Spring. NARS. 2015.
A pendulum swings back and forth between two nude worlds — one, a realm of cool-toned silver, and the other a roiling river of warm-toned coppery caramel.
My pulse pounded as I gazed at the new NARS Spring 2015 collection on the floor in front of me. Staring wide-eyed at the color palette, I thought, “Yeah, I’ll be able to rock this.”
Um…yeah, that’s where the story got weird, because the pieces proved to be a little more challenging than I thought.
This one’s a study in extremes.
It’s a small release, only seven pieces, but for me, that’s not enough. I will most definitely need to include some other products in the mix to make the most of these.
The word “dissonance” comes to mind, the concept in music where you purposefully play two notes at the same time that aren’t intended to be harmonious. That’s how I feel about what NARS has done here with the cool tones butted up against the warm. Yeah, nudes have been done to death…but not in this way. It’s very, vary NARS.
Why stop at pink nudes, peach nudes and brown nudes when you can also have silvery nudes? Maybe that’s a question NARS asks here, because there’s a lot of silvery shimmer in the house, which is kind of unusual for nudes.
I’m also getting a strange concealer vibe…
That’s right, concealer, as there are colors here, like the Lipstick in Liguria, that are close to skin tones.
Doesn’t Liguria look like it could pass for a stick foundation?
Or the pinkish Lip Gloss in Guyane and the Eye Paint — don’t they remind you of concealer? Or is that just me?
My favorite of the seven pieces is also a majestic hall, as in Valhalla, the single eyeshadow. Of course I like the mythological connection. 🙂 But I also like the shade, which is a warmer, more golden peachy version of Night Star, one of the Night Series Eyeshadows in the existing NARS line.
Reckless Blush, on the other hand, is probably my least fave and the most difficult to wear (at least for me). It’s very sheer, very frosty and weirdly silvery. It’ll almost certainly look better on lighter cheeks. For me, at best, it’s a highlighter.
The Duo Eyeshadow in St-Paul-De-Vence: Like a boiling orange, this one is extremely warm. It includes a shimmery, warm-toned nectarine and a satiny orangey brown which, incidentally, reminds me a little of MAC Saddle, only harder to use.
The problem isn’t the formula, because they blend just fine. I’m confused by the colors. Neither one seems particularly flattering on moi.
The Single Eyeshadow in Valhalla: If it’s good enough for Odin, it’s good enough for me. I’m really liking this one. 🙂 It’s a shimmery pinkish peach powder eyeshadow. I like layering it on top of the Eye Paint in Porto Venere in the middle of my lids, and also as a brow bone highlight.
The Blush in Reckless: More like confused..because this one’s just too sheer and too silvery. When I wear it, I don’t feel reckless at all, because I can’t really see it on my skin.
The Lipstick in Liguria: I like pearlescent golden caramel Liguria when I apply it, but it has a wandering soul. It meanders into my lip lines and highlights any lip flakes after a couple hours, and I’m not a huge fan of that.
The Lip Gloss in Guyane: Lovely atop Liguria, this creamy light pink reminds me of concealer.
Yes, I know that’s weird.
The Lipgloss in Vent Salé: Light and silvery, Vent Salé looks a little strange on my lips by itself. I think this one’s probably made to layer on top of something else.
The Eye Paint in Porto Venere: I like this creamy, peachy beige. I think it must have been inspired by MAC Painterly Paint Pot, only NARS made it softer to the touch.
Sometimes first impressions are exactly what you expect, and sometimes they aren’t. I expected this release to be easy to wear, but that has not been the case for me.
But I am intrigued… I do want to spend more time getting to know the products.
I can already tell for sure, though, that I’m not going to be able to wear Reckless Blush as a blush. It just doesn’t really show up on me.
The seven-piece NARS Spring 2015 collection is available now online and coming February 1 to Sephora and NARS counters.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,