Best Of: NARS Products

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If someone asked me what my favorite three brands of makeup are I would answer Illamasqua, MAC, and NARS. I've tried my fair share of NARS products and have featured many of them on this site. I've put together a list of my favorite products from the brand along with a brief explanation of why I recommend them. This is a good place to start if you're looking to get into high-end makeup or simply expand your repertoire of NARS products. Note: I apologize for the linty appearance of my makeup. The signature NARS rubberized packaging is infamous for getting dirty easily. I tried to wipe my items clean but the towelette left a lot of lint on them which ended up making them look worse. Might as well have left them dirty...


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1. Concealers: I like NARS concealers and particularly love their Radiant Creamy Concealer. I wear the shade Custard and have already repurchased the shade. There's a lot of concealers I really love, but the Creamy Concealer has been my #1 for over a year. It has great consistency, longevity, and a thick-ish texture that makes it great for both undereyes and blemishes. I think it isn't ideal for very dry skin, but you can give it a try.

2. Sheer Glow Foundation: Although I have tried other foundations that I have really liked, Sheer Glow has remained my "holy grail" foundation for 2 years. It's a very versatile foundation because of its satin finish (not glowy or dewy as the name suggests). Skin types that are on the extreme ends of the spectrum (really dry or really oily) might not favor this (although a foundation primer might make it work for you). If NARS ever decided to discontinue Sheer Glow (doubt it, it sells very well), I'd probably buy seven bottles.

3. Blushes: NARS blushes were their most popular products back when I started this blog. Most people who are familiar with the brand know of (or own) Orgasm, a peachy pink with tons of gold glitter. It's too shimmery for me, personally, but I didn't let that stop me from trying their other shades. NARS blushes have a nice texture, but there are better ones in the market. However, it's their longevity that caused me to take a special liking to them (along with their beautiful color selection). My some of my favorites include Cactus Flower, Douceur, and Mata Hari (shown above).

4. Malacca Eyeshadow Single: I don't believe NARS eyeshadows are the best in the market. That's not to say that they're bad; they are generally pigmented and well-performing. However, there's nothing exceptional about them in general. When I think of NARS I don't immediately think "eyeshadows" as I do when I think of, say, Urban Decay. However, there are a few shades here and there that are remarkable. Case and point: Kalahari, Persia, and Malacca (shown above). 

5. And God Created the Woman Palette: As I was saying above, NARS eyeshadows are good but not their forte (in my opinion). However, I have sang praises to their God/Woman Palette many times before. First of all, it contains Kalahari. Secondly, it is such a versatile travel-friendly palette. It's smaller than an iPhone (the older ones) and has a great selection of colors. 

6. Illuminators: I adore their liquid Illuminators because the texture is very blendable and the shimmer is very subtle. They make great highlighters but also look beautiful when mixed in with your foundation. You don't need much product at all and the sizes are very generous so I don't think I'll ever run out of these. The shades I own are 413 BLKR (champagne) and Orgasm (peachy pink).

I forgot to include these in the picture (because I am an idiot!) but my all-time favorite NARS products (after Sheer Glow) are their Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. The look like retro mattes but are so creamy, soft, and comfortable. I've shown a few of them on the blog before: Walkyrie, Train Bleu, Bolero, Dragon Girl.

What products would you recommend to someone who has never tried NARS before?

xx Coco

42 comments

  1. I seriously need to try more from NARS. I have and love the creamy concealer and a satin lip pencil! I've also tried Sheer Glow and have been meaning to buy it for ages - I just have so many bases though, plus it's pretty expensive! Need to get my hands on one of their blushes too.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Yeah, it's a collection I've built up over the years because it's so pricey x

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  2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is my favorite concealer. I'm also Custard! I also really love their Audacious lipsticks. NARS is just such a solid brand.

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  3. Nice roundup! I agree that their blushes are among my favourite formulas! My other recommendations would be their semi-matte lipsticks in Schiap and Heat Wave, their Audacious Lipsticks, and their tinted moisturizer :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Their Audacious Lipsticks are on my wishlist x

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  4. I love Sheer Glow! Still need to try out the concealer x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave | My YouTube

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  5. I love Sheer Glow and the lip pencils! Think the concealer is next on my list to try!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  6. Nars is one brand I always want to try more and more of! Especially their blushes! Sadly though their foundations never have a right match for me.

    Brunette-ish | A Beauty Blog

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  7. I've heard really great things about the 'and God created the woman' pallette and the blushes of course! Would love to give them a try :D xx

    elizabeth | ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | bloglovin follow for follow

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  8. that single shadow looks absolutely gorgeous. definitely agree with you on the quality though, i have the narsissist palette and it definitely has some duds in there.
    i highly recommend their audacious lipsticks, they're such a gorgeous formula.

    brooke | brooke elise

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  9. I always wanted to try this brand !

