Lips Lap Up the Shine While Eyes Dive Into Shimmer: The NARS Adult Swim Collection Is Calling

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NARS Adult Swim Collection

Here I’m wearing NARS Malacca Single Eyeshadow, Lost Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow (the lilac side), Baalbek Eye Paint, Hot Sand Illuminator, Turkish Delight Lip Gloss and Libertango Nail Polish — all from the new NARS Adult Swim Summer Collection

Pick up!



Gah! Where the heck are you, girl?! You better be in the bathroom doing some hella fierce cat eye liner or something; otherwise, I’m going to be terribly offended!

“…please leave a message after the beep, and I’ll return your call as soon as –”

Oh, come on! You are missing one of the most important phone calls of your entire life!

OK, that may have been an exaggeration…

Brace yourself for a loooooong rambling message, but what else is new?


Hey, babe, it’s me Karen! Wish you were there. Question for ya — are you free on April 15th? You’re not gonna believe this, but I got an invite to a party and need you to be my plus one.

Before you answer, the host is François Nars…

CRAZYPANTS, RIGHT!? It’s pool party with François-freaking-Nars!

It’s for their new summer collection and, uh, I’m already stressing about what to wear. You know me!

NARS Adult Swim Collection, Summer 2014

The 12-piece NARS Adult Swim Collection, new for Summer 2014

So, Adult Swim — that’s the theme, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t have anything to do with that cartoon channel…

Oh, but can you imagine if it did? We roll up and Stewie from the Family Guy is there having a sexy party.

EWWW! Yeah, I could not handle that.

I think it’s more along the sultry pool party lines, and no, you cannot show up in your swim cap and goggles, you dork! I am not about to let you jump in the pool and do laps in front of François.

Because I know you want to. 🙂

NARS Priscilla Lip Gloss

Priscilla Lip Gloss on my lips

The invite doesn’t say anything about attire, but I’m guessing bikinis, stilettos — basically, I think if we dress for a rooftop pool party at a really expensive New York hotel, we’ll be alright.

NARS Adult Swim Collection Product Pics

Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow, $34

NARS Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow

Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow, $34

And the for makeup, for you I’m thinking we should do a tropical princess theme. Lime green on your lids with an icy lavender along your lower lash line, ooh-la-la.

We’ll use the new NARS Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow ($34).

Those metallic finishes are just so dramatic, and I know you love drawing attention to your eyes. We can even wet the shadows first to make them look more shimmery.

Oh, boy, this is a long message, isn’t it…?

Anywho! If you’re not feelin’ the super high shine, or if you’re stressing about the frosty finishes highlighting your fine lines (yes, dear, you do have fine lines), then we’ll just buff one of the shades on your lids with a domed fluffy brush, and do a light wash of shimmery color.

Don’t worry about the fallout, either. With this, it ain’t no thing.

Malaaca Single Eyeshadow, $24

NARS Malacca Single Eyeshadow

Malacca Single Eyeshadow, $24

For me, I’m going smokey — big surprise! There’s a couple of things in the collection that are totally my smokey style, like the Malaaca Single Eyeshadow ($24).

HOLY WOW, EGYPTIAN MAU! So pretty… It’s like a peacock feather in a pan, and it’s absolutely, freakishly gorgeous. It’s definitely my favorite thing in the summer collection, hands down.

Basically, it’s like MAC Club, but with less intense dark brown tones and more teal.

Baalbek Eye Paint, $25

NARS Baalbek Eye Paint

Baalbek Eye Paint, $25

Malaaca looks AMAZE-BALLS layered with Baalbek Eye Paint ($25), by the way, the one lonely gel liner in Adult Swim.

Baalbek is an intense shimmery bronze — beautiful on it’s own, but layer it under Malacca because the two are like RyGos and Rachel from The Notebook together. Baalbek’s bronze intensifies Malaaca’s teal, and then there’s the shimmering bronze glitter peeking through…

Super cool. My new favorite smokey eye.

Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow, $34

NARS Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow

Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow, $34

Sorry! I know this is a long message, but I’m almost done. 🙂

There are also two more eye pieces in the collection — Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow ($34), which houses a golden pewter and a lilac; and a creamy, rosy quartz Soft Touch Shadow Pencil called Iraklion ($24).

I think Lost Coast would probably be better for daytime eye looks, since the shadows are muted, so maybe not ideal for the party, assuming it runs late. I mean, they’re pigmented, but definitely not as flashy as Tropical Princess or Malacca.

Iraklion Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, $24

NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

Iraklion Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, $24

If you’re wondering about Iraklion, I don’t know. It creases within minutes on me, so I think maybe we should put that one aside for now.

Hot Sand Liquid Illuminator, $30

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator, $30

As for our cheeks, there are no blushes in the Adult Swim collection, but I’m cool just wearing the Hot Sand Liquid Illuminator ($30).

