The Best of NARS Cosmetics

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If I had to pick one brand I could use for the rest of my life, that’s called torture. Why would you make anyone do that?! But being half human, half paranoid – I actually spent one shower session thinking about this already. And guess what? It wasn’t such a torturous thought at all. It was quite easy to answer too – what with half my free time spent at beauty counters (the other half testing them and writing about them). So yes, my stranded-island brand (yeah, because if I get stranded on a desert island, I’ll need to think about which ONE brand to take along with me) – is none other than NARS.
NARS, not because it has the best products across the board – I’ve shared a few misses from them in this blog. But in general, it’s the brand which I was able to try different products of and found myself using everyday. From their bases (tinted moisturizer, foundations), eyeshadows (duos, palettes), blushes the Big O, do I even need to elaborate?), lipsticks (pre and post-Audacious era), eyebrow products down to their skincare (I wish they also sold their candles here!) – all solid hard-working products save for a few that are exceptions rather than the rule.
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In photo: L-R: NARS Kauai, NARS Jolie Poupee, a gift from Bea
Their eyeshadow formulas are the most hit-or-miss for me. I don’t particularly have any issues with their blushes whether they’re in palette or single pans, but their eyeshadows – sigh. Shades in the singles and duos are outstanding, but when put in a palette, perform poorly and feel like they’re just there for the quantity.
However, when NARS wants to do good eyeshadow, they do it real good. Incredibly creamy without the pesky powdery fallout, crazily pigmented and disgustingly blendable – not to mention formulated in such beautiful shades that you end up feeling each one’s “OMG! unique!”. But seriously, despite the drawbacks, I still end up reaching for the NARSissist and Voulez Vous palettes more times than I thought I would.
My favorite shades – Fez (from NARSissist palette), Molokai (creamy white from Voulez Vous palette above), purple shade in the Kauai duo
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In photo: NARS Orgasm, NARS Albatross, NARS Outlaw
Quite the famous range, these blushes need no introduction. NARS basically changed the definition of the Big O among ladies by selling one pan of that peachy pink with golden shimmer blush at a time – until there came a point that you’re not considered a lady if you hadn’t tried Orgasm on your cheeks. I’m proud to say I finished one whole pan of O in my lifetime – but that’s when I only had 5 products in my makeup kit for two years.
I don’t really know what to say of the blushes as they’re not revolutionary, but they come in a varied range that will make you think you need them all and that you’re not just wanting 50 shades of peachy pink. My only requirements with blush really are -easy to blend, long-lasting and doesn’t oxidize. NARS hits home on all three.
My favorite shades are Dolce Vita, Deep Throat (SMH) and Gina.
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In photo: Above: NARS Satin Lip Pencils in Lodhi and Biscayne Park Below: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Vivien
Ahhh, their lipsticks! Probably one of my favorites from the brand! I’ve tried their Sheer (not for me), Semi-Matte and Pure Matte lipsticks, Satin and Velvet Matte lip pencils and of course, their newest addition to the family – the Audacious range. While most of the pre-Audacious lipsticks were quite drying on me, I still carried on wearing them because they’re so lightweight with the right amount of pigment. If I didn’t hold back as hard as I could every time I passed by a NARS counter, I would have way more of these dusty, torn down lip pencils in my stash – because they’re one of the few I deem Pokemon-y. You know, gotta catch em ‘all.
My favorites are Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella (which is currently misplaced HUHU), Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi and Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage.
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Clockwise from upper left: NARS Tinted Moisturizer, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, NARS Laguna bronzer, NARS Brow Perfector
I’m all praises for NARS bases. Their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is just.. BOMB. Unlike most tinted moisturizers that only really feel like moisturizer, NARS covers up well without the added weight. It even feels lighter on than Laura Mercier’s famed one. The Sheer Glow foundation which I was given a sample pot to try was also gold (I’ve finished it up before I even got to review it, woops). It’s definitely not sheer, thought – it’s more medium with a semi-matte finish. The Radiant Creamy Concealer is not a cult favorite for nothing – while a tad drying on my already dry undereyes, it manages to do its concealing job well without fading just after an hour or two.
Other products I’ve tried and have hit pan on or almost at the brink of finishing up are the NARS Laguna bronzer which I use to contour and the Brow Perfector which is a great brow pencil – a bit too pricey knowing there are cheaper counterparts – but an amazing waxy ash brown pencil with a slight bit of wax perfect for drawing in natural-looking brows. It has a slight learning curve being not as pigmented and quite stiff at first, but after a few takes, you get the effect of a (sort of) brow gel creme.
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And that is it for my best NARS products… ever (okay maybe for this year, I’m sure I’ll discover more next year)! Phew! I had to stop myself from rambling on too much because I could go on forever. NARS is just one of those brands you can’t go wrong with especially since it’s within reasonable price range. Note that I’m not saying affordable because Php1,650 for a lipstick is quite high – but it’s that you won’t feel bad about your purchases as the brand makes you feel like they’re worth every cent. It’s up to you to decide if it is ultimately. Now it’s your turn – if you could only use one brand of makeup, what would it be? Do share below! I’d also love to hear your favorite NARS products! 
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36 Comments

