It’s a NARS Beautiful Life, and Only You Palette Swatches

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Do you suppose Francois Nars was bumping vintage Ace of Base when he named his new fall lip and cheek palette “Beautiful Life”?


It’s a beautiful life…oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

I secretly hope so, because even though the song’s hella cheesy, I also think it’s kinda awesome. πŸ™‚

The new NARS Beautiful Life Lip and Cheek ($55) and Only You Eye and Cheek ($65) palettes for fall, available now on the NARS website, are equally spectacular (but in a totally non-cheesy way).

Each one comes with six products pulled from the NARS permanent line.

NARS switched up the packaging this time around, adding a nylon case with a snazzy zipper closure (reminiscent of Bobbi Brown Denim & Roses, yah?).

Take a look at these swatches, and let me know what you think.


NARS Only You Eye and Cheek Palette

nars only you eye and cheek palette swatches
From left: Alhambra Eyeshadow (a metallic rose), Mekong Eyeshadow (a shimmery golden brown), Eurydice Duo Eyeshadow (a shimmery eggplant), Pandora (a matte black), Hungry Heart Blush (an iridescent golden ivory) and Orgasm Blush (a shimmery peachy pink

NARS Beautiful Life Lip and Cheek Palette

nars beautiful life lip and cheek palette swatches
From left: Honolulu Honey Lipstick (a flesh-toned beige satin), Roman Holiday Lipstick (a sheer pastel pink), Funny Face Lipstick (a semi-matte fuchsia), Copacabana Multiple (a shimmery pearl) and Orgasm Multiple (a shimmery peachy pink). NOTE: The pic doesn’t include a swatch of Sexual Healing Lipstick (a sheer, shimmery pink).

Nighty night! See you soon. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. oh man…i love me some nars palettes! I prefer the larger ones though…like the anniversary palettes from last year.
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  2. Paris B says:

    Considering the melty quality of NARS rubber packaging, I’m glad its zip around canvas this time! πŸ˜€ Still, we don’t get NARS here boo!

  3. beautiful life is calling my name…
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  4. Andreea says:

    Ha, if you are new to NARS, go ahead to the eye palette. I have all these colours and they are all great basics. These are the kind of e/s you will use for any occasion and that will last … pretty long. I dare not to say a lifetime;-)
    Honestly, NARS gives good pigmentation for the money, like them best with Giorgio Armani.
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  5. mint says:

    the colors of the lip and cheek palette look amazing! although the zip pouch packaging turns me off. =/
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  6. gio says:

    I’m not too keen on the eyeshadows but the Beautiful Life Lip and Cheek palette is gorgeous!

  7. steph says:

    Hey Karen πŸ™‚ Is the palette inside still made of the usual rubbery material NARS compacts have? Thanks!

  8. Kim says:

    I think the shadows are a bit dark for me, but I really love the zip packaging!

    Off topic…. the Pravana Leave-In testing has come to a close and the results are in. It looks like it’s great for all hair types. The Hubs’ hair was super-soft and it fell perfectly. I honestly said “wow, your hair looks great.. you finally got a decent cut…” then I remembered he’d been trying the conditioner. Even he said he liked it a lot and will keep using it. So, that’s a 2-thumbs-up from us. πŸ™‚

    PS I keep meaning to ask how Tabs’ garden grows. I wonder if his moodiness over the past few weeks has been catnip related!

    • Karen says:

      Wow, you can actually get the boy to use a leave-in? It’s a miracle if I can get El Hub to even use soap!

      Tabs’ catnip garden is coming along nicely. He’s eaten all his kitty grass (at least one of us is getting enough fiber) and his catnip plant is getting bigger by the day! I just fed him a few leaves this morning so now he’s extra lovie-dovie.

      How’s your Thursday going so far?

      • Kim says:

        That’s great about the garden – sounds like Tabs is loving it! πŸ™‚

        Too funny about the soap! Yes, mine is not a big groomer either, but I told him it was for you – I think he appreciates the effects of all your make-up tips! Oh, and the fact that I took his 2-in-1 shampoo out of the shower and he didn’t want to look like a dandelion gone to seed might have helped too!

        So far, so good on the Thursday. It’s hella hot and muggy here though so my lunchtime walk around town was much slower than usual! I hope yours is getting off to a good start!!

        • Karen says:

          He loves any excuse to be outside. I don’t think I’ll ever stop feeling guilty about taking away his kitty freedom, but at least he can enjoy his supervised visits outside with his own customized salad bar. πŸ˜€

          Good for you for working it out at lunchtime! I’m saving my energy for a run tonight. I’m a little jealous that it’s hot out your way… it’s been relatively cool here (low 70s). I need some heat!!

          • Kim says:

            Oh, I agree. Two of my gals bolt for the door every chance they get. Our constant refrain when we come in is “watch for the cats!”. We try to keep the windows open as much as possible so they can perch there, but I know it’s not the same.

