NARS always goes all out with gift sets and gift guides, so of course I had to make a NARS Christmas Gift Guide.
Before getting into this post, I want to let you know that I previously haven’t tried too many NARS products because I had a negative experience with one of their palettes. A year or two ago I picked up one of the Narcissist Cheek Palettes that everyone at the time seemed to be raving about. I was really excited to finally feel the classic Nars Matte Velvet type packaging and to try it out. I was however super disappointed. It seemed like the formula of the products was extremely rough and I literally had to dig my fingers into the product to try and do swatches. Using a brush, I had to run over the product an endless amount of times. I’m not sure if that was the same for everyone who got that particular palette, or just mine. But, it definitely turned me away for a while.
I am very happy to say that it’s been a completely different experience this time round with NARS and I’m actually very impressed with both of the gift sets that I received. They’re both from the Sarah Moon Collection so let’s go through each of them now.
Left to right: Codie | Eva Top to bottom: La Dame En Blanc | La Dame En Noir
NARS Sarah Moon Thousand Worlds Lip and Nail Set* – $70
As you can guess from the product name, this particular gift set includes lip and nail products. There are two adorable, baby, mini, super cute Audacious Lipsticks and two mini Nail Polishes.
The packaging that this set comes in is definitely out of this world. There’s something pretty UFO about it. As you can see from my photo, it’s quite a hard plastic material that is frosty and has multiple levels.
The two Audacious Lipsticks in Codie and Eva are both stunning reds. I’ve never tried NARS lip products before and I’m definitely impressed. The Audacious Lipsticks range is probably the most talked about range amongst all of my blogger friends so I’m happy that I’ve finally been able to try them. The formula is definitely impressive and it’s one of the smoothest and most pigmented I’ve ever tried.
The two Nail Polishes in this set are La Dame En Blanc and La Dame En Noir. La Dame En Blanc is a super light, warm beige colour while La Dame En Noir is a deeper wine sort of shade. The formula of NARS Nail Polishes is one that I really like. I have a couple full sized polishes from them and it’s pretty consistent with these minis. Blanc takes around 3 layers for full opacity while Noir takes 2. If the brush size was that little bit wider to cover more of the nail, they would be perfect!
To me, this set is perfect for someone that loves classic makeup and nail looks. It has two incredible red lip staples, a red nail polish and a nude nail polish. If I didn’t own this set and I saw it in store, this would be right at the top of my wishlist! I also think that this is great for anyone who travels because you don’t have to compromise on quality for convenience.
Left to right: Albatross | Sex Appeal | Illusive | Make Believe | Golshan
NARS Sarah Moon Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette* – $85AUD
This Cheek and Lip Palette contains a Full Sized NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Golshan. I know that it’s called a lip pencil but it doesn’t really feel like or operate like one, to me anyway. The only thing ‘pencil’ about it is the fact that it looks like a pencil and you have to sharpen it. But the formula isn’t dry like other lip pencils I’ve used before. This feels more like a smooth crayon or the lipstick formula but again, even smoother. The shade Golshan is a gorgeous red and I’ve actually used it on a couple nights out.
Moving onto the blushes and highlighter now. This was where my scepticism really started because of my previous bad experience. But let me tell you, the blushes are to die for. The shades in this kit are Sex Appeal, Illusive and Make Believe.
Each one of these blushes look well with my olive complexion, even Sex Appeal which is very pink and doesn’t usually suit me! They’re all very workable and blend in beautifully. I only like to use a light hand because I’m more of a natural blush type of gal. But, if you’re after serious pigmentation, you’ll also find that here.
Unfortunately, I still don’t get on with Albatross. It’s more of a matte highlighter and for my particular skin tone, I find it too yellow. It just doesn’t really make all that much sense to me. Albatross was in my Narsissist cheek palette and that was by far the worse shade in it. I can definitely say that in this palette the pigmentation and formula is a world better. But yeah, still not for me.
I think that this Cheek & Lip Palette would make a great gift for someone special in your life that likes to experiment with different blush colours. And hey who knows, maybe they might love Albatross if they’re a highlighter fiend!
What’s your favourite NARS product of all time?
Will you be picking either of these up?
*Products marked with an asterisk have been provided for editorial consideration. For more information, please read my disclaimer.