I tend to spend as little on beauty products as possible (have I told you that before?). BUT times are changing. I want to make more of an effort with my make up choices and techniques. However, I don’t just want some quality makeup, I want it to be cruelty-free* which seems to be so difficult – until I discovered NARS.
Being a person who feels a little daunted in makeup departments, I opted for purchasing my new NARS collection online via John Lewis’ website (I had a voucher, which was handy!). This can be a little bit of a brave move. Firstly, with buying items from the world wide web you can’t test it. Secondly, I can’t tell shades as well as if I was seeing it in person. But that’s the risk I decided to take – and I was lucky.
So, what did I buy?
At first, I had a fear that this shade would be too dark. However, due to its watery consistency, it was able to spread a lot easier than other, thicker foundations. Not only that but it’s sure to go further than other foundations due to not needing much of it!
My recommendation would be to shake the bottle before applying to a makeup sponge, as the fluid can then be spread much easier across your skin. It’s non-sticky without that cakey feeling, making your skin able to breathe.
The foundation gives fabulous all-day, long-lasting coverage – I barely remember I’m wearing it. Other foundations tend to make my skin oily but this makes my skin feel and look soft whilst giving it an even, glowing tone. If you’re not too keen on the luminous finish, you can always matte it out with a bit of powder (again, no cakiness!).
Despite being a little messy and perhaps a shade too dark for me, this is definitely the best foundation I have used. It was certainly worth the £32.
True to its name, the Dual Intensity eyeshadow requires very little on your make-up brush. Easily blended with a bronze-like tone whilst dry but full of intensity and wham when applied wet, this eyeshadow is not only long lasting on the eyes but great for extended use.
Despite having several shades of browns, bronze and gold eyeshadows, I love the warmness of this copper tone. Unlike some of my other eyeshadows, this is a long lasting, shimmery shadow giving definition without going overboard.
Apply a small amount and slowly build to create defined eyes. For a stronger and bolder look, dampen your eye shadow brush.
Although you cannot see in the picture, this blush is more of a glitter powder. This blush creates a subtle glimmer to my skin. The shade is light and highlights my cheeks, as opposed to making me into a clown.
The sheer pink is very light and appears to be more of a highlighter than a blush, even on my pale skin. It blends well and works perfectly with my NARS foundation.
*Now, although NARS is cruelty-free, it is now owned by a company that does test on animals (I told you it was hard, didn’t I?)
Here’s a little before and after of my completed look!
If you’ve never noticed my lazy eye, you will now haha! Anyway, my verdict is this… NARS, although a little pricey, is definitely worth the cost. Quality and long lasting makeup that is not tested on by animals is definitely a yes in my book. Now I have confidence in this brand, I will certainly be opening my horizons to more of their products and perhaps some other quality goods.