  1. October 27, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    I don’t have too many products from NARS but I’m quickly seeing why this is a crowd-pleasing brand. I have my eye on a couple more of their lip pencils and of course, the new Audacious lipsticks. But FEZ. OMG That colour is gorgeous! I’m already itching to buy it, trying insanely to justify the price tag for that single shadow…someone stop me…… xx

    Daphne | subgenre of a dream | bloglovin

    • October 30, 2014 / 9:11 pm

      FEZ is on a league of its own! Ive brown eyeshadows to last me a lifetime but I keep on reaching for Fez because it’s a shade that looks ‘complex’ against my skintone – not at all flat 🙂 I would probably buy it as a single if I dont have too many palettes / singles yet! Or if I completely use up the Fez in my NARsissist palette. AHHH but you have to try at least one Audacious – just to be able to stop thinking about it 😉

      • October 31, 2014 / 2:41 am

        Haha, Shari, you are terrible for my wallet! 😛 xxx

  2. October 27, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    Deep Throat, oh, Deep Throat. I am so glad that that was my first ever Nars anything. It’s precious to me, more so because it was a gift from my special someone. 🙂 It’s definitely making its way to HG status in my book.

    • October 30, 2014 / 9:12 pm

      I think it should be THE Orgasm – it’s much more flattering than Orgasm! 🙂 Love that Deep Throat was given to you by your special someone ( he has good taste! ) — k reading that again makes me shake my head HAHAHA

    • October 30, 2014 / 9:12 pm

      LODHI <3 <3 <3

  3. October 28, 2014 / 3:06 am

    Iniisip ko nga, maybe they meant “sheer lang ang glow” when they labeled it sheer glow — because it’s definitely NOT sheer and NOT glowy 😀

    Before, I thought bobbi brown would be the brand I would choose if I only have to use one brand exclusively, Now, I think, NARS na… (esp after audacious)

    • October 30, 2014 / 9:15 pm

      It’s not diba!! May subtle glow/brightening but it’s not dewy at all. Bobbi Brown may actually be my second pick – haven’t tried their eyeshadows, eyebrows, contour products yet eh 🙂 But the ones I’ve tried (foundation, lipstick, blush, eyeliner + skincare) – definitely makes it a contender! 🙂

  4. Raven Ang
    October 28, 2014 / 9:36 am

    All those NARS!! The creamy concealer has been on my list for so long and I finally gave in. 😀 What shade did you get for Sheer Glow? On the fence if I’m Punjab or Fiji. Hmmm.. must visit a NARS counter soon.

    Thank you, François Nars for creating such a beautiful brand!

    • October 30, 2014 / 9:22 pm

      I was given Fiji eh. It was my shade nga – Punjab was quite darkening even if I think it was my exact shade match. I’m not acidic naman so I guess I was pushing too much for it lang :)) I dont like to look lighter kasi. Mas okay for me to look darker with foundation than one whole shade lighter. You can ask for a sample – they give out pots! You can even ask for two shades 🙂 YAY for getting NARS concealer – I’m almost done with mine but not sure if I’ll repurchase cos…ewan. Ang arte ko lang! Hehe

  5. October 28, 2014 / 11:18 am

    Ahh this post is so perfect for someone like me who has no products from NARS yet! At least now I know where to start. I’ve always been a MAC girl :))

    • October 30, 2014 / 9:23 pm

      I love MAC still – it’s the brand that really got me into makeup so I have a spot for it in my jampacked makeup heart. Haha. But NARS is “kinder” to my skin – the foundations, the lipsticks, etc. Enjoy exploring NARS next!

  6. October 28, 2014 / 11:25 am

    Love love love this post Shari! 😀 I love all the NARS products I have so far and I really can’t wait to try more of their base products and blushes! Also that Dolce Vita blush looks so pretty!

