Thursday, November 22, 2018

NARS Holiday Collection 2018 | Review & Swatches

NARS is known for bold, high quality color and this holiday they’ve combined edgy packaging and glam finishes for the perfect balance of naughty and nice. If you’ve been good this year, expect Santa to bring you trendy gift sets and sensational palettes to enhance the eyes, lips and cheeks.

The ladies on your shopping list would be delighted to receive the Limited-Edition Riot Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set ($62.00). I’m not a fan of sharpening but I’ll make an exception for this festive collection featuring Deep Crimson, Bordeaux, Magenta and Dusty Rose. These beautiful hues compliment all skin tones and the non-drying supple formula is enriched with vitamin E and unique silicones for softness, hydration and comfort.  The creamy buildable pigment glides on buttery smooth for seamless full-coverage color. Unfortunately the pencils are not immune to fading or transfer but they do come with a stylish cosmetic case inspired by rebellious 70’s fashion.

The Limted-Edition Provocateur Eye Shadow Palette ($62.00) contains 6 scandalous shades that definitely get the party started. The deep purple and blackened navy are perfect for creating a seductive smokey eye while the silver and dusty rose light things up with a brilliant dose of shimmer. Don’t shy away from the burnt red, it transforms into a lovely burgundy- pink for beautiful contrast. The saturated formula provides vivid color payoff that lasts all day without fading or creasing.

If you’re wearing sexy shadows you’ll need a good mascara and Climax ($30.00) delivers buildable volume and length with no clumping or smudging. The brush was a tad dry the first time I used it but pumping the wand up and down in the tube gets the color flowing. The spindly bristles comb each hair up and out to separate and fan both top and bottom lashes. I like a lot of drama so I usually layer Climax over another mascara for more thickness.

The Little Fetishes Bronzer & Highlight Set ($32.00) makes a great gift for friends and comes with an adorable little canister. The Laguna Bronzer is a cult favorite among contouring queens of all skin tones and the finely milled powder fills in lines and pores for a smooth even finish. Fort de France melts into the skin for a dewy pop of radiance and the scintillating gold delivers “next level luminosity.”  Layer it lightly for subtle iridescence or go all-out for a goddess glow.

The Hot Tryst Cheek Palette ($74.00) is the star of this collection which is probably why it has sold-out in some stores. When I attended the NARS holiday party a few weeks ago this was the item I was most excited to try. The color payoff ranges from soft and sheer to intense shimmer but overall the pigments are silky, weightless and buildable. I’ve been searching for cheek shades like these for years! I love the magenta, coral, raspberry and bronze but the top middle color is not very prominent on my complexion. 

The PowerMatte Lip Luster in the shade Hardcore ($34.00) is a lightweight metallic gold that is perfect for the holiday season! The formula is thin, liquid-y and a bit messy (be careful of tube leakage) but the finish is dazzling. Although the frosty stain tends to transfer and smear, I can use it on my cheekbones as liquid highlighter because it blends similarly with a lustrous finish.

NARS is available at Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom.

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