Summer Collections are dropping like hot potatoes this week and I have to say I’m excited! NARS has done a really solid collection this time so I wanted to share what I picked out and some comparisons to other things I own in case you are on the fence. Keep in mind this isn’t a review- this is just swatches, first impressions and such. Enjoy!
I picked out three things that looked appealing to me: Ramatuelle Eyeshadow Trio, Buenos Aires Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil and Liberté Blush.
We’ll start with Ramatuelle, which is also my very first NARS trio
The Ramatuelle trio is softly tropical…like a whisper of summer, not full on. It’s named for a commune in southern France, and when you look at photos of the region, it’s easy to see where NARS drew their inspiration:
Silvery skies and nude-peach buildings say NARS got this trio right.
Swatches in natural light
Swatches with flash
I thought Liberté Blush would be more unique to my collection than it actually turned out to be. It’s still a beautiful and highly pigmented blush but I do have something quite similar already:
Clockwise from left: MAC Modern Mandarin, NARS Liberté, NARS Gilda, MAC Burnt Pepper
Now from the pans you are probably thinking MAC’s Burnt Pepper looks closest- and that’s what I thought too…
Swatches L-R: Modern Mandarin, Gilda, Liberté, Burnt Pepper
Actually, Gilda is quite close! Liberté is slightly more rust in tone while Gilda is slightly more orange/peach. I applied one to each side of my cheeks and can see only the tiniest difference with Liberté applying slightly more red. If you already have Gilda you may not feel the need for Liberté.
EDIT: For those wondering, Gilda has the better texture between the two. It’s more velvety where Liberté is more dry and can be prone to patchiness.
The real star of this collection to me is this Buenos Aires Velvet Gloss Pencil…! After having tried Mexican Rose from their spring collection I was obsessed with the formula (the likes of it’s lasting power have scarcely been seen before). I will let you know if this lives up to the same standard.
NARS Buenos Aires on lips
It’s a *very* flattering shade on my skin tone and has the same feel as Mexican Rose. The Spanish girl in me (you knew I took years of that, right?) adores the fact this is called Buenos Aires!
Swatches L-R: MAC Creme d’Nude, Burberry Romantic Rose, Revlon Soft Nude, NARS Belle du Jour, NARS Buenos Aires, MAC Patisserie
The closest I have is again from NARS, but Belle du Jour is more tan/peachy.
Okay, that’s the rundown! Look for a FOTD post soon–maybe even tomorrow 😉
Are you getting anything from this latest NARS release? What’s your favorite NARS product you own?