For Fall 2016, NARS‘ collection focuses on intensely sculpted cheeks, eyelids covered in iridescent white, rose gold, and indigo blue, paired with matte red lips. From the collection, I received the Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Rigel and Arcturus, as well as the Contour Blush in Talia.
The Dual Intensity Eyeshadow (C$36) formula has been out for a few seasons now, but it’s my first time trying it. Rigel is my favourite of the two shades I have – a beautiful shimmery rose gold. Arcturus an intense indigo blue that has incredible colour payoff, especially for a dark blue. Both eyeshadows are very smooth, ultra pigmented, and can be worn either wet or dry. I was surprised that the colour intensity of these shadows, even when worn dry, was very good, but when you wear it wet, there is definitely a very metallic foiled effect.
The Contour Blush (C$54) is a duo-powder contour palette. Talia is the lighter of the two shades variations available, with a light caramel shade and a nutmeg shade. I was surprised to see that both shades are quite dark; originally I thought the light side would be a highlighter, but it’s a bit too dark to use as a highlight on me, and would be more effective as a softer contour (such as for the bridge of the nose).
The texture of the Contour Blush is just fantastic though – both shades were soft, very smooth, and almost creamy to the touch. There was a tiny bit of powder flyaway, but I expected way more due to how soft this product is. The texture also allowed me to blend this in very nicely for a natural look. Talia is appropriate for those with light to medium skin tones.
Melina is the other variation of the Contour Blush palette, and it is definitely a more intense contour, and would be more appropriate for those with medium to dark skin tones.
NARS is also introducing a new eyeliner formula – the Velvet Eyeliner (C$32) – for fall 2016. I have the shades Kaliste and Last Frontier – Kaliste is a beautiful creamy teal, and Last Frontier is a warm chocolate brown. I normally stray away from these pencil liners that require sharpening because the texture is usually harder than the twist-up type of liner, thus requiring more effort when applying to the eye area, and may also be irritating. I am happy to report that Velvet Eyeliner is super smooth and creamy; one swipe goes a long way to deposit a good amount of colour without irritation.
I’m pretty impressed with the products I received. Generally I find NARS products to be hit or miss, but this collection is solid. The Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Rigel is a must-have, in my books, and the Contour Blush palette is also a solid contour palette option, the only downside is that it doesn’t have a true highlight shade. The Velvet Eyeliners are a welcome addition into NARS’ permanent collection as you get very good colour payoff.
You can find these NARS fall 2016 products now at Sephora and wherever NARS is sold.
Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Arcturus and Rigel (dry, then wet)
Contour Blush in Talia
Velvet Eyeliner in Kaliste and Last Frontier