Another lovely day, another lovely NARS cheek palette.
Whoops! I misspoke. I meant to say, “another lovely NARS cheek and lip palette,” because the new NARS 413 BLKR Cheek & Lip Palette doesn’t only contain blushes. It also comes with a gorgeous matte lip pencil.
So what is heck is a 413 BLKR? Is it a secret pager code, or the code to a hidden door at NARS headquarters, where if you type it on the keypad, François Nars answers the door and says, “Bonjour ma chère! Have a macaron, and let me do your makeup, you gorgeous girl”?
Um…no, although that would be dope, wouldn’t it?
413 BLKR is the physical address of the NARS flagship store in New York, and it’s also the name of a special collection of NARS products inspired by New York.
The NARS 413 BLKR Cheek & Lip Palette also contains three brand new cheek colors and, if you have a thing for rosy, plummy tones, you just might freak out. But in a good way.
Starting from the left, there’s a light opalescent pinky rose blush that can also double as a highlighter on darker skin tones, then a mid-toned satiny rose with hints of plum and gold, then a satiny deep plum, and finally, on the far right — sigh! — good old golden tan Laguna. Because, obvs, it just wouldn’t be a NARS blush palette without Laguna up in the mix…
Side note: The cheek powders in this palette have that traditional NARS powder formula, unlike the formula of the powders in the Dual-Intensity Palette I reviewed yesterday.
So these blushes aren’t as compressed into their pans as those Dual Intensity Blushes, and you should see more powder particles partying (moving) when you swipe your brush atop the pans.
As you know, Laguna has been around since the Cretaceous Period (can anybody even remember a time before Laguna?), and the 413 BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil has been kickin’ it old-school since 2012, so the fresh and summery rose and plum blushes are the new recruits.
If you wear many rosy purples, plums or cooler-toned hot pink lip colors, these cheek colors should go really well with any of them. I bet you’d get a lot of mileage out of this palette.
Oh, and these blushes have more of a sheen than a sparkle. Some NARS powder blushes…man, they totally go for it with the glitter, ya know? But these don’t. They’re more luminous than frosty. The finishes are very flattering.
The palette, by the way, is limited edition, but you don’t have to go to NYC to get it. It’s available now exclusively at NARS boutiques and the NARS website.
Sansa Fierce and Snapchat
Spoilers ahead!!! Stop reading right now if you haven’t seen last Sunday’s Game of Thrones yet (and you still want to).
GIRL, I can’t even with the latest episode. I. CAN’T. EVEN.
I finally caught up and watched it last night, and I swear to gawd, I had to like…You know that thing little kids do when they cover their eyes, but they still peek out of the little spaces between their fingers?
I did that.
The whole time, I was sure things weren’t going to go well for #TeamStark, so I was absolutely SHOCKED when hottie-patottie Jon Snow climbed his way out of that mountain of bodies, and then my girl Sansa Fierce showed up with her backup army! 🙂
Couldn’t contain myself.
After the episode I turned to El Hub and said, “You know they’re just building up #TeamStark to tear them down again, right?” And he was like, “Yeah…probably.”
But for now I’m going to hold on — HOLD ON FOR ONE MORE DAY! — to the fact that something relatively good happened to most of the Stark kids.
In other news, I finally made a Snapchat account! Now…all I need to do is figure out how to use it, haha. If you have any secret squirrel Snapchat wisdom, please share it.
My Snapchat handle — or is it a Snapchat code? I dunno! — is @karenmbbsnaps.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,