The NARS Fall 2011 Collection Is Calling the Cool Girls to Come Over

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nars fall 2011

If I’d moved to New York all those years ago when the idea seemed like the greatest idea in the world, the NARS Fall 2011 collection would have been like my cool city friend. She would have strut down streets late at night wearing Helmet Lang dresses, black lace tights and sky-high stilettos, guiding us to all the best underground clubs and bars (long before they were written up in the New York Times).


I think there’s something very urban about this latest collection from NARS. While Summer 2011‘s carefree golds, greens and teals made me want to spend the day at the beach, these fall shades make me want to dress up and meet friends at a trendy restaurant downtown.

The nine piece collection for eyes, lips and nails (no blush this time) sets dark, bold hues against soft, subtle tones. I’m thinking gals with skin that sings in cool-toned dove gray, silvery taupe, rich plum and true blue will really like what they see when it arrives on NARS counters July 15.

I’ll post a few looks and detailed reviews soon, but for now, here’s a quick look at the entire collection, along with some swatches.

NARS Fall 2011 Collection

nars fall 2011 outremer single eyeshadow
Outremer Single Eyeshadow, $23

nars fall 2011 grand palais duo eyeshadow
Grand Palais Duo Eyeshadow (Limited Edition), $33

nars fall 2011 delphes trio eyeshadow
Delphes Trio Eyeshadow (Limited Edition), $45

nars fall 2011 oasis lip gloss
Oasis Lip Gloss (Limited Edition), $24

nars fall 2011 train bleu velvet matte lip pencil
Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, $24

nars fall 2011 pago pago lipstick
Pago Pago Lipstick, $24

nars fall 2011 montego bay and mascate pure matte lipsticks
Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick (left) and Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick (right), $25 each

nars fall 2011 galion nail polish
Galion Nail Polish (Limited Edition), $17

nars fall 2011

nars fall 2011 all closed

NARS Fall 2011: Swatches on NC42 skin

Eyeshadows from the left: Outremer Single Eyeshadow (first swatch), Grand Palais Duo Eyeshadow (second and third swatches), Delphes Trio Eyeshadow (fourth, fifth and sixth swatches)

Lip products from the left: Oasis Lip Gloss, Train Bleu Velvet matte Lip Pencil, Pago Pago Lipstick, Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick, Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick

Galion Nail Polish

Outremer Single Eyeshadow, Grand Palais Duo Eyeshadow (taupe side) and Delphes Trio Eyeshadow on eyes

Oasis Lip Gloss on lips

Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Pago Pago Lipstick

Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick

Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick

Well, what do ya think? I see a few things that will probably behave a little better on gals with cooler skin tone than mine, but I see some really pretty pieces here. I’m definitely drawn to the eyeshadow trio and the duo’s silvery taupe. And even though the blue shadow looks sheer in the swatches, it’s awfully easy to build with a brush.


Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Hope the rest of your Monday went well. I can’t believe it’s already after eight! Seriously, where the heck did today go?

Oh, remember that dress I mentioned I ordered late last week from It just arrived (that’s fast shipping!). Hmm… I wonder what makeup looks and accessories might go well with it.

What are you up to tonight? How was your day?


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  1. mariagrace says:

    Great post!

    Q: How do you like their lip glosses? Do you find they glop up?

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Mariagrace!

      I like the consistency of their glosses and don’t usually have any problems with them glopping up. They do have a very strong plasticy scent, though, that might be an issue for you.

  2. Erin says:

    I’ve been looking forward to swatches of this! I will be getting the eyeshadow trio and Oasis l/g!

  3. Andrea says:

    Love the nail polish and your necklace is it heavy?, It surprising but the blue of the eyeshadow box looks so marine blue on you. I also like the matte lipstick.

  4. Paris B says:

    The Delphes trio looks pretty (and I like how cool the collection is which is great for me) but the middle shade in the trio looks a little chalky. Is it smooth or do you need to layer to get it to show?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Paris,

      Here I used it as a liner on the lower lash line, and I didn’t have any issues with it. I’m gonna play with it a little more today, but from what I’ve seen so far it’s smooth and not chalky.

  5. Jamie says:

    Pretty pieces for fall…I like those matte lippies…
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  6. Ann says:

    really want to try the Delphes trio!

  7. Sonya says:

    GAH love the duo! Love the lipsticks! LOVE Nars and will definitely have to pick up some of these beautiful products!!!
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  8. Ariel says:

    That trio looks SO awesome for fall.

  9. Jessi says:

    Whew, i don’t see anything I HAVE to have.

    I can’t get over how amazing you look in red lipstick Karen. No one can pull it off like you.
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  10. Heidi says:

    Wow, loving the shadow duo and trio, as well as the lip gloss!