I’m going through a dewy skin phase anyway, and this peachy, champagne liquid highlighter should be perfect that that. I like to pat it on my cheekbones, right around the middle of the forehead and down the bridge of my nose with a flat foundation brush.

Totally subtle but still noticeable. Fresh but not overly shiny.

And don’t trip about having to reapply. It lasts all day on me.

Lip Glosses in Turkish Delight, Orgasm, Wonder, Salamanca and Priscilla, $26 each

NARS Lip Glosses from the left: Turkish Delight, Orgasm, Wonder, Salamanca and Priscilla

Lip Glosses from the top down: Priscilla, Salamanca, Wonder, Orgasm and Turkish Delight ($26 each)

For lips now, since I’ll be wearing smokey eyes, I’m going with Turkish Delight or Orgasm Lip Gloss ($26 each).

Yup, both are from Adult Swim, and yes, they’re in new packaging! NARS completely revamped and repackaged their Lip Gloss line (which is separate from their Larger Than Life Lip Glosses, incidentally), giving it a new silkier, smoother formula.

And you’ll probably love this: they ditched the obnoxious plasticky flavor and scent, whoop-whoop!

We’ll talk more about the Lip Gloss line when I see you, but basically they’re non-sticky, super smooth, and last from 2-4 hours.

NARS carried creamy light pink Turkish Delight over from their previous Lip Gloss line. It’s your quintessential glossy nude lip, and I like it because you can actually see it on pigmented lips.

I don’t have to jump through any hoops to get it to show up. It’s just a straight-up creamy pink nude gloss. If you don’t have it yet, you NEED it.

Or I might do Orgasm Lip Gloss instead. That one was also carried over from their previous lipgloss collection, and it’s the same lurvely peachy gold.

For your lips, since we’re doing green and purple for your Tropical Princess eyes, I think we should go with a complementary color from the opposite side of the spectrum, so either an orange or pink, like Wonder, Salamanca or Priscilla from the Adult Swim collection.

The NARS Adult Swim Collection Lip Glosses in Wonder, Salamanca and Priscilla

  • Wonder — Wonder, a creamy, sheer mandarin orange with barely-there pink and gold shimmer, is another carryover from the previous line.

    While quite visible in swatches, it’s harder to see on my lips. If you’re hoping for a burst of disco glittery goodness, you’re not going to find it in this tube.

    I do think it’s beautiful, though, and orange lips are having a moment…

  • Salamanca — HECTOR SALAMANCA!!

    Sorry, Breaking Bad ref. 🙂

    This sheer bright pink flamingo gloss totally rings my bell. A new addition to the NARS Lipgloss Line, it’s quickly becoming one of my pink gloss favorites.

    So juicy… So sheer… So shiny…

    It just screams hot summer nights and spontaneous adventure!

    This is a color you wear when you want to get into trouble.

  • Priscilla — A hot pink with bluish undertones, Priscilla is also new to the NARS Lip Gloss line. Like MAC Pink Poodle, but without the silver glitter, I think it’s the most pigmented of the five Lip Glosses in the summer collection.

    Yes, it’s bold, but the fact that it’s not fully opaque keeps it wearable.

    You could totally rock this, no prob.

Libertango Nail Polish, $19

NARS Libertango Nail Polish

Libertango Nail Polish, $19

I’m sorry about the length of this message, babe, but I’m almost done. 🙂


Last, but not least, our nails. I say we both wear Libertango ($19). It’s like MAC Lady Danger Lipstick in nail polish form. Two coats of this pigmented reddish coral will do fine.

NARS Adult Swim Swatches from the left: neon lemon lime and icey lavender from the Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow; golden pewter and lilac from the Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow

Swatches from the left: neon lemon lime and icey lavender from the Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow; golden pewter and lilac from the Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Adult Swim Swatches from the left: Malacca Single Eyeshadow, Baalbek Eye Paint and Iraklion Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

Swatches from the left: Malacca Single Eyeshadow, Baalbek Eye Paint and Iraklion Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Adult Swim Hot Sand Illuminator Swatches

Hot Sand Illuminator unblended (left) and blended (right)

NARS Adult Swim Lip Gloss Swatches from the left: Turkish Delight, Orgasm, Wonder, Salamanca and Priscilla

Adult Swim Lip Gloss Swatches from the left: Turkish Delight, Orgasm, Wonder, Salamanca and Priscilla

NARS Orgasm Lip Gloss on my lips

Orgasm Lip Gloss on my lips

NARS Priscilla Lip Gloss on my lips

Priscilla Lip Gloss on my lips

NARS Salamanca Lip Gloss on my lips

Salamanca Lip Gloss on my lips

NARS Wonder Lip Gloss on my lips

Wonder Lip Gloss on my lips

NARS Turkish Delight Lip Gloss on my lips

Turkish Delight Lip Gloss on my lips

So! I really hope you can make it, babe. Please be my plus one. 🙁 It should be tons of fun! Maybe we’ll even spot a celeb or two. Call or text me later and let me know.

