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NARS · Wildfire Collection, Spring 2017

 

Always drawing inspiration by his many travels, the NARS Wildfire Collection for Spring 2017 is filled with shades that may initially appear soft, but somehow manage to pack quite an impact just the same. Trust François Nars to create a collection that’s made up of utterly wearable colour, masquerading as neutrals.

 

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NARS · UNFILTERED I & II Cheek Palettes

 

From the brand that’s made Orgasm (and even Super Orgasm, for that matter) part of our beauty lexicon, comes two covetable and limited edition blush collections, Unfiltered I and Unfiltered II Cheek Palettes. Each bears 6 shades, five of them brand new and 1 permanent (and no, Orgasm — while iconic — is happily absent here) with one palette leaning cool, while the other is red-hot. Creating exquisite blush is something NARS does very well indeed, and if sporting these lovelies makes me a NARSissist, then so be it.

 

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NARS · Rita Audacious Lipstick, Sephora Exclusive

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François Nars got it so right when he stated that “the perfect red lipstick is a woman’s best accessory” and Rita Audacious Lipstick is definitely all that … and more. Inspired by Hollywood’s ‘love goddess’ Rita Hayworth, this particular version comes in limited edition sultry red packaging (a Sephora exclusive/also available with the regular packaging as part of the permanent range) that just begs to be taken out in public, although I’m betting that this colour will definitely help channel your inner movie star. #ScreenSirenGoals

For all previous reviews on this brand, click & scroll through this NARS tab

 

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Rita Hayworth

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Rita Audacious Lipstick, Sephora Exclusive (CAN $39.00) | Showcased in red instead of black packaging, the case bears the usual NARS lettering and ‘rubberized’ feel. Its plush texture displays full opacity by basically the first swipe and this killer scarlet shade perfectly straddles the fence between cool & warm — thereby making it universally suitable to a wide range of skin tones. Ultra creamy and hydrating in feel, there’s no feathering or bleeding into surrounding lip lines, while staying power is impressively long & leaves behind a carmine stain.

EDIT: Even thought this edition is no longer showing up on Sephora’s Canadian site, I was advised that it may still be found at several store locations

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NARS · Rita Audacious Lipstick, Sephora Exclusive

 

Red lipstick — not exactly groundbreaking, right? And if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got more than your share of red lippies laying about. But as we all experience at some point, finding that perfect red can be a challenge, so when one comes along like Rita Audacious Lipstick that meets all criteria (colour, texture, application & packaging), you can bet that I’ll be jumping all over it. Plus, is there anything more empowering that a kick-ass red pout? Didn’t think so …

Available exclusive at Sephora and online

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PR Sample/As always, all opinions are my own

NARS x Sarah Moon Collection Holiday 2016, Gift Sets pt. 2

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Leaving [what I believe] is the best for last, I’m wrapping up the colossal NARS x Sarah Moon Holiday 2016 Collection with these three gift sets — major points scored for them having some of the most exquisite package I’ve seen to date. I’ve said often enough that I’m a sucker for details, and when that’s coupled with some pretty awesome products, it becomes one (or three) of the sweetest deals ever.

Each of these gift sets comes with its own collectible & reusable Lucite container; Get Real is a heavy rectangular box banded with metal on the bottom and silkscreened with a Sarah Moon image on the underside of the lid (for an ethereal, dreamy effect). Thousand Worlds is the lightest-weight of the three, but the most complex of the group via its architectural bevelled steps. Glass Metropolis is the largest and the one with the most heft, banded with metal on the lower half and bearing a 3D image silkscreened on the inner part of the lid — so, so stunning. All I can say, is that all three are display-worthy and totally useful … definitely not gimmicky in the slightest.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

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NARS x Sarah Moon Holiday 2016 Collection · Get Real, Thousand Worlds & Glass Metropolis Gift Sets

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Get Real Lip & Eye Set

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Get Real Lip & Eye Set, limited edition (CAN $60.00) | Includes minis of the brand’s best-selling Audacious Mascara and two Audacious Lipsticks.

