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Before I crack on with chatting about the new NARS Motu Tane Palette… I wanted to just take little moment to chat about the brand itself. NARS has long held a place in one of my favourite brands for makeup. A collection filled with iconic products along with a perfect blend of quality products that work, plus a good old sense of fun and a sort of sophisticated playfulness. All with a certain something that just feels special all combined makes for a ‘perfect storm’ of what I look for from a beauty brand these days. Back in 2014 I had the chance to meet and interview Francois Nars (you can read that post HERE), so for me personally there’s just something a little extra as I’m always aware what an honour that was to have experienced, something that definitely sways me in having a soft spot for NARS on the whole. To top it all off, their latest imagery on Instagram has me shouting a big old YES at my little phone screen whenever I see it. Embracing real skin and beauty regardless of age – a beauty brand happily showcasing women with lines and things other brands seem to deem ‘flaws’ but are actually just real life features really does get me. I’m so so bored of the airbrushed perfection that’s just so far removed from reality – it’s wonderfully refreshing to see such a huge brand happily show those real elements of beauty.
But, I digress with a little bit of a NARS fangirl waffle. Back to taking a moment for the context on the NARS Private Paradise Collection is all inspired by Mr Francois Nars private Island in Bora Bora. Yes that’s right, he has a private island. Pretty spectacular right? I mean, if I had a private Island I’d name a collection after it too.
The whole NARS Private Paradise collection includes two face palette trios – one names after the private island owned by Francois Nars – Motu Tane (the one shown here) and the other named after a sister island in Bora Bora, Motu Tapu. Both the NARS Motu Tane and the Mot Tapu palettes are exclusive to Harvey Nichols.
Each palette has a trio of shades, a highlight, a blush and a bronzer. All housed in the signature NARS black packaging with the added touch of some tropical floral print with French Polynesian details (a traditional Bora Bora boat scene and some tropical fish too) on the outer packaging. Inside there are the three good sized pans of colour and a decent sized mirror to make them ideal for on the go. The Motu Tane palette will be the focus of this post but in comparisson to the Motu Tapu palette Motu Tane is more pinky toned blush and Motu Tapu more peachy/orange so if you lean towards the more orange toned shades make sure you pop to Harvey Nichols (store or online) and take a look at that palette instead. But for the more pink preferring lot of us, let’s take a peek at the NARS Motu Tane palette in closer detail.
The shade that has impressed me the most is the highlight in the shade Makatea as it’s the most beautiful glowy not glittery champagne shade. The bronzer is the classic NARS icon Laguna which whilst a classic, is a fairly deep shade for a bronzer and won’t work as well for paler skin tones. But you can always be clever and use it as an eye shade instead if it perhaps isn’t quite right for you. Then there’s the blush in the shade Manava a pinky colour comparable to the pinky base of the Orgasm blush but without the peachy golden sheen tones to it. It has a soft sheen to give that glow but in the same rosy pink not a contrasting shade. One that I’d say will work pretty universally on skin tones.
All in all, a gorgeous trio of NARS goodness, if you already love Laguna then it’s an ideal palette to cover all bases on the cheek & glow front. A little dose of the tropical glow when a chilly Autumnal day couldn’t feel further from the platium sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons of the NARS private island… and £36 for a palette is way cheaper than a return flight to paradise…
The NARS Private Paradise collection palettes in Motu Tane and Motu Tape are available now EXCLUSIVE to Harvey Nichols: NARS at Harvey Nichols (NARS Motu Tane palette £36)