When NARS Springs for 2011, He Won’t Be Blushing

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NARS spring 2011

Since I have a weak spot for NARS blushes that’s right up there with my weak spot for Häagen-Dazs dulce de leche ice cream, I was shocked, and a wee bit disappointed, to hear that Francois left the blushes out of his collection for fall.


But I wiped away my tears today when I saw these pics for the small 11-piece collection for eyes, lips and nails. The shimmery earth tones with metallic finishes; the sheer, sparkly cool purples and pinks; and even a couple of unexpected greens and blues? NARS started with safe neutrals but sprinkled them with just enough brights to keep a girl on her toes, and what he came up with looks to be a lot of fun.

Plus, almost all of the colors are new (two of the lip glosses are repromotes).


Trio Eyeshadow in Calanque (new), $45 — This earthy trio can do the splits, meaning it’s flexible, yo. It contains a shimmery gold-infused platinum with silver glitter, a light matte caramel and a shimmery antique-ish golden bronze. Wear the products individually, using one as a base, one as a highlighter and one as a liner, or mix and match them with the other eye products from the release (or something else entirely). Neat, right? I can already see this trio getting a permanent place in my makeup bag.

Eyeshadow Duo in Bateau Ivre (new), $32 — I feel blue 🙁 but in a totally good way. I’m eager to try Bateau Ivre’s rich sky blue and deep denim. FUN FACT: This duo took its moniker from the Arthur Rimbaud poem of the same name.

An excerpt from Le Bateau Ivre (The Drunken Boat)

“As I was floating down unconcerned Rivers
I no longer felt myself steered by the haulers:
Gaudy Redskins had taken them for targets
Nailing them naked to coloured stakes.

I cared nothing for all my crews,
Carrying Flemish wheat or English cottons.
When, along with my haulers those uproars were done with
The Rivers let me sail downstream where I pleased.”

— Arthur Rimbaud, Le Bateau Ivre

Eyeshadow Duo in Nouveau Monde (new), $32 — One word: WANT! Nouveau Monde, French for “New World”, NARS poetically pairs a silvery metallic lilac with a rich olive gold.

Soft Touch Shadows Pencils in Celebrate (new) and Hollywoodland (new), $24 each — Both Celebrate (a festive parrot green) and Hollywoodland (a pale gold) can be worn as bases upon which to layer powder shadows, or alone for a dash of pigmented shimmer.


Lip Glosses in Nana (new), Super Orgasm (repromote) and Angelika (repromote), $24 each — There they (NARS) go again. They can’t sincerely expect me to be able to resist shiny pink and purple glosses, right? I mean come on.

I’m putting Nana (French for a “girl/chick”), a sheer black grape, near the top of my list, next to the repromoted Super Orgasm, a peachy pink with golden glitter, and Angelika, a bright cotton candy pink with gold and silver sparkle (as repromotes, both are already available at Sephora and NARS counters now).

Lipstick in Tzigane (new), $24 — This sheer, pinkish brandy looks like a perfect companion for bold eye looks.

Pure Matte Lipstick in Madère (new), $25 — NARS named this matte nude pink after an archipelago of volcanoes off the coast of Portugal. It looks like something I’d love, but the name keeps making me think of the Chicken Madeira at Cheesecake Factory (try it if you like gravy).


Nail Polish in Desperado, $16 — NARS showed true grit when he developed this shimmery brass. 🙂 I think it’s a nice break from all of the greens and greenish grays we’ve been seeing from the other premium makeup lines this spring (See: Dior, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana).

With the collection, NARS aimed for a minimalist fashion-forward makeup look. Take a look at these early promo pictures, and let me know if you think he hit the mark.

NARS Calanque Trio Eyeshadow
Trio Eyeshadow in Calanque

NARS Bateau Ivre Duo Eyeshadow
Eyeshadow Duo in Bateau Ivre

NARS Nouveau Monde Duo Eyeshadow
Eyeshadow Duo in Nouveau Monde

NARS Celebrate and Hollywoodland Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencils
Soft Touch Shadows Pencils in Celebrate (bottom) and Hollywoodland (top)

nars spring 2011 lipglosses nana angelika orgasm
Lip Glosses in Nana (top), Super Orgasm (middle) and Angelika (bottom)

NARS Madere Pure Matte Lipstick
Pure Matte Lipstick in Madère

NARS Tzigane Lipstick
Lipstick in Tzigane


NARS Desperado Nail Polish
Nail Polish in Desperado

The NARS spring 2011 collection comes to NARS counters and narscosmetics.com soon.

