A couple of weeks ago I reviewed this amazing holiday set from Nars, the Love Triangle in the shade Deep Throat. But that wasn’t the only Love Triangle I got, I actually also got on in the shade Dolce Vita. I know it’s a little late to review a Christmas gift set now, but because the products that are inside are products you can buy all year round I thought it would still be okay to do so now. Anyway, today I’m going to review this adorable little set including a mini Nars Blush in the shade Dolce Vita and a little Nars Audacious Lipstick in the shade Audrey. If you’re interested in reading about all that, make sure you continue reading!
So, let’s start off with discussing the packaging and what comes inside the set. The products come inside this little Triangular shaped box. I believe you can actually hang this in your Christmas tree which is just way too adorable. Packaging wise I think it’s a great gift because it just looks really cute and it’s a nice size for gifting. But obviously you can also buy this for yourself like I did, because you deserve gifts too. And it doesn’t matter who buys them for you.
Anyway, when you open up the little box you will find a ton of wrapping paper to protect the two products from breaking and you will find two mini products. Like I said in the review from the other set I do think that the sizes could have been amped up a little bit, I mean these products are incredibly small. I actually received a free mini blush that is the same size as this one and this set costs 20 bucks, so honestly, I would’ve liked seeing somewhat bigger products inside this box. Aside from that I do think that the packagings of the products look good. The blush is small but does look adorable and it has a little mirror on the inside. The lipstick looks similar to the full size one but just a little shorter.
Nars Love Triangle in Dolce Vita – €22
So, let’s start off with the Nars Audacious Lipstick in Audrey shall we? This lipstick comes in a really pretty matte black tube. The outside is made out of rubberised plastic like most Nars packagings and I love the feel of that. The tube has very straight edges and overall I think it looks very sleek and professional. The packaging feels very well made and also quite hefty for a small lipstick like this which does make it feel like a rather luxurious product. Because this is a mini it’s obviously smaller in size than the full size, but it is just as wide as the full size.
The shade that came in this set is called Audrey. Audrey is a gorgeous bright, deep red shade. A shade that I would normally never, ever go for. I think that everyone who knows me a little knows that buying this set was quite a bold choice for me. However, around the holiday season I do like to wear a red lip occasionally and if I do, I do want to use a proper product. Therefore this set with this shade of lipstick seemed like a great buy for me. I think that the shade looks absolutely stunning and I think it would look stunning on so many different skin tones. It’s just a great, universal yet unique red shade.
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Audrey – €31 (full size)
Moving on to the claims. According to Nars their Audacious Lipsticks have dramatic depth and an unstoppable character. The lipsticks are supposed to be modern and shamelessly seductive in touch and texture. The sensation is supposed to be audacious. The unadulterated luxury glides on like satin across the skin with single-stroke coverage. The lipsticks are supposed to be full-coverage and creamy, they are supposed to smooth and nourish the lips and be long-lasting.
So, let’s discuss these claims. Starting off by talking about the texture. Like Nars says in their claims, this is a creamy lipstick, it really has a shamelessly seductive touch and texture. That because it’s just like butter infused with satin. It’s so difficult to describe what it feels like but the best way I can describe it is that it feels like pure luxury on your lips. It’s such a delight to wear it and therefore this lipstick is totally up my alley.
As you can tell this lipstick is very pigmented. It’s a very creamy and rich lipstick and I love the look of that. Only one swipe of this lipstick is enough to achieve this intensely pigmented look. Like Nars claimed it’s also a nourishing and comfortable lipstick to wear because of its nice and creamy texture. I can really appreciate a comfortable lip colour so this really is up my alley. I also love the creamy shine, I think that gives it an extra sexy look.
Aside from being nourishing and creamy Nars also claimed that this lipstick is long lasting. And it definitely is. I wore this during Christmas day all day and it stayed in place for hours. And keep in mind that I had a lot to eat and drink that day, I even kissed a little, and it just stayed put. It did transfer a little bit onto the things I touched with my lips so beware of that, but even if you transfer a bit of it onto something or someone else, there still is enough left on your lips for the rest of the day.
Lastly Nars claims that this lipstick is supposed to hydrate the lips throughout the day and that’s something I was interested in since most red lipsticks I own are terribly drying. However, this one really is the opposite of drying. It actually hydrates the lips throughout the day and when you take it off your lips will still be in great condition. And that means a lot to me!
Overall I’m a really big fan of the Nars Audacious Lipstick in the shade Audrey. It’s definitely not a shade I’d wear on a daily basis because I’m just more of a natural-lip kind of girl, but still I do think this is a really pretty colour. I also think it’s a flattering colour and a colour that could turn any makeup look into a very classy and sophisticated makeup look. But the colour isn’t the only thing I love about this lipstick.
