lunedì 14 febbraio 2011

NARS Tainted Love Set

Happy Valentine's Day! Personally, although a nice little tropical island would definitely be top of my list, I can think of very few other ways of spending Valentine's Day than with François Nars :)

The Tainted Love Lip, Cheek and Nail set is NARS's special offering for Valentine's Day. It includes an Angelika Multiple (Limited Edition and exclusive to this set), an Angelika Lip Gloss and a Schiap Nail Polish. The set has a value of 84 euros but retails for 62 euros on the officail NARS website. I usually order when they have free shipping but as I was getting other stuff as well I decided to cave and pay the almost 10 euros of shipping costs. On the positive side, they ship via UPS so I got my package less than 48 hours after placing my order!
All the products are of course variations of pink, more specifically cool-toned pink.


The Angelika gloss, which is also available separately from this set, is a lovely blue-toned, almost lavender candy pink with a little golden shimmer which doesn't really show on the lips. 
When applied, it appears as a light cool pink which would definitely look great with a smoky eye. Non-sticky, unlike other Nars glosses I've tried, as well as virtually unscented, it does however apply a bit streakily.

One reason I wanted to get this set is that it includes Schiap nail polish. I don't usually wear bright creme colours on my fingernails but this blue-toned fuchsia has always been on my wish list for bright summer toes. Named after the innovative Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who brought shocking pink to the world of fashion. The colour, which Yves Saint Laurent described as having  "the nerve of red...an aggressive, brawling, warrior pink", is really gorgeous, reminiscent of hot pink oleander or bouganville flowers. It looks best with two coats applied. I don't usually wear a top coat, too much hassle, and this lasted quite well with no chipping and kept it's creamy shine. I'm definitely going to wear this A LOT on my toes this summer, it's such a cheerful vibrant colour!

And finally here's the Angelika multiple. Described as a cotton candy pink with silver and gold flecks it is exactly that!
On the left, Angelika swiped twice and on the right, blended a bit with my fingers. When applied to the face, the shimmer doesn't actually disappear as it did here on my arm, but stays quite visible, so I'd suggest you use this Multiple only in the evening or when you feel it's more appropriate! Like all multiples you can use Angelika also on the lips, but I find the formula a bit drying, to be honest. I can see this working well on the eyes too, if pinks on eyes are a good look for you (it isn't for me). On the cheeks, the cool-toned pink looks really pretty, very romantic. However, I have to say the formula balls up a little when you first apply to the skin, I don't know if it's because of the glitter or what, but no other Nars multiple has ever done that to me. It's not really a big problem though, as you do have to blend the multiple in with your fingers (or however you prefer) anyway!
I don't own the powder blusher version of Angelika, so I can't compare the two. Here is, however, a comparison with other pink blushes I have in stick form: Nars Cadaqués Multiple Tint (LE - sheer cool raspberry pink); Nars Angelika Multiple; Bobbi Brown Sheer Coral Cheek Tint (shimmery peachy warm pink); Tarte Dollface Natural Cheek Stain (sheer and shimmery candy pink).
All in all, NARS Tainted Love is a nice little set to have, especially because it contains the limited edition Angelika Multiple (which will probably pop up again in the future in other collections, but you never know!). It is also great value and I can see myself wearing the products all year round.

Hope your Valentine's Day was good, mine was certainly...unforgettable, as I hit the side of my face with a gate and I now have a pretty red vertical bump down the side of my forehead! It's just as well I don't post full-face pics of me on the blog!!

Anna xx


13 commenti:

Beauty Life by Alessandra 15 febbraio 2011 13:04  

Quanto rosa!! lo smalto è quello che mi ha colpito di più, ma è tutto bellissimo!

gio 15 febbraio 2011 15:03  

Che bello questo set! Lo smalto rosa è stupendo ma anche gli altri prodotti mi piacciono molto.

makeup merriment 15 febbraio 2011 17:11  

Loads of healing vibes! OUCH!
The set is gorgeous! I love the multiple and the nail polish esp. xx jeanie

Replica 15 febbraio 2011 21:08  

I hope your face feels better, I seem to have a habit of walking into doors which isn't good!
I do really like the look of that set, but there is some ingredient in the multiples I usually avoid. I'm glad NARS seems to be putting out more sets as its a nice way to try a range of the products x

Tina 16 febbraio 2011 02:23  

Ouch!!! Sorry to hear about your Valentines accident, hope u heal soon!!!

Ok, on to the makeup now: I see why you got this lovely little set, Schiap nail polish is one of the most stunning hot pinks I've ever seen!!! Truly gorgeous!!!
Can't help to think that this set would make a lovely gift as well...ooh well, a girl can dream! :)

xxx

Venus In Virgo 17 febbraio 2011 21:37  

That Angelica multiple is gorgeous! Why do they have to animal test,crappers I wanted it. lol! Those are pretty shades of pink without being tacky I like them. Oh my gosh,you hit your face,I hope you feel better. Thanks for your nice comments XOXO

Marina (Makeup4all) 19 febbraio 2011 22:50  

This is so SO beautiful. I've been wanting this set ever since I saw the promo photos but now I want it even more.Thank you for the post x

Lydia 20 febbraio 2011 14:59  

oooouch, Anna!
Immagino sia davvero stata un'esperienza indimenticabile. Te ne capitano davvero di tutti i colori! come stai?? E Tommy-love?

Bellissimo questo set...proprio colori che ti fanno diventare una bambola. Appena ti rimetti ci posterai una foto intera usando i prodotti vero??? :PPP

bacio!

Venus In Virgo 23 febbraio 2011 01:29  

Hey! How's it going! XOXO

Music 23 febbraio 2011 07:14  

Hello my flamingo friend! I hope you're feeling better now and your boy is healthier. :) I've been away for a looooooong time now, incubating a little bambino(?) in my tummy. How I missed blogging & talking to other bloggers!

Vanessa 01 marzo 2011 15:12  

hello dear!i love all that pink:-)
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I'll wait you!kisses xD

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organic foundation 19 agosto 2011 08:37  

I like the pink gloss on the lips...just the right shade to make the lips shine in this season.

Faye of Best Eye Cream 12 aprile 2012 11:55  

I like the idea of pairing your eye liner on eye glass. So cute... :)

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