NARS One Night Stand Palette Review & Swatches!

Hey everyone, today’s post is an exciting one! NARS lovers, I hope you’re ready! Have you ever seen something and immediately known that you kinda need it in your life? Well for me that was the One Night Stand Palette from the NARS x Guy Bourdin collection! Ever since I saw this palette I knew I had to have it, especially since I missed out on the Danmari Palette.

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The One Night Stand palette comes in the usual sleek and soft packaging with NARS printed on the lid, there is also a red lipstick smear with Guy Bourdin written on it. Inside the palette is a full sized mirror which is great! The pans in the palette are separated well and are definitely big enough for a blush brush!

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This palette contains 6 individual pans – each pan contains 4g of product! Included are 4 blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. Of the 6 shades included 3 are brand new! Even though I already own Orgasm (mini) and Laguna (duo) I had to have this palette simply for the brand new shades, I’m not sure if they will become permanent, though. I think that sometimes when palettes are made, the quality can be a little… Lacking. That is definitely not the case for the One Night Stand palette – the quality is NARS standard, just gorgeous!

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Firstly there is Devotee – a pale, frosty, pink based highlighter. This shade is extremely shimmery! The pink tone makes it a perfect highlight shade to wear with any of these blushes, Devotee is also stunning as an eyeshadow!
The next shade is Mistinguette – a matte, bright pink! This shade makes me instantly think of Saint Germain by MAC! Mistinguette is a little scary to look at in the pan but it transfers to a lovely glowing pink on the cheeks! I should also mention that this blush feels way too soft to be a matte!

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I’m going to skip Orgasm, Laguna & Deep Throat for now!

The last shade in the palette is Goulou, this is a medium dirty pink/berry color, packed with golden shimmer. Unexpectedly, Goulou is my favourite of the palette! There may be similar shades out there but I haven’t seen one like it! I have a tan at the moment and I can see this blush getting a lot of wear when I have a tan!

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This palette took my by surprise a little, the quality is beautiful, the colors are beautiful, it’s a must for a NARS lover! One thing I would suggest is please… No more Orgasm… Otherwise this palette is just what I hoped it would be, and it sold out so fast! I heard that there will be another release in December – smart! I think this palette would be awesome for anyone really, whether you don’t own any NARS blushes or if you own them all there will definitely be something about the One Night Stand palette that you will like!

xx Amanda

** There is some controversy surrounding this collection by NARS. The photography by Guy Bourdin has been said to represent violence against women. Although I sincerely do not think this is what was intended I respect both decisions – whether people buy this collection or not. I am choosing to keep my opinion to myself – I’m here for the makeup!

NARS Orgasm Lip Dupes!

I absolutely love the idea of NARS Orgasm, I just wish it performed better! I have tried to find some lip products the same shade as NARS Orgasm that aren’t as expensive as the NARS gloss!

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Here are my NARS Orgasm Lip Dupes!

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AVON Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick in Pink Pop
A little darker and more pink.

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NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover
Darker and less gold glitter.

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Rimmel Stay Glossy Lipgloss in All Day Seduction
Pretty much the same!

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NYX Round Lipstick in Indian Pink
More of a golden sheen not glitter.

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My lips are really pigmented so before each lip product was applied I used a dab of concealer on them! I think any of these lip products would match Orgasm but I think the Rimmel Stay Glossy Lipgloss is the best dupe!xx Amanda

Is NARS Orgasm worth the hype? Dupes and swatches!

If you’re into beauty you have probably heard about or read about a certain blush by NARS. I feel like everybody raves about NARS Orgasm blush! If you don’t know, Orgasm is a peachy pink colour with gold shimmer and in the pan it looks stunning. When swatched, I get very little colour pay off, it mostly sticks to my finger which is really disappointing. To get a decent swatch I have to dig my fingernail into the blush! I found that most blush brushes also won’t show much colour payoff. The only brushes that worked well with this blush were goat hair brushes.