Love ya!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Alison M says:

    this. collection. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much on my wish list! Eye Paint, e/s single, Lost Coast, *all* of the glosses. I know a lot of people don’t like the Shadow Pencils because they crease, but are they meant to be used alone? I got the impression from a NARS artist they are meant to be used as a base only? It’s a gorgeous color, so I think I’ll have to play with that one too 🙂 Love your photos in this post <3
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  2. Can we talk about how gorgeous you are in these shots?! Let’s discuss! This collection was made for you, gurrrl!

    +1 on the Breaking Bad ref! I got so excited when I first saw the name. Ah, sweet Hector. Blower up of Gus Fring. Ding ding ding! Think I’ll be picking up that gloss b/c it’s a) beautiful and b) sentimental in a very weird way! 🙂 I think now that TWD is done this season, I’m going to go back and re-watch Breaking Bad from the beginning this summer!

  3. Dovey says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’m LOvING NARS Malacca, however Hot Sand catches my eye as well. I’m still trying to get a handle in the color and where it lies in the peachy golden spectrum 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dovey,

      It’s a more peachy less gold. Do you have the NARS Orgasm Liquid Illuminator? Hot Sand is more like a pastel peach compared to that shade.

  4. Agata says:

    You look fabulous! And I need the Tropical Princess in my life ASAP! It looks so pretty!

    • Karen says:

      I was going to suggest that duo for you. I wore the purple in the inner corners today and it’s super pretty! Gonna do the lime on the lids tomorrow. 🙂


  5. The collection looks fab expecially those smokeye eye shadows and Wonder, Salamanca lip glosses.. beautiful assortment of shades and pretty you rock the look… 😀 😀
    I am in for the partyy.. 😉
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  6. Miki says:

    LOVING that eye paint…it will be mine!
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  7. Allyson says:

    No regular lipsticks in this collection? 🙁
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  8. Let says:

    Love the pewter side of Lost Coast. I’m glad you mentioned that NARS changed the scent of their lipglosses. I might check out Salamanca when the collection launches.

  9. Natalie says:

    This collection is getting me so excited for summer! I love the duo shadows and the bright glosses. Perfect!
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  10. Allison C says:

    Oooh, your description of the Malacca shadow with the Baalbek eye paint is making me drool! And who doesn’t want to be a tropical princess? They all rock on you!
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  11. Rhea says:

    Everything looks great! I’m totally excited about the new packaging for the glosses and the fact Turkish Delight is one of my favorite glosses like ever.
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  12. Fancie says:

    Priscilla and Hot Sand are so beautiful! Just take my money NARS!
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  13. So much to love! The eye paint is stunning and so are the glosses, I particularly like Salamanca and Priscilla!
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  14. Savannah says:

    First of all you look amazing. Your makeup is beautiful!! I found some leaked information about the mac summer collection and that left me unimpressed. So I turned to nars 🙂 I’m definitely getting the tropical princess duo and possibly the single eyeshadow since you made it so beautiful. However, I must know. Is the formula comparable to the mac cremesheen glass for these new glosses? If so, then I must have one. Whoo boy, I have quite a wish list now :p

  15. Monica says:

    Thank the heavens Nars re formulated their glosses! I love them, but they always go rancid (stinky!) within a month! Yuck, no thanks! But now? Now I will repurchase Turkish Delight, and I love Priscilla!

  16. Vineetha says:

    My pick would be the Balbek eye paint! That shade is gorgeous!
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  17. oh Lord, this collection! <3 love all the shades! <3
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  18. Bella says:

    I must have Baalbek and Malacca! I agree, thank goodness for the gloss reformulation. I have about 6 that I cannot live without, but I use them less frequently due to the stench.

  19. Sunny says:

    That eye paint, please!!! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a new non-black gel liner. Pretty sure this is IT!
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  20. Amanda says:

    Do the lip glosses come with a doe foot applicator?

  21. Danielle says:

    Those glosses look amazing, especially the last three shades you swatched!
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  22. Kim says:

    Oh, that’s totally unfair. We need to switch looks, stat. You are the one who can rock all those bright looks; I need to sneak by with the smokey eye and Orgasm gloss. 🙂 And I think Wonder is a stunner on you!

  23. Erin says:

    GAH! I just got back to the USA and haven’t even gotten to the spring collection yet! I love all of this 🙁
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  24. Trude says:

    OMG so many pretties! That smokey eye is to die for, I think I’m going to have to snatch up Malacca.
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  25. Kellie says:

    Tropical princess is calling my name!!!

  26. Sylirael says:

    I’ll take Salamanca, Baalbek and Tropical Princess, please! 😀

    So much pretty in this collection, honestly…
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  27. Lena says:

    karen, you are rocking in these pictures, love your smokey eye! yourre going to sell out this collection based on these picture!

    i still have tons of gel liner but really really really want balbeek. argh!
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  28. Sam says:

    Your skin looks so gorgeous in these pics! The Priscilla gloss is my fav & the malacca shadow

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