The NARS 2015 collection has more twists than a woman-in-peril movie on Lifetime (which I’ve been watching A LOT lately, as you can tell). You know, like, just when you start to think that the birth mother of the baby that the movie’s protagonist planned to adopt might actually be a a nice girl, but then it turns out that she’s wanted in eight states for kidnapping and extortion! *gasp!*
Equally surprising twists are happening in the 14-piece NARS 2015 collection, which launches July 15 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com, and August 1 at Sephora and NARS counters at department stores.
Instead of the same-o’, same-o’, usual mix of eyeshadow duos and singles, NARS mixed things up with an entirely new line of twist-up shadow sticks.
BOOM. Mind blown.
The $28 NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks are creamy twist-up eyeshadows that you can use as cream shadows or as bases for powder eyeshadows — or, heck if you’re feeling creative, as eyeliners, or even as face highlighters.
The eight featured in the fall collection are pale gold Hollywoodland, shimmery golden black Aigle Noir, navy Glenan, pink champagne Goddess, quartz Oaxaca, shimmery deep teal Sukhothai, black Filbuste and gray Reykjavik.
When I use these on my lids as cream shadows, they glide across my skin, and the formula spreads without any resistance when I go back in with a brush to diffuse the edges. It takes about seven and a half minutes for them to dry/set (yes, I totally timed it, LOL!), which means plenty of play time for me to take my sweet time moving the shadows around and blending the colors together.
So far, I’m really liking how easy they are to work with (and I’m also loving the satiny finish of the shimmers).
But wait, there’s more! 🙂 The Velvet Shadow Sticks aren’t the only things here with a twist. The colors themselves are kind of unusual for fall.
Instead of rich berries, reds and sooty smokey shades, NARS Fall 2015 includes two summery nude lip glosses in pinkish beige Chelsea Girls and shimmering candy pink Baby Doll ($26 each), as well as a rosy, shimmery, sandy blush called Blush in Tribulation ($30) that could pass for a warm-weather highlighter.
You know I love nude lips, so I’m all about the glosses. 🙂 They apply effortlessly with the brand’s standard gloss formula, so they’re unscented, unflavored, lightweight, non-sticky and VERY comfortable.
Chelsea Girls is my favorite of the two because it’s one of those warm and creamy pinkish beiges that you can wear pretty much everywhere with anything. If the name sounds familiar, it is! Chelsea Girls is also a current NARS Lip Lacquer.
Technically, Tribulation is a blush, which is funny to me because it looks more like a rosy beige highlighter on my skin. In these pics (up top and below) I’m wearing it buffed onto the tops of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose for a very soft, diffused effect…which is exactly my kinda highlight!
As for the rest of the release, well, you know how NARS does red lipsticks, and the one here is also a beauty. Warm brick red Lipstick in VIP Red ($27) is rich, smooth and completely opaque. Of course, it’s so intensely pigmented that there’s no way I can pull it off without a lip brush and a lip liner. I mean, there’s just no room for error. I tried doing it freehand, and every little mistake stood out.
Rounding out the collection are two new shades of Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow — golden shimmery brown Telesto and shimmering peacock burgundy Pasiphae ($29 each) — both of which glimmer and glow on lids.
I like wearing them by themselves on my lids for a high-beam, eye-opening gleam, but I bet they’ll look even more amazing on top of a blackened base.
NARS Fall 2015: Swatches
Don’t miss the Velvet Shadow Sticks
Exciting stuff! Keep an eye out for the new Velvet Shadow Sticks when the collection arrives. For me they’re the stars of the show, along with the interesting fall color choices, like the summery nude lips and the blush that imitates a highlighter. I’m always up for flexible products that transcend seasons.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Stay tuned for a look at the two new NARS eye palettes also being released for fall 2015.