NARS Final Cut Collection: Review

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I haven't gotten excited about a brand's Limited Edition collection in a long time. Ironically, the NARS Final Cut Collection had me lusting after a few items. I say ironically because this has been one of the most basic collections to come out in a long time. It includes a mixture of peach and pink lipsticks and blushes. While these colors are very safe and universally appealing, they're probably something everyone already has in their collection in some shape or form. Here's what I ended up getting…

nars final cut swatches love descanso villa lane review
review nars final cut swatches love descanso villa lane
review nars final cut swatches love descanso villa lane
The Final Cut Collection consists of four Satin Lip Pencils in variations of peach and pink hues. Each one comes with a corresponding blush color. The collection also includes a new shade of their skin Illuminator called Adelaine. After much "research" (looking at a bunch of reviews), I chose two of the Satin Lip Pencils, Descanso and Villa Lante, and one blush, Love

Satin Lip Pencil in Descanso and Villa Lante, $25: I would describe Descanso as a beige peach. It's the type of color I go crazy for. Peaches are my weakness because I love them on warm skin tones. Villa Lante is a bright, blue-toned bubblegum pink. I had never tried NARS Satin Lip Pencils prior to this collection. I was expecting the formula to be similar to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (or any pencil balm stains for that matter). The fact that they are balm-y and come in pencil packaging is where the similarities end. These are in a whole different ballpark. The Satin Lip Pencils are almost 100% opaque, they don't leave a stain behind, and are so incredibly silky that they glide across the lips without you having to apply any pressure. 

Powder Blush in Love, $30: Love is Descanso's corresponding blush. As you can see from the swatches below, they're complementary but not as matchy-matchy as the other pairs in this collection. Love is a nude pink. It's very natural, subtle, and goes with any makeup look. I love the color and texture, but I dislike the fact that Love isn't as pigmented as other NARS blushes. It needs a lot of building up on my skin tone (NC30). This is not only time consuming, but it also means you'll use it up faster. And this is a $30 blush we're talking about. I'm positive that Love wouldn't even show up on anything above NC/NW 35. This was a let down.
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nars final cut swatches love descanso villa lane
For me, the stand outs were the Satin Lip Pencils. I really like both colors and have been wearing them often. Let me know if you picked up anything from this collection. It's exclusive to certain department stores so, for example, it's only sold at Nordstrom's in the U.S. and Selfridges in the U.K. 

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46 comments

  1. Such a shame the blush didn't show up well on you - you still look lovely with it though! And those lip pencils are both lovely too.

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    Katy xx

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  2. I love the look of all your picks, the blush in particular is gorgeous! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    

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  3. It's such a beautiful collection, I picked up a blush. The Descanso looks gorgeous!

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

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  4. This collection is too cute. I love the pink lip pencil :)

    www.stephellis531.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Descanso looks so nice on you! Kind of want to try it for myself now :)

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  6. Such a shame that the blush didn't work out for you Coco (though the swatch of it looks lovely!!)… good thing the lip pencils were winners; descanso was MADE for you!!! :)

    ♥Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Cassie! :D I do love the blush color but I need several layers for it to show up at all :/

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  7. I love Descanso the most. It looks so good on you x

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  8. I've been looking for this collection everywhere and I still haven't seen it, my Nordstrom's is terrible. I'm getting so impatient,I need to see the lip pencils. They both look gorgeous on you! It sucks that the blush didn't work out for you, but I do like the shade! :)

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    1. I stalked a Nordstrom's on the first day of the release LOL. They hadn't even put out the display yet but sold me the products because I asked for them specifically.

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  9. Love es precioso, es una pena que no sea muy pigmentado y me encanta como te queda Descanso. Ojalá me quedaran bien a mí esos colores jaja

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    1. Yo creo que te quedan lindos! Con un poco de winged liner serían perfectos x

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  10. Everything here looks beautiful! in love


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  11. Really Love Descanso and looks beautiful on you!

    xx
    http://analeote.blogspot.com

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  12. The blush is gorgeous! I'm really liking the look of this collection.
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  13. LOOOVE Descanso. Those sorts of peachy colors look AMAZING on you.

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  14. These look stunning! I am ultra jealous that the collection was only available in the UK. :(

    xo, Rebecca

    wednesdaypress.blogspot.com

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    1. It's available in Asia and the U.S. too. I bought it in the U.S. It's just exclusive to ONE department store per area. For the U.S. it was Nordstrom's. xx

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  15. I love the texture of the Satin Lip Pencils (Majella is my fave)- such great shades you chose! Sorry the blush was a bit of a disappointment. Still a pretty colour, though :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  16. le sigh...these are so beautiful and remind me of warm weather haha I think Descanso is my favorite, the color looks so pretty on!

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  17. I am in love with the blush and Descanso! They look super pretty!!

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  18. Descansco looks so beautiful on you!! Well they both do, but I'm definitely thinking Descanso would suit my skin tone, making heart eyes at it, putting it on the wishlist... Yanno, the usual ;) T xx

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  19. It's true, Descanso is amazing on you!! But it's a kind of color I must try before I buy. The new Nars collections have not arrived here in Italy yet!

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  20. I honestly think you can pull off every colour so well! Descanso looks stunning :) xxx

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  21. I love how villa lante looks on your skin color.
    Have an amazing day!
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  22. I love how strongly the blush comes out, villa lante is probably a bit too pink for me but I love the others. xx

    something like nicola

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  23. The blush looks amazing! And descanso is such a nice name for the pencil!

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  24. I fell in love with the blush, it has an incredible colour, I love it!
    xoxo Renee

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  25. I LOVE the look of Descanso! Even though we have completely different skin tones, I really want to give it a try.

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  26. Descanso looks like a great MLBB shade on you, but I like Villa Lante. It looks pretty subtle for a bubblegum pink. On me, the Kissable Balm Stains don't leave any stain at all, but the NARS lip pencil I have does.

    Glowing Clever

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  27. That blush is such a beautiful coral...and I love the peachier lip shade but the pink is just so perfect on you and your lovely tanned complexion!

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  28. HOLD UP this is all incredibly beautiful and now I want it all

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    1. ps: I mayyyyy or may not have just made an order...

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  29. you look lovely in descanso, my favourite of the colours!

    Biancarosa // xoxo

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  30. the blush is beautiful! it complements your skin tone! big hugs Coco xxx

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  31. I am kind of regretting not getting my hands on a blush from this collection, they were so pretty. I still haven't tried the Satin Lip Pencils, I love the matte ones though!

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  32. All color suits you perfectly!!! i really need to try sth from Nars!!! :)

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  33. That "Villa Lante" is so gorgeous color!Never try something from Nars!

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