NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 on Belle Belle Beauty

I am all about the glow, so I am a touch surprised by my love of this matte finish tinted moisturizer! But NARS always opens my mind to new and wonderful products. This brand new product is just another notch in NARS belt in lovely foundation and tinted moisturizer. As far as brands go, they really have this segment of beauty nailed.

This oil-free formula provides fairly significant coverage for a “skin tint”. The soft-matte finish has tons of staying power while using optical effects to blur skin imperfections. The powders that provide this effect also provide a soft and touchable finish, making application a breeze.

I’d highly recommend this formula for those with oily skin. It also works against shine and pores. There are 12 shades available. I tried Groenland (light 3), St. Moritz (medium 1) and Cuzco (medium 1.5). My winter skin shade is best suited for St. Moritz.

And one quick note: I do detect a bit of a chemical smell at first. This has dissipated since I opened the tube. And I can’t sense it after it is on my skin. Just wanted to give a heads up for those with a sensitive nose. It wouldn’t deter me in any way from using or recommending the product.

Available at NARScosmetics.com as of 1/15 and hits Sephora and specialty stores on 2/1.


NARS Blush in Tribulation

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My friend and I were playing with some of the Spring newness from NARS this weekend. As we opened the blush, we were a little surprised by this shade. It was sheer, rosy and luminous. And somehow, when you swipe it on your cheeks, skin looks awakened and luminous. It is a sort of psuedo-powder. I am glad I gave this unique blush a chance – a new favorite!

Available at NARSCosmetics.com.

NARSissist L’amour Toujours Eyeshadow Palette

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While I haven’t splurged on much new makeup this holiday season, looks like things might turn around for spring. Because I’ve been taking a sneak peek at the new NARS Spring and the seasonal shades are just perfect. First up is an epic palette full of shadows that are delectable. Just to tell you how much I love it, I have moved all other palettes out of my makeup drawer to make space for this all-in-one beauty.

I have been a long-time fan of NARS eyeshadows (the Kalahari duo is my all time favorite). This palette has equally must-have shades for a wide variety of looks. While technically these are a mix of matte and shimmer, I find them balanced making them wearable. My favorites – not surprisingly – are the larger sized neutrals.

Along the top row:

I – Cream Bisque
II – Shimmering Pink Sand
III – Amethyst Ash
IV – Black Truffle (great as a liner)

And the smaller pots:

V – Golden Starlight (made me realize how wearable gold shades are!)
VI – Sunburst Copper
VII – Café Au Lait (beautiful coffee shimmer neutral)
VIII – Pistol Grey
IX – Industrial Steel
X – Regal Blue
XI – Shimmering Taupe Cashmere (a slightly darker neutral crease)
XII – Shimmering Liquorice (an evening liner option)

NARSissist L’Amour Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette is available on NARSCosmetic.com and at NARS boutiques today and at specialty stores on February 1st, 2016. Also keep an eye out for the NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette  available exclusively at Sephora on February 1st, 2016 (review to come next month).

NARS Audacious Mascara

NARS Audacious Mascara on Belle Belle Beauty

Much like the Audacious Lipsticks, NARS’ Audacious Mascara has made quite an impression on me. I’ve been in a bit of a mascara rut lately, loving (but stuck on) this one. So when NARS launched their first mascara in a while, I was jumping to try it out.

Audacious is designed for definition and length in my opinion. The unique brush is designed with 200 molded (plastic) bristles. Some people feel strongly about traditional brushes, but I happen to love the plastic variety as I get fewer clumps. Each bristle has lengthening hooks. The tapered tip is perfect for inner and outer lashes.

The mascara is incredibly light-weight, making it long-wearing. I get every-so-slight fall out but not until after a twelve hour day. And this mascara could come with one warning – the bristles are so stiff and long I have poked my eye once or twice. But this is likely attributed to my poor morning hour coordination than anything else. Just take care (and your time) using Audacious Mascara.

Available now at NARScosmetics.com.


NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection and Velvet Shadow Sticks

NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks on Belle Belle Beauty

Yes, it is boiling hot but Fall Color Collections have already started hitting shelves. NARS’ fall collection appeared at NARSCosmetics.com and NARS boutiques on July 15th. While I haven’t had a chance to spot the entire line, I have been enjoying the new Velvet Shadow Sticks (so so good). In all, the collection has 14 pieces: 8 Velvet Shadow Sticks, 2 Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows, 2 Lip Glosses, 1 Lipstick and 1 Blush.

For this season’s inspiration,François Nars looked to the eyes. “It just seemed like the collection needed to revolve around eyes and especially how eye color and texture can convey not just character and mood but a period in time, be it an era or a decade or even a season.”

And of course their newest product is all about these windows to the soul. The Velvet Shadow Sticks are creamy and glide over skin without pulling. There is quite a range of shades, but I have been reaching for Goddess (and pink champagne) and Hollywoodland (pale gold). I use the stick for a layer of pigment on lids and then blend with my fingers. The shadow stays all day and makes for a minimal but luminous look.

You can also pair these with powder for a bolder look. I also use the darker shades like Flibuste Velvet (black above) with a liner brush. I haven’t gone dramatic with these sticks yet, but those looking for a more editorial look can layer these for more opaque color.

Find the collection now at NARSCosmetics.com and at Sephora, department, and specialty stores on 8/1.

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NARS Last Resort Collection

NARS Last Resort on Belle Belle Beauty

Well seems that Spring is in full swing down here. And that can’t help me think of beaches, bronze skin and glowing skin. Once again, I have been remiss on sharing a launch from NARS but this Saturday is a perfect time to spread the word on this collection of beauties.

Building on François Nars’ love of French Polynesia, NARS’ Last Resort Collection is both classic and on-trend. Inspired by one of the first fragrances I fell for as a beauty blogger, the Tahiti-inspired collection is infused with gardenia, monoi and coconut. Ready to book your trip to the South Pacific yet?

This limited edition has some of my favorites, some new things to drool over and a little surprise:

  • Tahiti Bronzer – still my favorite bronzer (although I have also recently fallen for NARS’ Casino as well), this limited edition version of Laguna includes a mini Ita brush.
  • Body Glow – oh how I coveted this until my bottle ran out 🙁 The not too shimmery bronze is perfect for legs, arms and chest to fake a summer glow and nourish skin. And bonus it has that infectious scent of monoi oil and gardenia-infused coconut oil.
  • Monoï Body Glow II – also a favorite but without the bronze effect and slightly more hydration. Think of it as Body Glow in body oil form.
  • Tattoos – and now for the surprise… tattoos! This set (which I cannot wait to try) includes four limited-edition temporary tattoos for when you are having a commitment-free edgy moment.

Available now at narscosmetics.com and at Sephora on 4/1.