Skincare Chronicles: NARS

For a brand that is known best for their makeup, I had mediocre expectations when it came to their skin care range. As I started to play with the textures of some of the NARS products, I immediately got pulled in. The feel of the moisturizers, claims of the cleansers and technology behind the serums really intrigued me. So a lot of dollars later, we’re here and I’m happy to report on my findings behind the NARS skin care range!

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For review, I have the cleanser, toner, serum, face cream and eye cream

The packaging of NARS Skincare is stunning. Everything comes in sleek white box packaging and I adore it. The only issue I have is that the caps on the toner and serum seem to fit awkwardly on the bottles, but its not enough for me to get frustrated.

Overall I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin’s radiance, clarity and an overall reduction of skin imperfections. I do enjoy the range overall but would not repurchase every single item.

Purifying Foam Cleanser ($38 CAD, 4.9 oz, 125ml)

Purifying Foam Cleanser
Purifying Foam Cleanser claims: A refreshing, foaming cleanser that lifts away makeup and impurities with botanical exfoliating spheres to gently smooth the skin’s surface. Enriched with Wild Rose and Peony extracts, it soothes skin and reduces shine. Contains the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ designed to restore skin’s youthful radiance and reflect light like a prism. Ideal for normal to oily/combination skin and seasonally oily skin. Dermatologist Tested & Non-Comedogenic. Synthetic Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Alcohol Free, Oil-Free
Purifying Foam Cleanser
Purifying Foam Cleanser

Let me start of by saying you get a LOT of product in this cleanser! I see this lasting an entire year for me for two reasons: (1) you get about 125ml amount of product, which is more than double of what you would get in a standard cleanser and (2) you need the smallest amount to cover your entire face. Once mixed with water, this cleanser transforms from a paste into a foam and spreads across your face significantly. Now, the good news is that you’d actually want this product to last a long time because it’s genuinely a good cleanser.

I’m the type of person who always double washes my face and then goes in with a toner to ensure that all of the makeup, dirt and oil are removed. With this cleanser, I eliminate one cleansing step because I find that this breaks down my makeup and deep cleanses my skin at the same time. This is beauty swatched approved

Multi-Action Hydrating Toner ($40 CAD, 6.7 fl oz/ 200ml)

Multi-Action Hydrating Toner
Multi-Action Hydrating Toner claims: Gently exfoliates the skin with an alcohol-free formula that instantly refreshes and tones, refining the appearance of pores for a smooth and even appearance. Skin is revitalized and brightened. Contains the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ designed to restore skin’s youthful radiance and reflect light like a prism. For all skin types. Dermatologist Tested & Non-Comedogenic. Synthetic Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Oil-Free, Alcohol Free

Multi-Action Hydrating Toner
Multi-Action Hydrating Toner on a cotton pad. One pump is enough to cover your entire face. The liquid is clear

I like to use toners to remove the excess dirt that my cleanser may have left behind. The only down side to toners for me is the excessive amount of alcohol that it typically contains, which dehydrates my skin. With this toner it manages to remove whatever little trace of dirt is left on my skin from cleansing (often my cotton pad comes up clear thanks to the cleanser) while leaving my face feeling fresh and hydrated as opposed to tight and stiff. The toner dispenses as a completely clear liquid (it looks like water) and one pump is enough to cover your entire face. I love the pump on this thing, which makes it so easy to apply to a cotton round and rub across my face. This doesn’t tug or pull on my face and I quite enjoy using it. Similar to the cleanser, you get a LOT of product with this (double what I normally get in my usual toners). This is definitely beauty swatched approved.

Optimal Brightening Concentrate ($90 CAD, 1 oz/ 30ml)

 

Optimal Brightening Concentrate
Optimal Brightening Concentrate claims: The essence of the NARSskin collection. Infused with NARS’ exclusive Light Reflecting Complex, this advanced radiance-boosting serum instantly brightens skin and revitalizes the complexion. Potent Multi-Action Vitamin C clarifies and evens skin tone while working long term to prevent and help repair signs of aging while encapsulated Noni Fruit Extracts boosts cellular energy. Dark spots begin to fade from view and skin appears youthful, prismatic, and illuminated. For all skin types. Dermatologist Tested& Non-Comedogenic. Synthetic Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Alcohol-Free Clinical results after 3 weeks: 92% agree their skin looked revived after the applying the product 83% agree their complexion looked brighter *in vitro test

As the pricest piece of the NARS skincare collection, I held this serum up to really high standards. Although at first glance this serum looks completely white, it actually has a pink iridescent to it that is made apparent when you take a close look at the product left behind on the black pump. When applied to the skin, this serum sinks in immediately, is completely transparent and gives me a nourished feeling. I’m on the fence with this: I do enjoy it, have noticed an increase luminosity in my skin and better skin days overall. Conversely I haven’t noticed my dark spots diminishing nor any signs of aging and for the price tag I feel like it should hold true to ever single claim. Overall this is nice but  I think I’ll beauty swatch approve this until I find an alternative. Let the search, begin!

