The NARS Summer 2019 Collection: Swatches and First Impressions

nars summer 2019
New from NARS!


Guess what? NARS just did a traditionally summery summer collection.


Yup, NARS has been all about artsy, edgy non-summery summer collections for a few years (last year’s looked more like a fall or holiday release to me), but the Summer 2019 collection is the most summery collection I’ve seen from them in a really long time.

Technically, the “Summer 2019” collection is one a few summer season NARS collections, and it’s the one actually called Summer. The items are all limited edition and available now on the NARS website. There are two $59 face palettes, each with four eyeshadows, one highlighter and a bronzer; four new $27 Satin Lip Pencils; and four new $27 Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.

First impressions…

  • The eyeshadows: Sumptuously silken, they feel softer than satin sheets. These are powders, but they could almost pass for creams. They’re the closest things I’ve found to Chantecaille’s awesome Mermaid Matte Cream Shadows, which practically meld into lids and blend crazy well. I can’t even tell where these shadows begin and end.
  • The highlighter and bronzer: Also powders, and also creamy like the eyeshadows. I’m REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THESE! (Although I’m mystified as to why NARS omitted a blush?)
  • The Velvet Matte Lip Pencils: Is it weird that I’m shocked that all of these lip colors are so summery and wearable? I’ve tried Good Times and Take Me Home so far, and like the other Satins and Velvet Mattes, they’re on the drier side…similar to a MAC Matte Lipstick, but they’re still very smooth, which is convenient because they’re also super opaque.
  • The Satin Lip Pencils: Um…one is called “Golden Gate.” Holla! BAY AREA ❤️ LOVE.
nars summer lights face palette
Summer Lights Face Palette ($59)
nars summer 2019 satin lip pencil velvet matte lip pencil
From the left: Satin Lip Pencils in Balboa, Exbury, Giusti and Golden Gate; Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Dance Fever, Good Times, Promiscuous and Take Me Home

nars hot nights face palette
Hot Nights Face Palette ($59) and the Satin and Velvet Matte Lip Pencils ($27 each)
nars summer lights swatches
Lots of yummy warm chocolate browns
nars hot nights swatches
This one is the slightly cooler-toned face palette
nars summer 2019 swatches
From the left to right: The Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Take Me Home, Promiscuous, Good Times and Dance Fever; Satin Lip Pencils in Golden Gate, Giusti, Exbury and Balboa

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