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:
- Lip Cover ($28 each) in Embrasse Moi, Under Arrest, Summer Fire and Hell Gate
- Velvet Shadow Stick ($29 each) in Frioul and Galice
- Highlighting Blush ($30) in Free Soul
- Liquid Blush ($30) in Hot Tin Roof
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.
All swatched on bare lips:
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.
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.
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.
Swatches below, I also added the Liquid Blush in Dolce Vita next to it (review here):
Two looks, left wearing:
- Foundation – NARS Natural Radiant Foundation in Vanuatu
- Concealer – Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Medium
- Powder – La Mer Loose Powder
- Eyes – NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette
- Brows – Hourglass Arch Brow Gel in Soft Brunette
- Cheeks – NARS Liquid Blush in Hot Tin Roof (it’s soooo pigmented!)
- Lips – Lip Cover in Hell Gate
Right side wearing:
- Same as above except for lips/cheeks
- Cheeks – NARS Highlighting Blush in Free Soul
- Lips – Lip Cover in Summer Fire
- Black Tee – Splendid
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.