I am all about themed nails, so of course I wanted to break out some sparkle for New Year’s Eve! I’m wearing Nars Space Odyssey, a silver shimmery colour (thanks Alina!) topped off with Seche Vite.
I was worried the polish wouldn’t be opaque and might be better as a glitter topcoat, but it was opaque after three coats. Since the polish is made up of a fine shimmer, I think it would also work well as a top coat! I’ve never tried a Nars polish before, but I really liked it. The polish applied smoothly and the brush was a good size. The finish of the polish is a super shiny, metallic silver – it almost looks like a micro-glitter, but the texture is very smooth! Bonus: I now know how to spell odyssey.
Happy New Year!!
I wanted this weirdly named but beautiful limited edition eye shadow palette by Nars for months, visiting it often on the Sephora website and googling reviews and makeup looks. It was sold out at one point, which made me want it even more. Luckily Nars And God Created the Woman came back in stock, and I finally convinced my boyfriend to get for me Christmas (a.k.a. I bought it while I had a 20% off code and then let him know he owed me $50). It has six neutral and versatile shades that go well together, and also came with a decent brush and a mini tube of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. It is a pretty tiny palette, about the size of a pack of cards, but I was expecting that and it will be good for traveling.
The shades are (clockwise from top left): Alhambra (shimmery rose champagne), Bellisma (matte grey taupe), Kalahari (shimmery light bronze), Galapagos (warm brown with gold glitter), Coconut Grove (matte cool toned brown), and Night Clubbing (black with gold glitter).
The eye shadows are very pigmented and blend easily. The matte colours do not apply as chalky as they appear in swatches, and the glitter shades definitely do not look as glittery as they do in the pan when applied.
In the look below, I am wearing Kalahari all over the lid, with Bellisma in the crease, and Alhambra as a highlight on the inner corners. The bottom three colours in the palette are definitely darker than the eye shadows I’m used to wearing, but I’m trying to step up my eye shadow game in 2014 so I’m looking forward to experimenting with them!
After reading rave reviews of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer from bloggers Anna, Lily, and Essie (and everyone else), It had quickly been added to my wishlist, and I finally picked up the lightest shade Chantilly during the Sephora VIB sale last month. I swatched both Chantilly (“true ivory shade for fairest complexions”) and Vanilla (“tiny cast of pink for the fair complexion”) while in Sephora, and probably could use either one. I usually get slightly lighter concealers so they are more brightening. I have read a lot of reviews online complaining about colour matching for Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, however.
The formula for Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is extremely creamy, smooth, and blendable, but I don’t think it’s particularly “radiant”. It’s a little on the thicker side, and therefore I find it needs blending very well and setting with powder under the eyes as otherwise it will crease, but it is not cakey. It comes with a doe foot applicator that is easy to use (though it’s possible to apply too much product if you’re not careful), but I’m sure it will be annoying to use when there’s close to no product left as it will be difficult to get the concealer out. I find it works well both under the eyes and on blemishes, and provides very good coverage. This is one product that definitely lives up to the hype!
The classic Nars Dolce Vita lipstick was included in my fall beauty wishlist last month, and I finally gave in and purchased it! It is a lovely muted dusty rose/slightly red colour that goes on sheer and glossy, but can be somewhat built up.
Top: 2 layers; bottom: 1 layer
It is not at all drying and very smooth to apply. I do wish it was a little more opaque than it is, and that it lasted longer, as the colour only lasts a couple of hours. Since buying Nars Dolce Vita lipstick, I’ve been reaching for it almost every day, as it’s a great neutral “my lips but better” lipstick for fall (or all year!), and has been a nice change from the brighter pinks I usually wear.
(My real camera is broken )
Also wearing: Stila Convertible Colour Trio Warm and this eyemakup combination.