Late-Night Callers and the New NARS Unlawful Blush

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NARS Unlawful Blush

Wearing two layers of the new NARS Unlawful Blush on my cheeks


KAREN: Hello?



KAREN: Hey… (?)

MYSTERY CALLER: What are you doing?

KAREN: Um…well, I have a wicked bout of insomnia right now, but what else is new?

MYSTERY CALLER: Damn, that sucks.

KAREN: And despite the fact that it’s closer to dawn than dusk, I’m playing with some new fall makeup from NARS.


KAREN: I know! I actually just applied a new blush of theirs called Unlawful — wait, who is this, and why are you calling me in the middle of the night?

MYSTERY CALLER: Well, that’s for me to know and for you to find out.

NARS Unlawful Blush


KAREN: OK, that was creepy…

MYSTERY CALLER: Wait, don’t hang up on me. Trust me, you’re a fan.

KAREN: Alright… OK, well, this is totally weird, though, but what the heck. It’s the middle of the night, and I’ve obviously got insomnia, so I might as well just go with it.

MYSTERY CALLER: Yes! Now, about that blush… I want to hear all about it.

KAREN: Uh, huh… Have I mentioned how TOTALLY WEIRD this is?


KAREN: Right… But I’m not one to pass up an opportunity to talk about makeup, even if it is with a mystery caller in the middle of the night.

So, Unlawful. It’s a real showstopper — a warm-toned opalescent bronzed amber pink packed with tiny flecks of silver glitter, and it’s very pigmented, too.

That NARS decided to add silver glitter to it seems kind of unusual, because as warm as it is, I would have expected NARS to go with gold instead.

But the silver works. There’s just a lot of it.

OK, a ton.

You can’t really tell in pics, but you get up close and it’s a total glitter-fest.

I mean, the flecks are almost microscopic. They’re really tiny, which keeps the shade from delving into tacky territory, but it’s great. With this, you really don’t even need a highlighter.

NARS Unlawful Blush

NARS Unlawful Blush, $30

Ultimately, it depends on how you feel about glitter. It’s all really subtle in pics, but it’s like, “Hey, how YOU doin’?” in real life.

MYSTERY CALLER: A friend of mine told me that Unlawful is from the new fall Night Caller collection? Is that right?

KAREN: It is. I always look forward to the NARS fall — wait, can you hold on a second? My cat just walked into the room, and if I don’t pick him up and show him some attention he’ll throw a fit.

Come here, Tabs.

MYSTERY CALLER: Take your time…

KAREN: Anyway, the fall collection is dope! Ten pieces. Along with the blush, there are a couple of eyeshadow duos, two Satin Lip Pencils, a new multiple and, oh! — a new line of glittery eyeliners based on the NARS Night Series eyeshadows.

Do you know those?

MYSTERY CALLER: Actually, no. Frankly, I know more about acting than I know about eyeshadow.

NARS Unlawful Blush Swatch

Unlawful Blush

KAREN: Acting, huh? Your voice sounds a little familiar…

MYSTERY CALLER: You were saying about the NARS Night Series eyeshadows?

KAREN: Oh, right. Yeah, the Night Series. They’re like a line of super glittery specialty eyeshadow singles in the permanent line.

My favorite one is called Night Star, and it looks super pretty as a wash on the lids or as a highlight for your brow bone.

Wait — am I getting too technical?

MYSTERY CALLER: No, keep going.

KAREN: Actually, dude, this is getting too weird for me. You have to tell me who you are now or I’m hanging up. And why do you want to know about Unlawful blush?

NARS Unlawful Blush

Additional makeup worn in this look: NARS Jarden Perdu Duo Eyeshadow, Night Bird Eyeliner and Bansar Satin Lip Pencil — all from the new fall 2014 collection; and Nails are NARS Nail Polish in Thasos (two layers)

Swatches of the additional NARS fall products worn in this look from the left: Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow, Night Bird Eyeliner and Bansar Satin Lip Pencil

From the left, swatches of the additional NARS fall products worn in this look: Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow, Night Bird Eyeliner and Bansar Satin Lip Pencil

MYSTERY CALLER: Well, I know a few starlets who might like it. Let’s see, there’s Eva, Sandra, Michelle, Rachel, Emma…

NARS Unlawful Blush


KAREN: HOLY EFFING CRAPPITY CRAP! Ryan!? Is that you? Is this Ryan Gosling?!


