An Ode To NARS
Out of all the high end beauty brands available to use, I would have to say NARS is an absolute favourite and one I can trust with every single product, whether it's a primer or an mascara, NARS have got it absolutely right. Quite a large chunk of my makeup collection is NARS and so I thought it would be a good idea to share it with you and tell you my favourite products which I believe are an essential in any makeup junkies collection.
BASE: Despite being a huge fan of Sheer Glow, my love for NARS bases all started with their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, one of my first ever base products and one that will always be a favourite. The creamy, light coverage formula is perfect if you don't like the full on foundation face or work wonderfully on days when you just want something that's easy to slap on and freshen up your skin. My absolute favourite of the NARS foundations/tinted moisturiser's however, is Sheer Glow. This is just perfection- creamy, blend-able, medium coverage, long lasting and gives a beautiful natural glow. Everything I look for in a foundation. In terms of primers, NARS have a pretty good variety to pick from with ones for oily skin, dry skin or the Pro Prime Multi Protect Primer, a great all rounder which is now an essential for me. When I use this, my foundation applies much smoother and my makeup lasts for much longer. A product nearly all beauty bloggers rave about and have tried or use, the Radiant Creamy Concealer- a liquid, multi purpose concealer which covers dark circles and blemishes, leaving a fresh, radiance finish. The creamy formula blends seamlessly into my skin and is a great concealer to have for one that 'does it all'.
CHEEKS: When I think blusher and bronzer, I think NARS. They have such an incredible selection of products and shades, there simply is not a brand which does it better. Laguna Bronzer is a staple product in my makeup bag, I will re-purchase it over and over again until I am no longer living on earth. The soft, semi-matte medium shade adds such a natural hint of colour to my face and instantly warms everything up. The teeny tiny hint of shimmer adds such a subtle highlight which looks beautiful in the Summer. For blush, my go to shades will always be Super Orgasm; a pink rose blush with gold shimmer running through it, Deep Throat; a natural peachy pink with slight shimmer and Torrid; a much brighter, dark, dusky pink. The powders are just perfect, they never leave a powder looking finish or apply patchy, they just apply so effortlessly and transform ones makeup routine. If I'm after a cream alternative then the Multiple sticks are ideal. If your just starting out with makeup or are looking for some first products to get from NARS, then I really recommend these. With a choice of bronze, blush and highlight shades, you can't get an easier product to apply. For summer these are just beautiful, for a golden goddess look or when I've got a tan then South Beach adds a natural sun kissed look but for just an every day blush, then Orgasm is a gorgeous rose gold pink. As well as cheek products, you can use these for your eyes or lips- the multi purpose product everyone needs!
EYES: For my eyes, I like to keeps things pretty simple and neutral, nothing too crazy and heavy, and NARS have got it all in the eye department. I must say, I was pretty late on trying out their eye shadows, but from the first moment I tried them, I use them constantly. If you're into your eye shadow then I really recommend both the single shadows and the dual intensity ones for an extra intense wash of colour. Both shadows are buttery and highly pigmented, easy to apply and dreamy colours. Coconut Groove is a great dark brown which I use for my eye brows, as a crease shade or for a brown smokey eye. My Dual Intensity Palette has been a complete life changer for me when it comes to eye shadow, there is every colour I will ever need and I love how you can use them dry for a light colour or for a really high shine effect then you can apply these with a damp brush which is my preferred way to wear these. The Larger Than Life mascara is definitely worth a mention and worth picking up if you like curly, dramatic lashes with a tonne of volume, and the brow gel is my new favourite brow product to use on a day to day basis.
LIPS: NARS sure do know how to make amazing lip products; lip liners, pencils, lip sticks, and gloss', NARS have got it covered. As you all know, I love their Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, the amount of colours available is just insane and the formula's are to die for. Creamy, hydrating, long lasting, matte and possibly the easiest product to apply, these have got to be in your collection. Two lipsticks I love that should also be in your collection are just the normal lipsticks which are silky cream colours, long lasting with a shine finish, but for a super intense, matte finish then the Pure Matte Lipsticks are your guy. These are bright and bold, with a great shade selection. Valparaiso is a gorgeous dark burgundy/purple shade, a favourite of mine in the Winter. These are must haves for the matte lip lovers.
NAILS: As a nail varnish addict and NARS creating such a perfect nail varnish formula, these had to be mentioned. The opaque, gloss polishes come in the most amazing selection of shades, 44 in total and they are just so easy to apply- the perfect size brush and they dry in seconds. Two of my favourite shades are Schiap- a shocking, bright pink and Hunger- an orangey red,
I hope this was a helpful post to those who are wanting to try some makeup from NARS but are unsure on what to pick or for girls who are looking at expanding their collection! All products can be found on SpaceNK, NARS website, Selfridges & many more... Also in store!
What are your must have products from NARS?