Friday, 19 October 2012

NARS Cosmetics haul: Taj Mahal, Highlighter in Albatross and Yachiyo Kabuki brush

I've had my eye on these 3 things for a while now and after reading reviews of them on makeupalley I wasted no time in going to buy them. I've had a bit of a blush obsession going on for the past 2 months and in the past 2 months I've bought 14 blushes..... hopefully I'll come to my senses soon and not buy anymore... but I now have my eye on Exhibit A by NARS and Taos too... I keep on seeing so many nice colours and reading good reviews.

I bought these products in Liberty near Tottenham Court Road, I started off in Selfridges and actually left the NARS counter because the woman serving me was so rude, I don't understand why people like her apply for jobs in customer service when they know they have no skills in it whatsoever. Anyway the staff in Liberty were very helpful and knowledgable and I love their layout more than Selfridges.

The blush I got is called Taj Mahal, a popular blush for dark-skinned ladies, it gives a nice glow to the face and isn't too shimmery. NARS describes it as a "blazing burnt orange with gold shimmer." It is very pigmented and you shouldn't be too heavy handed with your application. You can definitely build it up for a more intense look though. 

Colour with flash

Colour without flash
I like the compact, its sturdy and fits well inside makeup bags. It retails for around £21.00

To apply the blush I bought the highly appraised Yachiyo Kabuki brush. Its priced at around £37.50. Its expensive but well worth the money. You can use it to contour, highlight and apply blush. It is one of the softest brushes I own, i actually prefer it to the MAC 187 brush which is one of my favourite brushes. I love the traditional Japanese look of the brush, it's hand woven as well. I think its from the NARS Kabuki Artisan Series but I'm not sure. 

The last thing I got was the Highlighter in Albatross. Its another staple for darker-skinned ladies. Its gives a beautiful gold sheen and really does its job. its priced around £20.50. This highlighter has won numerous awards and has a lot of recognition for being one of the best highlighters out there. You can also wear this on top of your normal blush to give it that extra glow.

The compact was a little messy when I opened it up but nothing was cracked or loose.

I've never really used NARS products before but these have me sold. I tried to get testers of their foundation but strangely none of them had pots to give out. I would also like to try their lipglosses too and definitely get more of their blush. 

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