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Thursday, August 25, 2016

NARS Cosmetics Undercover 2016 Summer Collection Review & Swatches

I'm pretty new to NARS! Say whaaat? Yes! I've had some deluxe samples, but I've never owned anything from the brand. When I saw the NARS Undercover 2016 Summer Collection (STILL AVAILABLE LOL), I knew this collection was for me (or at least I hoped it was for me...HaHaHa). I instantly fell in love with the outer packaging (designed by contemporary artist Konstantin Kakanias). I loved the fact that each product was packaged differently, featured women of different ethnicities and had a colorful & tropical Summer theme. NARS is pretty pricey! So I tried to be very careful when picking colors. I think I did really well with my selections. My thoughts on each and review is below.

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff)

NARS TOPLESS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow - Sweet

NARS Dual Intensity eye shadows are nothing new! There are a bunch of them! The only difference is that FOUR shades were selected for this special 2016 Summer Collection/Collaboration packaging. Plain English Kim! Plain English! You can still get Topless once the Limited Edition packaging sells out. HaHaHa The eye shadow palette is not big at all. It fits in the center of your hand, with plenty of room to spare. It also has a mirror. This eye shadow can be used either dry or wet. I used my MAC Fix + Spray to intensify the color. See my swatches below. Usually very light colors such as Topless are very chalky on me, but it applied nicely to my eyelids (even dry). I love the picture of the girl with her chunky bracelets on, sun hat & scarf underneath, surrounded by luscious leaves. I will be displaying this packaging in my makeup room. I think it's a really good eye shadow. But it is PRICEY! I included the other colors & special packaging they come in below.

NARS LIBERATION Dual Intensity Blush - Supersweet

When I initially swatched LIBERATION, I was like "I don't know about this!" LOL The formula was excellent, but I was worried about the colors! One side was a pinky peach, but more pink. The other side was a muddy, rusty brown. Well, when I show it to you on my face below, you'll see how pretty both turned out. You can even COMBINE them and it gives a pretty color on the cheeks. I want to get a second one! LOL Now, from what I can see on NARS website...LIBERATION is NOT OFFERED except through this Limited Edition Collection. So ummm, YEAH! LOL I love the packaging for this one as well. A black, one shoulder cut out bathing suit and palm trees in the background!?! Yes, please! LOL

NARS Lipcover (Liquid Lipstick) in Get Dirty (Pink) & Overheated (Brown) - Supersweet

Two products that I knew would work (after swatching them), were Get Dirty & Overheated! I love pinkish brown lipsticks. This has to be the richest & prettiest one I own. I've also been dabbling with browns. Some have worked and others haven't. NARS gets it right! This brown is beautiful. These liquid lipsticks give you awesome color and they feel good to the lips. They're so creamy! I didn't mention this about the blush, but it is buildable (color) as well as these liquid lipsticks. So if you want to intensify, just keep adding. Now with the solid black packaging its really hard to tell how much product is left. I don't know why they did this, because their other glosses & liquid lipsticks are offered in a see-through tube. It's also a NARROW tube, so it doesn't give you a whole lot. These shades are ALSO NOT OFFERED in their regular collection. So ummm, YEAH! LOL The other two are in the red family.

So How Does Everything Look? 

Below I am wearing TOPLESS (eye shadow), the pink side of LIBERATION (blush) 
and GET DIRTY (liquid lipstick).

And here I'm wearing TOPLESS (eye shadow), the brown side of LIBERATION (blush)
and Overheated (liquid lipstick).
My Final Thoughts: I'm really impressed with NARS! Their makeup is very soft & appealing. Overall, their makeup creates a beautiful look. Their prices are very high! I took a chance by ordering these online, but if possible try to swatch their makeup before making a purchase. But you should be pleased with the quality. Also...and you probably already know this...their black packaging starts off superb! However, as soon as you take it out...it EASILY collects dust, dirt, smudges etc. I don't think cleaning it will help. LOL So expect it to remain dirty (unless someone can tell me a trick below). But I'm very pleased with this collection and would recommend it. Their Fall Audacious collection is already out! I'll definitely be purchasing more NARS in the future (but slowlyyy HaHaHa).



little luxury list said...

I love these colors on you, especially the rosier colors. I'm glad you like Nars, I've liked their satin lip pencil for a while and would totally recommend it. This packaging is awesome. It's too bad the lipsticks are tiny!

Ela BellaWorld said...

Well as Konstantin said, the name of the products are quite funny! I love the colourful packaging, it looks different than most of their products and it is catchy! I have my eyes on that dual blush, I just need to swatch them :)

Ela BellaWorld

Coco said...

The packaging of this collection is fabulous! I like the eyeshadow palette: neutral colors are paramount for any type of eye makeup outcome. I see why you have been loving nudes lately: they truly compliment your eyes, while you can add more color on your cheeks and lips. On the whole the shades you picked have resulted in a very sophisticated makeup. Love it.

Lorena said...

I am in love with the fun, colorful chic packaging ! and the best is that the products deliver. This I would love to try.