  11. Glosslizard says:

    Mmmmmm, Delphes and Train Bleu! Nom! 😀

  12. jessica says:

    When is this coming out?

  13. jessica says:

    oh nevermind I saw the date

  14. Jessica Leigh says:


  15. Aleksis says:

    Mmmmm fall…:) You look great with a dark lip!

  16. meimei says:

    Ooo, I want Oasis and Train Bleu Velvet now!

  17. terry says:

    If only if Outremer is as bright and vivid as it looks in the pan…=D

  18. Stephanie says:

    OMG.. this is bad for my wallet. This collection has all of my favorite colors in it.

  19. gio says:

    Love the eyeshadow trio. The shades are perfect for fall.

  20. raquel says:

    Pago pago lipstick is a winner for me!Thanks Karen for the swatches

  21. Rae says:

    Ohh my god, this entire collection looks absolutely stellar!
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  22. Sally says:

    I always love fall collections and especially the plummy colors but I can never justify enough reasons to get it because of the price. I’ll be eyeing that Grand Palais Duo Eyeshadow though. 🙁

  23. Lulle says:

    Mascatte Pure Matte lipstick really looks gorgeous on you! I’m not really convinced any shade would be suitable for me though… Maybe the Train Bleu pencil.
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  24. Jennifer says:

    what kinda color is montego bay? is it just pink or berry?
    (it looks similar to pure matte bangkok at some point.)

  25. Candace says:

    Hey Karen, just wondering what colour the Galion nail polish is (or is described as) – kind of a navy blue, or dark gray, or something else entirely? Is it a creme? It looks gorgeous!

  26. Advah says:

    Oh Nars. They get me every time with that pretty, oh so satisfying packaging.. And as someone with a cooler skintone I might have to go take a closer look at the collection!

  27. My goodness! The Outremer Single Eyeshadow was glaring out of my screen into my eyes! What a bright blue!

  28. Vonvon says:

    Loving the duo and trio.

    And love the last look you did with the red lipstick!
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  29. kalcedon says:

    This collection is soooo me. I mean, Grand Palais, Delphes and Oasis are just screaming my name and calling me… and I need to save money :S… :D.

  30. Chris25 says:

    I love the Oasis lip gloss. Lately I have been layering glosses over lipsticks, and this looks like it’ll pair well with NYX Doll or Wet n Wild Wine Room.

    I am getting ready to take the Columbia Admissions Exam today. Wish me luck!

  31. Ali says:

    Hi Karen,

    Could you show the shadows with the Smudgeproof eyeshadow base; especially the trio and outremer? Much thanks!! And I know the girls on Specktra are enjoying this post!!!!!!!!!! This collection is very downtown. The Mascate on you is a great Fall look!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ali,

      Sure. The lighting here is kinda BLAH since it’s raining right now, but I plan on doing more reviews of the eye makeup later on today and will make a note to add pics of the products on top of Smudgeproof.

      BTW, I heart Specktra! It’s a really great source of info and the ladies there are THE BEST!

  32. Nina says:

    i would like both matte lip lipsticks plzzzz! 🙂

    you look sooo pretty in that picture, Karen!

  33. jen says:

    That Delphes Trio Eyeshadow looks gorgeous! The light color looks like Smasbox’s Nectar in the photo?? Is it peachy or champagney?

  34. Kim says:

    Wow, Outremer in the pan makes me want to do the electric slide. 🙂 There are a lot of nice lip options here, but I’m currently loving my new MAC lipglass that came in yesterday. I think I’ll wear it every day for, oh, I don’t know… ever? 🙂 Love, love, LOVE the EvRev!!!

    • Karen says:

      GURL, you went there! I actually can still do the electric slide, haha!

      Ooh — when you get a chance, put on a layer of EvRev outside and check it outside in the sunlight. The little sparkles are amazing! I like to think of it as the “secret shimmer.”

      • Kim says:

        HAHA! I thought you’d like that!

        I’m loving it in every light. I put it on yesterday and then made kissy faces at the Hubs until he said it was lovely. I was then like “ooh, and smell.. it’s divine”. He did. He’s a patient fella; and, let’s be honest, it smells great! I like it so much that I’ve reapplied twice today. And this from the girl who only uses lip products once a month at best. 🙂

  35. Becca says:

    That red lip is perfection. I think I might need it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Becca,

      You can never go wrong with red lips. I think that shade would look especially pretty paired with Outremer applied wet as a cat eye liner.

  36. Rene says:

    Oh fantastic!

    I see 2 things i’d love to get already.

    Thanks for the post and swatches Karen. Always so helpful!