Looking at the pics, did anything catch your eye? I’m juiced about the Calanque trio, the Nouveau Monde duo, both of the Soft Touch Shadow Pencils and all three of the glosses…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. again, it’s the lip glosses that are doing it for me. i’m eager to see what nana looks like! 🙂

  2. Gina says:

    Th eyeshadow duos look really pretty. And it looks like every brand is jumping on the shadow stick boat, huh? But I’m not complainin’. They usually make for great bases!

  3. I’ll take Calanque, Hollywoodland,Tzigane and Madere Alex!!
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  4. Kate says:

    Aaaack – I cannot wait. I love the colors:)

    • Karen says:

      Me too. I like how there’s a mix of both wearable and fun shades. The palette seems to make a lot of sense too!

      What are you most excited about?

  5. vonnie says:

    those lip glosses are calling my name! nana looks VERY intriguing and i’d love to finally try super orgasm in lip form
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  6. vonnie says:

    oh and Hollywoodland looks AMAZING!!! so pretty, i want to try that one for sure 😀
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  7. lexi says:

    I have a HUGE soft spot for neutral shadows – this trio has LEX written all over it. I love the Nana gloss just because that’s what my daughter calls her grandmother and I’m super curious about that color. This is when I really, really appreciate the skin tone I am. I usually get away with these type of dark colors. I also want the blue duo and the Hollywoodland soft touch pencil.

    What’s up with leaving blushes out of the collection? That’s so not NARS style!
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  8. danielle says:

    nars’ packaging is so beautiful

  9. Meg says:

    I love the trio but have to admit that I dislike it when companies mold the colors together instead of each getting their own individual pot. There is always one color that you use more than the others and hitting pan on that one causes the others to start to break. Plus, it’s hard to use the whole area of any one color without blending into it’s neighbor on your brush. So I will skip it, but I won’t be happy about it 🙁

  10. Allegra says:

    That eyeshadow trio looks BAWM!

  11. Jen W says:

    Nana lipgloss looks crazy! Is it blueish violet?
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  12. BlovetBeauty says:

    love the eye colors!
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  13. Advah says:

    Oh Nars, why are you doing this to me again.. Forget MAC and other Lancomes, Nars is the brand I find most difficult to resist. Those eyeshadows look irresistibly velvety and I must try the pencils and lipglosses!

    Will have to stop by the Nars counter on my way home tomorrow, just to refresh my memory about what’s already available. 🙂

  14. gio says:

    The green pencil looks gorgeous! I will have to check that out 🙂
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  15. Karen B says:

    Tzigane and both the duos look awesome 🙂 Also: what a multitasker that trio could be. Would be perfect for any work-look I’d like to do.
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  16. *jen says:

    That trio! Oooh la la.

  17. Antonia says:

    I don’t anything from Nars yet, but I really like the pencil eyeshadows and the nail polish!
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    • Karen says:

      Hey Antonia!

      You should try a few of their products — they’re really great. Some ideas: Pro Prime eye primer, Orgasm/Laguna Duo, Lipstick in Dolce Vita, Eyeshadow Duo in Kalahari, Blush in Amour…

  18. Nina says:

    i am wanting those soft touch eyeshadow pencils … im a sucker for eyeshadow pencils and those colors are so spring-y!

  19. Makeup fan says:

    OOOH love the name Hollywoodland! Can’t wait to see swatches of this collection. 🙂 I’m so glad I picked up the super orgasm lip gloss when I was in the States.

