Tuesday, November 1, 2016

NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Collection: Review and Swatches

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NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Collection Review and Swatches
For Holiday 2016, NARS has teamed up with fashion photographer Sarah Moon for a dreamy and surreal color collection. Inspired by the 1920's epic sci-fi Metropolis, the NARS Sarah Moon Collection features quite a wide array of palettes and individual pieces. Today I have the eye and cheek palette, lipsticks, and nail polishes to share with you. To see some swatches, click.......
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Give In Take Palette Review Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Sarah Moon | Give In Take Dual Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette ($85 CAD):
This is a Sephora-exclusive eye and cheek palette housed in the most exquisite matte black compact. The lid has a mysterious vintage yet futuristic photograph covered with a frosty matte acrylic inlay. Inside you get six eyeshadows each weighing at 2g and three cheek products each weighing at 3.5g. I am extremely impressed with the packaging; the palette looks so artistic and well-made that I wouldn't think twice if I saw this hanging up on a wall.
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Give In Take Palette Review Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
For the shadows you get a satin cream khaki, a satin elephant gray, a satin steel gray with just a hint of dark blue, a matte cream-beige, a matte medium taupe, and a matte dark brown. For the cheek colors, there is a beautiful pearlescent shimmery highlight, a soft peach-brown satin-shimmer, and a satin baby pink. I've not used a lot of NARS shadows or cheek colors before but I am immensely impressed with every single shade in this palette. The shadows are all nicely pigmented with a very silky and smooth texture while the blushes and the highlighter are very refined. They all have a beautiful and natural sheen and there are no chunky or heavy glitters.
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Give In Take Palette Review Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Give In Take Palette Review Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Give In Take Palette Review Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Give In Take Palette Review Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Moon Matte Lipstick
NARS Sarah Moon | Moon Matte Lipsticks ($36 CAD):
Packaged in a slim matte tube, the Moon Matte Lipsticks are available in four different shades. The pigmentation is definitely intense and the finish is 100% matte. However, the application is a bit troublesome as the texture is quite dry, making it difficult to apply smooth strokes. At first I applied straight from the tube and ended up getting a lot of jagged edges and uneven patches but when I went in with a lip brush, the result was a lot better.
So applying these with a brush and sticking to a thin layer is the way to go. The wear is very impressive but the lipstick does feel drying. Overall, though, I still really like these because it's honestly hard to find ultra-pigmented matte lipsticks that are truly matte and these definitely live up to their name.
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Moon Matte Lipstick
Indecent Proposal: This a nude rose-brown neutral. The pigmentation is fantastic despite it being the lightest shade of the bunch. However, the color is not very flattering on my skin tone.
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Moon Matte Lipstick in "Indecent Proposal"
Fearless Red: My favorite out of the four, Fearless Red is an easy-to-wear brick-red that's super appropriate for fall.
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Moon Matte Lipstick in "Fearless Red"
Rouge Improbable: This is a bright red with a very nice and pigmented formulation.
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Moon Matte Lipstick in "Rouge Improbable"
Rouge Indescret: A deep ruby red, Rouge Indescret is very classy and sophisticated. Again, the pigmentation is very good. There is a tiny bit of patchiness but with a careful application using a lip brush, it is possible to obtain a smoother and more even coverage.
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Moon Matte Lipstick in "Rouge Indescret"
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Nail Polish Review Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Nail Polish
NARS Sarah Moon Nail Polish ($26 CAD):
Included in this beautiful collection are of course a trio of red nail colors. Here I have La Dame en Noir, a dark burgundy red. The formulation is actually surprisingly sheer, I needed three coats for the swatches below. Reds like this are usually very pigmented and rich so I was very disappointed with La Dame en Noir.
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Nail Polish Review Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Nail Polish in "La Dame en Noir", three coats with no top coat.
Last but not least we have a bright tomato red called Flonflons. Unlike La Dame en Noir, this polish is incredibly creamy and pigmented. I used two coats for the swatches below but you can technically get away with just one.
NARS Holiday 2016 Sarah Moon Nail Polish Review Swatches
NARS Sarah Moon Nail Polish in "Flonflons", two coats with no top coat.
Availability:
The NARS Sarah Moon Collection is available November 1st at Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom and Murale and www.narscosmetics.com.
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