A few months ago I read a few spoiler posts about the new NARS Summer Gifting Sets. I was completely drawn in by them and so I started saving up money for the release date. The gifting sets were due to release exclusively on the Selfridges website and in stores on the 1st July but there was a slight delay and so they weren't available until the next day. I thought they were all going to run out of stock really quickly but I was surprised to see that there was still stock left when I noticed that they were online.
There are three holiday gifting sets, including two lip pencil sets called True NARS and Ultimate NARS. There is also a cheek palette called Blame it on NARS. I couldn't resist purchasing them all.
On the right is The True NARS Lip Pencil Set, the boldest of both pencil sets including three slightly brighter, bolder shades. From top to bottom are two Satin Lip Pencils in the shades Yu and Luxembourg and a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Provocative Red. Yu is a bright, bold Fuschia, Luxembourg is a cherry red and Provocative is a medium beige, almost plum shade. They are all so perfect for the Summer and very wearable despite being a little on the bright side.
On the left is the Ultimate NARS Pencil Set, the most wearable of the two featuring the nude shades. From top to bottom is the Satin Lip Pencil in Stourhead, Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park and Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine. Stourhead is a light, almost Barbie pink shade, Biscayne park is a peachy-beige and Sex Machine has a mauvey tone to it.
The pigmentation is on point and I love that the sets include not one, but two different formulations of the lip pencils so you can choose between a matte or velvet-y finish. Each of the Pencil Sets come with a sharpener included which is a great touch. There's no need to search high and low for a new sharpener to fit them. What surprised me the most is that they have a RRP of just £29(say whaaat?!) which is pretty incredible considering just one individual lip pencil costs £17.50.
Last but no means least is the Blame it on NARS Cheek Palette, including the Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush Powder, Casino Bronzing Powder, Day Dream Blush, New Attitude Blush and a small ITA Kabuki Brush. The Satellite of Love highlighting brush is a stunning peachy- gold, Casino is a shimmery bronze, Day Dream is a matte coral-pink and New Attitude is a matte bright pink. They are all really pigmented, I am particularly impressed with the highlighting shade. It is stunning and really gives my skin a beautiful shimmery glow. The cheek palette is £45 and a fantastic way of trying out different products without forking out for an individual one.
Overall I absolutely love the new NARS Holiday Gifting Sets this year. The packaging and design are simply beautiful and the prices, well they're not to be looked down on. They are available to purchase exclusively from Selfridges only. Unfortunately the True NARS Lip Pencil set is no longer in stock but it's worth checking to see if they're online every once in a while or check up with Selfridges via twitter.