An Ode to NARS

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NARS Best Makeup Products

Wearing NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Corder on top of NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base on my eyes, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl on my lips, and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna, and NARS Blush in Amour on my complexion

Yesterday I played the lottery for the first time in my life.

And just like I think everyone does when playing the lottery, I started fantasizing about what I would buy if I won €100,000,000…


You know what the first thing that popped into my head was?

Nope, it wasn’t a big house in the hills or a round-the-world getaway (although those would be nice).

It was the entire NARS makeup collection!

Can you imagine that? Hundreds and hundreds of those sleek, rubberized cases and tubes (side note: you can easily clean them up with duo-phase makeup remover).


NARS Best Makeup Products

But anyways, I didn’t win…

And since they say that to be happy in life you should focus on the good things you have rather than the things you don’t have, today I decided to focus on the products in my NARS stash that bring me happiness on a daily basis!

NARS Best Makeup Products

My favorite NARS makeup products

Wanna see what they are?

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Isolde ($35)

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Isolde

I did a full review with swatches of the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Isolde on my blog

In the event of a fire, you’re supposed to leave all of your belongings where they are and get to the nearest exit.

Well, I really hope we never, ever have a fire in our building, because I’d have a really, really hard time leaving the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Isolde behind (should I grab it or not?).

I know I might sound like I need to re-evaluate my priorities, but if you’ve ever tried Isolde, I think you’ll understand.

I can’t imagine my life without it.

The shadows have the most gorgeous metallic finish (no chunky glitters in sight!), and they’re so pigmented, creamy, and smooth that I can’t think of many other shadows that compare (I’m thinking of the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense in 5 Gold Blitz and Pure Ganache from the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette).

And if that’s not enough, they practically blend themselves and last longer than probably anyone could need.

NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna ($39)

NARS Bronzing Powder Laguna

If you look at a pan of NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna or swatch it with your finger, you can see teeny, tiny sparkles running through it, but I’ve never really noticed them once applied…

I think I was the last person in the makeup-loving world to try NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna.

Yep, believe it or not, despite loving both NARS and bronzers to pieces, I led a Laguna-less existence until very recently!

I’ll keep this short and sweet, since I’m sure that most of you know Laguna better than I do.

What I like about Laguna is that it gives my complexion believable warmth, it’s easy to blend, and it isn’t overly pigmented, so the application is pretty fool-proof.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard ($29)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Custard

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard is the only non-peach-toned concealer that does a decent job of covering up my scary dark circles.

I’ve never encountered, in all my concealer-wearing-days (it’s been almost 20 years!), a liquid concealer with higher coverage.

The downside is that it tends to settle in my under-eye creases a little, but hey, you know what they say — you gotta pick your battles!

NARS Blush in Amour ($30)

NARS Blush Amour

If you have a light complexion and want to make sure you don’t go overboard with NARS Blush in Amour, I recommend applying it with a fluffy brush like the Real Techniques Blush Brush

I’ve got nothing but amour for NARS Blush in Amour.

I mean, since it’s super pigmented, I need to be extra cautious with it, but if I apply the right amount, it gives me a very natural pinky flush.

It’s very easy to blend, though, and lasts a pretty long time, even on my oily skin.

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Cordura ($35)

NARS Duo Eyeshadow Cordura

The shimmer in the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Cordura is very subtle (you can see swatches in Karen’s post here)

NARS Duo Eyeshadow Cordura

Wearing the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Cordura on my eyes

Poor Cordura. I keep comparing it to Isolde, and well…it just can’t win there.

BUT, if I just focus on it, it’s actually a very nice little duo — super versatile and easy to work with.

If you’d like to try one of the NARS duos but don’t think you can pull off Isolde’s warmth, Cordura is definitely one to consider.

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($26)

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

It’s hard for me to get excited about an eyeshadow primer, but NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is REALLY something special!

It makes eyeshadows more vibrant and longer-lasting than any other primer I’ve ever tried.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage ($28)

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage

I don’t want to bore you by singing the praises of NARS Carthage yet again, so I’ll leave you with these few words about it: punchy, comfy, long-lasting.

If you want to hear more about it, check out my post on five bright pink lipsticks to try this summer, or this one about four lipsticks I love that no one ever talks about.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Dragon Girl

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Dragon Girl

On my lips I’m wearing the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, a beautiful pinky red

The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl was the product that started it all — and by “it all,” I mean my slight fixation with NARS Cosmetics.

What about it made me fall head over heels for the brand?


Well, first of all, it’s called “Dragon Girl,” and we all know that I have a thing for makeup products with names that evoke fire (dragons spit fire) and places in North Africa. 😉

Second of all, despite being 100% matte (which I personally love), it glides effortlessly across the lips and feels completely weightless once it’s on.


What are your favorite NARS products? And what would be the first (silly) purchase you’d make if you won the lottery?

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    Isolde has been on my wishlist forever! Now Cordura is on there, too… I love the NARS Audacious lipsticks and Anna is one of my favorite lipsticks of all time. I also love the blush in Sin for WOC especially tan or darker complexions.

  2. Agata says:

    What a cute post! That Isolda duo should make its way to my makeup collection one day!

    I always say that if I win a lottery first thing I am going to do is go to Sephora and get whatever my heart desires 🙂
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  3. Kristen says:

    I lovee the Nars lip pencils! I got two small ones as a birthday gift at Sephora a couple years ago and fell in love. They’re so easy to apply and I love the range of colors. I’ll have to check out the eyeshadow duos!

  4. Chris25 says:

    With the exception of Carthage, I own all those products you have shown. Lol. I also love NARS. 😀

    Here are my posts on NARS products:

    Have you ever tried their nail polishes? I recommend Purple Rain and Zulu.
    Chris25 recently posted … Review: MUA Lipsticks in Mulberry and Brick

  5. Erin says:

    I love NARS. I wish their last few foundation formulations worked better for me!
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  6. Jenn says:

    Dragon Girl also got me into NARS! I blame Taylor Swift. Hahaha!
    It’s the only lipstick that gets me a lot of compliments. Downside is, you have to buy the very expensive sharpener as well :))

  7. Eesha says:

    I love Nars pencils too. Your makeup is so on point, super natural and chic! Love 💕
    Eesha recently posted … Clean Glowing Dewy Skin with Matte Warm & Bright Pink Lip Look

  8. Nicole says:

    These are some really pretty products! Especially the Isolde duo..Stunning! I need more Nars products in my life!
    Nicole recently posted … Top Picks | Nudes, Pinks, Reds, Darks

  9. Claudia says:

    I don’t wear much makeup only mascara and gloss though I really need concealer. I have LOTS of yellow in my skin that Nars sheer glow was able to match perfectly! I was truly amazed because I had never found anything that could, I would even use it as concealer and it did a pretty good job. I recently tried your same concealer and loved it as well. So I am now a huge Nars lover.

  10. I just finished another one of those Pro Eye bases, it’s a great formula!
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  11. I´d pay off the house and the go buy plane tickets to some place far, far away.
    And maybe you should consider packing a makeup emergency back containing NARS Isolde that is kept at your door. Just so you can grab it and run if you need to?
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  12. Tatiana says:

    So much love for so many NARS products. I just wish my Laguna bronzer didn’t look orange on my skin. The lipsticks though!!! To die for!!! Dolce Vita will always be my every day, go-to lipstick.
    If I won the lottery, I’d beg my husband to retire, move out of The Bay Area and travel the world.

  13. Christina Larsen says:

    If I could only have one brand of makeup? Nars! Love their eyeshadow, powders, blushes, foundations, concealer…my favorite!

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