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5 NARS must-haves we’re loving right now

January 1 | 3 minute read

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Words by Samantha Brigden

Originally published on | June 5

It’s the makeup brand that’s synonymous with artistry: None other than NARS.

From iconic blush shades to essential foundations and skin tints for complexion perfection, NARS has all of your makeup bases covered.

It’s one of the reasons that NARS was one of the very first brands we launched with 25 years ago, and the love between MECCA and NARS is still going strong.

Created by legendary makeup artist François Nars, the lineup is known for cutting-edge innovations and long-lasting, high-pigment colour. Keep reading to find out our top five picks from the brand right now, covering the classics you know and love, plus the latest launches and undercover staples that are sure to become makeup bag must-haves.

Starting with a classic, this bronzer has been a cult favourite since it launched all the way back in the early ‘2000s. If you somehow missed the train when it was all over old-school beauty blogs, it’s definitely worth jumping aboard now; this is a finely-milled bronzer combining just the right amount of golden shimmer and warmth to bring a healthy (faux) sunkissed glow to fair and medium skin tones. And like the rest of the brand’s creations, it has a long-wearing, undetectable finish, ready to last all day (and night) long. If the classic ‘Laguna’ shade isn’t the right match for you, there are now three other shades to help you achieve that just-back-from-holiday glow.
While pigmented powders might be some of NARS’ most well-known offerings, this mascara is just as high performing. With a giant fluffy brush specifically designed to capture and coat each individual lash, this innovative product provides intensely black, explosive lashes from root to tip. And its unique lash moisture complex allows for a whipped, creamy formula that nourishes and lifts. All this while resisting clumps, flakes and smudges – everything you need from a volumising mascara!
With a high-performance liquid formula, the Powermatte Lipsticks are here to deliver the high-intensity, matte pigment of your dreams. With 15 transfer-resistant shades, this lipstick is infused with the NARS Power Pigment Complex: a dynamic blend of pure pigments suspended in rich, emollient oils and colour-locking ingredients, to saturate lips with dense colour that glides on effortlessly and wears comfortably. Just one swipe will give you a bold hue and a smooth, matte finish that lasts for 10 hours. Find the shade that speaks to you and get ready to make a statement – without needing to say a word!
No NARS list would be complete without a complexion product. While there are countless offerings for different skin types, this is one of our favourites. This breakthrough oil-free foundation offers a matte, full-coverage formula, but not as you know it. It’s carefully crafted to grant you a skin-like finish that actively works towards supporting a healthy-looking (and feeling) complexion, enriched with NARS’ Anti-Oxidation Complex and Hydramatte Balancing Complex to protect and balance skin. Oil-absorbing and optimal diffusing powders help to reduce the appearance of excess oils and maximise light diffusion, for an instantly blurred, smoothing effect (ideal for oily and combination skin types!).

Blush in 'Orgasm'

all-about-nars-orgasmYou didn’t think we’d forget this one, did you?! It’s perhaps the most famous blush in the world, thanks to both its flawless formula and provocative name. The peachy pink shade, with flecks of gold throughout, is inspired by the natural flush that occurs with its namesake, er, physiological activity. Experience the afterglow with a simple flick of your brush in this ultra-soft powder, designed to create a seamless, buildable finish. While many proclaim it to be a universally flattering shade, if ‘Orgasm’ isn’t the one for you, NARS’ bestselling pressed powder blushes come in 26 different shades (including mattes and shimmers), so you’re sure to find one that fits you.

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