  • Leslie – cherry brown (cherrywood)
  • Bette – bordeaux
  • Black Moon – black satin

*Not available at Sephora

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Leslie Audacious Lipstick swatch, Get Real Lip & Eye Set

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Bette Audacious Lipstick swatch, Get Real Lip & Eye Set

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Black Moon Audacious Mascara (mini) | This mini version of NARS’s best-selling mascara also happens to be one of my personal faves; the fact that I’ve already gone through several tubes says it all. A deep black shade with a brush that not only gets to all lashes, it also helps build both volume and length. Key features: long-wearing, clump & smear-free and easily removed with a dual-phased makeup remover.

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Black Moon Audacious Mascara swatch, Get Real Lip & Eye Set

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Get Real Lip & Eye Set

 

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set

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Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set, limited edition (CAN 60.00) | This set includes 2 Audacious Lipstick minis is brand new shades (not part of the regular range) along with 2 mini nail lacquers; while both are limited edition polishes, La Dame En Noir is also available in a full-sized format (previously reviewed), while La Dame En Blanc is unique to this gift set.

  • Codie – (new) warm rosewood
  • Eva – (new) burgundy wine

*Not available at Sephora

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Codie Audacious Lipstick swatch, Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Eva Audacious Lipstick swatch, Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set

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Unlike the regular sizes, these mini versions don’t have removable caps, and while the brush is commensurately small, application effortless just the same. Both fall in a self-levelling way and leave a high-gloss finish behind.

  • La Dame En Blanc – (new) dirty nude-grey, 2 coats + top coat
  • La Dame En Noir – deep bordeaux, 2 coats + top coat

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NARS x Sarah Moon · La Dame En Blanc swatch, Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set

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NARS x Sarah Moon · La Dame En Noir swatch, Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set

 

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

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Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret, limited edition (CAN $150.00) | The grand dame of the entire collection, this spectacular set includes 8 mini Audacious Lipsticks ranging from a couple of nudes, several in the red family, and 2 deeper tones. A great introduction to this brand’s amazing lipstick formula (seriously, if you’ve yet to try them, then you’re missing out on of of the best “lippie experiences” in the industry), the collectible box they come in is a work of art in itself.

*Not available at Sephora

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

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  • Sarah – (new) nude rose
  • Anita – antique rose
  • Rita – scarlet
  • Olivia – garnet
  • Sandra – rose brown
  • Charlotte – oxblood burgundy
  • Marlene – red brick
  • Bette – bordeaux

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Sarah swatch, Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Anita swatch, Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Rita swatch, Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Olivia swatch, Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Sandra swatch, Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Charlotte swatch, Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Marlene swatch, Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Bette swatch, Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

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NARS x Sarah Moon · Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

 

Granted, all three sets are rather Audacious Lipstick-centric, but considering that this formula ranks up there as one of the best I’ve ever tried, I don’t mind the deck being stacked that way. The Glass Metropolis gift set is the priciest of the entire collection, but considering that these minis each hold slightly more than half the amount of a full-sized Audacious Lipstick (which run for CAN $39.00 each), you’re not only getting a bit of a price break but it’s a great way to try out several shades without a major cost commitment. My final verdict? Any one of these gift sets would set the beauty lover on your holiday list over the … Sarah-moon. #couldntresist #hadtosayit

Available now at select retailers, including The Bay & online

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Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

NARS x Sarah Moon Collection Holiday 2016, Gift Sets pt. 1

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You’ve got to hand it to NARS for not only creating this truly lovely — not to mention totally wearable — Sarah Moon x NARS Holiday 2016 Collection, but for throwing in so many interesting gift sets as well. With dreamy packaging details (zero chintzy cardboard throwaways, thank you very much) each set offers up interesting product combinations, some with generously sized minis of the brand’s cult-fave pieces, and all at relatively decent price points.

By the way, you’ll want to check out my upcoming post on pt. 2 of the Gift Sets … just giving you heads up now to get your wallet ready.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection Holiday 2016 Gift Sets

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Shadow Side Eye Set, limited edition (CAN $78.00) | This set contains three mini sized Velvet Shadow Sticks in new limited edition shades, as well as a generously sized mini of the brand’s best-selling Audacious Mascara in Black Moon (one of my personal faves).

  • Real Surreal – coppery mauve with complex shimmer
  • Lucid Dream – antiqued bronze with multi-tonal shimmer
  • Nunavut – deep prune matte
  • Black Moon – ultra black mascara, provides major length & volume

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Shadow Side Eye Set

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Shadow Side Eye Set, Velvet Shadow Stick swatches

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Shadow Side Eye Set, Black Moon Audacious Mascara swatch

 

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Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set, Sephora Exclusive (CAN $59.00) | This collection includes 3 timelessly iconic + 3 new and limited edition mini-sized Velvet Lip Glide shades. Made with an exclusive hydrating oil complex ‘brimming with waterlily flowers and white tea extracts’, these are liquid lip products that apply effortlessly along the lips, impart a hydrating feel throughout the wearing, and come to a lush velvety finish.

