NARS Spring 2016 Color Collection Picks: Hammamet, Impassioned, Instant Crash + Vida Loca

January 28, 2016

The spring collection this year from NARS is called Nouvelle Vogue and for neutral makeup lovers there are quite a few items to fall in love with. I have four items to share a review of today for eyes, lips and cheeks. The colors I picked out are soft and glowy that will give a really lovely fresh-faced natural look.

From top to bottom:

  • Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo ($35, limited-edition) is soft satiny warm tan combined with a shimmering copper tan rose kind of shimmer, on my medium-olive skin this is too warm/dark by itself, but when layered with other shades it makes for a really great transitional blending kind of color, I have a hard time wearing any kind of copper color because they often pull orangey on me. Hammamet doesn’t pull orangey but it does pull very warm. I like layering this with Cordura and Alhambra Duos.
  • Impassioned Powder Blush ($30) is the perfect natural light mauve pink blush, most mauves darken on my skin but this one is on the lighter side so when it warms up, it still remains a natural light pink mauve on my skin
  • Instant Crash Lip Gloss ($26, limited-edition) is a shimmering nude which is absolutely perfect, I thought I owned a lot of colors like this one, but none of the ones I looked at had the same beige undertone with shimmer mixed in, I need to back this one up because it’s limited-edition
  • Vida Loca Lip Gloss ($26, limited-edition) is a peachy pink cream, to me it has a similar effect to the Chelsea Girls Lipgloss (swatched here), this new one for spring is slightly deeper and brighter, you do need a flawless lip surface or else it will emphasize dry patches/lines

Some close ups, swatches and comparisons, up first is Hammamet Duo:

Swatch comparisons to:
MAC Honey Lust (from the 15 Warm Neutrals Palette)
Urban Decay Trick (from Naked3 Palette)
Tom Ford Disco Dust Quad (new, review soon)

Impassioned Blush close ups, I don’t have any swatch comparisons, but I deem this a must-have.

Lip Glosses in Instant Crash (top) and Vida Loca (bottom):

Swatch comparisons to:
NARS Lip Gloss in Striptease
NARS Lip Gloss Chelsea Girls (swatched)
MAC Lipglass in Lust
NARS Lipgloss in Belize

I give Instant Crash Lip Gloss and Impassioned Blush a huge thumbs up. Vida Loca is gorgeous in color but the formula can be a bit tricky to work with if your lip isn’t perfectly smooth (it’s a good layering color though). Hammamet is different from anything I’ve seen from NARS before. On my skintone it pulls too warm to pull off by itself, but when layered with other shades looks really pretty. If you own Honey Lust from MAC or the new Tom Ford Quad I think you can skip this duo.

Have you checked out anything from the NARS Spring Collection yet? It’s available now online and in stores from NARS. It will launch in February at Nordstrom, Sephora, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and all other NARS counters.

The spring items featured were provided courtesy of NARS for review consideration.

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  • Kelly January 28, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I really like the eyeshadow duo and the blush. I think the blush would be perfect for my everyday makeup routine since it's a very neutral looking blush.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

    • Sabrina February 1, 2016 at 4:59 am

      The blush is to die for gorgeous for everyday!

  • Zoe Mountford January 28, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    The glosses look so pretty, I really love the look of the eyeshadow duo too. i have never tried Nars before but I will definitely try some of this collection, the are the perfect shades I always go for x

    Zoe Mountford x

    • Sabrina February 1, 2016 at 4:59 am

      OMG you need to try NARS! The line is incredible.

  • Clever Girl Reviews January 28, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I love the blush, I hope I get a chance to swatch it!

    • Sabrina February 1, 2016 at 5:00 am

      I hope so too. It's a winner.

  • Emmys Beauty Cave January 28, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    The eyeshadow duo and Blush look stunning! I want them both! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  • Frankly Flawless - January 28, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    The eyeshadow duo is gorgeous, I always love a good Nars launch! xx

    • Sabrina February 1, 2016 at 5:00 am

      I know!

  • Anonymous January 28, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Hi! This is my first time commenting here, but I've been reading your blog for a couple of years now and I love it — so classy, and I love and use a lot of the brands you cover. Anyway, I'm really pale and would love to use a nude look and this might actually make me think about trying the nude look, but worry the colors might wash me out. What do you think? Thx! Susan

  • Brooke Searcy January 29, 2016 at 1:59 am

    I got that blush as soon as I saw it!! So unique and fabulous!!!


    • Sabrina February 1, 2016 at 5:00 am


  • The Bunny in a Bear January 29, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Sabrina, I don’t normally comment on any posts/blogs that I read, but I cannot help it. I would just let you know that your swatches are just right on. Sometimes I was wondering the texture and color comparisons between different brands, and you have it here, especially foundation/concealer swatches are just what I was looking for. Although I spend some money on cosmetics (recently on candles too) after I read your reviews, I think you save me a lot more money because of your reviews. Thank you so much and take care! Yoon_makeupBunny

    • Sabrina February 1, 2016 at 5:01 am

      Awww thanks for commenting! Glad to hear the swatches and reviews help πŸ™‚

  • Eesha Thakur January 29, 2016 at 4:44 am

    I loved the eye shadow duo and instant crash lip gloss … <3 <3

    • Sabrina February 1, 2016 at 5:01 am

      Instant crash = pure love.

  • Amanda Hollingsworth January 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

    So pretty and so girly. I just love this trend for a natural glowing look. Long may it continue. Xx

    • Sabrina February 1, 2016 at 5:02 am

      LOL, couldn't have said it better.

  • Katie Mills January 29, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Those lip glosses are absolutely stunning!

  • M January 29, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks so much for the swatches and comparison considerations! Seeing as I've Alhambra I think I'll give the new duo a miss, but might have to get the new blush! Pretty!


    • Sabrina February 1, 2016 at 5:02 am

      The blush is amazing! I think the Duo might pull warm on some.

  • Jacque January 30, 2016 at 12:40 am

    ahh love everything here! i know how much you love chelsea girls.. would you choose vida loca or chelsea girls?

  • ahhhsoNeo January 30, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Those eyeshadows look amazing, I like the blush too. Nice swatches.

    • Sabrina February 1, 2016 at 5:02 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Kayleigh January 31, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I'm loving the Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo so much! Spring collections across make up brands are what make me all the more excited for Spring to actually arrive! πŸ™‚ xx

    Kayleigh |

    • Sabrina February 1, 2016 at 5:03 am

      I am excited for spring to arrive too πŸ™‚

  • HannahH February 13, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Great post, looks like the price has reduced a lot since last year – the “Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo” is down to Β£25 on Amazon UK. It looks like NARS have discontinued this from their official site πŸ™