[Review] Nars Dual-Intensity Blush in Panic

Namastey boys and girls!

This post has been sitting in my draft folder for the longest time, so I finally decided to get off my lazy behind and pen down some of my personal thoughts on the Nars Dual Intensity blush. We all know how popular the regular Nars blushes are, so lets take a look at how these new ones fare, shall we?
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I only picked up the shade Panic out of the 6 shades available, and I’ll tell you why in a bit. 

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Review & FOTD : Nars Adult Swim Collection

Harooo awesomesauces!

 You see it right, another Nars post your way! I can’t help it, they have the loveliest products and I’m just a sucker for them 😀

Their latest Summer 2014 Color Collection, aptly named the Adult Swim Collection, because hey, lets face it, summer time is a time to party by the pool side in your sexiest stilettos & bikinis isn’t it ❤

Shall we dive into the  sexy poolside setting with the NARS Summer 2014 Collection?

Pic via Temptalia

Nars Adult Swim Collection

The Nars Adult Swim Collection Features 12 drool worthy products.
Available from May 2014 onwards at NARS Cosmetics, Pavilion KL.

  • Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow, RM 120 (Limited Edition)
  • Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow, RM 120 (Limited Edition)
  • Malacca Single Eyeshadow, RM 90
  • Iraklion Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, RM 90
  • Baalbek Eye Paint, RM 95
  • Hot Sand Illuminator, RM 110
  • Libertango Nail Polish, RM 60 (Limited Edition)
  • Turkish Delight Lip Gloss, RM 85
  • 1671lip Gloss, RM 85
  • Wonder Lip Gloss, RM 85
  • Salamanca Lip Gloss, RM 85
  • Priscilla Lip Gloss, RM 85

I’ve got three items to feature today. I can’t afford the whole collection you see, lest I be broke by the end of the month 🙂

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Nars Baalbek Eye Paint

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Baalbek is one of the first items I swatched, and boy, am I glad I did! Baalbek is described as an intense shimmery bronze eye paint, which basically means that they can double up as either a gel eye liner or a base for your eye shadow.  I personally prefer using it as a base for my shadows since I like my liners to be a matte black, but that’s just my personal preference. For your reference though, I have used it as a gel liner in the pic below so that you can see how it looks on 🙂

Nars Iraklion Soft Touch Pencil

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Iraklion was one of my favourite items in the lot, which is very surprising considering the reviews out there for Iraklion weren’t too kind to it. It appears as a  beautiful tan brown with a pink undertone which is reminiscent of a champagne sheen (no glitter there!). Iraklion can double up as either your eye shadow base or a simple cream shadow. I use it as an eyeshadow and then feather it out & it gives me such a beautiful looking colour. I was initially worried that it will look too fair on my olive-y skin tone, but my worries was dissipated the moment I applied it!

The texture is great, its soft, but not too soft that you apply way to much of it (which sometimes happens to me and cream shadows), and it blends easily. The con of the Iraklion that gets so many reviewers out there booing it? It doesn’t last very long, and it creases within hours which is exactly what I faced as well. Too bad about that considering its a great product in all other aspects.

Nars Hot Sand Illuminator

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THIS. IS. DA. BOMB.

Nars have hit all my right spots with this soft peachy, rose quartz, champagne coloured liquid highlighter. The moment I applied this onto my cheekbones, I was like, woahhh ❤ I can haz cheekbones! The effect is so subtle, but definitely noticeable. It gives off that dewy glow that one always can appreciate in the hot summertime.

Swatches for your kind perusal 🙂

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This is a quick look I pulled off with the 3 products above, and topped of my lips with the Bourjois Rouge Edition in No 18. I realize that the lip colour is an autumn shade in a summer time post, but forgive me, I only own vampy, autumny or red lippies. What do you think though? Can you see how Hot Sand illuminates my nose bridge and cheekbones?

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A quick close up of Iraklion & Baalbek ❤ Not very noticeable, but I prefer the natural, sun-kissed, glowy look.

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Do you like any of the items from the Nars Summer Collection 2014? Have you purchased any yourself?

Let me know in the comments! 

xoxo,
Shashay

Nars Made My Lashes Look Larger Than Life!

I remember breathing a huge sigh of relief when NARS’s first ever store opened up in Malaysia, and I even did a fan-girl worthy post to celebrate their launch!  You can read that post here. I’m actually also really looking forward to their Narcissist Palette which is due to launch in April, so fingers crossed for me to get my greedy hands on it 🙂

Despite my publicly professed love for NARS, I haven’t reviewed a NARS item to date now have I?  I guess its our lucky day today because I have not one, but two NARS products to talk to you guys about! Shall we?

