So I’ve been lucky enough to pick up a few things from the Nars Guy Bourdin Collection recently, which is completely fabulous. I really wish I could have got some more make up from this collection but unfortunately for me, money doesn’t grow on trees, sigh. Nars do some really groovy limited edition products, so it’s definitely a good idea to snap one up before they sell out!
The first thing I bought was the One Night Stand Cheek Palette. I purchased mine from Sephora for $65.00 USD, and unfortunately they are all sold out. You can bet that there will be plenty of people selling them over eBay or other similar online market places though, so there is still a chance of you snapping one up (for a price of course).
Above: Nars Guy Bourdin Cheek Palette
First off, I can safely say that this is a marvelous palette. If you’re like me and a little bit behind the times in relation to the Nars face powders then this palette is a perfect opportunity to catch up. It comes with 6 different shades (a highlighter, a bronzer and four blushes), 3 of which are iconic Nars, and 3 of which are exclusive to this palette. Of course nearly all of them are completely gorgeous.
Devotee Highlighter: This beautiful highight is a very bright white, with a lovely pearly pink iridescent sheen. Its not a super subtle highlight, but it definitely has a certain level of class to it. No choppy glitter or disco ball effect to be found here! This adds a beautiful glow to the cheeks, inner corners and brow bone, and the versatility of this shade will definitely match all the other blushes in the palette, or anything else you put on your face for that matter.
Mistinguette Blush: A very pretty candy pop pink, this blush leaves a delicate petal flush on the cheeks. The best thing about this matte blush is that it would look equally beautiful on a snow white-esque complexion, tanned beach babes, or lovely ladies of colour. It does look slightly scary in the pan, but is actually very wearable, being beautifully pigmented and blend-able.
Orgasm Blush: This is Nars’ most popular blush, and can someone just tell me what all the fuss is about? It is a pretty peach shade with golden shimmer, but I just find it too hard to work with. The texture is a lot harder than a lot of the other blushes from Nars and I find that when the colour transfers from the pan to the cheeks, its more choppy gold shimmer than anything. Maybe I got a dud one, but I’m not too impressed.
Laguna Bronzer: Nars’ cult bronzer is a lovely mid-toned brown with just a hint of subtle golden shimmer. It is a super versatile colour, working for both contouring and bronzing, and being surprisingly suitable for the fair ladies out there (ie, me). I just wish it was slightly easier to work with. Like with Orgasm, its just a bit too hard in the pan and doesn’t seem to have a lot of colour pay off. Maybe the fact that it can be built up is what makes it so versatile.
Deep Throat Blush: Now THIS my friends, is a blush worth the hype. As soon as I tried this blush I just knew we would be lifelong friends; her pretty glowing peach tint looked like a dream on my cheeks and we’ve barely been parted a day since. In all seriousness though, this colour is beautiful! A pretty peach shade, with a very subtle golden glow, Deep Throat is a slightly less intense, more wearable, better quality, version of orgasm. The powder is really pigmented, and blends on amazingly, and the shade is versatile and perfect for everyday wear. Thankfully this blush is part of the permanent collection, so if you couldn’t get your hands on this palette then you need to go purchase it separately, pronto!
Goulue Blush: This darker plummy shade is a little bit more dramatic than the other blushes in the palette. It has a subtle golden sheen very similar to Deep Throat, and would be a great blush to wear with a neutral eye, bringing a lot of attention to the cheeks. Its also great for adding a little extra pop of colour to the apples of the cheek.
Above: from top to bottom: Devotee, Mistinguette, Orgasm, Laguna, Deep Throat, Goulue.
If you’d like to check out the other Guy Bourdin cheek palette, Splendor in the Grass, it’s still readily available here.
Another more recent purchase was the Voyeur Larger Than Life Eyeliner Set.
Above: Voyeur Larger Than Life Eyeliner Set
I was really in need of some pencil eyeliners and I thought that this set was quite good value. It comes with five mini Larger Than Life Eyeliner Pencils and a cute little satin cosmetics case, which always comes in handy.
The five shades are:
Via Veneto: Blackest black.
Santa Monica Blvd: Stark white.
Via Appia: Coppery brown with a hint of shimmer.
Blue Dahlia: A pretty blue indigo.
Most Wanted: Purple violet.
Above: From top to bottom: Most Wanted, Santa Monica Blvd, Via Veneto, Blue Dahlia and Via Appia.
There’s a nice variety of colours in the set, and ‘Blue Dahlia’ and ‘Most Wanted’ are limited edition shades exclusive to the Guy Bourdin Collection. I love that these liners wind up, its so convenient and stops you running to find a sharpener every 5 minutes.
I bought this set from Thailand for the equivalent of about $52 AUD, which I think is great value. If you live in Australia and want to purchase the Voyeur Larger Than Life Eyeliner Set you can do so here. They retail for about $72 AUD.
The last purchase I made from the Guy Bourdin Collection was the Cinematic Lipstick in the shade Full Frontal.
Above: Cinematic Lipstick in Full Frontal.
Full Frontal is described as Rose Violet shade, and is extremely pretty. It’s quite a statement colour, but is still very wearable, and I love the retro feel the lipstick gives.This is only the second Nars lipstick I’ve owned (my other one is Dolce Vita, which is gorgeous!) and I will definitely be purchasing more because they are a great product. They are very creamy and subtly shiny, and last quite a while which I find surprising due to the consistency.
If you want to purchase one of the Cinematic Lipsticks you can find them here for $39.00 AUD.
So there’s a quick review of the things I’ve purchased from the Guy Bourdin Collection. I would also love to get the Cinematic eyeshadow in the shade Cambodia! It looks completely gorgeous!
Thanks for reading, see you soon xx