Say the words ‘exclusive’ and ‘save’ and I’m pretty much convinced I need to buy it.
During a recent student discount event on ASOS I bagged the NARS Heart’s Miami set, which is an ASOS exclusive. “With a 29% saving”. Plus 20% student discount. See? Already impressed with my Orgasm/Laguna blush bronze duo I couldn’t resist picking this up.
As always with NARS, the packaging is sturdy and sleek. The compact comes with Orgasm blusher, Laguna bronzing powder (never too much of a good thing?!) and 4 eye shadows. The big mirror is a welcome bonus. The lip gloss and nail polish also come in the shade Orgasm to tie it all in.
I won’t say anything about Orgasm and Laguna as you already know that I love these two, whether it’s separately or together and provide a lovely sun kissed ‘Miami’ glow (no chance of that here as it’s currently pouring with rain!).
The eye shadows make a nice little quad unique to the set with some really wearable colours.
Top left (1) - light pink with tiny sliver glitter. The payoff is okay but you would have to build this colour up to make an impact, as it’s so light or perhaps use it wet, which I haven’t tried. It would work really well to highlight the inner corner of the eye as I don’t think the glitter would be irritating at all.
Top right (2) - shimmer taupe/brown. Right up my street! This will probably be my most used in the set, just because it’s so easy to wear alone or build up into a neutral smoky eye.
Bottom right (3) - dark brown with a slight gold glitter running through it. This would be lovely blended out as a crease shade with the shimmer brown! Match made in heaven!
Bottom left (4) is a vibrant matte purple. Need I say more?
The four eye shadows are, on the whole, nice and pigmented and apply and blend well. The purple provides a really nice alternative crease shade if you wanted to mix your look up but to be honest I probably won’t touch if for any of my makeup looks (unless it’s fancy dress). The light pink will probably also go redundant, opting for my actual highlighter to go in the inner eye corners. The glitter in two of the colours did worry me at first but this hardly translated onto the eye at all as you can see from the swatches.
(L-R lip gloss, Orgasm, Laguna, 1, 2, 3, 4)
I have never tried a NARS lip gloss or nail varnish as I wouldn’t usually go high-end for these so I was excited to see what they were like. The lip gloss is a lovely peachy pink with gold shimmer (classic Orgasm!) which would look great on its own as a nude lip or over the top of a lipstick to add another dimension.
The nail varnish again is a peachy pink with tiny pieces of gold glitter to provide a lovely gold shimmer. This definitely needs a couple of layers to show the colour properly but is a lovely all round shade, showing off any tan you may have left from the summer, or warming up your hands in the winter. It applied like a dream so I am very impressed!
This compact is definitely a good one to pop in your bag/make up bag if you’re off out for touch ups, or going away as it compiles all the essentials in one place.
I was going to lie and say “I wouldn’t buy it if it was at full price” but that’s a lie. I probably would have caved. Probably more accurate to say that I won’t re-purchase (if it’s even still available... limited edition… didn’t really think about that one) but would definitely have a look at some NARS eye shadow duos or sets after trying out these.
Do you have any favourite NARS products you think I should try?