As you may be aware I did go a little purchase crazy (some items were also gifted) when it came to the NARS Guy Bourdin collection - temptation is always my naughty little friend. Admittedly the NARS Guy Bourdin collaboration is not for the faint hearted with bright shades for the nails, eyes, cheeks and lips but there is also a few hidden neutrals to for those like myself who tend to shy away from colour. I have three more pieces from the Guy Bourdin collection to share today...
Union Libre is my first ever NARS nail polish - like most when I visit the counter I tend to scope out the blushes and base products but after trying this shade out I will pay closer attention to their nail polishes in the near future. Now don't get me wrong at £14.50 this is far from cheap but on par with the likes of MAC and Chanel with a similar level of quality. NARS Union Libre nail polish is a bright somewhat candy, Barbie pink with a blue undertone that is not entirely unique and most likely easily duped but a pretty shade none the less. This shade did require two coats to become opaque but each layer did dry fairly quickly and settles to a high gloss finish. I can't comment on wear time as I'm rather hard on my nails but in my experience it is not one to chip all that easily. You can find NARS Union Libre nail polish for £14.50/15ml via Space.NK - link.
I don't tend to wear bright shades on my eyes but after seeing Jennifer Lawerence (my girl crush) sporting purple eyeshadow I have to say I have been tempted. As part of the Guy Bourdin collection NARS launched the shade Rage which is a duo chrome (in some lights it reflects pink, in others it is purple/blue) orchid shade. The texture is softer from what I have come to expect from NARS - this is a new formulation, Cinematic to give it the correct title and as a result it does apply a little easier, the pigmentation levels are moderate - it gives a nice wash of colour but for full on colour pay off you do have to layer it on or wet for an intense finish. The good thing about this shade is that it does build up without creasing and wears well even on my oily lids - with primer it wore for around 8 hours and only began to show real signs of wear around the 9 hour mark. I do hope that NARS launch permanent shades using the Cinematic formulation as the formula is excellent. You can find NARS Rage Cinematic Eyeshadow via Space.NK £18/2.2g - link.
Last but not least we have my favourite piece from the NARS Guy Bourdin Colour collection and that has to be the delectable Last Tango lipstick, yes it is a nude but with a difference. Unlike a typical nude lipstick NARS Last Tango dances (excuse the pun) between being a dusky rose shade and a light cool toned taupe. I own nothing like it and find it to be a lot more wearable with my cooler winter skin tone than the rest of my nude collection. Again this is a new formulation and once more it is dubbed the Cinematic formulation and I kid you not when I say it is my favourite NARS lip formula ever! What makes such formula wonderful is the fact that it effortlessly glides on the lips, provides full opaque coverage in one quick swipe, has a glossy yet natural finish and wears beautifully - not overly moisturising that is slips nor will it dry your lips out. Wear time is subjective (eating, talking, drinking and so forth) but typically speaking in my experience each application stayed put for at least four hours which is great going. I urge you all (shade aside) to experience the NARS Cinematic Lipstick formula it is in a league of its own...such a shame it is limited edition. Find it here for £18.50 - link.
What has been your favourite piece from the NARS Guy Bourdin collection?
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