One thing NARS Cosmetics and I have in common (other than my devotion to the brand) is that we LOVE New York City! I’ve only been there once but I have plans to go back again and again and again. What an interesting, vibrant, dynamic and versatile city!!
Since my trips to NYC are few and far between, I guess I will have to get my “New York state of mind” in the NARS Hearts New York City limited edition palette complete with the fast-paced city’s top-selling hues.
The Gift Set ($75) includes:
AMOUR BLUSH: Peachy pink–a fab universal shade
BIARRITZ SINGLE EYESHADOW: Neutral cream colored beige
NEPAL SINGLE EYESHADOW: Soft, shimmery peachy rose
NEW YORK SINGLE EYSHADOW: Matte plum brown
GALAPAGOS SINGLE EYESHADOW: Bitter chocolate infused with gold
LAGUNA BRONZING POWDER: Brown with golden shimmer, perfect for fair skin
CHINATOWN: Deep blood red
DOLCE VITA: Sheer dusty rose
The palette has a well thought out mix of neutral shades that are NOT boring. Nepal brings a lovely sophisticated warm glow to the eyes, New York is a matte plumy brown that makes a fabulous crease shade, Galapagos makes for an amazing smoky eye as well as a perfect liner shade. The only shade I’m not overly impressed with is Biarritz–it is a pretty matte cream, but not unique or original. That said, the texture is not chalky like some matte shades and it is a wonderful shade for the brow bone making it essential to this well-rounded palette. I got absolutely no fallout from any of the shades and that makes me a happy camper!
Sorry beauties, it was very hard to capture Biarritz–it’s the exact same color as my skin.
Amour blush is a finely milled matte sheer blush that is buildable. Unlike several NARS blushes, Amour is sheerer than most in the line, even though it is still very pigmented. I was tempted to purchase this many times but was afraid it would be TOO pigmented, I’m just sorry I waited this long to try it! Mostly rose with a touch of peach, this shade is very natural looking and universally flattering for all skin tones. If you don’t like the shimmer in NARS blushes–Amour will be perfect for you!
Laguna bronzer is great for us fair skinned girls–it’s the only bronzer my daughter has used for the past 5 years. Highly pigmented, the color is buildable and really great for contouring. Laguna is a golden brown with no red or orange undertones and it won’t go muddy on you.
Sleek and slim, the packaging is ideal for travel or a makeup bag and the full size mirror is awesome! I also love that there are no cream products in the palette to get goopy and messy. Do be aware there are no brushes in the palette–this is not an issue for me, I always use my own brushes but it’s worth a mention.
Probably my favorite piece in this set is Dolce Vita lipgloss. It’s the perfect “your lips but better” rosy shade. I had the lipstick version and was slightly underwhelmed–I don’t know what the difference is between the lipstick and the gloss but after just one wearing, I can tell Dolce Vita gloss is going to be an everyday staple for me. A neutral rosy pink with slight brown undertones, it too is universally flattering.
NARS Chinatown nail polish is a deep, blood red that covers in two coats with a super glossy finish. The formula is on the thin side but like all NARS products, it is very pigmented. I prefer soft or bright nail shades in the spring and summer but come fall this too will be a staple for me. Chinatown is the perfect classic yet vampy color.
Bottom Line: NARS Hearts New York makes it super easy to create a stylish, sophisticated look just like it’s namesake city! I highly recommend it if, like me, you don’t already own these shades.
AVAILABILITY: NARScosmetics.com, Barneys, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, and Bloomingdale’s Soho.