NARS Fall 2010: A Playful Mix of Texture and Pigment

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True story: I was so starstruck when I briefly met Francois Nars last year that I lost all control of my vocal cords. With my head tilted ever so slightly and my eyes locked on his, I asked, “Did you ever know that you’re my hero?”


Yup, I’d quoted Wind Beneath My Wings… If there was anaward for World’s Biggest Dork, someone should’ve handed it to me right then and there!

I appreciate that Francois Nars didn’t bust out laughing at me that day, but I admire him for something else — how he handles his seasonal color collections.

As cheesy at it sounds, I think his color stories are metaphors for how I want to live my life. He’s always dancing to the beat of his own drum and clearly having a blast while doing it.

For his fall 2010 collection, he added a smattering of kooky colors to a base of everyday wearable shades. I’ve been playing with six items from the nine-piece collection, which debuts online on August 5 before arriving in stores this September July 15 and in stores this August, methinks Francois was feeling experimental.

He uses a variety of different textures and levels of pigment here; the practical part of me that likes workhorse eyeshadows — ya know, the colors you can just grab, swipe and go — digs Tzarine (a duo with a shimmery beige and a shimmery gunmetal), Rajasthan (a duo with a shimmery brown and a shimmery bluish black) and Coconut Grove (a deep matte brown). Each one feels silky smooth and applies with lush color; I can easily see myself using all three of them often come fall.

My whimsical side, however, prefers Mangrove (a yellowish green matte) and Daphne (a purple matte), two eyeshadows that intimidated me in their pans. Both apply sheer, though, like a gentle wash of watercolor paint on my lids, and blend surprisingly well.

Oh, and then there’s the shockingly bright Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, a shimmery teal that reminds me of the glittery greenish blue waters of a sunny tropical beach.

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Rajasthan Duo Eyeshadow, $32

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Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow, $32

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Daphne Single Eyeshadow, $23

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Coconut Grove Eyeshadow, $23

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Mangrove Single Eyeshadow, $23

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Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, $24

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Rajasthan (two swatches on left) and Tzarine (two swatches on right) on NW20 skin

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From left: Mangrove, Coconut Grove and Daphne on NW20 skin

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From left: Palladium, Strawberry Fields on NW20 skin

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Rajasthan (two swatches on left) and Tzarine (two swatches on right) on NC35 skin

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From left: Mangrove, Coconut Grove and Daphne on NC35 skin

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From left: Palladium, Strawberry Fields on NC35 skin

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Swatches on NC35 skin

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As for ending with a bang, Francois couldn’t bid adieu to fall without a little something for lips, so there’s Strawberry Fields Lipgloss — HELLO, PIGMENT!

You know how NARS will sometimes release lipglosses that might look dark and scary in the tube but actually apply really sheer? Well, this creamy reddish berry isn’t one of ’em. This one packs real deal, unmistakable pigment. If that’s your thing (I love this one), check out Strawberry Fields.

I’ve got some looks lined up (let me know if you have any ideas for things you’d like to see), but from what you’ve seen of the collection so far, what do ya think?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Gisele says:

    Methinks the shadows look better on the NC35 than NW20; it’s amazing how Daphne become Iodine on the pinkish skin, but is a true regal purple on the warmer skin. Francois is a master of color and panache!

  2. LeeAnn says:

    OMG! Im drooling over these GORGEOUS colors!!! Looooove Nars!
    .-= LeeAnn’s last blog post… Avoiding Summer Makeup Meltdown =-.

  3. Marie says:

    I MUST have Strawberry Fields lipgloss NOW! ^^

  4. Amanda M says:

    Ooo, I would love to see the looks you come up with the 2 eyeshadow duos-Rajasthan & Tzarine. They both look so pretty (and tempting)! Also, I would love to see a look with the Daphne eyeshadow-it looks so bright!

  5. Raven says:

    I’m loving that tzarine shadow duo and the pallidium liner ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Would love to see a sunny-beachy drama kinda look with those, babe!

  6. Nina says:

    Mangrove and Coconute Grove — you shall be mineeeee!!!

    Oh my goodness, the pigmentation, the colors. I am in love!

  7. Hannah says:

    Hi, I just had one quick and random question. How do you show the shadows and glosses on two different skin tones? Do you have someone else with a lighter/darker skin tone help you? Haha sorry this is completely random, I was just wondering.

