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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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One of the best things of trying new products and writing about them is that as time passes, you naturally start looking at products with few of your top expectations from that product based on its category like face, lips, eyes. For me, base makeup is the most important step, similar to my other love of life, painting, where I have to create the perfect base on the canvas in order for the other products to sit and mix in well for the whole painting to look good and for that creation to stay longer. Similarly, for the makeup, the foundation is an important part of any makeup user as it can either make your day or break it. A foundation that looks cakey, emphasize your concerns on the face, not suitable to your needs of the finished look, does not feel comfortable – no one will like it. I have been using the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation for the last few days.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

My expectation in regards to the finish of the foundation is always radiant and dewy, so from the name of the foundation – the word ‘glow’ did caught my eye the first. I was curious to try and see how the longevity, performance, and finish of it looks on me.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is described as a sheer, buildable foundation with a natural-looking finish. The foundation is very lightweight and glides on nicely onto the skin, blends easily and is buildable from sheer to medium coverage. The finish looks very natural and radiant without looking or feeling heavy or cakey. It did not emphasize my dry areas of the phase neither it made my oily areas oilier. The longevity is good, stayed on well for over 8 hours for which I tested. I did not do any touch-ups during the days I tested it. It did not emphasize the pores or my problem areas and acne. The good thing is that is available in a wide range – 40 shades for all skin types. Another thing I have noticed is that for me, it works great when my skin is behaving well or when I do not have many dark spots from previous pimples to conceal. This would also be not a concern as a concealer can be used specifically for the problem areas. Overall, a nice foundation.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

As mentioned here and on my Instagram a few times, Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation has been on my top list for over a year and I still love it. If you ask me to compare between the two, Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation provides more coverage, looks more radiant, and longevity is amazing though it is not as lightweight as this sheer glow.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation

I have swatches both the foundations that match with my medium skin tone with golden undertones, Sheer Glow is a little less warmer than Radiant Longwear but I can make them both work for me (never stop experimenting and mixing products).

Nars Foundations are available at Sephora, Sephora Canada, Hudson’s BayLookfantasticNordstrom, Saks, and Neiman Marcus.

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Nars Soft Velvet Pressed Powder is a multi-purpose pressed powder suitable for all skin types. The velvet-to-the-touch formula sets makeup, evens skin tone, absorbs excess oil, and reduces the appearance of imperfections with a soft-matte finish. The powder has Hyaluronic Acid which imparts a velvety feel to the skin and the effect if non-drying. Apart from the feel and effect, it helps retain moisture while blurring the fine lines and problem areas.

Nars Soft Velvet Pressed Powder

The powder is finely milled and feels very comfortable on the skin, does not looks or feels heavy or cakey. The finish is very natural and healthy kind of matte.  There are eight shades available in this powder which are surely multi-purpose. The three shades I swatched in this post, I am using them as a setting powder and as a contour powder.

Nars Soft Velvet Pressed Powder

The powder blends in easily into the skin and as far as the darker shade is concerned, to be used as a contour, it is easily buildable. The staying power is nice and keeps the makeup in place for a whole day as I tested in for over 8 hours. For my combination skin, the soft matte transforms into the dewy finish as it mixes with my skin’s natural oils by the end of the day which is very much acceptable to me.

Nars Soft Velvet Pressed Powder

I usually like and use many Nars products, the Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation which I reviewed here, is still one of my favorite everyday foundations. And I recently started using the Laguna bronzer and absolutely in love with it. These powders are a nice addition to my daily makeup routine as a setting powder and bronzer, also great for on the go use.

Nars Soft Velvet Pressed Powder is available at Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com, and Nordstrom.

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