Earlier this week, the day after I posted a quick look at this collection, I learned that the release, specifically the tie-in to Guy Bourdin’s sometimes dark, disturbing photography, sparked a controversy. I’ve decided to cover the collection because I see this as an issue of art, personal preference and freedom of expression. As someone who was in an abusive relationship, I could say more, but I don’t intend to say anything further about it in public.
The Blushes ($29 each)
The first products I ever fell in love with from NARS were their blushes (can I get a what-what for Amour?!), and the blushes in this release reminded me of that. The brand has some of the best blushes around. In classic NARS fashion, the three here in the Guy Bourdin collection last all day long, look natural, and I don’t have to load a dozen layers on my cheeks to see them.
First, there’s Exhibit A, a re-promote from the permanent line. It’s a vivid red with a matte finish…
Then, there’s Coeur Battant, also a matte, but this one’s an intense magenta.
Lastly, there’s Day Dream, a peachy pink with an opalescent, almost angelic shimmer.
The big theme here? Pigment. One or two swipes across each of these pans is all it takes for bright color on both cheeks. For reals! Even Day Dream, which I thought I’d have to layer, only requires a couple swipes.
But because these blushes lay down lots of color, they can be very tricky to use. Even with a light touch, it’s easy to go overboard with them (at least for me). If you’ve never worn blush before, you might want to go for something sheerer. There are lots of great beginner’s blushes out there, but I don’t think these three are among them.
If, on the other hand, you’re already comfortable with blush (or if you’re just an adventurous beginner), you should be totally fine.
And yeah, I know you’ve got mad blush skills, yo! — but still, I’d opt for either a skunk brush or a fan brush, instead of a regular blush brush, to avoid over-applying. Might as well make it easier on yourself, ya know?
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
The Cinematic Lipsticks ($26 each)
In the event you were hoping the new Cinematic Lipsticks would last through a grilled cheese sandwich, they don’t…but that’s okay with me, because they’re smoooooove.
Smooth and lightweight (kind of like the MAC Mineralize Rich Lipsticks), these almost feel like balms — incredibly pigmented balms.
A single layer lasts from 2-4 hours for me…assuming I avoid grilled cheese.
You might think that the rosy shade, Last Tango, would be the only easy shade here to wear, seeing as it’s the most neutral, but even the brights avoid drama like the plague. You could even skip lip liner if you want (and I do).
As if that wasn’t reason enough to fall for these, they don’t have any funky flavors or scents, and they’re hella moisturizing, too. These are my favorite items in the entire Guy Bourdin collection.
MAKEUP AND BEUATY BLOG RATING: A
The Cinematic Eyeshadows ($24 each)
WARNING: Klutzes beware. If it seems like you’re always dropping your makeup on the ground, 1) I feel your pain, sister; and 2) you may have to handle these new Cinematic Eyeshadows with kid gloves.
They’re made with a new eyeshadow formulation, appearing for the first time here in the Guy Bourdin collection, and it’s bunny tail soft.
I’m talking so soft that it almost feels like a cream.
On the one hand, that’s great, because they’re so easy to blend and apply. The shadows effortlessly glide across the skin, making it incredibly easy to blend away each and every harsh line.
It’s almost unreal how easy it is to create gorgeous gradients with these shadows.
Buuuut, on the other hand, I think that softness may also explain why two of them, Mississippi Mermaid and Bad Behaviour, shattered on their way to Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC…
If Chanel’s buttery Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow singles make your heart flutter, something tells me you’ll also like these. They feel very similar to me, with the biggest difference being that the Cinematic Eyeshadows contain much more pigment.
As for the finish? Well…it’s interesting. It reflects a lot of light, but it’s not as shiny as a frost. I’d peg it as somewhere between a frost and a satin. Really pretty.
On top of my trusty NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base, these last a solid 10+ hours without any creasing.
Impressive, but dagnabbit! — I just know I’m going to drop one of these on my foot or the floor, and it’s going to break into a gazillion tiny pieces.
It’s just a matter of time…
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
The Nail Polishes ($19 each)
With all four of these polishes, “saturation” is the key word. Two layers and I’m good.
Two of them, Deep fuchsia Follow Me and bright pinkish violet No Limits, have a really interesting finish… It’s not quite matte — more like a semi matte — whereas bright pink Union Libre and scarlet Tomorrow’s Red have a classic high shine.
I think all four of them fit well with the rest of the collection, but they seem pretty standard to me (even though I still made grabby hands at the intensely pigmented colors). You could easily find similar colors for less at the drugstore.
These are probably best for NARS die-hard fans.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Overall, I’m pretty stoked about this collection. I think there’s a lot to love.
What do you think? Any cool takeaways here?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,