For Fall 2011 NARS has introduced a limited edition Night Series eye shadow palette and four new nail polishes based on classic Night Series eye shadows.
The palette contains six of the existing Night Series shades:
Night Star: very pale peach/buff with gold sparkles
Night Clubbing: warm matte black with gold shimmer
Night Porter: blackened forest green with subtle shimmer
Night Rider: light smoky plum with chunky flakes of silver glitter
Night Flight: matte black with sapphire blue sparkles
Night Breed: matte black with silver sparkles
NARS released a similar limited edition Night Series palette for Holiday 2007 for $55, and the price remains the same for the 2011 palette (thank you NARS!).
Over the years I've browsed at the NARS counter and have contemplated buying one of the Night shadows, but never took the plunge. I guess I always figured they would be messy and difficult to apply, and I have to admit Night Rider's gargantuan glitter flakes always scared me off a bit (although it is such a pretty color). But when I read about this new palette I figured this is finally the right time for me to try out some of the Night Series shades. I've done a little playing around with this palette and I think it will definitely come in handy for smoky eyes, considering it is overwhelmingly made up of matte blacks.
My favorite shade is the pale peach Night Star--it's a flattering, brightening shade (I'd love this one even better without the sparkles). All of the dark shades impart a smoky matte black look with a veil of fine sparkles. To achieve a shade like the color you see in the pan you must apply these wet, over a primer, or over a dark colored jumbo pencil or cream shadow. The silver plum Night Rider in particular must be applied over a sticky base if you are to have any chance of those giant flakes remaining on your lids instead of scattered over the rest of your face. I used NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base in the swatches below. (Visit Karlasugar's recent post which has a very helpful comparison of the shades in this palette swatched wet and then dry. The difference is amazing!)
A little blurred so you can see the sparkles
In flash lighting
I was excited to hear about the rendition of selected NARS Night Series shadows into nail polishes. These are also limited edition, $17 each, and are currently available at Nordstrom and Narscosmetics.com. The four shades offered are:
Night Porter: dark forest green with gold shimmer
Night Flight: navy blue with cobalt blue and violet-indigo shimmer
Night Breed: black with chunky silver glitter
Night Rider: soft plum with fine sparkles and shimmer flakes
I really like the sparkly plum, Night Rider. It's such a delicate and romantic shade and is the most conservative of all the shades, but is still unique and eye catching.
Night Porter and Night Flight are pretty, but I think I'm burned out on greens and blues (possibly a sign I don't need to purchase any more nail polish?). Sadly, the gorgeous shimmer in these shows up a lot more in the bottle than it does on the nails. These also dried to a dull finish, but with the help of a shiny topcoat they are nice.
Night Breed is pretty amazing looking in close-up photos, with its densely packed silver glitter. For some reason it reminds me of a freshly paved asphalt road. I'll probably save this one for nights out or wear it when the weather gets cooler.
I'm sorry there are no photos of these actually applied on my nails, but I hope these swatches will give you an idea of how these might look in person. I used two coats for all of these. (Keep in mind, flash lighting amplifies shimmer and tends to make polishes appear more beautiful and stunning than they really are. The photos in low sunlight are most accurate.)
In low sunlight
In flash lighting
Another view in flash lighting
In low sunlight above and below
Have you tried any of the Night Series eye shadows? If so, do you like them? I can see how they may be a love/hate sort of product. I hope to see more Night Series polishes in the future. I'd love to see a Night Star and Night Fever (black with garnet shimmer) polish next!
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