Holy wow, pumpkin! All I have to say is werk!
I’m not talking work like cubicles, time sheets or lame vacation requests, but the neck swerving, hair flipping, three snaps in z-formation kinda work — the kind of work NARS obviously put into their holiday 2010 collection.
For the holidays, it’s nice to see something almost traditional — with lots of golds, silvers, berries and plums — from such an untraditional brand.
But I did say “almost.” 🙂 After all, this is still NARS we’re talking about. The colors are a casual affair, many of them shimmery and saturated but not heavy or foreboding.
Francois usually likes to throw in a few quirky shades, but this time he shows some restraint to tell a tightly woven color story. He still cuts loose, of course, with unexpected pops of taupe, peach and blue, but it all just fits together.
With the exception of sheer Sex Appeal Blush and Little Darling Lipstick, the lip, eye and nail products burst with color. Francois, inspired by Irish heiress and fashion icon Daphne Guinness, aimed for seductive, audacious and bold, and dagnabbit, homeboy nailed it.
The company’s trademark quality is evident throughout the release, from the pigments to their application and smooth textures.
Oh, yeah. The new eyeshadow trio in the pic at the top is a first for NARS. They’ve never done an eyeshadow trio before, and I like it (doesn’t it look like a Rothko painting?).
If you’re afraid the eye colors might be too intense, don’t worry; I think they’re still work friendly. Just use a light touch when you apply them, and dilute, dilute, dilute.
Okinawa Trio Eyeshadow (limited edition), $45
Melusine Duo Eyeshadow, $32
Etrusque Single Eyeshadow (limited edition), $23
Sex Appeal Blush, $26
Petit Monstre Lipstick on left (limited edition) and Little Darling Lipstick on right (limited edition), each $24
Downtown Lip Gloss on left (limited edition) and Bougainville Lip Gloss on right, each $24
Pokerface Nail Polish (limited edition), $16
Bad Influence Nail Polish (limited edition), $16
Swatches on NC35 skin
Okinawa Trio Eyeshadow
Melusine Duo Eyeshadow
Etrusque Single Eyeshadow (left) and Sex Appeal Blush (right)
Little Darling Lipstick (left) and Petit Monstre Lipstick (right)
Downtown Lip Gloss (left) and Bougainville Lip Gloss (right)
Pokerface Nail Polish
Bad Influence Nail Polish
Bougainville Lip Gloss
Downtown Lip Gloss
Petit Monstre Lipstick
Little Darling Lipstick
Wearing Okinawa Trio Eyeshadow, Melusine Duo Eyeshadow and Etrusque Single Eyeshadow
Sex Appeal Blush on cheeks; Petit Monstre Lipstick and Downtown Lipgloss on lips
Is it just me, or does it seem like Francois was listening to a lot of Lady Gaga in the workroom this time around?
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
WOW! Aren’t these pigments off the chain? Can you tell I’m excited? NARS took what we usually expect to see for the holidays and NARS-ified it. These won’t be the budget-friendliest products under the Christmas tree at from $16-45 apiece, but one thing’s for sure: the quality’s there. I think it might be the best NARS collection of the year. Available October 15 at NARS counters and online.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,