I have always been a big fan of Nars Cosmetics since the beginning. I love that the brand had "black girl friendly" products from the start. With quality makeup and quality packaging, Nars was an instant hit with makeup artist and I was lucky enough to work with the line for a number of years. While I was always a fan of the makeup, I never got into the skin care. The packaging is gorgeous, but I was never compelled to dive in -- until now.
When I decided to purchase a few skin care items, I went for the more specialty ones only because I have a few cleansers and moisturizers that I need to use up and to be honest, it sounds weird, but I tend to judge a line based on their specialty skin care items. It's definitely not a guarantee, but if I'm impressed, I will go for the more basic items in a line. So I decided to try the Makeup Removing Water and the Restorative Night Treatment pieces.
MAKEUP REMOVING WATER
Since micellar waters are all the rage, this is the Nars version of that. This is a soap-free, alcohol-free, and oil-free water that is supposed to do what all micellar waters do -- remove makeup. I tried it out for a full two-weeks and compared it to the Bioderma and Garnier versions of the same product that I have and to be honest, the Nars Makeup Removing Water, was underwhelming. While it did remove some makeup, including a waterproof mascara, I think the Bioderma cleaned my skin better. It's not that I would never use it again, because it would be great for those days when you are wearing something super light. But for $28, it is way overpriced for what you get.
RESTORATIVE NIGHT TREATMENT
The Restorative Night Treatment is a very interesting product and interesting in a good way. Pretty much all makeup and skin care lines out there have a version of a nightly facial oil treatment that your usual liquid version. The Nars facial oil is a sort of solid "gel to oil" formulation that instantly melts when it makes contact with the skin. It is a dream product!! I love how you can truly control the amount of product because a little really goes along way. It has a very faint scent of monoi oil, but it's not offensive at all. It's a really great treatment to pump moisture into the skin and to stay hydrated. After a sleeping in this treatment, my skin looks so refreshed and glowy by morning. The only downside I have about the product is the the size. The amount you get is a little less than a full 1 oz size of a typical liquid face oil. I actually ordered it sight unseen, so I thought that the treatment was going to come in a larger container. It didn't, but because it's a solid performing product, I would definitely repurchase it.