Nars Exposed Collection is giving me Spring feels, I know there is snow prediction this coming weekend (hopefully the last one for this season) before I start wearing bright and beautiful colors – both for outfits and my makeup. Nars Exposed Collection is just in time to be ready for spring and summer. The collection is just so beautiful, the packaging is beyond gorgeous. Nars Exposed Collection is a limited edition collection comprising of Exposed Cheek Palette and three Explicit Color Lip Duo.

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

Exposed Cheek Palette has six universally flattering shades with sheer-to-buildable coverage. The palette has a beautiful collection of luminous neutral and bright shades which will look beautiful on all skin tones, just a little different on how it shows on different skin tones.

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

The formula is lightweight, applies smoothly, and blends in easily. The formula is pigmented, I would recommend starting with a light hand then build it as per the finish needed. The shades and formula do not look flat but vibrant and fresh on the skin. The formula can also be worked as dry or wet, based on how intense finish you need. The finish is satiny radiant fresh complexion with a hint of colour.

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

All six shades in the palette are new. The shades from top left to right are described below:

Tell All – Pearlescent golden pink

Now Or Never – Satin terracotta

Give It away – Satin nude

Make You Mine – Satin peach

Come Hither – Satin watermelon

New Fling – Satin fuchsia

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

Explicit Color Lip Duo is a limited edition mini lip duo featuring Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and Glossy Lip Tint. I love Velvet Matte Lip Pencil formula in general and do have few shades in my bag, they are comfortable to wear, the formula is quite pigmented and good staying time.

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

Glossy Lip Tint is something I have not tried before, it feels like a glossy tinted lip balm which is sheer and compliments pretty well over the velvet matte lip pencil. The duos have one to one match of shades, means there are three ways the duos can be used, each alone or together. The lip duos in pink, nude and red schemes featuring classic shades Sex Machine, Intriguing and Dragon Girl.

Sex Machine – Pink Mauve

Intriguing – Rose Pink

Dragon Girl – Vivid Siren Red

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

The Dragon Girl duo is the boldest shade in the collection, Intriguing and Sex Machine look beautiful for everyday wear.

Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, Explicit Color Lip Duo

Overall, an amazing collection with very much wearable products and shades, perfect for spring and for all year round. Exposed Cheek Palette is available at Sephora, Hudson’s BayNordstrom,  Murale, and narscosmetics.ca while Explicit Color Lip Duo is available at Nordstrom and narscosmetics.ca

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Nuxe is a french skincare brand, been around since last 25 year, pioneering in natural-origin cosmetology. The brand follows strict rules and regulations to maintain the quality commitment. The products are made in France – from formulation to production. There is no mineral oil, no parabens, no animal origin ingredients used in the products. The new Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Antiaging Skincare Collection targets the women aged 25-39 who are the expert multi-taskers, working longer than normal hours, at home and at work, getting 200% out of every aspect of life.

Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Skincare Collection

With the daily stressful and busy routine, skin endures high-stress levels, insufficient sleep. along with the effects of the urban environment, such as pollution and various forms of radiation. The oxidative stress, cellular stress, and collagen damage cause the skin to burn out and start showing the signs of ageing. Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Skincare Collection is formulated with an antioxidant complex with Jasmine flower combined with Calendula flower and a cellular sugar which boosts the skin’s mechanism to cope up and provide maintenance support with the consequences of the fast-paced life.

Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Skincare Collection

There are four products in the Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Skincare Collection which provide what they call is ‘Ctrl+Z’ effect means ‘undo’ effect to help with the effects of fatigue, stress, and pollution on the skin while keeping it fresh, plump, and luminous. The texture of the products are infused with freshness which melts into the skin. The scent of the products in this collection reinterprets its olfactory signature, rediscover the sensuality of the iconic fragrance (Orange Blossom, Magnolia, Vanilla), lifted with a fresh, lively blend of Jasmine Flower, the delightful acid notes of Pink Lychee and a sensual white wood base.

Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Skincare Collection

Nuxe Energising Priming Concentrate, a booster infusion, is a primer to prepare the skin for day and night skincare. The serum-lotion combines 2 types of natural Hyaluronic Acid which also offers a visible smoothing effect while providing hydration. The Vitamin C in this concentrate provides radiance to the skin.

Multi-Correction Gel-Cream, a daily booster, combines the jasmine flower antioxidant complex with the smoothing effect of natural Hyaluronic Acid. The result is revived fresh, radiant skin while the first signs of aging are diminished.