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Usually I would just move on to a new product but In Australia NARS is so expensive. Don’t worry, I’m here to help! I have found 2 dupes! The first dupe is a Face Of Australia powder blush in O Peachy! This blush is what I imagined Orgasm to be like! The only deference is that it is a tiny bit more pink. The second dupe I have is also Face Of Australia and it is the Mineral Therapy Illuminator in Angel Flame, I would compare this to the Orgasm Illuminator but I don’t own it! I think this is a perfect match in liquid form!

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NARS Orgasm is $45 AUD for 4.5g from Mecca Cosmetica, Face Of Australia powder blushes are $9.45 AUD for 5.g and Illuminators are $14.95 AUD for 50mL! I have owned this blush for about half a year and it kind of gets pushed to the back of my collection to be honest… I don’t think that it’s worth the hype at all which sucks because I really want to like it more! Although i love NARS I would definitely choose the Face Of Australia products, more product, waaaaay cheaper and better colour payoff!

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NARS Multiple Review & Swatches – Puerto Vallarta & Angelika

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Every woman has her favourite products and a lot of the time a NARS product will be on that list. I love reading product reviews and NARS blushes are often rated pretty high! A product that has always visually appealed to me are the Multiples. Over time I have read some seriously mixed reviews about the Multiple, extremely bad, extremely good and everywhere in between. So what do I do in this kind of situation? I buy one, of course!

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In case you haven’t encountered a NARS Multiple, they are a multipurpose product that can be used anywhere, specifically cheeks, eyes & lips. I currently own two Multiples (hopefully three after my birthday) and they are in my top ten products, definitely.

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The two Multiples that I own are Puerto Vallarta & Angelika. Puerto Vallarta is a new shade and was realeased for Summer 2013. Angelika was a part of the Tainted Love set and also comes in blush and lipgloss form, Angelika is quite popular in powder blush form! Both of my NARS Multiples have the same texture, they have a creamy mousse feel that dries to a powder finish.

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Unlike the Angelika powder blush and gloss, the Angelika Multiple has iridescent shimmers, the traditional Angelika has silver shimmers. NARS did a fantastic job at keeping the colour, though. All of my Angelikas are the same shade and beautifully pigmented! Puerto Vallarta has gold shimmers and is more frosty than Angelika, I can’t wait to wear it with a bronze summer look! The multiples last about 6 hours on me a bit more some days a bit less some days, depending on other products I use as well.

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I think Puerto Vallarta will be amazing in Spring and Summer! I just couldn’t resist the Multiple, I love everything about them. They can be worn sheer or built up, they can be worn on the lips although they’re a but giant for a lipstick! I am pro Multiple and I prefer a dewy finish foundation so these work for me! I think all you can do is make your own opinion when it comes to whether you’re going to like something or not which I’m SO glad I figured out! xx Amanda

Wish List Wednesday!

In Australia it is currently Winter. I am already getting excited about Spring! I love the perfect weather, the flowers start to bloom and the colours are bright and pretty. This Wish List Wednesday is going to be Nars products, Nars is my current favourite brand. I love the sophisticated look of Nars products, I think they look and feel quite expensive! The quality of Nars blushes is so good and such a little amount is required for an application! It would definitely take you a long time to get through a whole blush!

I’m really into pale lilac and pink at the moment and the product colours I’ve chosen really show that! I chose 3 lip pencils, 2 blushes and a multiple – multiples are my fave product from Nars!

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Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Paimpol (pink chiffon) & Pink Friday (delicate pastel pink) and a Satin Lip Pencil in Yu (shocking pink).

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Blush in Mata Hari (pink with a rush of crimson), Highlighting Blush in New Order (sheer highlighter with golden shimmer) and The Multiple in Luxor (iridescent pink).

These are the products that I am lusting over at the moment! Nars is super expensive in Australia but hopefully I can grab a couple of these items online! I have just been so in love with lilac and I don’t know why!

xx Amanda
Ps- these are not my images, they are from http://www.narscosmetics.com and simply used in a collage!