No matter what the season, one of the things most eagerly awaited by women who love makeup, is whatever is new, from NARS. This Fall, there’s a whole lot to talk about!
For starters, the NARS Fall 2012 collection includes some bold statements in color. Designed by founder and Creative Director François Nars, the Fall 2012 Color Collection features a blend of bold, modern shades and celestial shimmers.
The Fall 2012 Color Collection is at once bold and breathtaking: As the NARS press literature explains: “Icy shimmer
enhances modern colors to create a stunning, ethereal effect. Eyes are piercing in smoky jewel tones accented with lavender and amethyst sparkle. Skin glows subtly in nearly nude pink with a whisper of silver. Lips are strong in striking metallics or soft in warm brandy and rose shades. Grey nails lend final sophistication to a look that’s exhilarating, evocative, and, as always, strictly NARS. These are not soft, watercolor shades that were popular in the warmer months. The rusts, deep purples, earthy reds, mossy greens, and warm tones that work well with heavier fabrics, tweeds, woolens, and silk, feel rich and elegant. Highly saturated, these can be worn intense and bold, or blended out for a softer look.
For example, the Eye Shadow Trio Called “High Society” blends a light lavender, iridescent deep amethyst, and a deep (smoky) forest green in a multi-tasking palette. Use your favorite as a base, or use all three as highlight, lid color, and liner.
For lips, a shimmery lip color called: “Autumn Leaves” offers up the Fall version of Citrus. It’s called a brandy tone, but I think it’s a sheer amber “blushed” with a bit of red, to keep it less orange/rust and more reddish/brown. It can be worn as a light stain, or layered for bold color
. Add “Outlaw” a new blush that has lots of golden shimmer that looks alarmingly deep in the compact, but ends up being a deep golden rose with plenty of attitude. Like iconic “Orgasm” blush, this one is a bolder, rosier blush that gives the same wash of glow that is so sexy and flattering, but with a warm, rose tone.
The other items in the Fall collection alas, I didn’t get to personally experience, but you can see them all represented in the group photo at the top. These include:
“Undress Me,” a nearly nude pink with silver shimmer, this Multiple can be used on eyes, cheeks, lips—anywhere a luminous glow is desired. If you’ve never tried one of these chunky sticks of glow, try it on eyes, cheeks, and lips, under and over foundation, and pretty much any other way you can imagine. According to Francois Nars, Undress Me, in particular, is beautiful in the hollow of the cheeks. It also makes a wonderful highlight for brow and cheekbones, as well as a glowing base for eyes and lip color.
“Storm Bird,” a stunning grey Nail Polish that will be a must-have for nails.
“More,” a shiny Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in a universally flattering auburn can be worn alone or over a Lip Pencil for a more distinct effect.
“Vent Glacé” is a Duo Eyeshadow featuring platinum and silver smoke shadows to wear alone or layered, or one as a vase and one as a highlight.
For those who just can’t get enough of bold lips, there are two must-haves: “Rouge Tribal” is a Lip Gloss with a long-lasting finish, in metallic burgundy. “Amsterdam” is a garnet red Pure Matte Lipstick that will make a red lip lover out of you (if you’re not, already).
There is just nothing more chic and elegant than NARS. The colors are always trendy but flawlessly wear-able, and the iconic, matte black compacts with bold NARS in white lettering, is as coveted as any designer logo. But the high performance products really are worth that extra. They stay true to color, are long lasting, and work just as NARS expects them to.
Along with the Fall collection is an exciting new blush palette ($49.00) called: “”Foreplay,” exclusive to Sephora, inspired by NARS best-selling Orgasm blush, Foreplay is Orgasm deconstructed. For those who have never experienced Orgasm blush, it is an iconic, one-gorgeous-color-flatters all, peachy pink with golden shimmer. This blush continues to cause a sensation every time someone tries if for the first time. You also get a matte peach, a matte pink and a highlighting gold shimmer. I didn’t personally get a sample of this, but as you can see, it is a multi-tasking beauty that has so many ways to create your own, signature glow. If there’s room for just one item on your wish list, this might be it.