  20. Amber says:

    I’m so surprised to see the neutral trio. It’s gorgeous! This looks like a nice collection, something for everyone.
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    • Karen says:

      Me too. I was expecting something edgier along the lines of the Okinawa trio from holiday, and this one is super wearable. I love it already. 🙂

  21. Ariel says:

    The trio looks totally wearable. I like Hollywoodland, but I’m not a fan of the way the shadow pencils perform (creasing!). Wasn’t NARS coming out with a tinted moisturizer this spring?
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    • Marie says:

      I thought so too. I think they’ll be released shortly after the spring collection. Nars usually presents new products a few weeks after the seasonal collections.
      But I can be wrong; I’m not really sure.

    • Karen says:

      Yeah — NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer. There’s been talk of it coming out in February!

  22. I’m normally not a nail polish gal except for wearing it on my toes but wow, Desperado seems like such a pretty color! I’m curious to see what the texture is for the shadow pencils. I’m already envisioning the green one paired with M.A.C.’s Lucky Green Eyeshadow. 🙂
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  23. Kim says:

    I’m really interested to see what Celebrate will look like when swatched. It’s an interesting color choice. Love the name Bateau Ivre, btw. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Me too. If I had a makeup line it would inspire me to name one of my eyeshadow duos “Booze Cruise.” Haha!

      • Kim says:

        I would buy that in a second! We live on a lake and when I was in my early 20s they used to run booze cruises every Tuesday night that were mostly attended by the college crowd/local waitstaff. I loved those! Except for the bathroom lines. There was literally one women’s bathroom for about 100 gals. Drinking heavily. On a 2-hour cruise.

  24. Gaelle says:

    Love the Calanque! Even if I don’t understand why they call it that way…
    Here is a calanque in south of France : http://www.pneuboat.com/fond_ecran/boulas/calanque_sormiou.jpg

  25. Chanel says:

    I really like this collection but I am with you Karen. I am a little disappointed that there will not be a new blush in the Spring collection 🙁 I want to get both of the soft touch shadow pencil. I love the colors.
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  26. Timeisha says:

    I want Calanque trio, both eye duos, all three lip glosses because I’ve been eyeing Super Orgasm and Angelika anyway and I’m a sucker for bright pinks and purples, and then the Celebrate soft touch pencil, looks like a fun green! I will be using my Sephora gift card soon that I received for X-Mas. 🙂

  27. Glosslizard says:

    Whoah (channeling Keanu Reeves)! I love the idea of neutral eyes and bold lips with Calanque and Nana! I can’t wait to see swatches!

  28. Trisha says:

    NO blushes? Hmm, that’s pretty surprising. I think NARS is known best for their blushes.
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  29. Saffron says:

    Auugh I’m dying to see these now! This collection looks like it’ll be epic for us redheads (lavender, olive, chartruese – my best colors!). Doesn’t NARS make the best collections ever? No blandass analogous color schemes but wild and creative stuff!

  30. Amelia says:

    As a NARS afficiendo, I’m a little disappointed about this collection…I had my hopes up after fall/holiday was so amazing. Will probably be getting that dark blueberry gloss and the Nouveau Monde eye duo at least though!

  31. Ru says:

    Wow, where does NARS go by putting a $45 pricetag on a eyeshadow trio. Sorry, I know how buttery and beautiful their e/s are, but for $45 I bought myself the Naked Palette.

    I’m curious how Hollywoodland fares with UD MCRA Shadowstick… looks similar.

  32. Alex says:

    Those lipsticks are absolutely gorgeous!
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  33. Leah says:

    OMG @ Calanque. MUST have it.

  34. M. says:


    will you be doing a look with this spring collection, I like the trio and eye pencils.

  35. Nikki says:

    I am so excited!!!

  36. Chris25 says:

    The eyeshadows are reeling me in, and I like the look of that Nana lipgloss!
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  37. Aida says:

    And I thought the Holidays collection was great, this has the potential to be just as good. I am loving Nars more and more, I am on a budget recently so I will be saving for Nars Calanque, Nana and the lipstick but I am missing a blush….the eyeshadow duos are nice and all but I want a new blush

  38. Inez says:

    I think im in love with those lipglosses!

  39. Maggie says:

    I want that trio!!

  40. Nikolas says:

    Heyyyy Karen 🙂 I really like the Calanque Trio and the Madere lipstick… You can never really have too many neutrals in these shades 🙂

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