May 13, 2008

NARS Round Up Review: Abyssinia and More!

I got my hands on NARS Eyeshadow in Abyssinia finally. This color was released with the Spring Collection and I’ve been meaning to purchase it for ages. It’s not as bright and loud as my normal colors go but I adore it. I also got a few other NARS goodies that I’ll be discussing later on in this post!

Abyssinia is a very delicate pearl color which gives a faint creamy look to your eye. Using such a light color on your eye area will brighten it up and make you appear more awake! I love the simplicity of this color because it allows me to take advantage of using heavier liners on my eye. I normally avoid lining my eyes when I’m using brighter, bolder shades as I think it’s a bit too much but when I’m using a lighter color I love going to town with my liner and making it pop! Such is the case with NARS Eyeshadow in Abyssinia! It’s a beautifully, refreshing color for using as an all over color wash, a high brown highlighter, or as a prep for a bolder shade! Yesterday morning I used Abyssinia with MAC Dual Eye Pencil in Nighthawk and Front Row and the look came out rather awesome. I was able to take full advantage of darking my eyes up with MAC’s pencil while keeping my eyeshadow simple and natural! I was trying to recreate the look of NARS Spring and Summer Collection with my bold lips and natural eyes!

NARS Exotic Summer Collection Look and NARS Shanghai Lily Spring Collection Look

Here’s what I came up with:

Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Blush Powder in FemmeFatale

NARS Eyeshadow in Abyssinia
MAC Dual End Pencil in Nighthawk and Front Row
Majorca Majolica Mascara

Cynthia Rowley for Avon Lipstick in Plum Orchid
Cynthia Rowley for Avon Lipgloss in Plum Orchid

Since I’m discussing NARS might I mention the dual ended Lipgloss/Lipstain Duos! I’m feeling neutrals lately and NARS Dual End Lipgloss/Lipstain Duo in Stolen Kisses/Pamp is the perfect nude neutral combo! Pampa is a beautiful chocolate with touches of gold and Stolen Kisses is a Dusky Rose that compliments Pampa beautifully! I always stain my lips prior to applying gloss so this little guy is a god sent for me! The idea of having my stain and gloss in one easy tube is simplicity at it’s best! The stain is beautifully pigmented and the gloss is wonderfully emollient without being sticky or tacky! The shades go wonderfully together! Each Duo is $28 USD and available for purchase at NARS or Sephora.

Last on my list is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Since falling in love with Bobbi Brown’s lip crayons I really adore the idea of a lip pencil that you can use for not only lining but filling! NARS version of the lip pencil is a moisturizing, pigmented pencil of color that’s simple to use and great to have around for on the go touch ups! The color I got was Belle de Jour which is a sheer beige! Toting around a small pencil that works like a lipstick makes my life simple plus the color selection is awesome!

I’m looking forward to snagging some of NARS Summer Collection to review for you shortly!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • petitez

    You look more ‘executive’? Looks more formal while your previous FOTD was more fun. Anywayz, pretty as always! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Adina

    Fantastic look izzy! Would love to see brighter lips on your more often!

  • MandyPandy

    Oh Izzy! You and that eyeshadow are so much more beautiful than that shiteous skank, Lydia Hearst! Why won’t you take her picture down? Do you really want to hurt me?!?

  • Row


    I didnt think much of Abysinya BUT, you look beautiful in the FOTD. I see what you mean, mmm it was stunning. I think I might not get Abyssina but get the duo, which is also a nude or the new Portobello?

    I find nars lippies a bit drying (even tho I have ten!!!). ohhhhh it does look nice.

  • the Muse

    hey pets.

    Mmm kinda hehe. Thanks very much darlin’ ๐Ÿ™‚ I was going for a neutral look I guess with the brown and cream ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    hey adina!

    aw thanks lovie! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll be sure to get more bright with my lippies during my next fotds ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • the Muse

    hey mandy ๐Ÿ˜‰

    LOL! thanks! Ok Ok don’t look I promise by morning she’ll be gone k?


  • the Muse

    hey rows!!!!

    It’s really subdued and very natural and nice. It’s not particularly wow aspiring but it’s great as a color wash!

    I’m curious about the new line myself…they have a duo which is best in my humblest, saves $

    They are a tiny bit drying but I like the color pay off! They do some sincerely great stuff ESPECIALLY the blush!

  • Eru

    Sweetie!! (*o*)
    You look gorgeous!!! I totally love the lips, and I think you really customized the Nars look to fit you.
    Hugs! :3

  • chrissy

    I like Bobbi Brown too but the pencils are better from NARS. Like your blog I read it all the time.

  • Ruby

    You know what…I think you’re a gazillion times prettier than the model they used for this collection.

  • the Muse

    hey eru!

    Thanks *blush* Appreciate it!! I’m loving this shadow ๐Ÿ˜‰

    hugs back at you!

  • the Muse

    hi chrissy!

    I only have the one pencil so far but it’s definately nice ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not sure if I like it better than BB ๐Ÿ˜‰ we shall see!!!!! Thanks for reading my blog. Hope to see you around here!

  • the Muse

    hi ruby!

    Oh gosh thank you but hardly. I wish! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re very sweet to say so!


    Thanks for your compliment/comment Ruby ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to hear from you again soon!

  • PaoPao

    Hi again!

    Exotica collection promo photo scares me a bit ๐Ÿ™

  • the Muse

    hi pao pao!

    loving specked out blythe ๐Ÿ™‚

    lol yes it’s very dark and goth. Both promos have been so far ๐Ÿ˜‰

    But the good news is they colors are pretty wearable!