Lenya said...

The packaging is so cute. Love the colors on you, Kim, you look beautiful.

Jalisa G said...

I can't be the only one who immediately scrolls down every time to see the rating you give, haha! I'm glad you love the brand and collection! I've only ever tried a few of NARS' products, one being a duo eyeshadow (you're so right about the packaging!) and a lip gloss that unfortunately gave me an allergic reaction :( I do remember the gloss going on super light, so their formula is pretty awesome, not thick at all. I love the colors and box packaging for this collection and that features women of all ethnicities, I'm sure reflective of their consumers, smart! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having a great week so far!



Cee said...

I love Nars products, especially their blushes and bronzers, but I hate the rubberized packaging - it's almost impossible to keep it clean and trust me, cleaning does not help, I've tried! Still, the products really can't be beaten, even at the high price point. I'm never without my Laguna bronzer :)

Tanya Dufour said...

The packaging is so cute and all the colors that you chose are right up my alley! I only have a few Nars products and would really like to try their eyeshadow duos! You look beautiful in the pics and thanks for sharing these reviews with us!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Oh I am absolutely in love with the stylish packaging! The color tones are beautiful on you Kim. :)

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

You picked a fantastic collection to dip your toes into the NARS beauty poll Kim! Not only is the packaging of everything you got just incredible but the shades are rocking on you girl ;D Both looks are gorgeous. Yes their black packaging is sleek and looks great but it doesn't stay that way. I only have one NARS product now - the blush in Sin and it gets it's own space in my makeup caddy so it won't get grody.

Lauren Carter said...

The outer packaging for this collection is so pretty!I haven't tried any of the dual intensity products from NARS, but I really want to! You look beautiful! I really like both of the lip colors on you!

Pamela RG said...

NARS is a fantastic brand. I like their dual intensity blush and their liquid lipstick. The topless eyeshadow looks so natural on you.

Jen27 said...

Ah, I regret not buying the Lipcovers- they look beautiful! Glad you're loving the blush duo too! xo


Rebeca Muñoz López said...

Wow! So beautiful collection, I like all illustration in the packages and your makeup look wonderful Kim, happy weekend!


Ashley Sue said...

Everything looks beautiful on you Kim! You know I'm a huge Nars fan! I love their cheek products, but haven't tried their dual intensity blushes yet. I r wanted to but forgot about them! The one you have is gorgeous. So is that eye shadow! I have an eye shadow duo, and I love it but is is pricey, same with their lipsticks. I'm willing to pay for their cheek products but I don't think I'll get more shadows. The packaging does get dirty super fast. A makeup wipe will clean it good though!

Mica T said...

That does look like a really fun collection! It's a shame the things you liked so much are limited edition and just part of this collection, but maybe they will introduce something similar to their main line later :)

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Emma Henderson said...

I think it all looks gorgeous on you - I do like NARS but, as you say, it's pricey!! The Dual Intensity eye shadows are gorge, I love the shade Himalaya x

Emma | http://www.fluffandfripperies.com

Dale Janée said...

I LOVE that 'Get Dirty' shade on you Kim and would definitely buy that! I have been a NARS fan for years and use their 'Orgasm' blush daily, but you're right they are so expensive so that's the only product I use and it lasts about 6 months - 8 mo. I am a huge fan of this packaging too so maybe I'll splurge on one of their lipsticks or eyeshadows next time. Thank you for sharing!!



I really like most of NARS makeup and use a lot of their blush, and eye shadows. I also love the image of the girl with the chunky bracelets and leaves. It's so adorable! NARS can be pricey, so I have bought an alternative recently (Clinique) and use my NARS for certain times. :) Great review Kim, and you look lovely in these photos, by the way! Happy weekend.

Fashionably Idu said...

I am a huge fan of Nars especially their all day luminous foundation. It's truly weightless as they 'claim' but gives a full coverage. And very pricey, Lol. Cute packaging. Using women of different ethnicities is such a good idea. I love the gals and all their chunky bangles are so fab. You look lovely Kim. I love the looks on you. Great skin girl!


Neha Bhatt Bhagat said...

Love these awesome colors on you babe, Love Nars a lot too....xoxo, Neha


Danielle said...

how have i not heard of this yet, everything looks so pretty!

danielle | avec danielle

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

oh I love cars! awesome products gotta to give them a try as well! thanks for sharing


Wendee Isaacs said...

all the shades look amazing on you.


Kay Cake said...

The theme and the packaging of the cardboard box are so chic! the blush colors are pretty too ~

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Diva Desle said...

Everything looks gorgeous on you Kim. I love the packaging of this collection. I only own one matte lipstick from Nars and I really like it.

Jane said...

I haven't used NARS at all but it's something I definitely want to try!! Soon! When I lift my spending freeze!! lol

Nerline Germain said...

Such a wonderful review. I love the packaging. And these colors look good on ya!

Karoline Sæbø said...

I would love to try more Nars makeup. They have such unique, cute colours in their makeup! Especially that first palette :)


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