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Pierre Hardy for NARS – Summer 2013


If Nars wasn’t already serving you hot colors for the Summer, here comes another helping in the form of a collaboration with designer Pierre Hardy. Inspired by his Summer 2013 shoe collection, Hardy’s collection includes six color-forward nail polish pairings and two richly-hued blushes.

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Extra cute points for nail polish duos housed in a small shoe-box with a dust bag (included in most shoe boxes, like Hardy’s), while the intense blush palettes feature a shimmering gold over-spray design mimicking the designer’s signature cubic print.

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Here’s my loot (sent to me by the NARS PR department for my consideration):

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I chose Vertebra: a mocha, dusty rose and pink coral. I decided to paint my nails with the dusty rose with the coral as my accent nail. Since I’ve been a bit traumatized by designer polishes, I have stayed away from NARS polishes. But because I have had great luck with Madness (the shade I reviewed from the new Summer 2013 collection two weeks ago) and this duo, I need to pick up a few more shades. I get about a good four days before I see some wear at the tips. I use the Seche Vite top coat because it dries glossy and super quick, it’s my favorite. It does cause some color shrinking at the tips, where the color starts to pull away from the tip of your nails. I think I’m really drawn to this color because the dusty rose is a lovely neutral mocha that reminds me of my all-time favorite nude, that’s sadly discontinued, Brown Sugar by Chanel without the shimmer. The coral is also gorgeous – it’s a bright coral that pulls more pink on my skin tone. I’m planning to do a full coral manicure next – with short, rounded tips of course!

Here it is and please pay no attention to my dry cuticle. Sadly, it takes a close-up of my nails to admit that I need to seriously moisturize my hands and fingers on a regular basis.

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The blush I chose is Boys Don’t Cry – not sure if this is a nod to one of my favorite bands, The Cure or the heartbreaking film featuring Hillary Swank’s first academy award perfomance. Either way this shade makes me smile.

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As you know, the gold is an over-spray but it doesn’t really bother me. Yes, it does give you an extra boost of shine but once you brush away the shimmer, this pink coral shade does give you a great glow. Do apply with caution – this packs a great pigment push. But if you are not shy with color  then by all means, blush away! On my skin it looks more coral than pink – I have been running on my lunch break so I am currently more tan than usual. The tone of the color will differ among different skin tone but it was pigment power is intense regardless!

Another aspect I love about this blush – it matches the coral polish of the Vertebra duo nicely:

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I was sent a sample of the new Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15. This lightweight primer is loaded with light-transforming properties making skin look luminescent, making it ideal for all skin types. Skin looks instantly fresh and awake as NARS exclusive light reflecting complex and red algae extract revitalize your complexion.

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Notice the white cream turns into a lovely gold pearl shimmer. On my skin, I notice a very subtle luminous glow and it’s not a scary disco ball effect nor does it make my skin look oily. It keeps my foundation or tinted moisturizer intact even after a sweaty boot camp workout.

Vitamins A,C, E along with SPF 15 protect the skin from free radicals and harsh sun rays. This is dermatologist tested. Oil-free. Paraben-free. Alcohol-free. Synthetic-fragrance-free. Non-comedogenic.

Sadly, I broke out within two days of using. I think my skin is still getting use to this formula because my usual primer is oil and silicone free. Ugh, I’m torn.

I am very happy with this collaboration. The blush gives me a great summer glow and it goes well with my coral and peach glosses. Vertebra duo is wonderful – I found a nude mocha shade that is in my comfort zone but when I want a pop of fun, the coral saves the day. The primer is also nice, it adds a luminous freshness to my complexion.

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This blush may cost more ($41/USD) but it is much larger than the regular blush ($29/USD) – 0.45oz vs. 0.16oz.  Pretty good value if you ask me. The nail duos retail at $29/USD vs. $18/USD for one – another great buy.

Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 retails for $34/USD.

Primer and Pierre Hardy/NARS collaboration are both offered online and at stores that offer the NARS brand.

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