When we went to Sephora a couple of days ago, we had the opportunity to test the brand NARS thanks to one of their makeup artists.
Here are the products used on both of us and the impressions we had !
Let’s start with M., who had a little « femme fatale » makeover.
She started with the Sheer Matte foundation, in the Vallauris shade. It’s a medium with pink undertones. She then added the Luster blush, apricot with golden sheen, and the Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal (only existing « shade »), used to fix and embellish make-up.
On her lips she put the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the Pop Life shade, a sweet but vivid red with a hint of orange. Onto the eyes, the NARS Larger Than Life Mascara and the Via Appia Larger Than Life Long Lasting Eye-Liner (yes, the name is this long, but for those of you who are still reading, know it’s a copper-y brown) were applied, then the Salzburg Brow Perfector.
M.’s favorite product was the lip pencil, because it was real matte, one of the best she saw, with the super-duper red color she often loves ; it was also, strangely for her, soft to apply when she expected the pencil to be a little sharp. She also liked the liner, but the color was not really a surprise and we could surely find a dupe somewhere.
On the other hand she was not fond of the Brow Perfector because it was not well applied by the artist, so the result got a bit spoiled when in the sunlight ; but seeing as it was not because of the product itself, she is not going to judge it nor stay on her first impression !
As for myself, she opted for a nude makeup. Here we go !
She applied on my face a mix of two Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizers, Groenland Light 3 (light medium with a neutral pink to peachy undertone), and Alaska Light 2 (light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones) and a concealer, but I sadly can not remember the shade. I loved the moisturizers because they were covering yet light enough for my liking, as I don’t like to « cake myself » in layers of makeup. As they have a SPF30, I bet they are perfect for Spring and Summer, when all you need is a small boost !
I tested the absolutely-perfect-or-so-at-least-I-think Orgasm blush, and it definitely is a win-win. I loved the shade (a bit of peachy is all I need) and the shimmer really is discreet. I know some girls have been disappointed by the actual « lack » of shimmer, but it gave me the perfect « after sex » glow it was supposed to. She fixed it all with the Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder as well.
She put the Satin Lip Pencil in the Rikugien shade, a nude pink, on my lips, which I regret a bit because I am not as fond as satins as I may appear. Otherwise the shade was great, a kinda old but colorful pink. I loved the texture too, it was soft and it did not seem difficult for her to apply.
On my eyes she applied the Matte Eyeshadow Sophia, a cool brown, at the external corner and then used Abyssinia, a delicate pearl with a pinky sheer, to stretch Sophia all over my eyelid. Then again, the Larger Than Life Mascara and Salzburg Brow Perfector were used.
To sum it up, this was a great experience and we appreciated the products. Unfortunately, we were not fond of the technics used, and think it would be good to try the brand out all by ourselves. Nevertheless, we keep in mind some products, such as the powder, our little crush of the day.
For those of you interested, you can also find the brand on their website among others, and in your local Sephora stores.
We hope you enjoyed this little review, see you soon !
B. & M.