NARS Spring 2018 Collection

January 23, 2018

NARS Spring 2018 Review | The Beauty Look Book

Spring beauty launches are among my favorite for the fresh glowy vibe you usually see. NARS Spring 2018 has a pretty mix of soft and bold for a feminine look. It’s available online at NARS Cosmetics until February 2nd. At all other retailers after that date (just around the corner!), a few pieces currently also available at Barneys New York. So many of you have been excited about the new Lip Covers as you loved the formula when it was launched last year. I’m happy to see more shades launch although I wish they would make them permanent!

A look at the entire Spring It On collection from NARS, everything is limited-edition:

The best items to me are the Lip Covers. Some have a little bit of shimmer this round and are full-coverage without any detectable scent. These are what I feel liquid lipsticks should be like – full coverage, smooth with a creamy feel and little bit of shine. Embrasse Moi is a pale shimmering champagne that can be tricky to pull off alone, it looks a tad bit streaky when you apply but it is easily smoothed out. Under Arrest is a warm yellowed beige tan cream. Summer Fire is the best shade in my opinion, it’s a shimmering neutral-cool rose pink that isn’t too blue so I can wear it without it pulling to barbie on me. Hell Gate is a gorgeous brick red, on my lips it’s a bit brighter than what I see in the tube but still very pretty. These have a decent amount of lasting power – but they aren’t transfer proof. As long as your lips don’t touch cups or food then they’ll stay put.

NARS Lip Cover Spring 2018 | Embrasse Moi, Under Arrest, Summer Fire and Hell Gate | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Lip Cover Spring 2018 | Embrasse Moi, Under Arrest, Summer Fire and Hell Gate | The Beauty Look Book

All swatched on bare lips:

NARS Lip Cover Spring 2018 | Embrasse Moi, Under Arrest, Summer Fire and Hell Gate swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The only two items in this collection I’m not crazy about are the Velvet Shadow Sticks in Frioul (pretty gunmetal) and Galice (pale green), mainly because I can’t wear the colors. They’re gorgeous and smooth with lovely shimmer but my olive complexion can’t pull them off. I do have this formula in other colors, I adore Nepal and Corfu to name a couple. The ones for spring are very pretty but I put them on my eyes and it didn’t look good with my complexion.

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick Frioul and Galice | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches alongside a few other shades I can wear. NARS Velvet Shadow Stick vs By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Blond Opal and Ombre Mercure for some reason have a similar vibe but the undertone and shimmer make them easier for me to wear. Right now the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Grey Pearl is the only grey colored shadow stick I own. Sugar Frost is more neutral but has a similar level of lightness.

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick vs By Terry Ombre Blackstar and Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick

For the cheeks there’s a new shade of Liquid Blush called Hot Tin Roof which is a brick color. It’s ultra pigmented and a little goes a very long way. I applied it with just a dab and it was still very intense. Right now I think the color is too deep for me but I’m at my lightest without much of a tan. In a few weeks once the sun and heat returns I will probably get more color quickly and find this easier to wear. The Highlighting Blush in Free Soul is a pale pink with the prettiest soft smooth pearl shimmer. It’s glowy but in a soft way and I’m COMPLETELY obsessed with it.

NARS Spring 2018 Free Soul and Hot Tin Roof | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Free Soul | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches below, I also added the Liquid Blush in Dolce Vita next to it (review here):

NARS Spring 2018 Free Soul and Hot Tin Roof vs Dolce Vita | The Beauty Look Book

Two looks, left wearing:

Right side wearing:

NARS Spring 2018 | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Spring 2018 Collection Review | The Beauty Look Book

I think the lip and cheek items are gorgeous but my top two picks are Free Soul and Summer Fire. You can find the NARS Spring 2018 Collection at NARS Cosmetics and Barneys New York right now. Available at other retailers such as Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter starting February.

Have you tried anything from the Spring Collection yet? If not what’s on your wishlist?

NARS Spring 2018 collection provided courtesy of NARS.


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  • Lori Jenkins

    Sabrina, these are gorgeous! And you look so glam in hell gate (oh the names they use ugh lol)!