NARS Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara

When I got these babies the other day, I was like GASPPPP!! *insert fan-girl scream here*

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The two products I have today are the NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara & Volumizing Mascara!

I am a fan of big fluttery lashes, but I don’t fancy wearing fake lashes because they feel a tad heavy, and I don’t want to worry about my lashes falling out, so mascara has always been my go to product for more prominent lashes. I have tried and tested quite a bit of mascaras in my beauty loving life, but I have never tried a higher end one like NARS, so I’m pretty excited to see how it compares to the drugstore mascaras that I usually use.

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Lengthening Mascara Product Description:  This mascara delivers length and separation with its high-performance formula. The high-tech bristles on the conical brush allows for maximum lengthening capabilities and precise lash definition that lasts all day. Nylon fibers cling to lashes for extra length, while macadamia nut oil and vitamin E help enhance their suppleness. You’ll be left with impossibly long and impossibly sexy lashes.

Volumizing Mascara Product Description:  This lush, vitamin-enriched mascara boosts volume and curl with every stroke. The signature “honeycomb” fibers of the brush are designed for maximum product pickup and smooth, even distribution that coats every lash without smudging or flaking. The rich, deep pigment magnifies the effect, creating a thick fringe that’s high-definition, high drama, and bigger than ever. Every lash is coated with a velvety finish; no clumping, smudging or flaking. Lush. Lavish. Dramatically full lashes for high-drama lashes that are bigger than ever. 

Each mascara is 6g and comes in NARS’s signature rubber packaging. Now I’ve heard a few complaints previously about the rubber packaging melting and becoming tacky, but NARS seemed to have modified the packaging in recent years, so I trust that the packaging is no longer an issue.

Also, the mascara has no scent to it, just in case anyone was wondering. 😉

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Looking at the wand of both mascaras, its obvious to see that they are designed differently, whereby the lengthening one has a conical wand, and the volumizing one has NARS’s signature honeycomb wand. The conical wand apparently allows lengthening effects and also separates lashes more effectively, while the honeycomb wand is designed to pick up maximum product for that va va voom volume!!

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If you read the product description closely, you may have noticed that both the mascaras contain Vitamin E and macadamia oil. You may ask why, so lemme explain. Macadamia oil is known for containing essential fatty acids that protect hair from the elements and whilst Vitamin E is very widely known for its hair growth properties as well as preserving the lustre, strength and shine of hair.

Testing 1…2….3…. in progress.

Here is a before and after picture of me wearing the NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara.

As you can clearly see, my lashes look extra long, I felt like I was Mr. Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street! No clumping, lashes separated perfectly, and no smudging after wearing it for more than 12 hours.

Application wise, the lengthening wand is quite thin, so it manages to coat all the lashes and get into any nook and crannies to give you amazing length.

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Being born Indian, I’m already blessed with relatively thick lashes, but who doesn’t want thicker lashes?

Have a look at what the NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara does for me.

After using the volumizing mascara, my lashes look much thicker, and as it promises, no clumping. I was wearing this mascara for about 12 hours with zero smudging or flaking!

Application is pretty straightforward, but since the volumizing wand is comparatively bigger than the lengthening wand, you have to be a little careful during application.

PS: If you were wondering, yes, I was walking around for 12 hours with the lengthening mascara on one eye and the volumizing mascara on the other eye. I hope no one noticed!

Oh the joys of being a beauty blogger 😉

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And I decided to combine both mascaras, using the lengthening mascara first, and the volumizing one second, and this was my awesomesauce results! Look at that length and volume after just one coat! I think these mascaras work best as a set, don’t you? The mascara is buildable, and if you wish to have more dramatic lashes, try 2-3 coats.

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Personally, I loved the combination of the mascaras as they provided me with the best results compared to using them separately. It looks as if I’m wearing fake lashes, sans the heaviness. The mascara does not move one bit in our Malaysian weather, and it takes quite a bit of make-up remover to get rid of completely as it is waterproof. On top of that, the mascaras dries quite quickly, so if you accidentally stabbed your eyes (please don’t) with the mascara wand, have a Q tip handy to clean it up.

So drugstore vs high-end? Compared to my regular Maybelline Falsies that I’m using at the moment, the NARS mascaras surely win, hands down! There is reason these products are pricey, and you definitely get your money back in quality and results. I think I’ll stick with Nars for a while, but as you all know, I get distracted with new items very easily! 

Wearing the mascara the whole day made me feel like this, LOL!
My, my, what lovely lashes I have!
Larger than life? Oh yeah 🙂

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The NARS mascara retails for RM95 and is available at the one and only NARS Malaysia store at Pavilion.

What do you guys think? Is this something on your wish list now? 

xoxo,
Shashay