Everyone has their favourite make-up brand. You know, a brand that they turn to time and time again and there always seems to be a product (or five) on their wishlist. For me, that brand is NARS and over the past year or so I have found myself becoming more and more drawn towards it. Yes, there have been a few poor shade choices here and there, but I don't think that I have ever been let down by the quality of a product and, even though it's a little more pricey than I would like, that particular aspect is something that I'm willing to turn a blind eye to. I own a fair few bits from the brand (although I'm sure my collection would pale in comparison to some hardcore #NARSissists out there) and today I thought I would go through my NARS 'must haves'. Obviously, it's not essential to own these products, but this post might come in handy for those who are unfamiliar with the brand and are looking to start off their collection with a few good quality products.
I'll begin with blush, because that was where my NARS obsession began and I firmly believe that everyone should own/try out at least one of these bad boys. I own three - 'Deep Throat', a warm peachy pink shade with a hint of golden shimmer, 'Douceur', a dusky pink/brown shade with a matte finish, and 'Luster', a warm apricot with golden shimmer - and even though I'm not a major blush fan, I desperately want more. Why oh why didn't I get my hands on that Guy Bourdin Palette when it was available?! All three that I own are completely different shade-wise, but they do have one thing in common - they are incredibly good quality and last from morning until night. If I had to pick a favourite, I would probably go with 'Douceur', simply because I feel that it suits my complexion the most and fulfils all of my blush needs. I would even go so far as to say that if I had to pick just one blush from any brand ever, then this would be the one. To the best of my knowledge, it is shortly going to be discontinued from the range so I would highly recommend picking one up for yourself ASAP. For bronzer, I had to include the infamous 'Laguna'. This was my bronzer of choice for the majority of the year and, even though I've moved onto others such as Benefit's Hoola in recent times, this is one that I always come back to (the fact that I've hit pan in a major way says it all really). If you are fair skinned and looking for a bronzer that doesn't lean too orange, then look no further than NARS Laguna.
If you're an eyeshadow palette hoarder like me, then you NEED to try what NARS has to offer. The quality is right up there with the likes of Urban Decay and MAC and, although a little pricey, they are well worth the investment. They are highly pigmented, incredibly long lasting and apply smoothly with little to no fall out. I'm not sure if the limited edition NARSissist Palette is still available to buy, but if it is I would definitely recommend snapping one up before it's too late. I lusted after this palette for so long, and it didn't disappoint once I finally managed to nab one for myself. A predominantly neutrals palette that contains basically every shade needed to create any sort of eye make-up look, this palette is one that's not to be missed out on. Another favourite is the And God Created The Woman Palette, which contains six of the most beautiful neutral shades known to mankind all housed in one little travel friendly palette. Again, this palette contains shades suitable for both day and night and every other occasion in between, and if you are a neutrals eyeshadow obsessive like me then you need this in your life.
Out of the two NARS base products that I own (Sheer Glow Foundation and Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser), I would definitely go with the latter as being a must have. Yes, it may be a little premature to label a purchase as recent as this one as a 'must have', but I know a good base when I see one and this tinted moisturiser is one of the best that I've come across in a long time. It is lightweight and sheer but still evens out the skin tone beautifully, and the dewy finish always helps to fake a healthy glow even when I'm looking and feeling a little worse for wear. And for concealer? Yes, you've guessed it correctly. I wasn't going to finish off this post without mentioning the Radiant Creamy Concealer. For those who haven't tried it, yes, it really is that good and I rave about it to anyone that will listen. It melts into the skin like a dream and doesn't look cakey like a lot of full coverage concealers can. I use it for both under eye dark circles and blemishes/facial redness and it never lets me down. There's a reason why I have invested in three of these bad boys! And last but not least is a lip product which comes in the form of the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade 'Cruella', which is the most perfect deep red shade for this time of year. If you're after a festive red to get you through next month that is creamy, pigmented, long lasting and comfortable whilst still having a matte finish, then look no further than this NARS lip offering.
What are your favourite products from NARS?
Lots of love, Rachael