NARS Satin Lipstick: Tolede

Slowly building on my NARS lipstick collection, I’ve added another one to my stash. My third choice in the NARS lipstick range is Tolede.

NARS Tolede

NARS Tolede

I was actually about ready to re-purchase my beloved NARS Dolce Vita lipstick (I’m almost finished the tube!) but I thought I’d try another neutral/pink shade from the range.  This shade is described as a “pink rose” and has a warm undertone. Tolede is definitely more pink on me than Dolce Vita is (which is more of a sheer, brownish pink that matches my natural lip tone quite closely).  Tolede also has more of an opaque finish than Dolce Vita, which makes it a bit more appropriate when I want a natural lip with more of a nudge of colour.

The formula is awesome. Creamy and comfortable on the lips. Lasting power is not long, but that’s to be expected with this type of formula. I will say though that once this fades, it doesn’t leave my lips dry in any way.  Wear time I’d say – about 4-5 hours with regular coffee/water sipping before it begins to fade.

The photo makes it look more of a dusty pink but this is actually a classic pink when applied.

This shade is perfect for spring and summer – still natural and it brightens up my complexion when I wear it.  If I had to give this lipstick a mood, this would be my happy lipstick!

I really don’t have anything negative to say about this lipstick – the formula, colour pay-off, and finish is what I’ve come to expect from NARS. Never disappointed!

This retails at Sephora for $35 Cdn.

I give the NARS lipstick in Tolede: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this shade?  What’s your favourite NARS lipstick?

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

To some of you reading this, this might be “just another NARS Sheer Glow Foundation review”.  But to those who aren’t familiar with this foundation, you might find this helpful! In all honesty, I blame all of the YouTube beauty gurus that I follow – this foundation seems to always be on everyone’s list of favourites, so I had to see what the hype was all about myself!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli (Medium 3)

I’ve tried many foundations – mostly drugstore and a few high-end. This NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is the most expensive foundation I have purchased to date ($58 Cdn for 30 ml). But with the 15% off VIB discount this past spring, I actually don’t feel that guilty about it!

Sephora says:

What it is:
A glowing, satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage.

What it does:
This Sheer Glow Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion. The weightless formula hydrates the skin while complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving skin with a luminous, sensual glow.

What else you need to know:
Suitable for normal, normal-to-dry, dry, and very dry skin types.

The shade I purchased was Stromboli (for medium skintones with olive undertones). I’d say this is a near to perfect match for me; a little on the light side but nothing that a bit of bronzer can’t fix.  The NARS Sheer Glow foundation range has a very good selection of shades, from very light to very deep – this is also why a lot of people like this foundation because in terms of colour-matching, you’re bound to find a shade that works for you.

I’ve tried applying this with my fingers, a buffing brush and a beauty blender.  The application with the beauty blender was the best for me – it left me with a light-medium coverage, very natural looking with a semi-matte finish. As far as “sheer” goes, I would disagree; this definitely provides a good amount of coverage. The formula is neither too thick or too thin – it’s easy to blend out and doesn’t set that quickly so you have time to work with it.

I found that as I wore this foundation throughout the day, it actually looked better – more natural and skin-like.  They say this foundation is suitable for normal all the way to very dry skin types, however, me having combination skin, I didn’t find this to slip off my skin or anything like that. Set with a powder and I was fine – wear time a good 7 hours, I’d say (that’s typically with a primer underneath).

Overall, I like the natural, yet medium coverage this foundation gives me. For the price point, I can’t say that it’s totally worth it, but I have been reaching for it over a few of the more affordable foundations I typically use like the L’oreal True Match Lumi.  I really like how it wears throughout the day – stays put, decent coverage, while looking natural.

I like this foundation, but I can’t say I love it (as much as everyone else seems to). I will definitely keep using it – nothing to complain about really. For that price, I intend on using up every single drop!

I give the NARS Sheer Glow foundation: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this foundation?  Like or dislike?

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NARS lipstick – Banned Red (2016 Spring Collection)

Hello friends!

This review is on the new NARS lipstick in Banned Red:

This shade is part of the NARS 2016 spring collection that includes another lipstick, two lipglosses, a few eyeshadows and a blush.

I’ve always been a sucker for red lipsticks – I admire you ladies who wear red lips on the regular and look awesome doing it! I, on the other hand, am not as confident as you!

I have a handful of red lipstick options in my own lipstick collection, however, I don’t tend to wear them very often. Working in an office setting, a bright bold red lip on me, would seem quite out of place. But with the NARS Banned Red lipstick shade, I think it’s a red that is totally wearable anytime and everywhere.

NARS lipsticks are definitely on the more pricey side of lipsticks but after my first experience with a NARS lipstick in the shade Dolce Vita, I can completely appreciate the price point and the quality of the product.  If you want to read my review on Dolce Vita, click here!

I’ve seen Banned Red described as a “mulled wine” shade.  The best I can describe it is a deep, warm red/brown/copper shade with a satin finish.  I think this would actually look pretty good on any skintone.  This shade has that “90’s” vibe going on – a good mix of the deeper reds and browns that were so “in” those days and have made a comeback again over the last few months – Hello, heard of Kylie Jenner much?  🙂

This formula is very creamy and quite opaque even with one swipe.  I like to apply a few swipes on my lips, then blot it down with a tissue and then reapply one more time. This helps to make the lipstick last a bit longer on me and give me that satin-matte finish that I personally like. The wear time on this is actually very good – maybe a good 4-5 hours before fading – and even after it’s faded or come off, I’m left with a bit of a stain on my lips.  This formula does not dry out my lips, if anything it keeps them quite hydrated because of how creamy it is.

On days where I’m feeling a bit bolder and want my lips to be the focus on my face that day, I will wear Banned Red and not feel too over the top.

Loving this!

You can find NARS Banned Red (along with the rest of the NARS 2016 spring collection) at Sephora for $35 Cdn.

I give the NARS Banned Red lipstick: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this lipstick or any of the NARS products?  Like or dislike?  Suggestions?

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