The collection includes six limited edition sets, and here’s a look at three of them (not shown are the lash kit, the gloss duo and the mini brush kit). They’re some of the best deals I’ve seen so far this holiday makeup season.
Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 15 Artist Shadow palette ($59, a $221 value)
The Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 15 Artist Shadow palette
A closer look at the Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 15 Artist Shadow palette
The colors themselves are all re-promotes from the permanent line, so these aren’t brand new products, but you may not mind, even if you already have a few of the colors…
And the reason for that? Price break!
Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 Artist Plexi-Gloss Collection ($150, a $228 value)
Gray does not grandstand in the new NARS Steven Klein holiday 2015 color collection, but if it did, and there were more gray in the release, [THIS] would be right about where I’d insert a 50 Shades of Grey joke about my cat’s never-ending need to dominate my life.
Um, yeah! You know how NARS is with their holiday collections — they like to take the road less traveled, which in this case means nothing too candy cane-covered or outwardly holiday-ish. This year’s color collection, a collaboration with fashion photographer Steven Klein, has an artsy edge to it, and by “artsy edge,” I mean that if a billionaire playboy were ever to invite you to the secret playroom in the back of his mansion, this collection would suit your favorite pair of shiny dominatrix boots quite nicely.
As NARS puts it, imagine “Fantasy. Roles. Rules.”
NARS Steven Klein Killer Shine Lipsticks in Redemption, Besame Mucho and No Shame ($29 each)
NARS Steven Klein Killer Shine Lip Glosses in Special Force, Fast Life and Provoke ($28 each)
Shiny vinyl-like finishes play a big part in this 15-piece limited edition launch of pieces for eyes, cheeks, lips and nails. As they are with the Steven Klein holiday gifting sets we looked at last week, lip products are again the stars of the show. There are three lipsticks and three glosses in a completely new formula called Killer Shine, and they’re so glossy and bright that your dominatrix boots be totes jelly.
NARS also carries that same concept of lovely lusters over to the products for eyes, cheeks and nails.
And now that I think about it…there’s very little, if any, matte here, so if you’re drawn to glitter and shimmer like a moth to a flame, then holla! — you’ll probably find something to like in this release.
NARS Steven Klein Dual-Intensity Blush in Vengeful ($45)
It wouldn’t be the holidays at NARS without a gift set with some man junk…
NARS Steven Klein Full Service Mini Kabuki Brush Set ($95)
And a lady in a Jason Voorhees mask…
So, yeah. It’s pretty much business as usual over at NARS!
The brand likes to scoot along the razor’s edge with their holiday collections, often doing collaborations with cutting edge artists, and their holiday releases are anything but boring and traditional. Instead of reindeers and candy canes, we get ladies in lingerie wearing sexy aliens masks.
I hope the holidays are hella balm, girl, because you know what!? YOU DA BALM.
You da balm dot com!
The balm…? Get it??
Alright, alright, I know. Weak word play…but it’s so much fun.
Yes, I’m actually holding theBalm In the Balm of Your Hand palette ($39.50) in the palm of my hand…
The holidays have officially begun over at theBalm. Their new holiday 2015 collection is available now, and it’s just two pieces — actually, two palettes. One of them is called “In theBalm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol. 1,” so you’ll literally be able to hold theBalm in the palm of your hand.
Both palettes are filled with some of the brand’s most popular products, so there aren’t any new colors here. One consists of powder and cream products for eyes, cheeks and lips, and the other contains a trio of powder highlighters.
Center stage: the Dior 5 Couleurs State of Gold Eyeshadow Palette in Blazing Gold #866 ($63, available now at dior.com and coming to Dior stores and counters this November)
Despite its official moniker, “State of Gold,” Dior’s holiday 2015 collection could have been called “State of Gold and Gray,” because gray makes a memorable appearance. Dior played with the concept of mixed metals in this release, and even though gray is not a color that usually pops into my head when I think, “Yay! Holiday collections!” I think it really works here.
I’ve been wearing five of the 13 pieces in the release, which is available now at dior.com and coming to Dior stores and counters this November, and I’m impressed by the way Dior handles these mixed metals.
But first! — why gray and gold? Well, both are iconic, signature colors at the House of Dior, much like beige and black are over at Chanel.
The Dior 5-Couleurs State of Gold Eyeshadow Palette in Blazing Gold #866 ($63)
But with this collection, Dior handles the two colors in what I think are unconventional ways, like what they’ve done here with the eyeshadow palette I’ve been wearing, Blazing Gold. There’s a cool gold in the center next to a gray shade, but the gray isn’t just one of those blasé run-of-the-mill grays. No, it’s a breathtaking shimmery taupe-ish gray with flecks of cool golden micro glitter.
Seriously, it’s so beautiful that I almost can’t take it! — and when you wet it and wear it as an eye liner? Great Caesar’s ghost, it sparkles like 100 Leonid meteor showers. Gimme dat sparkly gold and gray!
The Diorific Vernis in Gris-Or #227 and Passion #951 Nail Lacquers ($28 each)
I love funky combos and interesting ideas like that, and Dior does it again with the Gris-Or Nail Lacquer, where they combined gold and gray in the nail polish. I never would have expected it to work — a mix of metallic gold and metallic platinum? — but I think it totally does.
I’ve worn two of the four lacquers in the collection — gold and platinum Gris-Or and creamy, classic red Passion — and I like them both.
And can we just talk about Dior’s nail polish brush for a second? Isn’t it the best thing ever?! Flat and wide, it covers my entire nail from base to tip in a single swipe, and that brush tip is a beast. I love the crescent moon shape; it perfectly fits along the base of my nails, creating crisp, clean lines every time. It never leaves a mess, either, by getting polish on my cuticles.
Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipstick in Radieuse #430 and Fascinate #580 ($38 each)
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Try one of these makeup tutorials
Hey, sweets! Take out your palettes and your brushes, and let's do some makeup. :) It's not gonna be hard (I promise). All you need is some patience, some practice and a little guidance. I've got a couple of tutorials here that will help you along, like this one for a pretty cocktail party look, a shimmery mermaid, or this one here I like for picture occasions.