November 9, 2017

NARS x Man Ray Holiday 2017 Collection

A few weeks ago, NARS came out with their Holiday 2017 collection! Inspired by Man Ray's electrifying art, the NARS x Man Ray collection features twelve limited-edition items for cheeks, eyes and lips.

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NARS x Man Ray Holiday 2017 Collection Review Photos Swatches

The Overexposed Glow Highlighter in Double Take ($52 CAD for 6.5g, click here to buy it) is without a doubt the most coveted item from the Man Ray collection.

And rightly so!

NARS Man Ray Overexposed Glow Highlighter Double Take Review

I mean... how gorgeous is that highlighter?

NARS Man Ray Overexposed Glow Highlighter Double Take Swatch

The formula is very smooth, but lightweight on the skin (it doesn't have that heavy silicone feel).

The golden champagne color is gorgeous as well!

NARS Man Ray Overexposed Glow Highlighter Double Take Swatch

In my opinion, it looks best on medium to deep skin tones. I tried it when my skin was very fair (NC10) and it was too dark and peachy for my liking.

But I'm currently wearing self tanner and I think that this shade is very pretty on me!

NARS Man Ray Velvet Eyeliner Nagoya Review

I'm a huge fan of NARS' Velvet Eyeliners, I always use the color Black Moon when I want a perfectly blended smoked out lower lash line.

So I was super excited to try more shades, especially a vibrant violet like this one!

NARS Man Ray Velvet Eyeliner Nagoya Swatch

Sadly, the Velvet Eyeliner in Nagoya ($31 CAD for 1.1g, click here to buy it) is streaky and patchy.

That's all I'm gonna say.

NARS Man Ray Eyeshadow Duo Montparnasse Review

Oh how I love NARS' Eyeshadow Duos, they always surprise me with the best color combinations! Don't believe me? Check out this one, and this one!

The Eyeshadow Duo in Montparnasse ($43 CAD for 4g, click here to buy it) features a soft gold with a shimmery finish and a plummy brown with a slightly luminous finish.

NARS Man Ray Eyeshadow Duo Montparnasse Swatch

The gold is buttery smooth, while the dark shade is a bit dense in the pan. But I don't care because that color is stunning! I would suggest to apply it over a primer though, the color faded a bit throughout the day when I wore it on bare skin.

By the way, I even wore the soft gold as a highlighter on my cheeks and it was soooo pretty!

NARS Man Ray Photogloss Lip Lacquer Muse Review

I usually love NARS' lip glosses, the formula is smooth and non-sticky. But I wasn't a fan of the new Photogloss Lip Lacquer in Muse ($33 CAD for 5.5ml, click here to buy it).

The consistency is quite thick and a bit tacky, the tiny glitters in this particular shade can feel a tad gritty too.

NARS Man Ray Photogloss Lip Lacquer Muse Swatch

The color isn't my cup of tea either, although I think it looks pretty over a pink or nude lipstick.

I like the vanilla scent, but it's still a pass for me!

NARS Man Ray Blush Fetishized Review

Last but not least is the Powder Blush in Fetishized ($38 CAD for 4.8g, click here to buy it), a vibrant coral pink with a shimmery finish.

NARS Man Ray Blush Fetishized Swatch

This is a bright blush, definitely not for the faint of heart!

If you look closely enough, you can see a subtle blue sheen as well.

NARS Man Ray Blush Fetishized Swatch

I'm not really in the mood for coral blushes at this time of the year, but I have no complaints about the formula.

The color payoff is crazy good, it lasts all day and blends beautifully without looking streaky!

NARS Man Ray Blush Fetishized Impudique Torrid Orgasm Swatch
NARS Blushes - Comparisons

By the way, is it me or NARS' blushes are much more pigmented than they used to be? I don't know about the original shades, but the last limited edition blushes I've tested were extremely pigmented.

I love both formulas though, even if they are different!

NARS Man Ray Holiday 2017 Collection Review Photos

(I received these products in order to evaluate them and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial.)

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