The French have a way of embodying chic, effortless beauty. Translating this timeless, simple but elegant approach is the focus of Charlotte Gainsbourg, in her first beauty collection for NARS. And what better season than summer to pare down your makeup to just the essentials?

In the Charlotte Gainsbourg for NARS Collection, the makeup is sheer, light and modern. It starts with the new Hydrating Glow Tint. Not really a foundation, as much as a “skin perfector”, this gel-cream has a whipped texture. I tried the Light shade out of the four available choices. I usually wear Alaska or St. Moritz in the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, depending on the season. Light worked out fine, although my ideal shade is probably right in between the Light and Medium. The oil-free formula feels good on, and wears well. There is definitely a dewy, glow finish and no SPF.

Eyes are smoky, with two new Velvet Eyeshadow Duos and three Kohliners for the essential smudged look. Cheeks have a dewy, natural glow with new three new shades of Multiples. Lips are shaded with either the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil or sheer Lip Tints. There are plenty classic red and berry shades to choose from, as you would expect in a French-inspired collection.

The Multiple in Jo is OMG so good. The color is the most gorgeous, barely-there, sheer pink with a dewy finish. My go-to look is the Hydrating Glow Tint, the Jo Multiple on cheeks, the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in London Clinic (which is the perfect shade of pink-nude), and a swipe of mascara. That’s my version of French-girl chic, it takes no time at all and it works!

Also exciting is the new Au Poil Brush Roll, complete with Eye Blending Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, Concealer Brush, Face Brush, and Face Highlighting Brush. Although I haven’t tried this particular set, I do have other NARS brushes, which are very nice quality. NARS rarely offers brush sets, so this is a nice find.

The Charlotte Gainsbourg for NARS Summer Collection is available now at For an easy, summer makeup look, there are plenty of great products to pick up!


Disclosure:  Several press samples were provided by the brand/PR for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and review. Affiliate links have been used in the post, which means a small commission is earned when you purchase through the site.
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