With Provocative Pink Pairings for Cheeks and Lips, the NARS Final Cut Collection Arrives in Time for Valentine’s Day

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NARS Descanso Satin Lip Pencil

Wearing the new NARS Final Cut collection on my cheeks and lips

Right now, the only thing that sounds better to me than biscuits, mashed potatoes and buttered corn (I love KFC’s sides!) and my booty on the couch is the NARS Final Cut collection.

Key words: pink, blushes, lip pencils and illuminators. And pink.



NARS Final Cut Collection

Eight of the 9 pieces in the new NARS Final Cut collection

Grabby hands! I haz them. :D

In Final Cut, a limited edition release coming arriving next month, NARS re-imagines pink lips and cheeks with modern femininity. Like @ss-kicker boots worn below a frilly lace dress, the colors are edgy and fierce.

Nice.

The collection includes four Blushes, four Satin Lip Pencils (my favorite formula in the NARS lip product line) and one shimmery liquid Illuminator. And yes, pink.

Lots and lots of pink.

The nine-piece NARS Final Cut collection…

  • Sex Fantasy Blush: a pale lavender pink ($29)
  • New Attitude Blush: a cherry blossom pink ($29)
  • Final Cut Blush: a peachy coral ($29)
  • Love Blush: a tea rose ($29)
  • Adelaide Illuminator: a shimmering lavender pink ($30)
  • Stourhead Satin Lip Pencil: a pale lavender pink ($25)
  • Villa Lante Satin Lip Pencil: a cherry blossom pink($25)
  • Torres del Paine Satin Lip Pencil: a peachy coral ($25)
  • Descanso Satin Lip Pencil: a tea rose ($25)

Each of the blushes has a matching lip pencil, with the idea being that you can wear matching sets of coordinating colors together — a lip pencil with its matching blush. Or, of course, you can mix things up and wear any of the colors together. The liquid highlighter goes with everything.

Here are pics and impressions on eight of the nine pieces (I’ll post my thoughts on the fourth blush, Final Cut, soon). In a word: beautiful. In two words: absolutely beautiful. And four more words for good luck: super wearable, super flattering.

NARS Sex Fantasy Blush

Sex Fantasy Blush

NARS Love Blush

Love Blush

NARS New Attitude Blush

New Attitude Blush

NARS Adelaide Illuminator

Adelaide Illuminator

NARS FInal Cut Satin Lip Pencils

The FInal Cut Satin Lip Pencils

NARS FInal Cut Satin Lip Pencils from the left: Descanso, Stourhead, Torres Del Paine and Villa Lante

From the left: Descanso, Stourhead, Torres Del Paine and Villa Lante


NARS Descanso Satin Lip Pencil

Descanso Satin Lip Pencil


NARS Stourhead Satin Lip Pencil

Stourhead Satin Lip Pencil


NARS Torres Del Paine Satin Lip Pencil

Torres Del Paine Satin Lip Pencil


NARS Villa Lante Satin Lip Pencil

Villa Lante Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Final Cut collection swatches on my NC42 skin

NARS Final Cut Collection Blush Swatches from the left: Sex Fantasy, Love and New Attitude

Swatches from the left: Sex Fantasy, Love and New Attitude

NARS Final Cut Satin Lip Pencil Swatches from the left: Descanso, Stourhead, Torres Del Paine and Villa Lante

Swatches from the left: Descanso, Stourhead, Torres Del Paine and Villa Lante

NARS Adelaide Illuminator swatches: Unblended on the left and blended on the right

Adelaide Illuminator swatches: unblended on the left and blended on the right

NARS Sex Fantasy Blush

Sex Fantasy Blush on my cheeks

NARS Love Blush

Love Blush on my cheeks

NARS New Attitude Blush

New Attitude Blush on my cheeks


NARS Adelaide Illuminator

Adelaide Illuminator on my upper cheekbones

NARS Villa Lante Satin Lip Pencil

Villa Lante Satin Lip Pencil on my lips

NARS Descanso Satin Lip Pencil

Descanso Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Torres Del Paine Satin Lip Pencil

Torres Del Paine Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Stourhead Satin Lip Pencil

Stourhead Satin Lip Pencil

Sure, bangin’ brights like those in the High Seize collection are so, so fun, but give me an everyday matte peachy coral lip or a matte tea rose blush, and I’m one happy girl.

In this release, I also like how the blushes have matching Satin Lip Pencils, because it takes the guesswork (or energy spent on thought) out of figuring out what to wear with what.

Final Cut Blushes

The blushes? L.O.V.E. After trying on New Attitude, Love and Sex Fantasy (oh, my heavens, that name!), I stuck all of them in my bag o’ blushes to wear on the daily.

Yup, even that light lavender pink — Sex Fantasy. I was pleasantly surprised that it showed up on my tan skin. It’s pale but pigmented; I used two layers.

Love, the tea rose blush, reminds me a little of MAC Blushbaby, my greatest MAC blush love. I love it (love Love?), but a word of caution here: Love is sheerer and feels slightly denser than the other two Final Cut blushes I’ve tried.

Cherry blossom pink New Attitude is my favorite of these three. Bright, silky and easy to blend, it’s a blast.

Final Cut Illuminator

The highlighter? It’s glittery, but wait! — give it a chance. Yes, the silver sparkles are on the bigger side, but no, people looking to party will probably not ask you for directions to the nearest discotheque while you’re wearing it, because it’s classy glitter, yo. And I like how it layers on top of foundation and powder products.