  • Glenda

    Hm, from what you wrote, I was under the impression that the collection would be up on NARS up until the 2nd February, and after that ONLY at other retailers. I misunderstood, right? Just to be sure.

    That said, I’m looking forward to this! I love the lip covers, and I feel strangely drawn to the highlighting blush…

    Thanks for the swatches!

    • NARS just has an early exclusive for now. It will be available at all NARS locations starting Feb. this includes NARS websites and the NARS Boutiques.

  • all that jae

    Under Arrest looks amazing and right up my alley! Love anything orangey on my lips.

    • Then it’s definitely for you! Pulls quite orangey on me 🙂

  • Charli Griffith

    Summer Fire is so beautiful!! Does it have any scent or taste to it?
    Yay for summer! I can’t wait for summer!!

    • Nope and nope! Win win for me there 🙂

      • Charli Griffith

        Oh I’m so glad!! I purchased 2 glosses/liquid lipsticks from a NARS collection about 2 years ago and they were so scented & flavoured that I had to return them despite how beautiful the colours were & ive been afraid to try again ever sense.

  • That blush looks like something I’d love!

  • nic

    Oh. So, I shall treat myself after this hell flu.

  • cpbebe

    I adore the glam look you created with Hell Gate. It looks absolutely stunning on you!

  • No, I haven’t tried anything from the Spring collection yet, Sabrina. I just shattered my BECCA highlighter so once I use all that up to the best of my abilities, I’m checking out the Summer Fire & Free Soul combo because I’m LOVING it on you!!

    She Sweats Diamonds

  • The packaging looks so pretty and sleek! The colors also look amazing, especially the blush and the under arrest lip cover! Thanks for sharing, looks like an amazing collection!

    Olga from Myme

  • Free Soul looks soooooooooooooooo beautiful!

  • Shilpa Shetty

    Summer fire shade is very nice,…

  • inkchick

    Embrasse Moi is stunning! I have to have it!

  • Elena Lizabeth

    The lipsticks are fabulous!

  • Kaoyee L. Lee

    Summer Fire and Free Soul are on my list now!

  • Collar Wilson

    I haven’t tried anything from Nars for a long time but this looks good!

  • Bojana

    The Highlighting Blush- Free Soul is a dream!

  • Jessica

    I love shadow sticks, they’re so easy to use and long lasting. But the shades do look very cool, my skintone is warm too so I don’t know if they’ll suit me.

  • Nga Nguyen

    The blush in this Nars collection looks so good

  • Lyse Davitt

    So excited about the shadow sticks.

  • Valerie Manke

    Oh my gosh, everything is so gorgeous!

  • Eve

    Blush looks great on you, Sabrina!

  • Whitney Lau

    I really think I need free soul.

  • tasa

    Embrasse Moi is my favorite, nice collection

  • Anna

    I am excited with the highlighting blush in Free Soul.

  • Gail A

    Beautiful collection

  • Tessa

    I love Nars blushes but I’m not sure I can get behind “highlighting blushes”. It looks beautiful on you but too glittery for me to wear to work!

    • I can totally see how they would be too shimmery. Have you tried the Marc Jacobs Air Blush or Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes? They have a more subtle glow.

      • Tessa

        I love the Hourglass ones! I haven’t gotten around to the MJ yet and should.

  • inkchick

    I love Embrasse Moi! It’s gorgeous!


    You look amazing with Hell Gate & Hot Tin Roof, such deep colors, perfect if you visited a sun kissed town somewhere in Italy, they just give me that vide 😀

  • Meghan M

    Thank you for such a great post! Your reviews and pictures are always incredible!

  • Anne Capitant

    I really want Summer Fire and Hell’s Gate! I’m glad they’re expanding the liquid blush shade range to deeper shades that would suit more skintones, but wish they’d do it on a non-LE basis…

  • Laura Schmaltz

    I want Free Soul so badly! Thanks for the awesome swatches. 🙂

  • Must admit NARS has been extremely impressive with their new collections and products !

  • Elizabeth

    NARS blushes are my favorite!

  • Sanam Hana

    You are beautiful.

