Driver, Take Me to NARS 413BLKR Street for the New Duo Eyeshadow and Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Published in: Eyes, Lips, Makeup, NARS

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Sure, you’ve got your beauty bases covered for life’s big events — cocktail parties, baby showers, weddings, the zombie apocalypse — but what about those once-in-a-while mornings when you wake up feeling “meh”?


Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep the night before. Maybe you woke up with hella greasy hair that smelled like Ritz Crackers. Maybe you just wanted — no, needed a jolt of color to summon your inner foxiness forward.

It’s mornings like those that were made for 413BLKR. πŸ™‚

NARS recently released 413BLKR Duo Eyeshadow ($34) and 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24), the two newest numerically-named members of Team 413BLKR (a collection named after the company’s flagship NY store), to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out, a big New York Fashion Week festivity.

You know…I never would have thought to pair these two products together, and that’s one of the reasons why I love NARS. They have a knack for introducing unexpected pairings that just plain work.

Wearing these pieces, I feel like shouting “halleluja!” up to the heavens. “Mama’s still got it!” They make me want to blast Bad Girls by Donna Summer and twirl around in my living room with my arms raised up!

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413BLKR Duo Eyeshadow ($34)

Officially, these two colors are described as a shimmering amethyst eyeshadow and a black eyeshadow with red pearl, but on my skin I get more of a muted taupe with a satin finish and a sheer matte black shadow sprinkled with tiny flecks of purple glitter. Die-hard pigment paramours may balk at the medium coverage, but in this case I think it makes ’em more wearable and easy to control. Helps, too, that there’s almost no fallout whatsoever. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+

413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24)

A funky fresh fuchsia that lasts a solid 4-6 hours? SOLD! Not only is it astonishingly easy to apply, it doesn’t dry out my lips. And if you love NARS Mexican Rose, don’t miss this. It reminds me of Mexican Rose, if Mexican Rose had a satin finish, a little less red and a little more blue. More than anything, I’m in love with the finish. Picture a matte with a faint whisper of shine. Hello, lovah!

Both new 413BLKR products are available on select NARS counters and at

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Oh that is just gorgeous!
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  2. Sonya says:

    The lip pencil is just GORGEOUS. I’ve never tried the Nars matte pencils, for fear of them being drying. I’ll have to try 413BLKR since that doesn’t seem to be an issue and I love the color!!
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  3. Anitacska says:

    I ordered the lip pencil last night. I was contemplating the eyeshadows too, but they’re not that special.
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  4. Tina B says:

    Ugh, I should have grabbed this set when I saw it at The Makeup Show!! Absolutely gorgeous!
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  5. Nadege says:

    You look insanely gorgeous, Karen! And that Fuchsia lip pencil is your power pink! haha I love it! *Adds 413 BLKR to never ending makeup wish list*
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  6. Chris25 says:

    “Maybe you woke up with hella greasy hair that smelled like Ritz Crackers”.

    Karen, have you been eating crackers in bed again? *wags finger at you* πŸ˜›

    The Velvet Matte Pencil must be mine. I have to own it!

  7. Kim says:

    You look fabulous, as always. Naturally, I would run (shrieking) from a fuchsia lip color, but it’s a great color on you.

    And I totally laughed at hella greasy hair that smells like Ritz crackers. Next time I see a Ritz, that’s all I will be thinking of. HAHA!

    • Karen says:

      Ritz cracker hair! LOL, you know what I’m talking about!

      Speaking of Ritz…you know what’s really good with ’em? Peanut butter. I could eat that combo for days.

  8. Valerie says:

    You look gorgeous in that color, Karen! I am so getting that lip pencil and I only hope I can rock it like you did! I am NC25, do you think it would look good on me?

  9. Yelena says:

    u look gorgeous and that lip pencil is just awesome! love me some fuschia lips but its hard to get find one that stays on AND wont dry ur lips!

  10. Nina says:

    The pencil is super pretty! Definitely ordering that to add to my little Velvet Matte family!

  11. Teri says:

    I love both products, but that lip pencil is calling my name! They look so good together too! Love the smokey effect you created, it’s very sexy!
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  12. Trude says:

    That lip color on you is stun-ning! Seems like it would be great on a lot of skin tones, too. P.S. Haven’t check in in a while, and I’m in love with your site redesign!!
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  13. Chelsea says:

    Love the colors of the eyeshadows – very subtle and sexy. Lip pencil is definitely not my color, but it looks good on you! Love the Velvet Matte lip pencils.

  14. Iris says:

    I’ll have to keep an eye out to see if they’re available in Canada. I hope they’re ongoing. I want the whole collection but plan to use up a bit of my stash first before obtaining more.

  15. Soo Jin says:

    Karen! You look absolutely beautiful!! I love this look on you! I’ll need to go try this out on myself! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Soo Jin. It’s super easy to do the eyes…they’re like an eyeshadow variation on the classic cat eye.

      Hope you’re having a lovely Friday so far. What are you up to this weekend?

  16. Emily says:

    Okay wow!! That lip colour looks amazing on you Karen!! Such a great shade on you, this look stunning!

    I love pink and fuchsia lips so I totally am drawn to this pencil!
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  17. Oh I adore the lip pencil! I’d be smitten by the duo too if the colors are true to pan, but in this case I think I have enough similar shades to pass πŸ™‚
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  18. Lydia L says:

    Hey Karen!!! That whole makeup look is absolutely gorgeous!! I luv it!!!!

  19. Jennifer L says:

    That lip color looks awesome. You pull it off well! On those mornings I wake up feeling “meh,” I usually end up looking “meh” too. So what a good idea! A jolt of color… I’ll remember that πŸ™‚

  20. I keep trying to convince myself that I don’t need those eyeshadows but…I think I do!
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  21. Ester says:

    That look is hot!

  22. Amber says:

    Karen, this is a stunning look!! I especially love your soft
    wing! I would love a tutorial on this! πŸ™‚
    xo Amber

  23. Brandee C. says:

    I absolutely love your foundation in these pics. Details pretty please. And are you still liking the Mac prep and prime radiance?

  24. Katrina says:

    I’m making grabby hands for the lip pencil! Love it!

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