  37. Jen in VA says:

    In love with this collection, nude lipstick but the Delphes eye palette is a must have!!!

    • Karen says:

      That one’s really pretty. There’s a little bit of fallout with the peach shade, but if you use a flat eyeshadow brush and really pack it on it’s not a problem.

  38. Julia says:

    Oh for love of Pete, I haven’t had my Wonder lip gloss a month, and already NARS is throwing new stuff at me? I’m a warm toned one like you, Karen, and I think the Montego Bay lipstick and the eyeshadown trio (OMG!) are purrrrrrfect for us! 🙂 Have a great Tuesday!

  39. Saffron says:

    Whew, lovely but not for redheads! AMAZING photos tho Karen, when I was first reading the post I thought they were press photos and then I saw the swatches – dang! Thanks for the review, what a weird fall it will be when I of the infinitely autumn complexion buy the clinique shadow but not the nars. Also: DYING to see Johnny Weir’s fall MAC collection!

  40. Chynna says:

    Oasis gloss is back! I lost my LE Sephora exclusive and was so bummed. I’m thrilled to see it back, even if it’s still LE. I guess I’ll have to get 2.

    • Karen says:

      If it’s a fave then be sure to stock up. 🙂 I always do when it comes to LE stuff that makes it back on the shelves.

      Have a great Tuesday!

  41. Amanda says:

    Very nice! I love the eyeshadows and the Montego Bay matte lipstick. Thanks for the swatches!
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  42. Larie says:

    That last red lipstick looks awesome on you, Karen! The dark velvet lip pencil, too. Different, but beautiful!
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  43. Emma RZ says:

    Wow! In love with almost everything in that collection especially the eye shadows and nail polish. Not quite so in love with the prices though. And releasing a fall collection in July?! Summer’s barely started in some states and it’s only just starting to get meltingly hot here in the mid-West.

  44. Jae says:

    ooooh, i’m liking the outremer e/s, grand palais duo, oasis l/g and mascate matte lippy! with the boo boo weather we’re having right now, i’m definitely dressed for fall…wool slacks, black l/s sweater, BOOTS! i was really sad when I had to drag it out of my winter box in the BACK of the closet this morning. can summer please come back though?! ;p

  45. Makeupbyti says:

    Lovely post! Looking forward to checking the fall collection out from Nars!

  46. Makeupbyti says:

    Outremer Single Eyeshadow, such an gorgeous blue color! Also, Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick, a great color on you. What’s your fav?

  47. Meta says:

    Hi Karen!

    I think you’re wanting to type ‘Helmut” Lang as opposed to Helmet Lang. 😉

  48. Celia says:

    Hmm. So Oasis l/g is a continuing trend of making l/g or l/s to match their blushes (ie Oasis blush)? Looks really pretty, though I do love Oasis blush too.

    I wonder why no blush, but maybe they’ll repromote existing/permanent?

    I love all the e/s, especially the Grand Palais duo & Delphes trio.

  49. Brooke says:

    I’m really liking the Oasis gloss and Montego Bay lipstick! I also like the lighter color in the Grand Palais Duo, but I’m not sure if I could pull of the darker shade. Ugh, I wish NARS wasn’t so expensive!

  50. Olivia T. says:

    Need that gloss! To bad I’m broke.

  51. Linda R says:

    OMG Woman!…………….you look terrific in all these gorgeous colors. My wishlist will consist of;
    Oasis gloss, Montego Bay lipstick, Delphes Trio and the Grand Palais Duo. Thats it for now, I’m gonna have to figure out how to pay for all of this. You are such an enabler!!!!!! Luv it though.

  52. nelle says:

    I love the outremer eyeshadow that electric blue color is popping! But the Oasis gloss reminds me of Fashion Fair Lip Teasers in Vex, very similar color and shimmer.

  53. Hi Karen! I have very similar coloring to you and I’ve been wearing the Outremer eyeshadow as an eyeliner since it came out. I have never gotten so many compliments on an eyeliner. I prep with the Nars eyeshadow base (no eyeshadow) and use a fine, angled eyeliner brush (Trish McEvoy #11). I dip the tip of the brush in a little bit of water before putting the color on it (not so much that it goes on watery, but somewhere between a liquid and a powder), and then line my eyes three quarters of the way, making a thin line as close to the lashline as possible, and winging upwards very slightly at the ends. Head on, you can’t see that it’s an electric blue (it just seems black) but when you get up close, you get a flash of blue from certain angles. I can even get away with it for work. It’s great when paired with just a polished, light lip and minimal makeup, and pin straight hair or bangs. I love wearing it with navy blue clothing – very chic.

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