    Catpacking | Beauty & Travel

  7. October 28, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of people say Nars would be their pick and I agree (especially because I’m more a lipstick person)! Great all around (from what I’ve tried). But if not Nars, I’d probably say Laura Mercier/MAC

    • October 30, 2014 / 9:25 pm

      Bobbi Brown would be my next then MAC! 🙂 Laura is good too but I haven’t tried a lot of their stuff to actually say 🙂

  8. October 29, 2014 / 3:43 am

    Gorgeous picks! My faves are the Velvet Lip Pencils and Blushes (Deep Throat is my fave!) and I’m dying to try the new Audacious lipsticks 🙂

    • October 30, 2014 / 9:26 pm

      Deep Throat is a winner with everyone I know who owns it! 🙂 I think it’s time you pick one of those 40 shades, Jenn! 😉 Heehee

  9. October 29, 2014 / 6:25 am

    Fan-freakin’-tastic post, Shari love! LOL-ing big time over “Deep Throat (SMH)”! That was my first NARS blush and it’s still going strong years later. NARS would definitely be a contender for me in the desert-island-picks arena. Because of course there’d be time to pack up all of your favorite cosmetics. I actually have a D.I.B.B. (desert island beauty bag) list on my blog’s About Me page, lol – the desert island list thing has always been a favorite daydream for me! Damn, one single line, hmmm. Uhp, got it – for me it would be MAC! I have tried one of almost everything they make and have had major love for almost everything, plus they just have SO MUCH SHIZNIT, that you could end up needing a steamer trunk to store it in during your desert island journey! 😀

    • October 30, 2014 / 9:30 pm

      THANK YOU FOR APPRECIATING, BABE!!:*** Deep Throat > Orgasm any time (ummm except you know when we’re not talking about makeup LOLOLOL). I love that you have a DIBB (checking out now to read it!! LOL YOU ARE THE BOMB KRISTEN) – I must make a list of mine too! MAC is definitely a worthy desert island brand – it has EVERYTHING you need (yes,when you’re stuck in a desert island hahaha).

      • November 3, 2014 / 2:47 am

        HA HA HA!!! Dying about the non-makeup relation to these shade names, LOLOL! And thank you! YOU are the bomb, Shari Berry Pancakes! 🙂

  10. October 29, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    Nars has to be my favorite as well! 🙂 I have loved nearly everything I tried! Need to get my hands on those lip pencils but the thought of sharpening them puts me off! 😐 Need to get a few more of the blushes too 😉 Oh dear the list is endless! Ooops!

    TheConscienceFund

    • October 30, 2014 / 9:31 pm

      Have you picked any of the Audacious lipsticks yet, Div? It’ll make you forget about the lipsticks first :))

  11. October 31, 2014 / 2:45 am

    I think Nars is a fantastic brand overall. I love their Radian Concealer and the Ligtht Optimzing Primer and, of course, the new Audacious lipsticks! Funnily enough, I don’t own any Nars eyeshadows.

  12. October 31, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    I agree. If I were to pick a brand that has every makeup product I can use for everyday, it will definitely be NARS.

  13. Pauline Reyes
    October 31, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    NARS is my favorite cosmetic brand. I chase them and I’m updated with their new products! That’s how obsessed I am! XD
    xo,
    ~Pauline @ http://www.kallony.com.ph/brand/nars

  14. October 31, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    I adore NARS but I have this yucky issue with melting packaging (yep, I’ve tossed away some eyeshadows because the packaging melted after after a couple of years. Have you had this problem?? Other than that I especially love the blushes. I shall have to try the lipsticks…

  15. November 1, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    This is so helpful for someone starting out! I’ve actually never tried the eyeshadows. I contemplated getting the Narcissist palette for a long time but I had just bought the Lorac Pro, so I gave it a pass. But yes, I love Sheer Glow, it was my first “proper” foundation. Blushes and the lip pencils are great as well.

  16. November 2, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    I’ve been loving NARS lately, and only first bought their products this year! Love Laguna and Deep Throat, do not regret purchasing them all and am using them daily 🙂 I have the Sheer Glow foundation as well which is so nice- I love how it gives a medium coverage which is buildable, with so many shades to choose from! Next on my list is maybe the Creamy concealer and the Multiple!

    http://reveriebelle.blogspot.com

  17. Katsy Faustino
    November 5, 2014 / 11:46 pm

    I almost did a NARS haul when I got my Audacious last week.. But I remembered I’ve barely made a dent in my Narsissist palette so I started using it since then in the hopes of making the haul happen soon. 😀 Dying to try the Radiant Creamy Concealer as the ones I have feel a bit dry for the under eye lately.

    • Makeup With A Heart
      November 12, 2014 / 5:38 pm

      I have the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer but it doesn’t seem to be any better in terms of texture and look than my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. The NARS has more pigment and a wider color selection but I find the Maybelline one to be close enough in terms of longevity and coverage that I wouldn’t buy the NARS again. The two concealers i have are totally different colors so my review might change if I get the Maybelline in a lighter color.

  18. November 15, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    I did a similarish post and if I had to pick one brand for the rest of my days, it would be NARS hands down. I’m now convinced I need the Tinted Moisturiser in my life (need to go through like, 3-4 bases first before I let myself buy it though). Their Radiant Creamy Concealer is amazing and Sheer Glow is my favourite foundation. And of course, their blushes are legendary.

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