First Step Into High-end Makeup: NARS

Thinking about buying some high end makeup? the step from high street to high end is a cautious one. No one wants to invest a good amount into the a product to only be disappointed with the quality and its effectiveness. NARS are my favourite brand at the moment. They are sleek, high quality, long lasting products, which are my core collection which I put on my face nearly everyday. In this blog post I have written my personal views on some of the most cult products within the Nars range but also in makeup in general….

FOUNDATION; Sheer Glow

My go to foundation and my best investment. The Nars foundation is very build able, does not feel cakey and is durable throughout the day. If you were thinking of buying a high end foundation, I would recommend it highly, the rest aren’t so necessary, but a good base is the starting point for how the rest of your makeup goes on. This is my second bottle so far and I am not craving a change or feel this foundation is not meeting my needs in anyway.

  • For normal, normal-to-dry and dry skin types
  • Hydrates for softer and smoother skin
  • Contains powerful anti-oxidants to protect against damaging free radicals and turmeric extract to improve skin’s radiance and tone
  • Streamlined packaging with ergonomic twist cap.

One of the things people get confused about with this product is the name. Sheer glow. I feel Nars shot themselves in the foot with this name, as it is marketed as something its not, but rather something it can be if you choose. However, word of mouth has kind of dispelled this myth of the foundation being sheer and glowly, which it does give a glow to the skin but not in a sprinkles kind of way.

TINTED MOISTURISER; Pure Radiant

A surprise buy from myself, at the time I felt the foundation was too heavy for me for everyday wear and with my skin improving/not caring I wanted something to apply for every day use that gave me a quick colour correction and some brightening. I decided to to buy this specific tinted moisturiser based on raving reviews from one of my best friends and because the foundation had impressed me so much, I assumed the tinted moisturiser would follow suit. Nars also boast some impressive stuff:

  • Advanced sun protection
  • Hydrates and helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots for a brighter natural glow
  • Oil-free. Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic. Synthetic fragrance free.

Looking back it was quite a gamble considering the price point. But it has lasted me a long time and I switch it up between this and the foundation regularly. However if I know i am going out for a full day etc I tend not to use this, as it doesn’t seem as long lasting as the foundation.  And as you can imagine coverage isn’t as much as the foundation, but thats what I personally bought it for.

BRONZER; Laguna

Bronzers are not something I have purchased in the past. But this may have changed my life and makeup. This bronzer is beautiful on the skin and applies smoothly (with clean brushes) just like the blush. Nars claim:

  • Iconic shades ideal for all skin tones
  • Natural looking, imperceptible finish
  • Subtle shimmer adds glow

I would re purchase this bronzer despite my flinching at the price for such a small product. I cannot deny my love for this product and its long lastingness. If you were to venture into high end bronzer this is a great starting point. To note though, this is warm toned and not ideal for contouring, this simply warms the face and gives a beautiful sun kissed glow.

BLUSH; Orgasm 

This cult classic  was actually my second blush from Nars, the first being too pinkish for my liking. This is the blush everyone knows about and while there are probably a lot of dupes around, i’m one for the original(plus it was an impulse buy) This blush is my go to blush. Partly because I don’t own more then 2 blushes, but also because its perfect for me and gives  a natural highlight and warm pink tones on my cheeks, kind of acting like a two in one Nars describe it perfectly:

  • Silky texture in matte and shimmering shades
  • Micronized powder ensures soft, blendable application

I’m in love and I can guarantee if you wear this you will receive a compliment! It’s great for makeup for nights out, summer, spring and everyday dewy looks. This blusher isn’t running out anytime soon and the pigmentation is just perfect.


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