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NARS

Aqua Gel Luminous Mask

2.60 fl. oz. for $ 39.00
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This mask is incredibly basic (NARS may be a master at makeup, but his pricey skin care is not in the same league) though it will help slightly dry, dehydrated skin look and feel better. It contains some intriguing plant extracts and skin-repairing ingredients, but most of them are present in small amounts that do little to help your skin, let alone justify this mask’s price.

Perhaps most disappointing is the inclusion of a high amount of fragrance and lesser but still potentially problematic amounts of fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. Those add-ons make this mask far from essential, and the luminous effect comes from cosmetic pigments you’ll rinse down the drain, so why bother? If you still want to try this, it’s an OK option for normal to oily or minimally dry skin.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

An advanced treatment mask that provides a surge of hydration to the skin. Potent natural botanicals enhance collagen production and protect skins elastin for ultra-soft, youthful looking skin.

Contains the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex designed to restore skins youthful radiance and reflect light like a prism.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Isododecane, Propanediol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Ophiopogon Japonicus (Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract), PEG-10 Dimethicone, Parfum (Fragrance), Chondrus Crispus (Chondrus Crispus Extract), Viola Tricolor (Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract), Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Isostearyl Alcohol, Dodecene, Potassium Sorbate, Hydrolyzed Chondrus Crispus Extract, Algae (Algae Extract), Carrageenan, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium EDTA, Sophora Japonica (Sophora Japonica Root Extract), Barium Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thymus Serpillum (Thymus Serpillum Extract), Citric Acid, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Sodium Dehydroacetate, Fagus Sylvatica (Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract), Plankton Extract, Alumina, Tocopherol, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides)

NARS At-A-Glance

Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.

Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.

Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.

Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.

Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.

For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.

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