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.
Rajasthan Duo Eyeshadow, $32
Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow, $32
Daphne Single Eyeshadow, $23
Coconut Grove Eyeshadow, $23
Mangrove Single Eyeshadow, $23
Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, $24
Rajasthan (two swatches on left) and Tzarine (two swatches on right) on NW20 skin
From left: Mangrove, Coconut Grove and Daphne on NW20 skin
From left: Palladium, Strawberry Fields on NW20 skin
Rajasthan (two swatches on left) and Tzarine (two swatches on right) on NC35 skin
From left: Mangrove, Coconut Grove and Daphne on NC35 skin
From left: Palladium, Strawberry Fields on NC35 skin
Swatches on NC35 skin
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 —
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 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,