NARS Spring 2016 Collection First Impressions & Swatches

Published in: Collections, NARS, Product Reviews, Video

There’s a video review in this post, but if it’s not appearing, you can click here to watch it on YouTube.

Ya know, I never would have thought to wear icy mint with rose gold — never in a million years! — but because NARS is NARS, for some reason, they go together. Who knew?! I sure as heck didn’t.


I really appreciate how NARS gets me out of my usual color comfort zone, and it’s their unexpected color combos that I think make their seasonal collections some of the most interesting ones around.

This year for spring 2016 we get a small, succinct NARS launch of nine products — about half of them eye products, half lips products, and a powder blush — mostly in sweet rosy and beige tones.

There’s also that icy mint up in the mix and a shimmery blue for a fun, springy touch.


I tried something a little different with this video by filming my first impressions as I use each of the products.

Um…please excuse mah crazy hair! It’s been raining cats and kittens here in NorCal this week, and I haven’t wanted to bother, LOL!

The NARS Spring 2016 Nouvelle Vogue collection…

  • Tarvos Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, an icy mint ($29)
  • Cressida Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, a shimmering midnight blue ($29)
  • Kari Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, a soft rosy pink ($29)
  • Hammamet Duo Eyeshadow, a matte beige and a bronze rose ($35, limited edition)
  • Impassioned Blush, a pink orchid ($30)
  • Instant Crash Lip Gloss, a soft shimmering apricot ($26, limited edition)
  • Vida Loca Lip Gloss, a guava ($26, limited edition)
  • Rosecliff Lipsticks, a soft rose ($28)
  • Banned Red Lipstick, a mulled wine ($28)
  • Available January 15 at NARS boutiques and, and February 1 at NARS counters

As always, thank you for watching!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Joyce says:

    I am so ready for Spring even though it’s only been a few days of winter over here. By the way, I love how the lip gloss looks on you. It’s a really nice “pick me up” shade.
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  2. breyerchic04 says:

    That blush looks incredible! I love blushbaby (and the other sheertone mac blushes), but haven’t found such a pretty orchidy color with that nice of a matte texture.

  3. Other than Orgasm I have no other NARS product in my collection. The colors don’t call me though, as most of the spring collections don’t. I have too many similar shades already, I guess.
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  4. Just checked out the video! I really like how you used that blue as a liner and yeeees, Vida Loca looks pretty!
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  5. jessica says:

    I love your videos. You are soooo cute. <3

    also I NEED tarvos. icy mint is my color!! yeah!
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  6. Agata says:

    I am really liking this collection. I’d gladly wear all three eyeshadows and the blush and Banned red- I like how it’s muted red so it’s more wearable! Looking forward to the launch of this collection for sure!
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  7. lena says:

    i really like the video, and how you really tie up the collection and give context. moarrr!

    oh and icy mint and rose gold? i am totally gonna try it out tomorrow!

  8. Ashleigh says:

    I love you in blushed pinks, I think it looks so pretty! Vida Loca looks gorgeous and I’m really digging that blush too.

  9. Bella says:

    Hi Karen

    Love the lip gloss on you! So gorgeous!!!

  10. Erin says:

    Rosecliff might be a good nude for me having that cool mauve undertone. I love Banned red on you. Impassioned is probably the only thing I’d get with Cressida being a little fussy to apply.
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  11. Alexis says:

    I’m testing the Hammamet duo today – so far I love it! The matte beige matches my eye lid perfectly so I can have that “nude” effect when wearing a statement lip.

  12. Tatiana says:

    This was fun. I enjoyed watching you try these products out and giving us your impressions. Not sure how well any of it will work for me except for Banned Red. Oooh, I really like the look of that one.

  13. Jennifae says:

    I absolutely adore Impassioned and Tarvos! So perfect for Spring!
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  14. onaluna says:

    OMG — your expressions are killing me. Especially the nonplussed look after trying the dual intensity as eyeliner. So funny.

    The pink gloss looks awesome with your shading!

    Curious — Is Kari semi-matte? Those dual-intensity shadows look metallic in photos online, but in your video, the Kari looks much softer.

  15. Charlene says:

    Tarvos plus NARS Cleo’s dark teal color would be gorgeous.

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