Please tell me I’m not the one of us who has imaginary conversations with her makeup, ’cause I can hear my tinted moisturizer practically scream with joy whenever I take out the new limited edition NARS Loves Los Angeles Gift Set ($75).
When I hold one of the three pieces up to my ear like a conch, instead of the sound of the sea, I hear a voice say, “Guuuurl, YES. NARS is a frickin’ genius! You’ve need something like this for all those LA rooftop pool parties you never go to, when you only have, like, five minutes to do your makeup. Now all we need is that maxi dress and those Tory Burch knockoff slippers we saw the other day, and we’ll be good to go. Hurry up! Time’s a-waistin’!”
This is what happens when you spend hours talking to a cat and your makeup collection every day…
Anyhizzle, the new $75 three-piece limited edition gift set is coming to select NARS counters September 1, with a palette containing four eyeshadows, a powder blush and a bronzer; a full-size lipgloss and a nail polish — all in some of the brand’s bestselling shades in Los Angeles.
For starters, the NARS effect. With the sleek eye and cheek palette in my paw, I feel like I could get into a shouting match with one of the Real Housewives and totally win.
The sheerness of the set’s shadows, bronzer, blush, gloss and polish keep it completely free of any fussiness. These are colors I’d wear with tinted moisturizer, mascara and a brow filler (and with beachy waves in my hair). A polished, chic California girl cruising down the P.C.H. on her way to brunch by the beach.
3 ways to work (LOL! I almost typed “twerk.”) the new NARS Loves Los Angeles Gift Set…
- Weekend warrior: When I have errands to run on a Saturday or Sunday morning and only want to wear minimal makeup to rush out the door, I’ll fill in my brows, curl my lashes, dab tinted moisturizer on my cheeks and nose, sweep two layers of sheer peach Deep Throat blush on my cheeks, and treat my lips to a layer of Turkish Delight (very MLBB). And when I know I’m going to be a while, I’ll toss the gloss in my purse for touch-ups every couple hours, as its wear time is pretty limited.
- Brunch or lunch: Whatever we have, if it’s the weekend, there better be 1) mimosas and 2) contouring/highlighting involved. I’ll start with the same look above, but build on it by contouring below my cheeks with Laguna bronzer, and highlighting my upper cheekbones with a bit of Abyssinia. To brighten my eyes, I’ll pat either the pearl beige Abyssinia or shimmery gold Etrusque on my lids, and blend Laguna into my crease for definition. Since the shadows and bronzer are also quite sheer, the whole look is quick and easy.
- A great date: I like to draw attention to my eyes on date nights by blending either the matte neutral brown Bali or bright blue Outremer on my lids and along my lash lines for a soft, sheer smokey eye.
Now, I don’t really see this lovely little set of NARS essentials driving hardcore makeup fiends wild, but I do see it appealing to girls/guys who like softly defined eyes, lips, cheeks and nails.
I also think it could be a great set to either give or receive.
AVAILABILITY:Â It’s coming September 1 online at narscosmetics.com and to select Southern California NARS counters at Barney’s Beverly Hills, Nordstrom (the Topanga, Clendate, Westside, Farmers’ Market, Santa Anita and Santa Monica stores), and the Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. If you’re interested, give one of the stores a call, and see if they’ll let you place an order.
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,