love to hear what you think of them down the line x

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  41. Me too Gemma, it is such a fantastic brand x

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  42. Oh that's such a shame! You know I have never ordered from their website before I can't comment on that, I'll bear it in mind though x

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  43. The blushers are beautiful I agree, I'd like to try Penny Lane at some point in the near future x

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  44. Sheer Glow is just fantastic isn't it, I think it really deserves all of the attention it receives x

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  45. I still don't have product from them but of course I'd love to try soon...
    The palette seems to be very beautiful !
    Thanks for the review , Amy :-)

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  46. You're welcome :) thank you for reading x

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  47. I feel that NARS shades are a lot more versatile and wearable from what I've seen from reviews etc., but I hope to try out one of their duos. Urban Decay's range though does look really nice and I imagine a little less expensive- and yeah I've heard they're so pigmented too! x

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  48. I'm totally addicted to this brand - from their blushes to lipsticks, they rarely disappoint. One thing that I do appreciate is their foundation color range. Most foundations lean pink on me, but a lot of their foundations have a yellow undertone and it makes it finding a foundation match much easier for me.

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

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  49. That palette is just something else! How gorgeous?! I love Nars! Their blushes are my favourite, and their glosses are fab!

    xprincessjas | ♥

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  50. I agree, I really like their foundations because of that! :)

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  51. It is a beautiful palette Jasmine and yes their blushes are amazing! :)

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