            My nightly runs have been awful. The humidity makes it really hard to breathe and I feel completely winded after a couple of minutes. We must push through though, right? πŸ™‚ I’m sorry about your weather – I wish we could trade for a little while. It was literally 99 degrees (with about 99.9% humidity on Wed). It feels like Houston in the summer! On the upside, summers here are pretty short so it’s nice to have some heat. I will immediately stop grumbling about it!

  9. Eileen says:

    Is it just me, or is it odd to have one of the promo models wearing eyeshadow shades that don’t exist in the eyeshadow palette? (upper right) I’d imagine that there would be a lot of people out there who would love the pop of color with the smokey eye and then be disappointed to see that it’s not in the palette being promoted. πŸ™

  10. Kymberlee says:

    I like these colors! I haven’t bought anything from NARS but I’ve been thinking of buying their blush in Orgasm.

    Is it worth it?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kymberlee,

      For years I never quite understood the hype, but I just started getting into it within the last few months. I have the Orgasm/Laguna Bronzer duo and I love it to pieces! It really does create an easy, breezy flush.

    • Kim says:

      I second that. After all the good things I’ve heard about it from everyone here, I bought it last week and I LOVE it so far.

  11. lo says:

    Pretty pretty! I love that hot pink lip color like woah! I’m actually kind of liking the zip, too. Definitely makes it easier to throw it in my backpack to touch up between classes without having to worry about it snapping open and making a mess or breaking (which has unfortunately happened way too often… I’m looking at you, broken UD Deluxe palette mirror!)

    • Karen says:

      Bummer about your mirror. I’ve had that happen and it sucks. πŸ™

      Have you seen the Bobbi Brown Denim & Roses palette? It has a very nice zipper closure too.

  12. Trinidad says:

    I just got the Nars multiple in Southbeach! I’m in love!!!!

  13. Trinidad says:

    Also that lip and cheek palette is pretty hot!
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  14. Deb says:

    Beautiful Life is a gorgeous palatte! NARS definitely has a way with color.

    Oh, and as soon as I saw the title of your post, I had the Ace of Base song stuck in my head. I was a BIG fan back in the day. πŸ˜€
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  15. Katrina says:

    Ou, I want Its a Beautiful Life. Love those Audrey Hepburn movie names!

  16. Vonvon says:

    I have the Only You palette too. Just posted it up yesterday! πŸ™‚
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  17. lexi says:

    I saw these in person at Nordstrom. I wasn’t too impressed, sadly.

  18. jenn says:

    loving that funny face lipstick! wow.
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  19. Brit says:

    HEY! Did you know that pacifica came out with roller ball perfumes?!?!

  20. kali says:

    That’s one of my mom’s favorite songs!!

    I was excited about these but not anymore..

    I have 3 of the eyeshadows from the 1st palette and I don’t like Orgasm -so no point in that. And as for the 2nd palette, I’ve owned NARS palettes with lacquers, lipsticks, and Multiples and I don’t think the quality is as good as the product Not in palette form..

    I wish NARS would start making more interesting palettes. For some reason, they LOVE to put the same eyeshadows and lip colors in palette after palette. And seems like they ALWAYS put Orgasm in nearly any palette that has a blush. No girl needs 5 of the same Orgasm blush -switch it up NARS! Just because it’s a cult fave, it doesn’t mean you need to include it in every single palette.
    kali recently posted … NARS Lip Lacquer &amp Lip Glosses in Vagabond- Harlow- &amp Belize

    • Karen says:

      Yeah, I see how the repetition could be frustrating for the die-hard NARS fans who already have most of the colors. These might be better for peeps new to the brand who want to try some things!

  21. Melissa W. says:

    These look great for travel! Now… I just need to go on vacation.

  22. Amber says:

    Love these but wish the lip palette were a little warmer.

    Hey, I signed up today for Dior’s ‘Vive Dior’ workshop that they’re doing at Dillard’s starting in late August. Have you heard of this? I got the invitation through Allure. I never sign up for stuff like this but I was feeling bold and it’s a good excuse to buy a few of their products that I haven’t tried!
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  23. Michelle says:

    Ooooh, I’m a sucker for palettes. Love!
    I really liked “I Saw The Sign” from Ace of Bass. LOLz They were pretty kewl back in the day!

  24. Trisha says:

    The lip and cheek palette swatches look AWESOME. And normally I totally ignore those kinds of palettes in favor of the eye-related palettes. But now I totally want that.
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  25. knownever says:

    There seems to be alot of glitter/shimmer in that eye and cheek palette, but i like the inclusion of a blush and highlighter with shadows. I wonder if this new packaging concept is gonna be an all the time thing or it’s just a one off. i know lots of people hate the rubberized NARS packaging but I actually really love it and think it’s really iconic.
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  26. Nina says:

    NARS is pure love … none of their products has ever disappointed me! πŸ™‚

  27. Karen B says:

    These look gorgeous. I’m still fawning over my new Tzarine duo and Mangrove single eyeshadow, not to mention the Douceur blush…
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