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limited edition shades that bring the fun under the sun!
Summer – it’s a time for sun and sand and new makeup collections! I have been fighting temptation and fighting the good fight by not buying anything that wasn’t an obvious must-have. Then along came NARS with their Summer 2013 Color Collection and I lost the battle!
I had been so confident in my approach until I nearly missed out on my two favorite products from NARS in new limited edition summer shades : their latest Multiple in Puerto Vallarta and Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Paris Follies. And if you haven’t gazed upon their ‘one step beyond orange’ summer nail lacquer in Madness – click here to see it in action.
At first glance, I thought the NARS Multiple in Puerto Vallarta ($39) was just another bronze variation of what’s already out there, and that’s how I dismissed it without a second glance. In online photos and in the tube, Puerto Vallarta seems underwhelming. It appears to be a slightly shimmering, but flat-looking pale orangey bronze – not a color I would immediately gravitate towards. Once on, you realize how close you came to missing out on something special – Puerto Vallarta is a stunner!
Swipe this on your cheeks and you almost won’t believe that the boring color in the sleek, black tube and the one you’re wearing are the same. The end result is a sun-kissed, dewy tangerine with a hint of shimmer that wakes your complexion up. It’s like you spent a day at the beach without the crippling sunburn.
NARS Multiples are designed for lips, cheeks, and eyes, but I find that rarely do they work on all three. I’m drawn to the more blush-like shades, which doesn’t exactly lend itself to wearing on eyes, but Puerto Vallarta looks lovely as a touch of color on lids.
As a lip product, this was a no go for me – it’s a little too pale (but fans of light hues should love it on their lips) and Multiples have a powdery texture that I find drying on lips, but that’s what gives them lasting power as a cream blush (5 hours on my oily skin). Also, I’m not sure if it’s the powdery texture or the quality of shimmer, but my pores seem to disappear when I’m wearing this, so if you’re wary of cream blush due to pore size, this might be the product for you.
The other swoon-worthy item I got to test out was NARS Larger than Life Lip Gloss in Paris Follies ($26). I was intrigued by this gloss before I got to test it, but I held back from buying it because although it is a lovely pinky coral shade, I have many lovely pinky coral lip products. That being said, I should have known better because NARS is well, NARS.
In the tube, this is a basic (though pretty) pink gloss, but once swatched, this gloss is that perfect shimmer-free rosy coral shade I’ve been searching for my entire adult life. It’s a perfect balance of pink and orange. Most corals skew orange, but this shade contains enough pink to be interesting and the depth of the pink tone makes this stand out from the pack. Paris Follies leaves you with juicy “I just ate a popsicle” lips, which is the look I cultivate in the summer months. If you think you don’t need another lip gloss, think again!
As for texture, this gloss is a bit tacky, which is great for staying power (3 hours without food or drink). The applicator is a wand with what could be the world’s tiniest brush at the end. I couldn’t help but wish it was a doe foot applicator, but that might just be my preference.
• Puerto Vallarta brightens up a complexion and diminishes the appearance of pores.
• Paris Follies is that rare perfect balance of orange and pink.
• Mini-brush applicator on Paris Follies is not my favorite.
Overall, I’m really impressed with what I got to sample from the NARS 2013 Summer collection and I can’t believe I almost missed out on these two amazing products. It just goes to show you that swatching is your friend, ladies!
we heartsters – Has anybody else fallen for the NARS 2013 Summer collection? Did swatching play a role?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC 25/30 skintone
Krista resides in the middle of nowhere with her bff/hubby, an obscenely big-eared dog, and a puppy that makes feral capuchins seem mellow. She has an irrational fear of ax murder, owns more than one machete for home defense/the zombie apocalypse, and goes to sleep serenaded by the sounds of the Chupagobbler, a mythical turkey beast that roams the woods around her house. She also has an obsessive love of Tom Selleck’s moustache that is, quite frankly, alarming.
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