The Fall 2012 Collection has been out for a while, but now it’s really time to wear it! Visit your favorite NARS makeup counter, or www.narscosmetics.com
High Society Trio Eyeshadow (Limited Edition) $45
Vent Glacé Duo Eyeshadow $34
Outlaw Blush $28
Undress Me Multiple $39
Autumn Leaves Lipstick $24
Rouge Tribal Larger Than Life Lip Gloss $26
Amsterdam Pure Matte Lipstick $25
More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil $24
Storm Bird Nail Polish (Limited Edition) $18
NARS NEW SKIN COLLECTION: Over the Summer, editors got a chance to get a sneak peek of the new NARS skincare collection, now at Saks and saksfifthavenue.com. it is an extensive collection, beautifully packaged. The presentation is classic NARS, clean, architectural, rectangular and square bottles and jars that look like building blocks (or the building blocks of great skin) with bold, square, white caps, plus simple, slim tubes that stand up on their own. Yes, even guys will want to get their hands on these!
Francois Nars “captures the power of light” in this unique, anti-aging skincare collection. When the editors tried these products, there was an immediate, positive response. Skin felt silky, and it had a subtle, healthy glow because the products are designed to reflect light like a prism. The anti-aging ingredients infuse skin with moisture, and beneficial minerals, and also cellular metabolism-boosting ingredients and anti-oxidants. Would you expect any less from luxurious, innovative, NARS?
There is also a faint, citrus scent with top note of orange & grapefruit, a heat of tangerine, violet, rose, peony & geranium, and a drydown of lavender and itsea. It is unobtrusive, but uplifting. How many skincare lines do you know that have their own perfume notes? Amazing! The scent is also 100% naturally derived. These are available now at Saks, and at saksfifthavenue.com. hope to review some of these items in more detail, but for now, here are some of the highlights:
OPTIMAL BRIGHTENING CONCENTRATE $72.00. This is an advanced radiance boosting serum that brightens skin and revitalizes the complexion. This feels so hydrating and silky, and absorbs so quickly you won’t have to wait to apply makeup. This product is one of the star items in this amazing line.
GENTLE CREAM CLEANSER $29.00. A cleanser as only NARS can do it–this one gently removes makeup and impurities while maintaining moisture balance. There is also a PURIFYING FOAM CLEANSER, $29.00 that lifts away makeup and impurities, and refreshes the skin while gently soothing skin’s surface.
DOUBLE REFINING EXFOLIATOR, $34.00 this helps to refines the skin’s surface with mild citrus fruit acids and botanical exfoliating spheres.
MULTI-ACTION HYDRATING TONER, $32.00. No skincare line is complete without a good toner. This one has an alcohol-free formula that keeps it effective, but gentle and non-drying.
TOTAL REPLENISHING EYE CREAM, $55.00 Absorbs quickly to visibly reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of dark circles. *this product got a lot of high marks from editors who tried it at the launch. This is the only product I tried personally, and I loved the silky texture that is deeply hydrating but not greasy.
LUMINOUS MOISTURE CREAM, $62.00 Replenishes skin with 24 - hour intense hydration, and helps to restore luminosity
AQUA GEL LUMINOUS OIL-FREE MOISTURIZER, $58.00. A lightweight gel that hydrates, revitalizes, and fortifies the skin
AQUA GEL LUMINOUS MASK, $39.00 when you need a boost, this one provides a surge of hydration to the skin
NUTS FOR THE NARS HOLIDAY COLLECTION! Yes, the holidays are almost here, and NARS is featuring an unbelievable holiday collection inspired by the art, muses and philosophy of Andy Warhol. This photo is just one first look at the color collection. Trust me, there is a LOT more! The “Pop” collection will be available exclusively at Sephora beginning October 1 and the “Silver Factory” collection can be purchased at department and specialty stores as well as www.narscosmetics.com. I’ll be reviewing those in a future post, but pop art is colorful, sexy, fun, daring and in your future! Stay tuned!