Excuse how 'NARS' my blog has been but it seems I have unintentionally hauled a fair bit of NARS of late, hence the influx. Though more brands and more mentions are coming up soon, so hang tight!
Basically these are the splurges I had quietly added to my stash, away from the radar of my blog. Heh.
Since they were picked up here and there and I did not have time to do individual mentions each time I got something, here they are all bundled together in a collective entry.
The first item was one I bought through the help of Mag (makeupstash).
I have heard great things about the NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base and was finally on the very last and drying up bit of my Urban Decay Primer Potion. Thus I figured it is a good time to 'jump ship' and try something aside from my usual UDPP.
Mag helped me pick this up when the NARS counter first hit our shores (yes, that means last year!) thus I have been using it for a good while now!
This swatch picture is rather unnecessary but it does give you an idea of how the NARS Eyeshadow Base works as a good 'grip' for eyeshadows and enhance their pigmentation.
From my experience with it, which is a rather good while now, I am ready to crown this my new Holy Grail eyelid primer. The Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base functions just as well as UDPP in terms of enhancing eyeshadows and making them last, yet with UDPP I find that often times my shadows 'stick' so well that it could make blending a little tough.
I don't want to over run this haul mention with a review so I would leave it at that! If anyone is interested I can share more about the eyeshadow base in another post.
Moving on to the other 2 items, these were acquired a little more recently — around March this year.
While the Eyeshadow Base was a haul (or custom purchase if you want to be precise), the following 2 items were a gift from the hubs! Long story short, they are belated Valentines' Day presents and we practice the practical gifting method.
Forget chocolates, I'd rather have makeup!
Either ways, aside from thanking the hubs I also have Eliza (our high-end makeup supplier, hurhur) to thank for helping acquire these be it through dropping by TANGS or facilitating an online order!
Starting with the more 'basic' of the two, I had my eyes set on the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder when word of it got out.
The online reviews, mentions and comparison pictures made it such a big deal that I just had to have it. What's more I have this subconscious and un-admitted obsession with loose powders but I will save that confession for another time.
The sneak-preview overviews, reviews and comparison images (Beautylish, looking at you) threw this product into an intensely bright positive light that I knew I wanted it even without having to check it out in person.
The initial game plan was to purchase it online but the TANGS 12% came along while we were staring at this starry-eyed so I got Eliza to pick one up for me in her trip to TANGS (thanks again!).
I personally prefer the loose variant instead of the pressed because it is a lot quicker and easier for me. Though since it is permanent I may find myself with the pressed version sometime down the road!
I don't want to lengthen this entry with a review about this powder here. If anything, that will come on its own later but my verdict of it is that I love it!
The next item to give a quick showcase to is the NARS 413 BLKR Multiple. This also happens to be my very first NARS Multiple!
Yes, I have heard great things about the Multiples but I don't reach for cream products as often as my powders so I never thought to cave, until I saw this beautiful brick red.
The fact that it is an iconic piece (from the 413 BLKR collection) and only available on NARS.com or their New York and Los Angeles boutiques gave it a rather 'deadly' appeal.
For a quick trivia, the 413 BLKR collection pays tribute to NARS's New York City boutique at the address of 413 Bleecker Street. The tones of this collection (greyish and red) mimic the boutique's atmosphere of gray-washed brick walls.
Though back to this Multiple, the 413 BLKR is a beautiful (I cannot stop using that word to describe this) reddish hue that is extremely natural when swatched.
The above is the best shot I coud get of the heavy swatch without it appearing like a wound / abrasion. While that doesn't sound very attractive, you cannot deny that it is does give a very natural appearance.
When blended out, it appears like an natural flush of color on the cheeks, more natural than any other 'flush of color' I may have in my stash.
The powdery smooth texture of NARS's multiples helps in giving it a light and (here we go again) beautiful finish as well.
All in all, while cream is not my thing, this multiple may have creaked open the door to a whole new arena.
Here is one more shot of this beauty.
With that, I wrap up my NARS haul and I believe that should be all for NARS for awhile! Maybe a couple of mentions should I do a LOTD but that aside, I am trying to be good and as we have called it, go on a beauty diet!
Thanks for reading! What brands have you over-indulged in lately?