27 July 2013

Five Mini NARS Reviews

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A couple of month's ago I popped along to my local Space NK in Nottingham, where I had booked in to have my makeup done by a prestigious NARS makeup artist. I actually found out about it a few weeks before, after popping in store to check out the NARS lip pencils, which I adore. Whilst I was swatching away, the lovely staff let me know all about the NARS makeovers, which cost a deposit of £15, which was then redeemable against any NARS products on the day. On the day of my makeover I actually bought two NARS products. One I had been lusting after for a while; Casino Bronzer, and one which I wanted to try for myself after it was used on me during my make over; the Light Reflecting Powder. As I made my purchases, excited to go home and try them out (but with a purse a lot lighter than it was used to) I was given a little gift bag of complimentary NARS samples to try, which came with the makeover. I didn't know they did this at NARS makeovers, so I was overwhelmed when I got home and found some amazing products, all in adorable mini sizes, ready for me to try. NARS is a favourite brand of mine, I love the products I have for them and I would love to try more from them. But they are a very high-end brand and for me, it's not really realistic to splurge on a brand like NARS. So to get to try all of these samples, some of which were products I already really wanted to try, was lovely. The only downside? I now want to buy some of them in full size! 

The first thing which really excited me, was a mini (but pretty much almost full size and a whole lot of product!) Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in a beautiful sheer golden pink shade called New Lover. I have a couple of the NARS Lip Pencils; a satin lip pencil and a matte lip pencil. I am a big fan. If I could afford it, I'd buy the majority of shades! So to try a different finish lip pencil has been lovely and I really like this for day time looks, where I'm opting for a toned down makeup look and don't want a full on opaque lip colour, but I still want my lips to look healthy, plump and pink. The next time which caught my eye was a mini Orgasm Blush. If you haven't heard of this blusher before, you can only have been hiding on a dessert island; it is quite possibly the most raved, hyped up and adored blusher I have ever found in reviews, both on blogs and YouTube. I'd swatched it in store many, many times before, but it never made me want to splurge and buy it. I think it's a nice colour, but the formula isn't quite how I like my powder blushes and I feel you have to work to get any true colour pay-off. But perhaps it's just because my skin is naturally olive so needs something with a bit more oomph. There was also a mini Tinted Moisturiser and a mini Orgasm Illuminator. Unfortunately, the Orgasm Illuminator isn't a product I took too just like it's powder partner. It's nice, but for someone like me who has oily skin, I think liquid illuminators have to be the exact right consistency, or else they just disappear throughout the day. This has a super thin consistency, which just doesn't show up on my skin much and definitely doesn't last. The Tinted Moisturiser on the other hand has been lovely to try out. It has a super light-weight consistency, is sheer but buildable, and leaves my skin looking natural, but imperfection free. I'm quite tempted to pick this up in the full size.... The final mini product in the bag was the NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. I don't know why, but I really wanted to like this eye makeup remover. I think it's because at the time, my favourite, holy grail eye makeup remover; the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, was coming to an end so part of me wanted the NARS one to be better, so I could try a new product out. This is a very lovely eye makeup remover, but as the name suggests - it's gentle. If you wear a powerful gel or liquid liner like I do, and blackest black mascaras (quite a few coats, too!) then an eye makeup remover this gentle just doesn't do the job. I always found myself reaching for my Clarins eye makeup remover after using the NARS one, because the NARS one just couldn't shift my liner and mascara! So some of the mini products I really liked, some not so much and I could live without. I definitely want to invest in more lip pencils from NARS, and maybe the tinted moisturiser; but I haven't been won over by the Orgasm Illuminator, Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover and Orgasm Blush.

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  1. What amazing little mini's! I'm not a fan of orgasm it just didn't look right on me :( fab post Hun

    Katie xo
    sugarfixxbeauty.com

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    1. It just doesn't seem to show up on me at all! Thanks Katie, really glad you liked my post xo

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  2. Omg amazing! What a great little goodie bag!

    Jodie x
    www.retrococktail.co.uk

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    1. It was a really pleasant surprise :) xo

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  3. Such good little samples, i love the Nars brand, probably my favourite!x

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    1. They are such a great brand, I really do love the products I have from them xo

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  4. NARS do great samples, I bought an eyeshadow from them recently and they gave me the tinted moisturiser to try! Such a shame the lightest shade was still too dark for me :( I would have way pretered to try a blush sample!

    I've swatched Orgasm in store a few times and I've always been so underwhelmed by it. First of all, it's way too warm for my skintone and it's pretty sparkly. I understand this is what some people go for but for me, it's just no good!

    Annettibus |Irish Fashion, Beauty and Art blog.

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    1. I think NARS has some fantastic blushes which are much nicer than the cult Orgasm :) xo

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    1. Me too! They're products are just lovely xo

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  6. That's amazing that you got all those little minis to try out! I love the look of everything NARS, their packaging is just so lovely. I need to expand my collection too, but as you said it's so expensive!
    xx

    Naomii
    www.glitterbomb-makeup.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know, it was so unexpected! I love their packaging too :) Although it can mean products get dirty easily! xo

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  7. I really want to try out their lip pencils, everyone raves about them! :)

    AddictedtoOPI

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    1. Their lip pencils are fab and so worth a treat purchase! xo

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  8. Believe it or not, I've never actually tried any products from NARS! I think the Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is going to be my first purchase x

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    1. Great choice to start yourself off with NARS products :) xo

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    1. They are! It's a shame I didn't get on with them all xo

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  10. I've never tried any products from NARS but this blogpost has made me intrigued!
    Thank you for such an honest review, and I think I may have to go buy something now.

    xx Chloe
    chloe-logan.blogspot.com

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    1. Let me know what you decide to try! And thank you Chloe, I'm glad you enjoyed my review xo

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  11. These look amazing! I'm considering looking into booking to have my makeup done just to try and get my hands on these. They're so cute and there's a couple of things there I'd love to try out, mainly the lip pencil x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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    1. Their lip pencils are lovely and I'd definitely recommend them! xo

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  12. It's always nice when brands do things like this - a few times I've been to makeup counters for a makeover and they've just shoved absolutely everything on my face, tried to sell me all of it, then sent me home with a crappy sachet of something and called it a sample. Things like this only make faith in high end brands stronger!!

    xxx

    www.erinjaine.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely, and I wish more high-end brands would do the same as it does, more times than not, lead to purchases of the full sizes! xo

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  13. I'm booking my Nars appointment in for next payday - it's going to be expensive I'm sure!!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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