When I look at the colors in the new NARS Summer 2011 collection, every cell in my body wants me to do this:
I wonder what prompted this 11-piece release. I can imagine FranÃ§ois Nars, all tan and relaxed from a kick-ass beach vacay, dreaming up these playful colors because the teal, coral, citrus and cantaloupe fit the tropics to a (surf) T.
But there’s much more to the collection than that. An opaque white nail polish and warm, shimmery gold and silver metallics join the punchy, vibrant hues. By all appearances, someone had a blast this time around.
While the NARS Spring 2011 and Holiday 2010 collections reminded me of cocktail dresses, dainty heels and white wine spritzers at a bar in the Financial District downtown, this collection reminds me of a girl on vacation in Hawaii. She’s cruising around the island in a rented jeep with her surfboard in back. After catching a few waves, she stops by a beach bar, tucks a hibiscus behind her ear, and charms the bartender, who serves her free umbrella drinks all night long.
NARS Summer 2011 includes a mix of limited edition colors and items to be added to the NARS permanent line.
The Full Collection
Cap Ferrat Trio Eyeshadow (limited edition), $45
If I were a mermaid, I’d swim laps for this trio of sea blue powder eyeshadows. They draw inspiration from the Alpes-Maritimes region of Southeast France.
Dogon Duo Eyeshadow (limited edition), $33
Named after the people of Mali’s central plateau, this duo includes a metallic taupe with a green sheen and charcoal black eyeshadows. Oh, bending the shades together gives the charcoal a greenish cast.
Exotic Dance Duo Eyeshadow (limited edition), $33
This eyeshadow duo was a pretty piece of mixed metal jewelry in a past life. The metallic gold, and metallic white with a silvery sheen, contrast with the bright blues and greens.
Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (limited edition), $24
This creamy, citrusy pencil contains flecks of golden glitter. It does triple duty as a liner, a highlighter and/or a base for powder shadows.
Wonder Lip Gloss, $24
A shiny, sheer mandarin orange gloss with pink and golden shimmer. Wouldn’t this looking fantastic with a tan?
Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, $24
NARS named this pinky cantaloupe matte pencil after slow-tempo Latin music (a la bolero).
Carthage Pure Matte Lipstick, $25
Sometimes I feel like I learn more about geography from NARS than I did in school, LOL! This hot pink matte lipstick was named after the once famous city in the Gulf of Tunis. Who knew?
Mayflower Lipstick, $24
A sheer raspberry with a shimmery finish, this easy-to-wear lipstick pairs well with the collection’s bold teal eyes.
New Order Highlighting Blush, $27
Time to bump some Bizarre Love Triangle and Temptation! Hmm…was FranÃ§ois listening to one my favorite bands of all time when he named this soft pink powder blush with gold and silver shimmer?
Ecume Nail Polish (limited edition), $17
This opaque white polish sounds like a deluxe version of the White Out mani/pedi’s I used to give myself in elementary school.
Kismet Nail Polish (limited edition), $17
A metallic sunflower yellow polish to give shimmer and sparkle to fingers and nails.
NARS Summer 2011: Product Pics
Cap Ferrat Trio Eyeshadow
Dogon Duo Eyeshadow
Exotic Dance Duo Eyeshadow
New Order Highlighting Blush
Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
Wonder Lip Gloss
Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (left) and Carthage Pure Matte Lipstick (right)
NARS Summer 2011: Swatches on NC35 Skin
Cap Ferrat Trio Eyeshadow with the flash
Cap Ferrat Trio Eyeshadow without the flash
Exotic Dance Duo Eyeshadow (left) and Dogon Duo Eyeshadow (right) with the flash
Exotic Dance Duo Eyeshadow (left) and Dogon Duo Eyeshadow (right) without the flash
Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil with the flash
Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil without the flash
New Order Highlighting Blush, Mayflower Lipstick, Carthage Pure Matte Lipstick, Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and Wonder Lip Gloss with the flash
New Order Highlighting Blush, Mayflower Lipstick, Carthage Pure Matte Lipstick, Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and Wonder Lip Gloss without the flash
Swatches with the flash
Swatches without the flash
Cap Ferrat Trio Eyeshadow, Exotic Dance Duo Eyeshadow, Dogon Duo Eyeshadow and Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
New Order Highlighting Blush on cheeks and Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil on lips
Carthage Pure Matte Lipstick on lips
Mayflower Lipstick on lips
Wonder Lip Gloss on lips
Even though I haven’t seen the nail polishes in person yet, and I’m not crazy about prices in the $17-45 range, I love everything else about the eye, cheek and lip products in this release. The colors evoke long, lazy days at the beach spent surfing, eating shave ice and just hanging out with El Hub, and they really suit this island-loving girl. FranÃ§ois baby, ya done good! MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,