The other day I sat down to do some swatches in my makeup room and came upon some old favorites that I had forgotten about it. Then one thought led to another and soon I was trying to remember what products I first tried from a certain brand. The brand (as the title would imply) is NARS Cosmetics. It was about 3 years ago that I tried my first NARS product and although the brand and I have hit a few bumps along the way, my love for their products is strong. I currently own dozens of their products (all purchased by yours truly) and would never hesitate to purchase again. I thought I would showcase the items that introduced me to the brand, for the inquiring minds out there.
Clockwise from bottom left: NARS Strawberry Fields lipgloss, NARS Mangrove Single Shadow, NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo, NARS Douceur Blush, NARS Dolce Vita Lipstick
The funny thing is that most of these products were released around the same time. In fact, Strawberry Fields, Douceur, Rajasthan and Mangrove all came out in the Fall 2010 collection. That collection was a huge hit for me as I also bought the other eyeshadow duo, Tzarine and the other singles, Coconut Grove and Daphne. Dolce Vita is a permanent member of the NARS range and comes in blush and lipgloss form as well (hint- LOVE). Unfortunately the stars of that collection- Strawberry Fields and Rajasthan- were limited edition.
The things that made me fall in love with NARS are the same things that keep me coming back for more. Consistency, high-quality, trend-setting and impeccable formulations are all reasons that make me swoon for new NARS releases and have me waiting for each new seasonal collection.
Swatches L-R: Dolce Vita, Strawberry Fields, Douceur, Rajasthan Duo, Mangrove
Dolce Vita has a nice semi-sheer formula that is a my-lips-but-better shade and perfect for everyday wear. The formula is comfortable and movable, and doesn’t dry my lips out.
Strawberry Fields is only the greatest NARS lipgloss OF ALL TIME. It’s thicker than their other glosses which normally would turn me off but the color, pigmentation and staying-power are all top-notch.
Douceur is a shade that you have probably read about before. It’s easily one of the most natural looking blushes ever created. It acts as a blush and contour in one on my skin tone-adding just the right amount of color and definition. Silky and long-wearing, it’s definitely a favorite.
Rajasthan is also my favorite NARS eyeshadow duo that I own. I waffled on and off about it in August 2010 (so much that I can actually remember the hot, sunny day that I pressed the submit button on my very first NARS order). I have never regretted it. I love the shiny and dimensional golden taupe. You know, one of those shades you can wear all over the lid and it looks like you’ve blended in 2-3 shades instead? And the Peacock shade, swooon. It’s teal, it’s peacock-y and brilliantly gorgeous.
Mangrove is a love or leave shade but for me it’s total love. I wear this on the lashline (often with Rajasthan, though the pairing isn’t an immediately obvious one). Its smooth and slightly less pigmented so it does require a little layering to get the effect you see above. That doesn’t bother me as I have yet to find a shade from another brand that can rival this.
Wearing Rajasthan and Mangrove on eyes
Wearing Strawberry Fields, Douceur, Rajasthan and Mangrove
Reminiscing about my first time with NARS was fun. It brought me back to the days when I imagined spending $20+ on an eyeshadow or blush was ridiculous (I guess I’ve just become accustomed to being charged more-though not necessarily something I agree with). Do you remember your first products from a brand? What are your NARS must-haves?