Jul 252012
 

Nars Fall 2012 has a number of contrasting deep and light shades, playing with texture and light. Nars Storm Bird ($18) is a deep gray cream nail polish with a high-shine finish. Storm Bird compliments the rest of the collection well.

Nars Storm Bird reminds me of a standard photographic color called “18% grey,” which was intended to standardize black and white photographs across the tonal spectrum  (non-photographers won’t get this reference, but you might find something familiar about Storm Bird nonetheless as it reflects deep winter shadows).

It is a high-shine urban color–I actually own shirts and a scarf in this color. It makes lighter warm skin tones really stand out, because it is a cool deep contrasting color. Cooler skin tones will find it harmonizes well. Everyone will find it a universal color that looks good with a wide variety of winter clothing–blacks, sage, burgundy, and some blues.

I think most companies go to shades in nudes and browns, and perhaps taupes, when formulating neutral nail colors. Here, Nars has taken a bolder step and gone with a very modern, edgy gray. I don’t have any other grays in this color category for comparison. I can say that NARS formula is consistently excellent–this is two coats to full opacity, no visible nail lines. There is no topcoat there, the formula is providing the shine.

Nars Storm Bird was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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Jul 022012
 

NARS Fall 2012 has just released images for Fall 2012 and this collection looks stunning. Designed by founder and Creative Director François Nars, the Fall 2012 Color Collection features a blend of bold, modern shades and celestial shimmers. The colors look luxuriously wearable, and still entirely unique. According to NARS:

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.

This is a gorgeous mix of warm and cool shades–I love the look of the lip products, the multiple and the palettes. Let’s take a closer look:

High Society Eyeshadow Trio ($45): Three aristocratic shades—lavender, matte forest green, and iridescent amethyst—can be mixed and matched to create a near limitless range of options. Wear each alone or use one as base, another to highlight, and the third as a liner.

NARS Undress Me Multiple ($39):  A nearly nude pink with silver shimmer.

NARS Storm Bird Nail Polish ($18):  A “moody grey nail polish.”

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24):  The shiny Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in a universally flattering auburn can be worn alone or over a Lip Pencil for a more distinct effect.

NARS Vent Glace Duo Eye Shadow ($34): I am so excited for this one. French for “icy wind,” this Duo Eyeshadow features a stormy combination of platinum and silver smoke. Wear each shade solo, layered, or one as a base and the other as a highlight for a seductive, frosted effect.  Incredible!!

NARS Autumn Leaves Lipstick ($24): This translucent but long-wearing Sheer Lipstick in an elegant, glistening brandy is as warm as the fall foliage that inspired it.

NARS Outlaw Blush ($28): I’m so happy that this blush is back (psssst! Outlaw’s back!! It’s back!) A soft rose tone Blush laced with golden shimmer for a dangerously alluring flush.

NARS Rouge Tribal Larger Than Life Lip Gloss ($26):  This one looks shockingly rich. In a gorgeous kind of way. Vivid color and a long-lasting finish make this metallic burgundy Larger Than Life Lip Gloss a bold accent to any cool weather look. Oh, hello, jewel toned lips!!

Amsterdam Pure Matte Lipstick ($25): This garnet red Pure Matte Lipstick (named for the largest city in, and capital of, the Netherlands) delivers long-wearing color and a comfortable finish.

–>Q&A WITH FRANÇOIS NARS ABOUT THE FALL 2012 COLLECTION:

What is the mood of the Fall 2012 Color collection? Sophisticated, modern, edgy… It’s perhaps an unexpected mix of colors and textures that, together, signal a fresh new take on fall color.

What are the must-have products for fall? The Trio Eyeshadow, definitely. High Society is the centerpiece of the collection and supplies countless looks. I also love the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil because it’s the perfect marriage of lipstick and gloss: great color and super-moisturizing but not ever sticky. The new shade, More, is an extremely flattering auburn that will look good on everyone. And, of course, the Undress Me Multiple—it’s a beautiful color and really a multi-functional product.

Lavender shimmer seems, at first glance, more of a spring or summery shade. How do you make it appropriate for fall? The pairing of lavender with forest green absolutely takes it from a warm weather color to one appropriate for cooler seasons. Also, as it’s a shimmer, there’s an icy quality to it that I equate with cooler temperatures. I’ve always felt strongly that there should be few rules when it comes to makeup, and this is a good example of that philosophy. Lavender shimmer can be worn beautifully any time of the year.

The new Undress Me Multiple is gorgeous. Can you suggest some ways to use it? All our Multiples can be worn on eyes, cheeks, and lips, under and over foundation, and pretty much any other way you can imagine. 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.

Well, beautiful reader, what do you think?

 

 

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