About two weeks ago, I previewed the Fall 2013 NARS color collection. I’m back to report on the few items that I graciously received from the good folks at NARS.
Top to Bottom: Kamchatka eye shadow ($24/USD), Peloponnese Pure Matte Lipstick ($25/USD), Mystery Red Velvet Matte Lip pencil ($25/USD).
Here’s a swatch lineup on my forearm, NC 44 for shade reference:
Kamchatka, named after the peninsula in the far Russian east that lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk. This gray navy smoke shade seems to describe the area pretty well – cool summers and stormy winters. It almost sounds like the city where I am from – Daly City, CA.
This is all you really need to achieve a smoky eye in just five minutes – pair with a great black liner and you’re done!
Use a very dense brush or a brush that is small and thin, (one of my favorites – UD Good Karma multi-tasking, vegan brush). This is a matte powder and it can look a bit patchy if you don’t pack it on. Don’t forget to blend any harsh lines with a fluffy brush. This shade will stay on the entire day when applied over a good eye primer. This is definitely a one pan wonder!
Peloponnese, the Greek southern peninsula. It is rich with ancient historical landmarks and culture while providing relaxing beaches that also encourages exploration. The shimmering ginger pink of this lipstick is very fitting of location. It’s a great transitional shade to take you from late summer into early fall. It also pairs well with a smoky eye, especially if you are using the Kamchatka shade.
It’s pretty light shade for tanned girls like me. But it will not compete with smoky or bright eye looks. It’s a soft golden pink with silver shimmer. To amplify the shade, I would layer a nude pink all over my lips then layer this lipstick over it. I am not a fan of matte finishes, unless it’s the NARS Pure Matte Lipstick. Other matte formulas I have tried were very drying and left me raw peeling lips the next morning. I can get four hours of wear time before I feel the need to freshen up the color.
I love the Pure Matte Lipsticks but I really, REALLY LOVE the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. When I was younger, I would fill my lips in with my favorite lip liner and add a touch of lip balm or gloss and go. This pencil is just a bigger version of a lip liner. This settles on the lips nicely and doesn’t settle in cracks of my lips or feather around my natural lip line. I can wear this on it’s own or in conjunction with a lipstick and/or gloss to create my very own shade. Also, they are portable – you can just slip this in a wristlet with your money, id, and phone. Just don’t forget to sharpen before leaving the house.
Mystery Red, a crimson red shade. I’m pretty sure it’s what the model is wearing in the ad campaign. This is an all out, glamorous red. Be prepared to get lots of attention – especially if this is on your pout in the office at 8 AM. It takes courage to pull this off – make it a personal challenge!
I would reserve this for date night/girls night out or my sister’s upcoming Bachelorette Party in Las Vegas. If I do wear this to the office, I would save it for Friday – it would be my version of Hawaiian shirt Friday.
I am very pleased with three shades, if anything I want to check out the rest of the shades of this collection.
FALL 2013 collection is currently available on www.narscosmetics.com. It will arrive on the beauty counters where the NARS brand is sold soon.
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