Like Saturn’s rings and the Kuiper Belt, the Christopher Kane for NARS Summer 2015 Collection has layers upon layers…
First, there’s Scottish fashion wunderkind Christopher Kane himself, the 32-year-old force behind this cosmic cosmetics collaboration with NARS.
Second, THE NAMES. I think homeboy might like some sci-fi (me too!), because the 10-piece release has product names like Outer Limits, Starscape and Parallel Universe. The NEONEUTRAL theme combines the countervailing concepts of vibrant, electric neon and neutral nudes, so it’s almost like eating a multilayered cake in a single bite (yes, my tummy is currently rumbling).
The NARS Summer 2015 Christopher Kane for NARS Collection
Available starting April 15, 2015 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com, and May 1, 2015 at department stores, specialty stores and Sephora.
Coupled with the cool black and hot pink limited edition packaging, there’s a lot going on. The collection includes pieces for eyes, lips and cheeks — two Eyeshadows (one a Duo and the other a Single), two powder Blushes, two Multiples and four Lip Glosses.
Let’s paint our faces, shall we? 🙂 Starting with the eyes…
The Christopher Kane for NARS Summer 2015 Collection: Eyes
Sparkling from a galaxy far, far away, these Eyeshadows bring the glittery noise. Glitter is definitely up in this mix.
In these pics, I’m wearing both of the Parallel Universe Duo Eyeshadows as liners, and the Outer Limits Single Eyeshadow on my lids, and thank goodness I did my eyes first, because there was glitter all over the place. And there’s still glitter all over the place. There’s still glitter in one of my eyebrows, in fact. It’s still there now.
So…fallout is an issue for these eye products, but here’s the thing: the glitter is freaking beautiful.
I don’t think these pictures do it justice. The Single, Outer Limits, is this beautiful multi-tonal rose gold with pink and bronze and orange. Really, really super cool, and I like the Duo, too.
Yes, you probably will have to contend with glittery fallout, but there are some things you can do to minimize the glittery pain.
Here’s also a quick video overview of the collection…
It’s like showing up to play in a basketball game. If you show up in high heels and a miniskirt, you’re not gonna be able to play correctly. Well, here you have to know that you’re going to be dealing with fallout, so use something like a flat eyeshadow brush to press and apply the shadows (wetting the brush head will also help), or your fingers to press and apply, because if you use a fluffy domed brush to swirl, swirl, swirl, the glitter’s just gonna get all over the place.
The Christopher Kane for NARS Summer 2015 Collection: Cheeks
First, the two powder blushes in Starscape and Silent Nude.
OK, Silent Nude? First of all, that name makes me think of weird dirty movies. 🙂
The color is a matte beige, and it doesn’t really show up on my skin. I tried wearing it as a bronzer, and it just… It’s probably better suited to interstellar lasses with lighter skin. I don’t see a lot of orange in it, for what it’s worth.
Starscape Blush, I love, but choose your brushes wisely if you’re going to wear this highly pigmented neon pink; otherwise, you could look like a scary horror movie clown. I used a duo fibre brush loaded with very little product for it — just a nanogram.
The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection: Pics
NARS Christopher Kane: Swatches (For reference, I wear NARS Stromboli foundation)
There are also two sheer Multiples in the collection, which you can wear on your eyes, cheeks and/or lips (I mostly use them as cheek colors). Both are sheer purplish violets, and I actually like that they’re sheer. I think their sheerness is a good thing in this case, because it makes them easier to use as blush.
I use the darker shade on the apples of my cheeks and the lighter violet as a highlighter, and again, I’m glad they’re sheer. I think it makes them more practical and wearable.
Of the three cheek products, though, Starscape Blush is still the one I’m sure I’ll wear most, even though it practically pulsates with pigment.
The Christopher Kane for NARS Summer 2015 Collection: Lips
The four Lip Glosses in the collection have a cool cosmic superpower. Each one dries down and fades to a satiny stain. Formula-wise, they’re standard NARS fare — unflavored, unscented and non-sticky — but they dry down to stains, which is kinda neat. I also don’t feel like they’re drying.
Neon pink Mezmer and neon coral Nebulous are pretty pigmented, too.
I bet all of the Karens in the billions and billions of parallel universes will like this collection just as much as I do, because there’s a good chance that all of us/them like glitter. 🙂
The NARS Summer 2015 Christopher Kane for NARS Collection includes…
- Single Eyeshadow in Outer Limits, an iridescent rose gold ($25)
- Duo Eyeshadow in Parallel Universe, an iridescent pink lilac and a soft iridescent violet ($35)
- Blush in Starscape, a matte neon pink ($30)
- Blush in Silent Nude, a matte soft beige ($30)
- Lip Gloss in Mezmer, a sheer neon pink ($26)
- Lip Gloss in Nebulous, a neon coral ($26)
- Lip Gloss in Nucleus, a seashell pink ($26)
- Lip Gloss in Glow Pink, a sheer fuchsia ($26)
- Illuminating Multiple in Violet Atom, a sheer iridescent violet ($39)
- Illuminating Multiple in Quantum, a sheer iridescent magenta ($39)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,