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Monday, July 18, 2016

Swatches + Review: Nars Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette, Orgasm Blush, Audacious Lipsticks and Velvet Lip Liners


NARS Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette Audacious Lipstick Velvet Lip Liner Collection Swatches Review

NARS Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette Review 2016 Collection
(Direct Sunlight)
Nars Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette ($45, Limited Edition) - The palette is about three-fourth the size of my hand and measures approximately 3.80 inches x 0.25 inches x 2.20 inches. It's very sleek and travel-friendly. Each shade contains 0.03oz/1g of product. Nars' individual eyeshadows retail $25 (with compact) for 0.07oz/2.2g and $18 in pan form.
  • Long Hot Summer I is a shimmering cream.
  • Long Hot Summer II is a bronze taupe with a shimmery finish.
  • Bellissima II is a matte gray-brown. This shade is also available in the duo compact
  • Long Hot Summer III is a shimmering copper.
  • Long Hot Summer IV is a shimmering warm brown.
  • Bengali is a matte rich chocolate brown. Out of all the shades in this palette, Bengali is the only one that's available individually. 
Formula: The eyeshadows have great pigmentation, layer well and blend easily. Just make sure to tap off any excess before applying so you don't experience major fallout. I usually apply my eye makeup before foundation so I can easily wipe away any shimmers that have fallen down my cheeks or underneath my eyes. 

Longevity: They last at least 8 hours without fading or creasing. (For reference, I have extremely oily lids and always wear a primer underneath as a base.)


NARS Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Bengali

NARS Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette Limited Edition Review
(Natural Lighting)
NARS Pressed Powder Packaging Compact Size Comparison Travel Blush Review
(Size reference of NARS packaging)
NARS Blush Deluxe Sample Travel Size Comparison Review

NARS Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette Size Comparison Review

NARS Orgasm Powder Blush Travel Deluxe Sample Size Review Packaging

Nars Orgasm Powder Blush (retails $30 for 0.16oz/4.8g) - I received this in the travel size (0.12oz/3.5g) as a free gift with purchase. It also comes in an XXL size, which is limited edition and retails $39 for 0.28oz.

Scent: It's fragrance-free.

Color: Orgasm is a peachy pink with gold shimmers. It leaves a subtle glow and pulls more pink on my warm NC30/35 skin tone. Goulue (review) is darker and has a more berry undertone. 

Formula: The pigmentation is sheer, but can easily be layered for a more intense look. It also blends into the skin nicely and is very easy to work with.

Longevity: It lasts at least 8 hours without fading when worn over foundation + setting powder. (For reference, I have cheeks that are neither dry nor oily.)

Nars Orgasm vs Goulue Powder Blush Comparison Swatches

Nars Orgasm Goulue Blush Swatches

NARS Goulue Orgasm Blush Swatches

Nars Orgasm vs Goulue Powder Blush Comparison Review

Nars Goulue vs Orgasm Blush Swatch Review

Nars Velvet Lip Liner Audacious Lipstick Collection Review

NARS Barbara Julie Brigitte Vanessa Anita Audacious Lipsticks Review

NARS Audacious Lipsticks Barbara Julie Brigitte Vanessa Anita Swatches

Nars Audacious Lipsticks ($32 for 0.14oz/4.2g) - The lipsticks are housed in a matte-black metallic case with a magnetic closure. 
  • Barbara is described as a tan rose with a satin finish. It looks more tan on my pigmented lips with a hint of rose.
  • Julie is described as a nude pink with a satin finish. It looks more like a bright coral pink on my lips. I usually don't go for bright colors, but this shade complements me very well and is perfect for the summer time! 
  • Brigitte is described as a nude rose with a satin finish. It looks more like a warm coral on my lips.
  • Vanessa is a mauve nude with a satin finish. 
  • Anita is a warm, antique rose with a satin finish. It looks very similar to Vanessa. I couldn't really tell much difference between the 2 when I wore them side by side on my lips. Both shades are very easy to wear and are my favorite of the bunch. They also apply the smoothest and glide on like butter. MAC Faux (review) is slightly lighter and more mauvey.
Scent: They're fragrance-free and do not taste like anything. 

Formula: The lipsticks have a creamy texture and feel slightly more hydrating than the other Nars lipstick formulas, but not as hydrating as say, the Burberry Kisses lipsticks (review). I still have to wear a lip balm underneath because I have extremely dry lips. As for the pigmentation, they all provide full coverage.

Longevity: The lipsticks last at least 4 and a half hours and leave behind a natural looking stain. 

NARS Barbara Julie Brigitte Vanessa Anita Audacious Lipsticks Swatches

MAC Faux Nars Anita vs Vanessa Barbara Swatches

Nars Audacious Lipstick Vanessa Anita MAC Faux Dupe Swatches

Nars Anse Soleil Waimea Karekare Patong Beach Velvet Lip Liners Review

Nars Velvet Lip Liner Anse Soleil Karekare Patong Beach Waimea Review

Nars Velvet Lip Liners ($24 for 0.01oz/0.5g) - The product twists up and has a removable sharpener on the end, which is so convenient.
  • Anse Soleil is a coral pink with a matte finish.
  • Waimea is a nude peach pink with a matte finish.
  • Patong Beach is described as a pink rose with a matte finish. It looks more like a reddish rose on my lips.
  • Karekare is a described as a bright rose with a matte finish. It looks more like a deeper version of Patong Beach.
Scent: They're fragrance-free and do not taste like anything. 

Formula: The lip liners have a creamy texture and excellent pigmentation. They also apply smoothly and prevent lipstick from feathering.

Longevity: They last all day without fading or moving, even through meals and drinks. I have to use makeup remover to wash it off!

Nars Karekare Anse Soleil Waimea Patong Beach Velvet Lip Liners Swatches

Nars Patong Beach Anse Soleil Waimea Karekare Velvet Lip Liners Swatch

Nars Velvet Lip Liners Anse Soleil Waimea Karekare Patong Beach Swatches

NARS Velvet Lip Liner Built-In Sharpener Packaging Review

NARS Massive Haul Audacious Lipsticks Velvet Lip Liners Review

Bottom Line: The Long Hot Summer palette is a great neutral eye palette for someone who's always on the go. For an everyday, easy-to-wear blush, Orgasm fits the bill! As for the Audacious lipsticks and Velvet lip liners, these are ideal for those looking for rich pigmentation and a long-lasting formula.

Note: The Nars Long Hot Summer eyeshadow palette is only available on their main website. The Nars Audacious Lipsticks and Velvet Lip Liners are available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Beauty.com, Saks and Bloomingdale's.

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