413 BLKR is available exclusively from the New York 413 Bleecker Street NARS Flagship store, and also from NARS online. I couldn't just buy one product (got to hit that free shipping amount) so I added Gaiety blush from Spring 2012 and Madison Avenue pencil in the new Larger than Life Longwear Eyeliner.
I've never ordered from the NARS UK website before, so I was surprised when the products were actually sent from France - it took 5 working days from when I placed my order to when I received it.
Swatches. Madison Avenue is a medium grey with no shimmer, 413 BLKR is an ashy lavender grey with subtle shimmer and Gaiety is a light lavender pink with a sheen. Gaiety swatches and applies much lighter than I'd expect it to from the colour in the pan, and, unusually for NARS, I do have to pack it on for it to show up on my skin.
The pencil is a great pencil and makes a good strong line that doesn't budge, but you literally need to smudge it within 10 seconds to soften the line. After that, it's set. This doesn't suit how I typically like to wear liner (I like a softer, more diffused line), but it would be good for anyone who does like a more defined line from a pencil. This isn't going to get a lot of use from me though - I actually prefer London in the old, smudgy eyeliner formula.
All three applied.
This is another try today - I'm not so lousy with cold and I used my normal black pencil applied first and smudged rather than the NARS Madison Avenue. I like the combination a little better worn like this, but these still aren't the best colours for me. Sometimes I forget that I'm more Elphaba than Glinda in complexion and colouring.
The blush is actually not too bad on me, but I think I might have been better off with Lhasa rather than 413 BLKR eyeshadow.
I haven't made any 'Why did I buy that?' mistakes in a while, so I guess I was due one. If I'd seen the eyeshadow or pencil in person, I probably would not have bought them - that's the peril of online shopping I suppose!
Have you made (or avoided) any makeup purchase mistakes recently?