  • Bound – soft nude/rose pink (so much  for this shade)
  • N°675 – (new) warm brick red
  • Unspeakable – deepest garnet
  • Plato’s – (new) mulberry
  • Chez Claude – (new) dark rosewood
  • Toy – intense aubergine

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set swatches

 

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Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette, Nordstrom exclusive (CAN $74.00) | This Nordstrom Exclusive set contains 2 stay in line and 2 new & limited edition cheek products, along with a Satin Lip Pencil in Golshan (full sized).

  • Albatross Highlighting Blush – opalescent gold highlighter (*brand best-seller)
  • Sex Appeal Blush – soft peach
  • Illusive Blush – (new) delicate pink with refined shimmer
  • Make Believe Blush – (new) deep rose with peachy undertones

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Recurring Dare cheek swatches

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True Story Cheek & Lip Palette, limited edition (CAN $74.00) | This set includes four cheek products, 2 cult-faves + 2 new limited edition shades, along with Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (full sized).

  • Devotee Highlighting Blush – iced pink
  • Myth – (new) ballet pink
  • Unwritten – (new) soft apricot rose
  • Outlaw – deep rose with gold shimmer

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · True Story cheek swatches

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  • Golshan Satin Lip Pencil (Recurring Dare Palette) – lustrous warm brick red
  • Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (True Story Palette) – lush carmine/garnet

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Recurring Dare, True Story lip swatches

 

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Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette, limited edition (CAN $60.00) | This set includes a gradient of four neutral to smoky shades in a mix of finishes from matte to pearly shimmer. Long-wearing (especially over primer), the shades in this palette can be used to create a number of looks taking you easily from day to night, along with being conveniently sized for travel.

  • Shade I – shell/nude, matte
  • Shade II – soft oyster, shimmer
  • Shade III – milk chocolate, matte
  • Shade IV – deep charcoal, opalescent shimmer

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Via Veneto Long-Wear Eyeliner (Look Closer Palette) | A mini sized version of a cult-fave product in the NARS lineup, this is a twist-up pencil that comes with a built in sharpener, in a rich deep ebony hue. Extremely long-lasting (even when worn along the waterline), you have about a minute to work with it for any blending before it sets.

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette swatches

 

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Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette, Sephora Exclusive (CAN $85.00) | This Sephora Exclusive palette is absolutely divine and don’t let the price tag scare you off; if purchased individually, the total would be CAN $250.00 so I’d say it’s an amazing deal, especially for NARS. Moving along …

If you’ve yet to try this brand’s Dual-Intensity formula, then you owe it to yourself to check this baby out. Included in the palette are 6 eyeshadow shades and 3 blush hues that can be worn dry for a soft-focus effect (although even dry, the pigmentation is superb) or applied with a dampened brush for mega-intensity. Staying power is impressive and the complex shimmer on all gives a gorgeous multi-tonal depth to each as well.

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  • Shade I – bone/nude, satin
  • Shade II – greyed taupe, shimmer
  • Shade III – muted blue-grey, shimmer
  • Shade IV – oyster, satin
  • Shade V – warm taupe, satin
  • Shade VI – rich brown, satin

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Give In Take Dual-Intensity eyeshadow swatches

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  • Shade I – champagne/ivory with complex shimmer (more suitable as highlight)
  • Shade II – soft apricot/peach, shimmer
  • Shade III – rose pink, shimmer

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NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Give In Take Dual-Intensity cheek swatches

 

So…..what do we think? Not a bad looking group, wouldn’t you agree? Each and every set offers something new without any crossover duplicates, and the price point on all is quite reasonable in my opinion, especially when you consider the crazy mark-up us Canadians have to pay for this brand (which reminds me … NARS, why?). Quality-wise, there are no disappointments, as everything delivers and the final perk? With Christmas & the holiday period looming closer every day, each set here would make an AWESOME gift. PS: giving to yourself counts.

Available at The Bay, Sephora, Nordstrom, other select NARS counters & online

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Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own