Who doesn’t love new makeup for Summer? Ask any makeup lover, and they will tell you any season is good when there’s a new NARS collection to covet. The NARS Summer collection for 2012 is here and it’s lovely! The sun-kissed look is elegant, seemingly effortless, and very exciting. Somehow NARS always manages to make limited editions and all the permanent colors trendy, but easy to wear. There’s a real art to making makeup look modern but not crazy, and NARS knows how! This collection has some bold looks and some subdued as well. As NARS puts it: “Summer brings with it a cocktail of warm earth tones and brazen shimmers. Eyes glisten in icy peach and matte apricot, or shine in iridescent orchid and blue.Lips are subtle in a glossy nude beige pink, or bold in matte strawberry red. A delicate seashell pink lends nails a flattering hue for an overall look that’s sizzling,sophisticated and—like so many summery moments—simply unforgettable.”
The Advice Sisters got a chance to review two lip-worthy items from the collection, so let me first focus on those: A Velvet Gloss lip pencil called: “Never Say Never” (deemed a “must-have” by Francois Nars –see the bottom of this article), and a Matte Lip called “Moscow.”
The Never Say Never Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is a perfect, medium rose (NARS called it a “lilac rose”) that is creamy and moist, but not gloppy. It gives you the moist look of a gloss, but the manageability and wear-ability of a lip pencil. It’s long lasting so you can use it as a lip liner, filled in entirely as a lip stain, or topped with gloss. The other color called “Buenos Aires” is a “wear-with-anything nude beige pink Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is named after the capital of Argentina.
Another long lasting, easy to wear (and great for travel) lip lover’s goodie from NARS is the Pure Matte Lipstick in “Moscow.” This Pure Matte Lipstick is named after the Russian Capital, of course, but there’s nothing austere about it. The red is called “strawberry” but to me it has just a bit more warmth, so it looks dramatic, but not too pink, and not too “tomato.” It’s the kind of color that looks significant on lips, but still managed to be natural. If you love the idea of bold lips but don’t want to be too “out there” in tone, Moscow is a Summer must-have!
Here’s how the rest of the collection stacks up!
Another new lip look: a sheer lipstick called “”Vendages” (the French word for “harvest” or “vintage”) perfectly describes a new, grape lipstick, that conjures images of juicy, just-picked fruit off the vine.
For Eyes: a stunning eye shadow trio called “Ramatuelle,” named for a village in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeasternFrance. It features two shimmers—silver and icy peach—with a matte apricot that looks more like a soft peachy apricot than overtly orange, and therefore goes so beautifully with the other two colors. These silky shadows can be worn dry and more sheer, or applied with a dampened brush for more intensity. The look isn’t pastel, but it is soft, and the look is surprisingly wearable and modern, but not at all “boring.” The softness of the trio is a bit of a surprise as the eye shadow duo in this collection is much bolder and more iridescent. That stunning, eye shadow duo “Marie-Galanten” is named for the Caribbean island in the Guadeloupean archipelago. The due features an iridescent combination of orchid paired with regal blue. You can also wear the two, layered, if you like a more bold look.
Add a shimmery plum Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in “Calabria,” named for the region south of Naples, at the“toe” of the Italian Peninsula—it can be worn solo, as a base for powdershadows, or as a liner.
For cheeks: “Liberte” is French for” freedom,” and although I am not sure why this burnished apricot blush is called that, it appears to be very warm. I didn’t try it personally, but I’m willing to guess that it is also sheer and layerable, as most NARS blushes are, so you can add a “kiss” of color, or layer it on with a deeper complexion or a tan, for more intensity and drama.
For nails: the most subdued color in the collection is “Trouville,” a lovely, demure, seashell pink nail hue that NARS suggests: “would look right at home on the beaches of the fishing village in the Basse-Normandie region of northwestern France, for whichit is named.” It has a slightly more orange-y hue to flatter a tan, later this Summer.
Francois Nars says the inspirationfor the NARS 2012 Summer Collection was an interst in exploring the interplay of earth tones and shimmers. ” Nars also suggests that some of the colors, such as the combination of orchid, blue, strawberry red and seashel lpink might sound and appear quite delicate and innocent, but ourhis version of these colors and the way they are combined, results in a look that’s more fun and edgy. For Nars, the “must-haves” are the Never Say Never Velvet MatteLip Pencil and the Trouville Nail Polish (“because a seashell pink nail is a really fun summer accessory.”). I couldn’t agree more!
This Summer 2012 Collection from NARS is available now at NARS makeup counters and www.narscosmetics.com
amatuelle Trio Eyeshadow (Limited Edition) $45
Marie-Galante Duo Eyeshadow $34
Calabria Soft Touch Shadow Pencil $24
Liberté Blush $28Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick $25
Vendanges Lipstick $24
Buenos Aires Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil $24
Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil $24
Trouville Nail Polish $18
GET THIS SUMMER LOOK FROM NARS! The Summer 2012 campaign was designed and photographed by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars. Model Ginta Lapina personifies the look. To begin, St. Moritz Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++ was applied to the center of the face with the fingertips and blended outward, then set withEden Loose Powder to create an immaculate complexion. To lend the skin alight bronzed look, Laguna Bronzer was dusted onto the face in the shape of a‘3’, starting at the forehead, swept on to the cheek, and then along the jawline.The apples of the cheeks were warmed with Liberté Blush and the face further defined by softly dusting Taos Blush along the hairline.A mixture of the silver and icy peach shades of Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow werebrushed onto the lid and blended up into the crease. The apricot shade of the Trio was added in to the crease, with the silver shade swept along the lower lashline. The upper and lower lids were lined with Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner. After curling the lashes with an eyelash curler, two coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara were brushed on to the lashes.Finally, the lips were lined and filled with Borneo Lip Liner Pencil—blending with a finger to soften the color. Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick was applied, then topped with Risky Business Lip Gloss for shine.