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NARS Haul: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer and Velvet Eye + Lip

June 13, 2017

I’ve hauled some pieces here and there from a few NARS collections. The haul has been pieces I’ve accumulated from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection, a couple Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzers, a Velvet Eye Shadow Stick in Siros and one of the new Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Intriguing. I took this photo about a month ago and it’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to swatch and test everything.

NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection features sheer tints for the face and lips with bold high pigment options for the eyes. I bought all of these from Nordstrom but some colors have since sold out so I’ll link where you can still find them. Everything is limited-edition. Shown below from left to right:

  • Multiple Tint in Jo (all shades available at Neiman Marcus) – the cheek tints come in three colors and they are super sheer with a dewy transparent sheen. I loved the color of Jo which is a light very light watermelon pink but ended being too dewy on my skin. It does give the face a fresh glow of natural color. To me this entire lineup seems more like something for fall – if you are living in a more mild cooler weather compared to South Florida I think this will still be ok to wear, for me it was too dewy.
  • Hydrating Glow Tint in Medium (all shades still available at Saks) is something I hated when I first tried it. The product oozed out all over the place as soon as I opened it and the colors looked so limited I thought for sure I would not find a match. I didn’t like the tip because it seemed like product would pool in the tip. I gave it a test run and love the formula. It’s a super sheer formula so colors are a bit forgiving. Still I do wish they made this in more colors. I prefer the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer formula by far, but the hydrating glow tint gives sheer even coverage and makes the skin look fresh and glowing without being too dewy or shiny.
  • Lip Tint in Ephelide (all shades available at Neiman Marcus) is a sheer berry mauve. It has an almost jelly like finish. It’s sheer but still very pigmented to give the lips a soft tint. I bought the most neutral color option and love it for everyday or for something a bit more dressy than nude. Lasting power is so-so because it’s a gloss like formula but with no sticky or tacky feel, but it does staying power is decent.
  • Old Church Street Eyeshadow Duo is something I knew in my gut that I might not like 100% yet I broke my rule for eyeshadow purchasing and bought it anyways. I personally can’t wear teal without looking super tired. This one is no exception. I adore the left side which is a shimmering soft champagne, the other is a smooth matte teal. Both are excellent in pigment and apply smoothly so formula and color wise it’s an A+. I just don’t do teal well so I can really only wear half of it. I suspect I’m going to gift it away to a friend.

NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection Picks | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection Picks Swatched | The Beauty Look Book

A closer look at the Hydrating Glow Tint:

NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Hydrating Glow Tint Review | The Beauty Look Book

I was able to get samples at my counter of all the shades:

NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Hydrating Glow Tint Review | The Beauty Look Book

My best match is Medium:

NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Hydrating Glow Tint Review | The Beauty Look Book

Swatch comparisons to the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz and Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Macadamia and Ginger:

NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Hydrating Glow Tint Review | The Beauty Look Book

Swatched next to a few MAC Next to Nothing foundation shades (all of them reviewed here), I don’t have the lighter ones any more since I gifted them away to a friend as I’m more in the medium range:

NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Hydrating Glow Tint Review | The Beauty Look Book

Next I picked up a couple things from the regular line including the Velvet Lip Pencil in Intriguing and Velvet Eye Shadow Stick in Siros. Intriguing is a warm rose with a velvet finish. Pigment is medium to full and covers the lip entirely. There’s no detectable scent and it lasts a long time. I’m still a glossy girl at heart but these still wear nicely for me. Siros isn’t a new shade (I believe it was launched in the spring) but I picked it up. It’s a gorgeous light bronzey shimmer which I’m obsessed with. Swatch comparisons below.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Intriguing and Velvet Eye Shadow Stick Siros

Lips compared to the following. The NARS Intriguing pulls the warmest on me (lip swatch a bit lower). For a pencil kind of product I prefer the Hourglass out of the three I swatched for the formula/color. The last three are traditional lipstick formulas, all a lot more pink and cooler-toned than the NARS, but still in the same color family.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Intriguing Comparison Swatches

Shadow swatches below in other shimmery shades. Siros is the most coppery and the lightest.

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick Siros Comparison Swatches

Lip swatches:

NARS Velvet Lip Pencil Intriguing Lip Tint Ephelide

Last but not least are two of the Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzers in Seaside and Laguna. I tested these immediately as soon as I bought them and fell in love with the soft matte finish they both had. It’s since gotten more humid and wet for weather and suddenly these now look a bit muddy on my skin unless I apply with a super light hand. I suspect I’m just too light for these even though I have a pretty good tan right now. Seaside is the lightest option and also the warmest. Laguna is not the same as the original. If you don’t have the original and are deciding between the Sun Wash version and the other, I’d go with the original. It has a prettiest glow to it without looking overdone.

NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer Seaside and Laguna

NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer | The Beauty Look Book

That wraps up my NARS hauling. Overall thoughts on the Charlotte Gainsbourg collection are that it’s a very pretty collection of products and formulas but seems better suited for fall. If this were THE summer collection for NARS I’d be pretty disappointed as I usually love the fresh warm bronze and peaches they launch. That being said I’ve been plenty busy with the Banc de Sable Palette (now available on NARS) and the Liquid Blush (review here) for my summer beauty fix. I saw a preview of some summer newness on Instagram from @bubblymichelle and hope we get this in the US!

For the two permanent items, I think the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are great for a matte product. They’re not heavy or cakey like traditional mattes. They glide on the lips nicely and stay put longer than a sheer glossy lip or balm. Siros is pure love for me. I love those kinds of shades and finding a nice copper/gold/bronze that isn’t too warm can be a challenge for me.

For the bronzers at this point I’d say they’re a pass. I’ll be gifting these to a friend as well. I really loved them when the weather wasn’t so humid but it’s just the start here in Florida and it will be months before it cools down. I’m more smitten with the Becca Sunlit Bronzers because they have a nice soft glow to them which don’t oxidize or look muddy on my skin.

You can find NARS online at NARS, Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus.

Have you tried any of these things yet? What did you think?

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  • These Nars products look awesome I like the packaging

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  • Carolina Pereira

    I’ve just started to buy NARS products and you are making me want to buy more!

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    • LOL – there’s a lot of great stuff to explore in the line!

  • Swingtime

    I think the Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection was the freshest of the summer. I also purchased Ephelide and adore it. It’s such a beautiful deep rose on me. I’ve found that I get about four hours of wear because of the staining effect (which stands up to a slick of lipbalm), and I love the gel texture–it’s so easy to apply and looks polished, but not overdone, and there’s no bleeding, which I have with gloss. I ended up getting Since I got the Sheer Multiple in Motu Tane I skipped those inn this collection, and I’m switching to cream from powder shadow–the fallout irritates my eyes too much for everyday wear. But the Lip Tints and Liquid Blush (oh my, they are wonderful!) put NARS back on my radar. It’s nice to see a really unique collection–this summer’s offerings seem to be all bright orange-y shadows, highlighters, brows, and matte lips. I’m over those trends. (Sorry. Rant over. πŸ™‚ )

    • Hi Swingtime – happy to hear you love Ephelide as well. It’s such a gorgeous color and I love the unique texture. I think if you have the Sheer Pop Multiples you can definitely skip all the ones in this collection πŸ™‚

      I too don’t really like orange shadows – I’ve tried it because it often looks so pretty on others. I just can’t really do it.

  • loriindc

    Nars Laguna – the original one – is such a classic bronzer! I’m on my second one.

  • I have the Old Church Street duo as well, love this collection. Gorgeous photos xxx

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  • mimi charbs

    Hi, I really enjoyed reading your blog about Nars Charlotte Gainsbourg products I too have purchased Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzers in Laguna but having hard time finding brush that picks up the product and apply well. Sabrina, do you have any recommendation?

    • Hi Mimi – I really love the Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush. Also any of the Wayne Goss face brushes work well to pick up color. HTH!

  • I’ve decided I really want to try the Nars multiples and Jo looks gorgeous x

    Lily | http://www.pintsizedbeauty.com

    • Hi Lily – let me know what you think when you try it. Note the ones in this collection are smaller than normal as they’re tints. They are also sheerer with a jelly like finish compared to the normal ones.

  • Jennifer Jones

    I love the NARS eyeshadow! The colors are searched beautifully

  • i was waiting for your review on this so thank you! i love the whole charlotte gainsbourg collection. a perfect blend between nars and her. the tip of hydrating glow tint is so bothersome πŸ™ but i like the shades. i think it can give a lovely glow despite the shade clash. kind of down seeing the sunwash bronzers. they are indeed looking muddy! πŸ™

  • Michelle

    Thank you for the link love Sabrina, was just catching on your posts and it was such a sweet surprise <3
    Much love,
    Michelle.
    P.S- I skipped this whole collection too, except for the khaki eyeliner which I thought would look spectacular for summer and I was right! However, still lemming the tinted moisturiser…. urgg.