Total Replenishing Eye Cream ($68 CAD 0.52 oz/ 15ml)

Absorbs quickly to visibly reduce fine lines, wrinkles and the appearance of dark circles. Enriched with Beech Bud Extract to boost collagen production.* Puffiness is reduced for a supple and smooth eye area. Contains the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ designed to restore skin’s youthful radiance and reflect light like a prism. For all skin types. Ophthalmologist & Dermatologist Tested. Non-Comedogenic. Synthetic Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Alcohol Free

This is a bit thicker of an eye cream that I am used to, although not a heavy opaque cream, this is a semi-opaque hybrid texture between a gel and a cream. As I apply this to my under eye area I can feel it filling in the fine lines and can see it when I go in with concealer in the mornings as I have a much smoother canvas to work with.  While nice, I haven’t noticed a major difference in my under eyes but will continue to use this . Since I likely wont repurchase this is not beauty swatched approved.

 

Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer ($70 CAD, 1.8 oz)

 

This is a gel based cream that boasts a library of moisturizing benefits. While I do enjoy the moisturizer its not the game changer for me. It does do a good job of moisturizing the skin, it quickly sinks into my skin and I feel comfortable after wearing this (not needing to go in for a second application). However, for a more intense hydration I much prefer the Biotherm Aqua source so for that reason I likely wont repurchase. It’s actually similar in feel to the Neutrogena moisturizing cream found at the drugstore. Overall, it is nice but not beauty swatched approved.

Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer
Claims: A refreshing, aqua-rich gel-cream that hydrates, revitalizes and fortifies the skin. Enriched with Dynamic Aqua Technology to improve water retention, skin becomes supple and fine lines and wrinkles noticeably soften. Contains the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ designed to restore skin’s youthful radiance and reflect light like a prism. Ideal for normal to oily/combination skin and seasonal oiliness Dermatologist Tested & Non-Comedogenic. Synthetic Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Alcohol-Free, Oil-Free 1.8 oz/50ml

Total Replenishing Eye Cream ($68 CAD, 0.52 oz)

This eye cream is a slightly thicker consistency than the aqua gel cream. It’s an opaque almost silicone feeling cream that blends into the skin pretty fast upon tapping it in. I feel like this smooths out my under eye area (more than I feel that it moisturizes it) so that when I apply concealer it glides on a lot more effortlessly, looks better (doesn’t cake or look dry) and even lasts longer. Per the claim, I have not noticed this reducing my dark circles or fine lines. It’s nice to use under makeup and a nice moisturizer for my under eyes but over priced for the benefits I receive. For this reason, it is not beauty swatched approved!

Total Replenishing Eye Cream
Claims: Absorbs quickly to visibly reduce fine lines, wrinkles and the appearance of dark circles. Enriched with Beech Bud Extract to boost collagen production.* Puffiness is reduced for a supple and smooth eye area. Contains the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ designed to restore skin’s youthful radiance and reflect light like a prism. For all skin types Ophthalmologist & Dermatologist Tested. Non-Comedogenic Synthetic Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Alcohol Free

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Total Replenishing Eye Cream
Total Replenishing Eye Cream

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7 thoughts on “Skincare Chronicles: NARS

    1. Me TOO! I had to use up a gift card at a department store and almost spent an entire hour there just walking around hoping something would catch my eye until I wandered into the skin care aisle and NARS was featured on a table stand. It’s such a clean, pure and simple line. I use it every day and night religiously

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      1. I have extremely oily skin and am acne prone. However, in high school and pretty much all of college I had some pimples here and there, mostly from “that time of the month.” It’s just been recently that my skin has freaked out! I think it might be because I moved from a state full of humidity, to a state with more rain and less humidity. It could be the change of climate, but it’s been really bad. 😕

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      2. Climate change and even the type of water (how hard it is) can make skin go crazy. I’m so sorry to hear, I know how painful the struggle can be. But you know what? Years from now when my dry skin (I took accutane and my skin changed from oily to normal slightly combo) starts to show wrinkles and your gorgeous skin stays supple form all of the wonderful oils on your skin, you will only look younger and I’ll be drenching my face in oils!! One cream I found was rich enough to penetrate my skin and light enough to not feel heavy or greasy when I was going through my acne days was the Biothem Aqua Source. It doesn’t really have any frills to it and sounds kind of boring but a really rich, wonderfully flamboyant older lady who used to come to a shop I was a cashier at used to use this and at the time I was desperate to try anything so I gave it a whirl) and I continued to repurchase it ever since. If you live near a Sephora and can sample it, I recommend it

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      3. Maybe that’s what’s going on with mine right now! Very true, I’m glad to have oily skin in that way! I will have to check out that cream! I’ve been trying to find a good one for awhile! Thanks for the recommendation! 😊

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