Final Cut Satin Lip Pencils

So. The Satin Lip Pencils. I was stoked to try these because, like I mentioned earlier, the Satins are my absolute favorite formula in the NARS lip product line.

That said, I think that all of the Final Cut shades are solid except for the lightest one, pale lavender pink Stourhead. It goes on patchy and uneven, making it very difficult to pull off (for me).

If you like what you see, you might want to start dropping hints to your boo NOW to ensure that he/she gets the memo before Valentine’s Day. :) Say, “Hint-hint, sweetheart! Final Cut will be available starting February 1 at Nordstrom stores and March 1 online and at NARS boutiques.”

I’m just sayin’.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. hanna says:

    I love the sex fantasy ring.
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  2. Sylirael says:

    Descanso looks especially pretty on you, Karen!

    That illuminator is such a fabulous shade of pink. I kind of just want to have it to look at it! I think it would have to be a sparkly cream blush or something on my vampire skin though!
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  3. Gowthami says:

    Shades looks gorgeous and I like the highlighter!
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  4. Sunny says:

    Come to mama, Descanso and Torres Del Paine! I agree with you: Satin Lip Pencils are the best! The other NARS lippies I have tried don’t impress me nearly as much.
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  5. Mari says:

    Oh the blush New Attitude is deef the one for me!!!

  6. Descanso lip pencil and New Attitude blush are gorgeous pieces!
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  7. gorgeous shades of pink – I’ve been wearing neutral/brown colours for too long! x

  8. Karen B says:

    Oh Nars never fails to impress. I think I’ve converted all my classmates to use their blush for stage makeup… hehe.
    Love looks amazing and I think Descanto will come home with me soon.

    Can’t believe how long it’s been since I commented, Karen. I do keep popping back occasionally to look up reviews of projects I want to try. Good to be back ;)

  9. Agata says:

    All the blushes look beautiful, I cannot decide which one I like better- Love or New Attitude (which one would you recommend for my skin tone?). And I am also kinda drawn to Villa Lante for the lips…A truly gorgeous collection!

  10. Karen, I REALLY love how all these colours look on you, gorgeous. You are so pretty in pink :)
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  11. Alison M says:

    Definitely pretty, but I’m not sure that I will partake. The whole collection is LE? I might try to find similar shades in the regular line.
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  12. I love NARS, of course, and this mini collection is TDF… but I seriously want to steal your hair! It always looks amazing!
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  13. AmyAnn says:

    Oooooh my goodness, those blushes look amazing on you!!! When I see a color product bring brightness, I bet they are a winner.

  14. Natalie says:

    I love the look of this collection. I’m sure I’ll be picking up a few peices! It looks pretty bit not too sweet.
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  15. Natalie says:

    I love the look of this collection. I’m sure I’ll be picking up a few peices! It looks pretty but not too sweet.
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  16. Suzy says:

    Are the lip pencils like a sheer lipgloss or more of a lipstick? Love the colors!

  17. Samantha M says:

    So many pinks! I really like Descanso xx

  18. Danielle says:

    I love that illuminator! I am definitely going to take a look in person. And overall, I really love this collection.
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  19. The NARS blushes are pretty but I have dupes for all of them, so I’ll have to pass.
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  20. Kiara says:

    The blushes look so nice! I love all of them except Fantasy Ring. It wouldn’t show up on me :(
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  21. michele DiCola says:

    Karen,
    Being a child of the 60′s we experimented with all kinds of new looks!
    Mascara, eyeliner, no lipstick ever!
    People would ask me to show my eyes because they loved my eyeshadow creation!
    I still, with all that have purchased go for that same brown-eyed look !
    With plenty of mascara.
    My favorite brand : Cover Girl !
    Michele

  22. fancie says:

    I love pink so I’m just obsessed with this collection! I LOVE the way New Attitude and Love look on you. I think I want those lol. I really like the illuminator on you too. Everything is so pretty!
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  23. katie says:

    God. I love NARS and I love pink. I am going to have to check out those satin lip pencils!
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  24. Arianne says:

    I really love the Descanso lip + Love blush pairing here. I think it’s the most flattering on you, and it’s super pretty! :)
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  25. meganlisa says:

    These look so beautiful on you! All!
    I love the idea of the highlighter and those types of products are my favorite. But my skin has a yellow/gold undertone (blue eyes/blonde hair). Do you think it will work on people with less pink undertones? With blushes in that range I can usually make them work…but this one product…so lovely I’d like to try it…I’m not sure? Any thoughts if you have a second? Thanks!

  26. Daricel says:

    I love the Descanso satin lip pencil. It’s sooo good on you. We have the same NC42 skin tone and you’re the only blog that I can find nice shades of everything makeup has to offer. Thanks karen! Might buy this!

  27. Rachel P. says:

    As soon as I saw the Sex Fantasy pink blush, I knew I had to have it. I’d literally been scouring every brand for the perfect pale pink blush (and I mean, the PERFECT shade- Illamasqua Katie and Bobbi Brown Nude Pink came close), and I wasn’t really impressed with my results until I saw this. Ordered it immediately, should have it soon! :D

  28. Kim says:

    That’s a lot of Pink Power! I love that NARS just says “hey, I’m naming blushes Sex Fantasy and Orgasm, ’cause that’s how I roll”. :)

  29. Majick says:

    My Mom’s name was Adelaide. I have a lot of yellow undertones to my skin and I don’t think this would work all that great but I would love to have it just cause it’s named after my Mom.

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