It’s also a very high-quality product. The texture of this lipstick is just phenomenal. It’s such a nice and creamy lipstick. It really glides onto your lips when you apply it and it feels so nice and smooth. It is intensely pigmented and it has this gorgeous creamy finish. It stays in place all day and it hydrates your lips at the same time. Yup, this really is everything you are looking for in a lipstick and that’s 100% why I love this so flippin’ much. If you ever feel like splurging on a nice lipstick you just have to check out the Nars Audacious Lipsticks!
Moving on to the blush that also comes in this little Love Triangle. The blush that comes in this set is a travel size and therefore it comes in a miniature version of the full size Nars blushes. It has exactly the same shape and design, all that is different is the size of it. This little guy comes with 2.5 grams of product while the full size comes with 4.8 grams of product. I have to say that that’s not too bad, but the packaging is just so small it seems like there’s way less product in there than that. By the way, I do like that it’s this small because that does make it great for travelling. It really takes up no space at all!
The shade I got is called Dolce Vita. Nars has a couple of famous blush shades and Dolce Vita is a well-known one, but it’s not as famous as Deep Throat and Orgasm for example. However, I do really like the look of Dolce Vita. I think it’s a gorgeous classic shade that could be great for everyday wear. Dolce Vita is a bit of a purply dusty pink shade. It’s very unique because of the purple tone to it, but it’s also very wearable because it’s mainly pink.
Nars Blush in Dolce Vita – €32 (full size)
According to Nars their blush is the ultimate authority blush. It’s supposed to be a natural, healthy-looking colour that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application of this high-intensity hue should deliver a natural-looking flush. The blush is supposed to have a silky texture and because of the micronised powder it ensures soft, blendable application. Also the shades these blushes come in are supposed to be iconic.
Overall Nars makes it sound as if their blush is going to be all you need in your life. Like their blushes are the best and nothing else will ever matter. Of course I’m exaggerating things a little bit now, but that’s just what these claims sound like to me.
However, I can’t say that Nars is lying. When it comes to the texture they certainly are telling the truth. Like Nars already said in their claims this powder has a satiny texture and I really, really love that. It’s such a smooth and silky powder. And that’s not just nice to the touch, it also makes the blush go on so smooth and evenly. It’s just a dream to work with.
When it comes to pigmentation Nars got it right too. It’s actually a very pigmented blush. I normally always say that I actually prefer my blushes not to be too intense because I always feel like that’s a recipe for disaster. I still think that and therefore I do think you have to be careful with this blush, but well, you can’t say it’s not a pigmented blush.
Anyway, if you apply this blush with a light hand and a not too dense brush, this blush could definitely enliven your complexion and make you look all healthy and fresh, like Nars claims it will. I think it’s a very natural looking shade because it’s matte and it’s a shade your cheeks could actually turn in if you were flushing or if you’re just really cold or if you’re running a fever. But let’s just say the same colour your cheeks will turn into if you’re blushing. That’s sounds little better than a fever.
The staying power of this little guy is pretty impressive as well. I don’t really know why I already expected it, maybe because of my past experience with Nars blushes, maybe because of the way the swatch looks on my arm, but I did expect the staying power to be impressive. And it is. It definitely is. This baby stays in place all day long without a fail and that’s what I call a great characteristic!
Overall I do really love this Nars Blush in Dolce Vita. I absolutely love the name of the shade and the shade itself. I think this is what a perfect blush shade should look like. It’s simple because it’s a pink, but because of the purple tone to it, it’s still a very unique colour and I really appreciate that about it. I also really like the settle sparkle in this blush, it makes it a bit more fun but because it’s not too extreme it isn’t too fun if that makes any sense at all.
The quality of the blush is really nice as well. It’s a very pigmented blush and a blush with a gorgeous texture. It’s a very soft and satiny blush and it applies very beautifully onto the skin. I think that this is just one of the best blushes I have tried in a very long time and I’m really, really glad that I bought it.
Overall I really like this Nars Love Triangle. I think it’s a nice little set and a great way to get to know some of their products. Aside from the Audacious Lipstick in the other Love Triangle I got, I had never tried one of the Nars lipsticks before and I’m really glad that I finally got the chance to because in fact I really, really like them. The blush looks absolutely stunning as well and overall I just think it’s a nice set with great products!
And that’s the end of an incredibly lengthy review. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what you think of this set and which Nars Audacious Lipstick you’d recommend to me!