Multi-Correction Eye Gel Balm, eye brightener, has a delicate, ultra-refreshing texture. This gel-balm diffuses a Botanical caffeine extract with the anti-dark circle and anti-puffiness properties in the eye contour area to counter the effects of an insufficient night’s sleep.

Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Skincare Collection

Night Recovery Oil Balm, the night gaurd, has ultra-cocooning texture helps skin regeneration overnight. The result is luminous and smooth skin.

Overall, the collection is definitely worth checking out for the busy women to whom the effects might not be noticeable on the surface of the skin but with time and not enough care, they will start appearing. I believe in maintaining the best version of my skin and this collection is a keeper. The products help skin with moisturized, smooth, and plump, fresher, and a brighter complexion. Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Skincare Collection is available at Hudson’s BayShoppers Drug Mart, and Murale.

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Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation is the new foundation from Laura Mercier which launched this year. I am all about glow when it comes to base makeup, the glowy, dewy skin is my go-to always. I do like Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation which I reviewed in the past here. If you see the packaging of both foundations, the striking difference is the cover of the foundation. The shape and size of the foundation bottle are the same. The bottle of the Flawless fusion ultra-long wear foundation is matte glass with brown cover while the Flawless Lumiere is a glossy shiny bottle with shiny nickel cover. Both foundations feel very lightweight and the coverage is amazing while the major visible difference is the finish.

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation is a lightweight foundation which gives medium coverage buildable to full coverage. The finish of the foundation is naturally luminous. I use a pump or two of the foundation for a medium coverage which I usually prefer most of the days when I am working. The foundation blends in beautifully into the skin and looks like second skin. It does not look or feels cakey or heavy on my combination skin. It does not accentuate my dry areas on the skin but is hydrating.

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

The staying time of the foundation is impressive, almost same as the flawless fusion ultra long wear (which has a matte finish). For me, the foundation stays good with a light touch up of powder on my oily areas, which I usually don’t do much, for over 10 hours which I have tested it for. I did not notice any oxidization of the foundation on my skin tone. It lasted well on my skin with or without primer, there was no major difference in the time. My shade is Tawny 4W1.5 which is for medium skin tones having warm undertones.

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

The shade range has 30 shades ranging from light to dark and with cool, neutral, and warm undertones. I have swatched all the shades of the foundation in the pictures below and also described them below:

1C0 Cameo – very fair with cool undertones

1C1 Shell – fair with cool undertones

1N1 creme – fair with neutral undertones

1N2 Vanille – fair to light with neutral undertones

1W1 Ivory – fair with warm undertones

2C1 Ecru – light with cool undertones

2N1 Cashew – light with neutral undertones

2N1.5 Beige, 2N2 Linen – light with neutral undertones

2W1 Macadamia – light with warm undertones

2W1.5 Bisque – light with warm undertones

2W2 Butterscotch – light with warm undertones

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

3C1 Dune – medium with cool undertones

3N1 Buff – medium with neutral undertones

3N1.5 Latte – light-medium with neutral undertones

3N2 Honey – medium with neutral undertones

3W1 Dusk – medium with warm undertones

3W2 Golden – medium with warm undertones

4C1 Praline – medium with cool undertones

4N1 Suntan – tan with neutral undertones

4W1 Maple – tan with warm undertones

4W1.5 Tawny – medium with warm undertones

4W2 Chai – tan with warm undertones

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

5C1 Nutmeg – medium deep with cool undertones

5N1 Pecan – medium deep with neutral undertones

5N2 Hazelnut – medium-deep with neutral undertones

5W1 Amber – medium-deep with warm undertones

6N1 Truffle – deep with neutral undertones

6N2 Espresso – deep with neutral undertones

6W1 Ganache – deep with warm undertones

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

The foundation applies nicely with a buffing brush, makeup sponge, especially the one newly launched by the brand called Flawless Finish Makeup Sponge which is an s-shaped sponge that is designed to provide an even laydown for flawless application. I have noticed the absorption of the product is pretty less with this makeup sponge.

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation vs ultra long wear

The shape of this sponge allows easy application of the foundation around the edges of the nose, and apply concealer under eyes smoothly. It can be used for multiple purposes in the makeup application routine after applying foundation with it, to blend concealer, apply powder over concealer or for baking, blending the contour.

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

The foundation and sponge duo are definitely amazing launches from Laura Mercier that you need to check. Laura Mercier products are available at Sephora Canada, Sephora, Holt RenfrewSaks Fifth AvenueNordstromSpaceNK, and Net-A-Porter.

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