KAREN: Calling me to talk about blush in the middle of the night!?


KAREN: I’m either dreaming right now, or my insomnia is much worse than I thought.


— END —

The NARS Night Caller Collection

The NARS Night Caller Collection

Fall is calling! — and apparently it’s calling in the middle of the night. 🙂

The 10-piece NARS Night Caller fall 2014 collection of limited edition and permanent collection pieces arrives July 15 to NARS boutiques and online (August 1 at Sephora stores and NARS counters) containing a combination of bold and tender colors, with amethyst, rosy quartz, dove gray and chocolate shades on lids; deep, glittery liners on lash lines; warm reds on lips and glimmering pink cheeks.

The NARS Night Caller Fall 2014 Collection Includes…

  • Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow, a metallic dove gray paired with a metallic amethyst. $35, limited edition.
  • Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow, a shiny rose quartz paired with a chocolate. $35, limited edition.
  • Bansar Satin Lip Pencil, a rosy brown. $25, permanent.
  • Mondore Satin Lip Pencil, a cranberry. $25, limited edition.
  • Mauritanie Matte Multiple, a strawberry red. $39, limited edition.
  • Night Flight Eyeliner, a black with cobalt blue pearl. $24, permanent.
  • Night Bird Eyeliner, a black with purple pearl. $24, permanent.
  • Night Clubbing Eyeliner, a black with golden pearl. $24, permanent.
  • Night Porter Eyeliner, a black with green pearl. $24, permanent.
  • Unlawful Blush, an amber pink with silver pearls. $30, permanent.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. fancie says:

    The blush is so beautiful! The color is perfect and the sheen is so pretty. I need it!
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  2. Erica H. says:

    Darling review of the product Karen! Very creative!

  3. Fun post Karen! The blush looks lovely on you. Unfortunately most of the shades in this collection wouldn’t work on me.
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  4. Dee says:

    Hahah super cute layout and I was just wondering what this blush would look like when worn and here this post is! So happy that it looks soo purdy on and isn’t a glitterfest!!Im all over any black and gold eyeliner so night clubbing sounds fantastic!! thanks for sharing Karen!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Dee,

      It’s actually pretty glittery in real life. The camera doesn’t pick up on the glitter too well…it’s there, though, and there’s a lot of it!

  5. Alison M says:

    I am not much of a glitter fan, but I have to say that Unlawful has me aching for fall. The Dolomites Duo is the other stand-out from this collection and I can’t wait to see more.
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  6. Karen, I love the creativity of this post, and the fact that Ryan Gosling ended up being the mystery caller, LOL! I’m not so sure about wearing glitter in my blush given that I have large-enough pores as is. Night Bird liner is gorgeous, and I LOVE, love, love Thasos nail polish! I was wondering what that polish was and was excited when you said it was Thasos. I’ve had my eye on that one (I’m a sucker for anything aqua/minty)! I’m sorry that you had insomnia — I’m also an insomnia queen and it’s definitely not a fun thing to have. 🙁
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  7. Natalie says:

    That blush is just gorgeous on you Karen! I’m so excited for this collection.
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  8. that blush is oh so gorgeous.. it might be a little deep for my taste but totally fall!!.. I am eyeing NARS Taj Mahal though.. 😀 😀
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  9. Anna says:

    Loved the surprise ending and the photos! You are my favorite blogger!

  10. haha, loved reading through! and the shades are gorgeous, love night bird! <3
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  11. Sylirael says:

    I see a lot of pretty things in this collection! The blush, the sparkly eye pencils, the Jardin Perdu eyeshadow duo… 🙂

    Mostly, however, what I see is more awesome creative blogging from my favourite crazy cat lady Karen 🙂 <3
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  12. Kim says:

    Very pretty, but I have my heart set on Malice (thanks for that!). 🙂

  13. Bella says:

    I don’t do glitter. The only thing I want from this collection is the Dolomites eye duo.
    That lip colour gives me the shivery horrors. I wore something like it through much of the 90’s. I refuse to go back there. No matter how on trend that colour may be, there are 1627489976568995444 colours that suit most people better!

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