I'm not sure how this happened, but my daily makeup routine has recently been very heavily NARS-dominated. So I thought I'd dedicate a full post to everything NARS that I've been using in my daily routine.
My long time NARS favorites are their concealer and brow gel. They've both been daily staples since last year. The NARS Pure Radiant Creamy Concealer (previously reviewed here) gives very good coverage yet doesn't cake up or gather on dry skin. I've been using it mainly under my eyes but it also works well on the occasional blemish too. The shade "Custard" is a perfect match for me - no ashy/greyness at all. NARS Tinted Brow Gel holds everything in place and adds definition - instant perked up brows in seconds!
My new favorites are the eyeshadow primer, pencil eyeliner and blush. The NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base was an instant win for me. It works better than anything I've tried, helps keep oily eyelids under control, and manages to even set cream shadows. No creasing, no budging. The only eyeshadow that I can't get it to work with is (ironically) the NARS cream shadows - specifically NARS Mykonos Cream Eyeshadow, which is the most gorgeous rose gold, but creases like no other. Still I can't seem to part with it because the shade is just too pretty. I usually swipe a bit of NARS Yamal (Powder) Eyeshadow to set Mykonos, which still only manages to help a little with the creasing. (P.S. I've heard that NARS is discontinuing their cream eyeshadows, so do stock up on your favorites while you can!) The Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner is the perfect medium black. I reviewed it in detail in my last post. And I've been reaching for the infamous NARS Blush in "Deep Throat" a lot lately (mine is a mini deluxe sample size). I like it much more than "Orgasm," which I find a bit too bright for me. I think "Deep Throat" will make the perfect rosy blush for fall. NARS blushes have very good staying power, again great for long work days.
Last but not least, NARS has also dominated my base makeup lately. I've been a long time fan of the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, but just recently tried pairing it with my new NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder - the exact combo that was used on models at the Creatures of the Wind fashion show at New York Fashion Week last week. These 2 are a natural, radiant, nude-perfect match made in heaven! The powder perfectly sets the tinted moisturizer, and mattifies the radiant base just a tad to tone it down (good oil control, great for oily skin like mine). Together they blur any uneven skin or pores, creating a soft, smooth finish. The powder is also very buildable - I can pile this on and my skin still looks like skin. No powdery cakey mess. This powder is pretty much fool proof in my opinion.
So to conclude, I find the NARS eyeshadows to be "okay," but apart from that I give everything a huge thumbs up!
That was a LOT of NARS talk. Hats off to you if you made it through this whole sea of words!
Now it's your turn... What are your favorite products from NARS?