I got in trouble today, ladies. The principal called me into his office and said, “Karen, you are no longer my favorite trouble maker.”
“The new NARS Trouble Maker set is, and you’re just going to have to learn to live with it… You may go back to class now.”
The $60 limited edition kit was designed to help your eyes raise hell. To that end, it comes with a Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara, an Eyeliner Stylo and a bottle of Eye Makeup Remover.
NARS Trouble Maker: What You Get
- Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara: A black thickening mascara that delivers stellar curl lift and hold. Its thickening prowess doesn’t quite match YSL Faux Cils’, but it makes up for it in speed and flexibility, resisting smudges and smears. Two coats is my sweet spot. Any more than that and it starts to clump (unless I swipe the brush head first). One more knock against it? It takes forever and a day to remove.
- Eyeliner Stylo in Nuits Blanches: NARS should have called this shiny black liquid liner Patience, because it takes A LOT to get smooth, solid black lines with it. The stiff felt tip isn’t as easy to maneuver as the tip on my go-to liquid liner, LORAC Front of the Line Pro.
- Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: A colorless eyeshadow primer and by far my favorite thing in the kit. It’s easy to blend, grips shadows with Herculean determination (maybe even a little better than Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion), and a little goes a long way, keeping most shadows from fading or creasing for a full eight hours. LOVE THIS!
- Eye Makeup Remover: Like the name implies, this stuff takes it all off, even long-wearing waterproof eye makeup, but, unfortunately, it leaves behind a thick oily film (boo!).
I’m happy to hang out with this Trouble Maker. It comes with some really nice pieces, like the eye primer. That one’s the frickin’ bomb dizzle!
The mascara and makeup remover are above average, too, while I think the liquid liner’s just good (not great). In a nutshell, it’s a pretty sweet kit for the money and a good value from NARS. Purchasing the products separately would cost $89 (the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base alone costs $24), so $60 isn’t too bad.
One could always get the set with stockings in mind, keeping the primer (seriously, it’s amazing!) and the mascara or makeup remover, and giving the remaining items away. I’m just sayin’…
PRICE: $60 ($89 value)
AVAILABILITY: At Sephora stores and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
- I couldn’t bring myself to stab and gut my mini-pumpkin after I named him Peanut. The lesson: do not name your mini-pumpkins if you intend to destroy/consume them.
- I’ve eaten five snack-size 100 Grand Bars over the past five hours.
- I can’t stop thinking about the coming zombie apocalypse (we watched AMC’s The Walking Dead twice, back to back), and I wonder, when it happens, should I free Tabs, trusting in his feline instinct to survive, or bring him with us in his cat carrier when we flee to the deep woods?
Do you have any post-Halloween confessions? It’s okay. You’ll feel better after you get them off your chest.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Speaking of trouble, it’s my favorite Britney Spears song.