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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.
An advanced treatment mask that provides a surge of hydration to the skin. Potent natural botanicals enhance collagen production and protect skin’s elastin for ultra-soft, youthful looking skin.
Contains the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ designed to restore skin’s 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)
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 women's attention with sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths, but just as many weaknesses. It reaches its zenith with blushes, foundation shades, brushes, and lipsticks, but falters when it comes to pencils, and mascaras. Still, the best of NARS are really spectacular, and include expanded color palettes.
Although much can be said about the makeup side of this cosmetics line, there is very little, if anything, to be said about the skin-care products other than "Why bother?" or better yet, "What were they thinking?" Most of the cleansers are drying, the toners are dated formulations of alcohol and other irritants, and the moisturizers are mundane, poorly conceived and dated formulations. A little grape juice and fennel won't save a mix of alcohol, film-forming agent, and waxes, especially not at these inflated prices. And sunscreen? Completely absent; it's not even discussed. The assembly of products is attractively presented at NARS counters, but don't be fooled!
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.