    Sara,
    www.thecrimeofashion.com

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  10. I want to try the concealer and blusher. But when I go shopping I always buy a bunch of K-beauty products and forget to buy this brand.

    www.gadzotica.com

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    1. Understandable, maybe I'd do the same if I had more access to those brands x

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  11. I have just come round to Sheer Glow, and now I really see the hype. Only took me a few years!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  12. I want all of them !!!

    Arrggghhh really hope NARS counter is available here in Indonesia :(

    huhuhuhu

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  13. Ugh, I used to work at Sephora and keeping the NARS packaging clean is an impossible task! I love their blushes, those are definitely my stand out item from them. People balk at the price but they're SO pigmented, you could get so much use out of it even if you used the same one every day. I'm ghostly pale and my fry skin gets dull so I love the color Orgasm, the shimmer actually wakes me up a bit! Their lipstick crayons are also AMAZING.

    Sophie | Fairly Interested

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  14. I love NARS products. They are hard to fault! A couple of my favourites would be their Orgasm blush - cult classic and their sheer glow foundation. Oh, not to mention their lip crayons are always pretty darn special!

    Emily x
    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  15. I adore NARS - I would go as far as to say it's my favourite makeup brand. I agree with so many of your recommendations here! Kalahari is basically the most beautiful eyeshadow ever. I also only have it in the And God Created the Woman palette, though I keep telling myself one day I really need to buy the shadow duo!

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    1. Now they come in single pans, it's amazing!

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  16. Great post, I love their powder, their concealer and their blushes the most!

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  17. I love a Nars post I'm a huge fan! Sheer Glow is my all tie favourite foundation and they have the best blushers too - Deepthroat is my go to xx

    franklyflawless.com

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  18. Ahhh! Coco you've got me lusting after their products! I've only so far owned one lipstick and dual intensity shadow from them but I love them. I totally hope to try a base product in the future like the concealer because there's really nothing but great things about it. That shadow that you're featuring Malacca, looks like utter duochrome perfection!!! I would LOVE a small pan of that to play with!

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  19. I love their concealer! That eyeshadow palette looks phenomenal. I definitely need some more Nars products! x

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  20. Brilliant roundup! I love the way you are so concise about the products and their benefits. My favourite product is the Sin Blush. Gorgeous colour that can be built up with a light shimmer for a glowing skin effect.

    http://bowsandfitness.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has been my go-to concealer for well over the past year. I have repurchased it several times (I also use it for highlighting) and this baby has never disappointed <3

    http://www.ashleyelizabethbeauty.com

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  22. I've been using the radiant creamy concealer for a while now, and it's my favourite. I've never tried any other Nars products, though, because they're really hard to come by in the city where I live. Will try to remind myself of getting some next time I travel abroad :)

    I always love how organised and well written your posts are ♡

    -xx // words at dawn

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  23. I love Nars products

    www.ambermcniff.co.uk

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  24. I still have yet to try anything by NARS. Their products look so good! x

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  25. This is a great post... I've been wanting to try to concealer as well as some of their blushes.

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  26. The only NARS products I own so far are the Virtual Domination blush palette and the Sephora birthday gift pencils, but I keep meaning to ask for a sample of the Sheer Glow foundation at Sephora! A lot of their face products have been on my wish list for a while now, it's just always so difficult to decide what to splurge on first :P

    eightbitbeauty.blogspot.com

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  27. I dunno how I've missed this.. NARS has _liquid_ illuminators? :o
    I'm usually a big friend of powdery makeup products, but illuminators are an exception! I want to try nars illuminators after I run out of my NYX one! Thanks Coco<3

    -Rora | Sweetimpatience | Lifestyle & Beauty blog

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    1. They're pricey but they come with a lot of product. Probably the only liquid highlighters you'll ever need x

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  28. I just purchased Sheer Glow foundation and I can't wait to try it! I hope it works well for me because I hear amazing things about it. My favorite NARS blush has got to be "Luster". It's the perfect golden peach hue!

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  29. Definitely the NARS Radian Creamy Concealer is the best! I've never tried the Sheer Glow Foundation, however I have the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and it;s the best one I have ever had. I really want to get more products from NARS, unfortunately they are pricey...
    I adore them all! I don't really spend a lot on decors that is why I need something affordable and I already plan a shopping list to refresh my flat with your choices:)

    http://www.cojograab.com

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  30. Great post! For me I love the blush taj mahal and the concealer :)

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  31. Oooh I have never tried anything from NARS before so this blog post is incredibly helpful, thank you! <3

    Dannie x

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  32. I have to say I haven't tried that many NARS products, but it's only because they are a little pricy! I've got a couple of Multiples though and they've lasted for absolutely ages! xxx

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