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NARS Summer 2016 Color Collection – My Picks

May 9, 2016

The NARS Summer Collection for 2016 launched a few weeks ago and it features some of the prettiest soft natural colors for a summer theme and the neutral-beauty lover in me is beyond thrilled. I received a few press samples and also purchased a couple items to review. The colors I picked out for the most part are very different from the traditional bright, bold or bronze shades we see for summer collections, but they are shades you can wear year round. The colors are easy to wear and can be mixed with bolder brighter shades. Colors featured above include:
  • Dual Intensity Blush in Sexual Content $45 (c/o) has a soft peach and light mauve pink shimmer, I feel like I’ve been searching for a blush combo like this for my whole life, it has a very natural looking shimmer and I am a bit bummed it’s limited-edition, I will be buying a backup of this one, it’s a nude pink/peach on the cheeks that shows up on my medium skin, pigment is really rich but in a natural way
  • Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation $45 (c/o) is a shimmering light pink and medium rose with warm tones, the shimmer is a bit more visible on this one compared to the lighter summer option, but it’s not overly frosted, this one pulls a bit warmer on my skin but doesn’t turn orangey, finish is smooth and doesn’t emphasize pores
  • Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Topless $29 (c/o) is a light seashell pink with a very natural sheen, it has smooth pigment and is easy to blend, I would say pigment is medium but can be sheered out, shimmer is visible but it has a natural looking shimmer
  • Lip Cover in Get Dirty $28 is a new formula which is like a liquid lipstick, these are full coverage creamy lip colors that have a soft sheen in the finish, but have a velvety feel, Get Dirty is a medium warm rose, it almost looks peachy on me
  • Lip Cover in Overheated $28 is a full coverage dusty rose, it’s cooler-toned than Get Dirty, the color looks darker swatched on the arm compared to the way it looks once on my lips, but it’s still a medium toned neutral

A closer look at the shades plus swatch comparisons:

Comparison Set 1:

Comparison Set 2:
NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess (review here
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Andromeda and Europa (review here)

Comparison Set 3:
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Barbara (lip swatch here)
MAC Lipglass in Lust

A quick look per request with the warmer shades, Becca Aqualuminous in Beige is on the skin, for color it’s NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Naked2 Palette (mix of colors), NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation both shades mixed and blended, NARS Lip Cover in Get Dirty.

All the colors are shades I want to wear everyday. I think the Dual Intensity Blush in Sexual Content is one of the prettiest neutrals for blush that I’ve ever seen. I am thrilled it’s on the nude side but still shows up on the skin. Liberation is also a very pretty combination that is wearable. It has a softer feel compared to Fervor. For those new to the Dual Intensity formula – they are really very unique, it’s like a hybrid powder and cream with a smooth texture that adheres well to the skin. They glide on like creams but aren’t really like traditional emollient creams. Most of the items for eyes and cheeks are all shimmery – but there are varying degrees of shimmer. The colors in the summer collection have a softer shimmer compared to some other shades. Lasting power is excellent for my normal/combination skin and the shades don’t emphasize pores.

For the Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Topless, I though it would be almost identical to Andromeda or Europa, but it has enough shimmer and a different base to justify owning if you already have the other two. Tom Ford Opale by comparison is similar, but NARS Topless has a bit more pink.
For the lips I really like the new Lip Cover formula but it is extremely opaque so if your lips have any dry flakes or patches they will show up with this one, but it would be the case with any full coverage opaque lipstick. The colors are full coverage but not heavy feeling and they stayed with impressive lasting power. I would have preferred a clear packaging for the base like the Lip Gloss formulas so I can see the color inside rather than having to look at the labels but it’s not a deal breaker. I love both colors but if I had to pick just one, I would say I have a slight preference for Overheated.

I am really happy with all the items I’ve tried. I feel both blushes are back-up worthy because I haven’t found colors with the same color, quality and shimmer – to me they are both very unique and absolutely perfect.
You can find the NARS Summer Collection now at all NARS counters and stores. The entire collection is limited-edition so I do recommend ordering sooner than later. Available online at NARS, Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York and all other NARS retailers.
Press samples include the Dual Intensity color items. Lip products purchased by me.

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  • The soft peach colour from sexual content is very pretty! I am definitely going to pick this up.

  • Thanks for this lovely review! I have ordered both blushes and Overheated lipstick. I wish you'd done a full face makeup picture; I bought the entire Nars Hot Sand collection because of your gorgeous glowy look there, and I'm not sorry LOLOL!
    Fun fact: I have all of the blush duos you swatched up there and I am not sorry either! When it's perfect, it's perfect!

    • Hi Bella, I had a few face photos but they didn't turn out well. I posted one anyways with the Liberation Blush, Get Dirty Lip Cover and Topless Eyeshadow (lol at the names, sounds super sketchy haha!).

      Hope this helps! Still trying to experiment with face photos to get the color, lighting, etc right.

  • Got to say Sexual Content looks like an absolute winner to me! I think it looks a bit ordinary in the pan but the swatches made me double take Sabrina…! Must have! Xx

  • These are such gorgeous shade, they will look beautiful from Spring all the way into summer too!

  • Anonymous

    If you were going to choose between TF Bicoastal and Sexual Content, which would you go for?

    • I can't pick one! Both are amazing. Although if you have NARS Adoration or Tom Ford Wicked, skip the TF Bicoastal.

    • Lea

      Hmmm…I only have Bicoastal but I love the look of Sexual Content. Just not sure if I need another blush, since I tend to use cream colors more. I also haven't bought a Nars product in years, so I am curious. I may have to take the plunge to try the new formulation.

  • Anonymous

    Sexual Content and Get Dirty (those names…) look stunning on you. Your skin is so flawless.

    • You're too sweet, my skin is a mess without a base – good coverage foundation is key!!!

  • Lovely review as always!! So in depth and amazing!! <3 I love your blog!

    Amelia |

  • Love these products! the colors are amazing!

    • I think every single one is a winner!

  • Great summer color collection.I like the pink shade and gonna try this for sure.Daily make up harm our skin.So, invest in a good skin care product according to your skin type. I am investing upon natural skincare products It doesn't harm you in any way ๐Ÿ™‚

  • That packaging is stunning and the dual blushes look beautiful! xox

  • Yesss. These colors just scream summer, I can't wait to see more on these bad boys!!!

  • It's so hard to judge whether a lipstick or gloss you showcase would look good on me because every lip product you've ever worn looks incredibly beautiful. You should be a Lip Model. You have the perfect Lip shape and color I'm actually a little jealous (just kidding, sort of) So it's impossible for me to decide if a lipstick would be flattering on me. Do you have any suggestions how one can decide if a lip product compliments their skin tone?