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NARS · Artistry Face & Eye Makeup Brushes

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For the most part, I’m of the “you get what you pay for” school of thought and barring very few exceptions, that rule almost always applies to my makeup brushes. For me, it’s about investing in top quality tools since they’re going to get quite a bit of mileage and I expect them to last; picking up a lower grade product that will disintegrate after one washing just won’t do (plus I hate the thought of throwing money away). Which brings me to these NARS Artistry Face & Eye Makeup Brushes: form, function, and fabulosity … or pretty much what you’d expect from a world renown makeup artist and photographer.

 

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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