  8. Darby says:

    Ahhh Francois Nars, one of my loves. His photography is amazing (if only I could get my hand on x-ray!) and he’s a makeup genius. Definitely picking up strawberry fields and tzarine!

  9. Emily says:

    Soooooo pigmented! I am seriously loving Tzarine (colors that would look good on me and that I would wear on a regular basis) and Palladium (I have weak spot for fun turquoise shades!). I’m not gonna lie though, the bright, matte shades kind of scare me. Fun, but I don’t think I’d be able to pull them off.

  10. Shadowy Lady says:

    OMG these are gorge! Marking my calender right now, I want most of this. Thank you so much Karen ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Shadowy Lady’s last blog post… MAC Alice Olivia Haul- Review and Comparison Swatches =-.

  11. Marina says:

    Haha, love the story with Francois ๐Ÿ™‚
    Palladium Pencil looks amazing!
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Nails of the Day- Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Alarm =-.

  12. Sabrina says:

    I NEED THE DUOS. (Sorry for shouting.) But they look gorgeous!
    .-= Sabrina’s last blog post… Urban Decay Naked Palette =-.

  13. Arianne says:

    Oh no. Once again NARS has swept me off my feet. I think I would be an even bigger dork than you if I ever met Francois Nars. I might fall to my knees. Seriously. ๐Ÿ˜›
    .-= Arianne’s last blog post… Ergonomics 1O1 with Sonia Kashuk Bent Liner Brush =-.

  14. Meghan says:

    strawberry fields…love the name and i love the color! i need to get this!

  15. Vonvon says:

    Palladium is GORGEOUS!!!! Such a Shimmery TEAL! May I add…it’s like the crystal clear waters reflecting the rays of the Sun.

    When I saw Mangrove in the pan, I was like “YELLOW”, a bright yellow. But the swatches showed that the yellow is not as bright, with a bit of olive tone to it? No?
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Les Floralies Sniff Boxes – Good Nights SLEEP -amp FOCUS In The Morning And An Overview =-.

  16. Heidi says:

    Rajahstan looks like it belongs in my makeup box very soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. AtelierGal says:

    I love to admire his duo e/s, the way he matches colors that I can’t imagine could pair up so complimentary.
    .-= AtelierGal’s last blog post… A Cheesy Predator Monday =-.

  18. Martha says:

    The purple is just beautiful and the yellow looks fun too! Looking forward to seeing them on your face ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Martha’s last blog post… Deviant FOTD =-.

  19. daphne & strawberry fields are GORGEOUS! i should definitely pick those up once released. thanks for the info!

  20. Rae says:

    *tries to hide drool*

    Okay, this is just…. gorgeous. Everything. All of it. Gorgeous!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Etude House review- cheek stamps- you say =-.

  21. Maggie says:

    I totally need Rajasthan and Strawberry Fields!

    Do you know if these are permanent additions to the current NARS line? I think they’re usually permanent… Hope they are because I don’t want to do so much damage in one go! My list of stuff to get from the fall collections (so far!) is kind of…long. ๐Ÿ™
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… Soft Pink -amp Purple EOTD =-.

  22. Alexzandra says:

    I wonder how Daphne compares to MUFE 92, do you think they’re different enough to warrant owning both? I do reaaally like purple.

  23. Mikeilah says:

    I really enjoy your reviews. Your story upon meeting Francois Nars was hilarious! I cant wait to get my hands on this collection. The Daphne and Mangrove shadows and the Strawberry Fields are mine for sure. I adore Nars cosmetics!!! Thanks for your great blog!!!

  24. Alisom says:

    Love Tzarine. LOVE. Might just have to return Cleo in exchange.

  25. Suji says:

    I looooove NARS! the quality of the shadows are so nice and smooth, and I love their color range!

  26. Karen B says:

    I am sure that the Tzarina duo will be my first-ever Nars purchase when I get to London this summer ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… Everybody Loves Lucy =-.

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  28. Lisa Maria says:

    wow. gorgeous colors! I wish NARS was easier to get a hold of here in austria ๐Ÿ™
    .-= Lisa Maria’s last blog post… Photo =-.

  29. kelley says:

    that teal colour looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! i feel like i hav one like it from gosh, but the richness is too tempting! xo
    .-= kelley’s last blog post… feeling like home =-.

  30. Bella says:

    Ahhh I need Strawberry Fields!
    .-= Bella’s last blog post… Blog Thoughts =-.

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