  • Andreia SPR

    I’m really curious about the Velvet Shadow Sticks, they must be very practical to apply. Great post, as usual.

  • Shermin

    Love Nars! Can’t wait to try some of these out!

  • stella

    I love their new lip covers!

  • Kristy Center

    Your photos are always stellar!!!

  • Victoria Lo

    I want that liquid blush!

  • Katy

    Free soul❤️

  • Heather Fernandez

    That blush shade is right up my alley, but I don’t trust myself not to over-apply!

  • Alison

    I have a weakness for shades like Under Arrest

  • nelle

    Love this launch! Love the lip cover shade hell gate

  • Cyndi Nguyen

    Wow….I love the shades for the lip cover. I don’t really wear red but would definitely like to try the he’ll gate. Thank you for posting this.

  • Maureen

    The blush looks good – maybe too pale?

    • The powder blush is definitely a tad too pale for me to wear alone as a stand alone blush. I usually swatch the cheek products alone so you can see the color!

  • Adrienne

    Wow!! Summer Fire 🔥

  • Amanda Lee

    The liquid blush is very pretty but application seems daunting

  • Lara Al Harthi

    Omg NARS did it again! Their blushes are amazing and Summer Fire looks to die for 😍

  • Hannah

    Love these colours for spring!

  • Judy

    I’ve never tried any products from this brand. That highlighting blush is so beautiful. Perfect for spring!

  • Melissa.rva

    Hell gate is so beautiful ! 😍

  • LuxBubs

    Such a beautiful collection! I think I need all those lippies as the formula and shades are dreamy!

  • Carolyn Sabourin

    Omg I need Free Soul!!! Beautiful swatches! <3

  • Anastasiya

    I absolutely in love with Highlighting Blush! <3

  • Katie

    I love the Lip Cover in Summer Fire. Looks fantastic on you!

  • Lauren

    I’m intrigued by the liquid blushes. I haven’t tried any from Nars yet. I love both of the looks you created.

  • Christina

    Lip covers!

  • Lisa L

    I love Free Soul too – it looks amazing on you!

  • Ashley B.

    Those blushes look great!

  • Marina

    I need some Summer Fire! It looks fab!

  • Jenn E

    The Velvet Shadow Sticks sound interesting! Frioul looks beautiful but i agree, not the most wearable shade day to day!

  • Jennifer

    How does Hot Tin Roof’s formula compare with Glossier’s Cloud Paints’? I am absolutely in love with the color of that blush!

  • Rachel T

    Thanks for the swatches and comparisons against other brands! Helps for online shopping

  • None of the shades in this collection are speaking to me but I would love to try the liquid blushes! I love blushes <3

  • dollfeis

    I think I need that blush!

  • Jenny B

    The Hot Tin Roof blush is gorgeous!

  • Stephanie

    Haven’t tried a highlighting blush before but Free Soul looks great on you! I’m also curious about the liquid blushes.

  • Amanda Jimenez

    I’m loving the Hot Tin Roof Liquid Blush and Hell Gate Lip Cover combo in your photo. Adding it to my wishlist!

  • Breanna Pollard


  • Lindsay A.

    The NARS Spring 2018 collection looks amazing, & the velvet shadow sticks in Frioul & Galice should look great with my complexion. I really liked the swatches, especially compared with the By Terry & Laura Mercier. Since I think these 2 colors would work well for me, I’ll have to check them out in person! I also love the look of the Highlighting Blush in Free Soul – this is the PERFECT color for me (I’m super pale & need light cool pinks) since I really struggle with getting many popular blush colors to work on me – NARS Orgasm doesn’t, for example.

    • nic

      Same here! I’m excited! There has just been so much warm toned stuff!

  • Becca Quach

    Excited to try this collection!!

  • I’m so excited for Hot Tin Roof and I’m waiting for the Sephora release! And I definitely have to pick up a lip cover as well since I missed out on getting one with the last LE release. I can’t decide between Summer Fire or Hell Gate. I have Georgio Armani liquid lipsticks that are similar and I don’t like buying shades that are repeats for my collection. I guess I’ll make my decision in store ¯_(ツ)_/¯