So I am having some serious product love recently, and I thought you should know about it. NARS has long been a favorite cosmetic company (Orgasm blush FTW!) , but they've gone above and beyond in my recent experience.
NARS The Multiple, $38
Last month's Birchbox included a miniature version of The Multiple in South Beach (shimmering apricot), and I have used it several times since then. NARS describes The Multiple as an "all-in-one, cream-to-powder, multi-purpose makeup stick." I use it to add a little bit of color to my face if I'm not wearing any other makeup, and it does wonders just to give me a bit of a healthy glow in just a few seconds. I wasn't sure the apricot color would work for me when I first opened the stick, but it is actually very subtle and flattering. Best of all, once it's on, I can't feel it at all--it's not greasy and nearly weightless.
Orgasm Illuminator, $29
Orgasm Illuminator is described as a "complexion enhancer." What it does for me is simple--it makes my blush last all day. I use a little bit of this light cream over my foundation and under my Orgasm blush, and I end up with blush that looks nearly exactly the same at 8pm as it did at 8am. I have no idea how that works, but it works. Ideally, I'd like blush that just lasts all day, but this is the next best thing.
Powder Foundation SPF 12, $45
Confession: I kinda think liquid foundation is gross. The texture of it squicks me, and it always seems to go on too heavy in some places and not heavy enough in others. Cream foundation is better, but I have always wanted powder foundation, with it's easier application and not spilling all over things, to work out for me. Previous attempts at it, however, have proved useless--no different than just using powder. Until now. I was put off by the price, but I sucked it up and bought NARS Powder Foundation SPF 14 in Deauville ("light to neutral complexions with a perfect balance of pink and yellow"), and I'm never going back. The stuff is magic. It goes on easy, with its own sponge, and it truly does act like both a foundation and a powder. It's lightweight, it doesn't seem to be drying, and it does improve the look of my skin (though I still use a spot concealer underneath it). The staying power seems to be really good, too, especially in combination with the Illuminator.
With the addition of these three products to my makeup bag, I feel really satisfied with my current lineup. I have everything I need to create a quick day face (less than 5 minutes) or a more labor intensive night face, and I feel good about it. Awesome!