Blend The Rules | NEW NARS Soft Matte Foundation Stick | NEW Fall Shades of the Audacious Lipsticks & Mascara | Review & Swatches

Blend The Rules | NEW NARS Soft Matte Foundation Stick | NEW Fall Shades of the Audacious Lipsticks & Mascara | Review & Swatches |

Hey Beauties!

Tis’ the season for new releases and there are a million and one things on my radar. I’m slowly but surely working my way through the products that have come across my desk and today I wanted to share a peek at the newest permanent releases from one of my favourite brands – NARS Cosmetics

NARS is one of the most iconic makeup brands out there, known for their rule-breaking, high-style, forward thinking products that challenge the norm and celebrate individuality. They are all about creating products for every attitude and every lifestyle so no matter who you are or what you do they will have a range of products that are perfect for you. 

Blend The Rules | NEW NARS Soft Matte Foundation Stick | NEW Fall Shades of the Audacious Lipsticks & Mascara | Review & Swatches |

New For Base

Their latest release is perfection for the girl on-the-go, the girl who hustles all day long and needs to look put together and naturally flawless without too much fuss. The new NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick ($55 CAD/$45 USD) is a new foray for the brand who is so well known for their stunning foundations that come in liquid form (Sheer Glow, All Day Luminous etc). Now you can take the beautiful, skin like yet perfected magic that is NARS foundations wherever you go with this new double ended stick format. 


The new Velvet Matte Foundation Stick is a lovely cream foundation that instantly smooths over skin, covering most imperfections, redness, and discolouration with it’s low-medium yet buildable coverage. It blends beautifully into the skin and layers easily for a lightweight skin-like finish. It is perfect for the girl who likes a more natural look or for those easy makeup days when all you need is a little bit of coverage. 

It is described as having a “soft matte” finish that mattifies skin and it is indeed “soft” with more of a velvety satin finish that lets your natural glow show through. Although it is not an overly dry matte, I found this foundation to be best for combination or thoroughly hydrated skin that doesn’t have dry patches or excessive texture because it will accentuate that. It can be combined with a fuller coverage concealer and a setting powder to amp up the coverage and tame any issues but keep in mind that this foundation is not designed to deliver an intense flawless face so let your skin do the talking!

Blend The Rules | NEW NARS Soft Matte Foundation Stick | NEW Fall Shades of the Audacious Lipsticks & Mascara | Review & Swatches |

Application & Shade Range

Foundation sticks (and all other stick products in general) are one of my favourite forms of makeup. I love how quick and easy it is to swipe on and blend out and NARS have really nailed that aspect. The double ended stick has 0.31 oz of product on one end and a removable Touch-up Blender on the other. I love this packaging for those rushed mornings or days when I need to reapply because you can snap the blender into place and buff the product into the exact place you want it. On a regular basis, I use a beauty sponge to apply the foundation but I think the blender is a great idea for when I need to throw it in my purse and head out the door. 

The Velvet Matte Foundation Stick* currently comes in 20 shades, all of which match up with their other foundations. So if you are Siberia in Sheer Glow you will also be Siberia in the Velvet Matte – how awesome is that?

Blend The Rules | NEW NARS Soft Matte Foundation Stick | NEW Fall Shades of the Audacious Lipsticks & Mascara | Review & Swatches |

Overall, the shade range is great but could use some expansion. They have a pretty big collection of light-medium toned shades with both warm and cool undertones but they are lacking shades for very fair skin with a cool or neutral undertone as well as for deeper skin. 

Blend The Rules | NEW NARS Soft Matte Foundation Stick | NEW Fall Shades of the Audacious Lipsticks & Mascara | Review & Swatches |

I was sent the shades Fiji Light 5 (light with yellow undertones), Mont Blanc Light 2 (light with pink undertones), and Tahoe Med/Dark 2 (medium/dark with caramel undertones). I absolutely love the undertone of Mont Blanc but it’s actually a shade or two darker than my true skin tone. The lightest shade Siberia might have worked but it is too yellow for my neutral complexion. I am able to make Mont Blanc work with some blending and some bronzer and I really don’t mind with such a pretty finish. 

Blend The Rules | NEW NARS Soft Matte Foundation Stick | NEW Fall Shades of the Audacious Lipsticks & Mascara | Review & Swatches |

New For Lips

Another new release from NARS is probably one of the most exciting releases this year, my all time favourite lipstick formula has expanded to include 6 NEW SHADES! I originally reviewed the Audacious Lipsticks ($40 CAD)* 2 years ago (read it here) and I instantly fell in love with the shades Anna (a smokey rose) and Barbara (a tan rose)

Now they have released 6 new STUNNING shades of these weightless, ultra rich, super-pigmented, luxurious lipsticks. The shades are Vibeke (a beige nude), Linda (a caramel), Aya (a chocolate brown), Dayne (a lavender grey), Kirat (a deep bright purple) and Louise (a deep crimson)

Blend The Rules | NEW NARS Soft Matte Foundation Stick | NEW Fall Shades of the Audacious Lipsticks & Mascara | Review & Swatches |

(l-r Vibeke & Louise) 

New For Eyes

Last but definitely not least, the Audacious Mascara ($34 CAD)* has been given a facelift with 3 new fall appropriate shades (a purple, a navy and a red brown) It is described as “a buildable, all-in-one mascara with an exclusive, lash-catching brush that separates, lengthens, and amplifies” and it gave me long, fanned out lashes with a warm, smokey brown tone that had me feeling all sorts of festive. 

