Nars Fall 2011 launched recently in stores and on Nars.com. The collection is described by NARS as "edgy" and "avant-garde." It is definitely not your typical mix of colors. The bold, electric blue matte shadow is especially unexpected among the more subdued dusty rose, taupe, and earthy green and gray shades. I purchased all except for the Mascate Pure Matte lipstick and the Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, but have included below an iPhone photo I took at Nordstrom of these two shades: Train Bleu is eggplant/aubergine (I'd love this as an eye pencil!), and Mascate is an intense red. (The model in the display photo above is wearing Outremer Single Eyeshadow, Rue Saint Honoré Large Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, and Pago Pago Lipstick.)
For better photos of these two shades as well as the entire collection, visit Makeup and Beauty Blog.
Stop by Messy Wands for photos and a review of Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.
Irish Beauty Blog has product photos and a peek at some of the new Larger Than Life Long-Wear eyeliners.
Delphes trio eyeshadow: sheer shimmery champagne-peach, matte dove grey, and sage green shimmer
Outremer single eyeshadow: vibrant cerulean blue
Grand Palais duo eyeshadow: silvery-plum-taupe and dusty rose
Oasis blush: brownish plummy-rose with gold shimmer flecks
Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick: bright rosy pink
Pago Pago lipstick: light dusty nude-pink with silver micro-shimmer
Oasis Lip Gloss: mauve-berry, with very subtle gold shimmer
Galion Nail Polish: grey noir (cream)
Pictured above in sunlight, same order as prior photo
What a difference lighting makes in the way a color appears! In sunlight these almost look like they have blue tones, but they appear more warm-toned under fluorescent lighting.
Pictured above in indoor lighting
Pictured above in sunlight
Pictured above in flash lighting
L-R: Oasis blush, Montego Bay, Oasis gloss, Pago Pago
Note: In sunlight the blush and lip products appear to be brighter and warmer.
The flash photos look a bit closer to reality.
It's a perfect "your lips, but better" shade.
I wore the Grand Palais duo to work today and below is the quick and basic look I did this morning (had trouble getting these colors to show up well on camera). I used the silvery taupe shade on the lid and the dusty rose in the crease. I don't wear dark pink shadows often, but this one is fairly subtle. I may try using it with chocolate brown or bronze next as I'm not sure I'm loving it this way. I prefer the silvery-taupe shade all on its own, and would have been happy to buy it as a single! If anyone has creative ideas on other ways to use this duo please share! :)
Montego Bay lipstick topped with Oasis gloss
At first glance, my favorites from this collection are Oasis gloss, the silvery-taupe half of the Grand Palais duo and the gorgeous soft green shade from the Delphes trio. Although Oasis blush is not new, it's also a long-time favorite. And though it may not be entirely unique, I love Galion nail polish for an intense, glossy, almost-but-not-quite black look.
Pago Pago is a soft and pretty pink-nude, and the only downside is its micro-shimmers which tend to stick around once the lipstick has worn off. The color of Montego Bay is lovely, but the Pure Matte formula seems to require a few extra steps to make it look decent on me (but this is probably because I am no spring chicken). I usually blot it with my finger to spread it evenly and to make it less bright/intense, and then add gloss on top--guess this totally defeats the purpose of a matte lipstick? :)
Do you have any favorites?