Blend The Rules | NEW NARS Soft Matte Foundation Stick | NEW Fall Shades of the Audacious Lipsticks & Mascara | Review & Swatches |

NARS is on top of the world with all of these new fall releases and just wait until you see their holiday collection! I have been loving the Velvet Matte Foundation Stick for no-makeup, makeup days and the darker shade has been great for cream bronzing. I am absolutely obsessed with the new shades of the Audacious Lipsticks and I have loved adding the Audacious Mascara to my lower lashes!

What is your favourite NARS product?

You can find NARS at Sephora,, Ulta, The Bay and Nordstrom.  

*press samples but opinions are all my own*



  1. Shelby Fitasamamabear
    November 14, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    I haven't heard of this company before so thanks! I like that the foundation stick comes in so many shades.

  2. Christine Weis
    November 14, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    I have never used this product before but it's worth trying. Love the shades! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ashley Miller
    November 14, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    Love your beauty tips, I've been waiting to try NARS foundation.-Ashley

  4. Tori
    November 14, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Nars has always been a favorite of mine! Their pigmentation on my skin is so great and

  5. Ngum Abi
    November 14, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I have seen NARS products but never tried itI want to try this lipstick now. Will definitely lookout for it

  6. Marisa MexiMoments
    November 14, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    OK. So I've never tried NARS yet , but I've been wanting to, especially the foundation stick!!! Thats awesome!

  7. Becca Glasser-Baker
    November 14, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    First off, your photography is so stunning! I think you're the first person I have seen review the new foundation stick! I'm so glad you did because it's certainly something I would consider purchasing!

  8. Lydia
    November 14, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    I love NARS. I am definitely going to be buying some goodies =)Lydia

  9. Jasmine @ The Jasmine Maria
    November 14, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    I've never tried their foundations. I need to get my hands on them.

  10. Kuleigh
    November 14, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    The Louise lipstick is the perfect fall color! NARS always do such a great job on their lip products!

  11. Olivia Muller
    November 14, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    I love Nars!! Definitely on the Xmas wish

  12. Becca Carnahan
    November 15, 2017 / 12:53 am

    Swooning over the Louise color!

  13. Breakfast at Lillys
    November 15, 2017 / 1:18 am

    NARS has such amazing products! I'll have to try some of these.

  14. RKCSouthern
    November 15, 2017 / 2:34 am

    Your photos are making me want this NARS lipstick just because it's so photogenic! I only have 1 NARS lipstick, but I love it, so maybe I need to look into getting more!

  15. xoxoBella Bucchiotti
    November 15, 2017 / 5:03 am

    I have never used NARS product before but Ive only heard good things about it. I really need to try it out.

  16. Kristin Thompson
    November 15, 2017 / 8:43 am

    I love NARS lipstick! I want to get one of the colors you have here!KristinThe Blush Blonde

  17. Platforms and Pacifiers
    November 15, 2017 / 10:53 am

    I've never used NARS! That lavender grey color sounds like what I need!! I love a good purple tone lip color!

  18. Deborah
    November 15, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    I seriously love all things by NARS – their foundation range looks amazing!xo DeborahCoffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  19. Cameron
    November 15, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Loving that Louise lip color! And while the foundation colors you swatched wouldn't have worked for me, I could find another NARS one that would!

  20. Oana Cristina
    November 15, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    I never used NARS products, but I've heard a lot about them. I'll take into consideration your inputs when I'll purchase one of their products.

  21. Paige Ladisic
    November 15, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    NARS is such a great brand! I don't know why but I love any makeup in stick form… that foundation stick definitely could work for me!

  22. julie @ a hopeful hood
    November 15, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    I'd never heard of NARS before this post! What a thoughtful review of it all!

  23. Mila @ Hangry Woman
    November 15, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    NARS has such beautiful colors, and I really like their shade range. I can't wait to try their foundation sticks!

  24. Collectively Christine
    November 15, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    I can't get over how beautiful some of these colors are.

  25. Shannon
    November 16, 2017 / 3:36 am

    Can you believe that I've never tried NARS? I've always been a MAC girl but am wanting to branch out. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Mary La Fornara
    November 16, 2017 / 6:01 am

    I've heard really great things about the Nars foundation stick. As soon I'm out of the foundation I'm currently using Nars here I come.

  27. Val Riley
    November 17, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Love NARS! I use their concealer but need to try this foundation

  28. Kaitlyn Killebrew
    November 17, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I'm always looking for new lip colors to try! These sound awesome!

  29. tdunlap
    November 19, 2017 / 5:04 am

    I love the look of that foundation stick, but am bummed like you that there doesn't seem to be a good shade for super fair skin (I'm incredibly pale!)Tori || Victori Media

  30. Amy | Pastel N Pink
    November 20, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    I always hear such great things about NARS products! I need to check them out

  31. Daynna Hartjes
    November 21, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    I love NARS! If I'm honest, I really don't love foundation sticks because I feel like I'm dragging a really dry thing all over my face and I don't want to get wrinkles! Lol, maybe it was just the formulation of some of the ones I've tried but I'm traumatized. Those lip colours look gorgeous though and I love so many other things out there from NARS! 🙂

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