I’ve always been a fan of fashion magazines, and I’ve always looked forward to issues presenting the collections of the upcoming seasons. Now I’ve replaced magazines with Style.com, but the passion and that sense of thrilled anticipation are still there. Since I’ve become a make-up junkie, I feel the same anticipation when new collections are released and, being a NARS-issist, all my attention usually goes to my favourite brand.
I know some pictures of the spring 2010 collection can be found online (and I am honestly eager to try a couple of products), but for the moment here is the collection released for Holiday 2009.
The look sported by Heather Marks was created by Diane Kendal. I love it, because the shimmering bronze eyeshadows and the bright cheeks (the make-up artist used the Multiple in Copacabana and Cap Vert, and the blush in Deep Throat) beautifully contrast with the muted lips.
The Holiday 2009 collection is all about the eyes, with three eyeshadow duos (in dark and shimmering tones), a cream eyeshadow and three Soft Touch shadow pencils, a brand new product.
The eyeshadow duos are Taïga (pale gold frost and gold infused pewter), Brousse (sable and black violet) and Eurydice (electric aubergine and graphite). The three Soft Touch pencils include Aigle Noir (black infused with gold shimmer), Skorpios (iridescent copper) and Goddess (glistening pink champagne). The cream eyeshadow is Mousson, a beautiful silver sage; I’ve never tried NARS cream eyeshadows, but I’d love to wear this one. The collection also includes two new shades of velvet matte lip pencils – Pop Life (shimmering true red) and Toundra (metallic burgundy), a Multiple in Luxor (iridescent pink) and a nail polish in Rouge Andalou (candy apple red).
As a NARS-issist, I couldn’t resist when the collection came out, and I bought two items – the velvet matte lip pencil in Pop Life and the Soft Touch pencil in Aigle Noir. Here they are, along with the most recent additions to my collections.
Is it only me who secretly gets thrilled whenever I see a NARS case closed? There’s always the uncontrollable desire to see what hides in there…
And here are the products in full display. You can see two new shades of blush (NARS blushes are seriously an addiction), two dual ended lip glosses, a red lipstick (another obsession of mine), the two pencils I was referring to before and a liquid eye-liner.
The new shades of blush are Deep Throat (peach with shimmer) and Sin (berry with gold shimmer). I’ve been using Sin for some time now and I love it. It has been sitting in my make-up drawer for several months but – for some reasons – I hardly reached for it. I’ve recently given it another try and I’ve changed my first – not so positive – impression. As for Deep Throat, along with Angelika and Lovejoy, it is a blush I’ve been looking for for ages, so I guess you’ll understand my excitement when I could lay my hands on it. As you can see from the picture, I’ve been using it since I bought it, the pan has a small dip. I think it’s the softer version of Orgasm, with gold shimmer and without the pinky tone. It doesn’t immediately show on me, but 2/3 swipes are enough to give me a beautiful glow.
I’m not really a fan of NARS lipglosses, but I’ve recently bought the dual ended lipgloss in Turkish Delight (pink sorbet) and Dirty Shame (metallic garnet), because I like the color combo. Turkish Delight is one of the cult shades of the brand, so much hyped because it is one of Kim Kardashian’s favourite lipglosses (and don’t we all adore her make-up?). On me, this pink sorbet simply disappears: once applied, it’s actually milky pink, but after some minutes, my lips “drink” it and just a bare shine remains. Disappointing! I like Dirty Shame better because the colour is brighter and the shimmering has a good staying power.
I received the other dual ended lipgloss in sample size – in Greek Holiday (sparkling pink sand) and Chihuahua (guava) – as a swap extra. They are both nice and very wearable: I use Greek Holidays on top of neutral peach lipsticks (like MAC 4N) and Chihuahua alone (the colour is very juicy).
Fire Down Below (pure blood red) is the fourth red NARS lipstick I own and it has confirmed my opinion: it is absolutely fantastic, because the colour is deep cool red (I hate orange-based red lipsticks) and the staying power is stunning; the only downside is that it is a bit drying on my lips and the texture is a little too thick, but I still love it to bits. The same cannot be said of Pop Life. I can’t figure out what is the problem with it, but it really has disappointed me. I was looking for a shimmering substitute for Cruella (one of the best reds I’ve ever worn), but this is not it: it’s slightly metallic, but it looks muted and pink/orange-y on my lips. I’ve put it up for swap, I hope someone else can enjoy it.
Equus (shimmering blackened olive) is the first NARS eye-liner I’ve ever tried and I’m happy with it: the colour is gorgeous, natural and not too shimmering. I’ve recently used it in a very simple and neutral eye make-up, pairing to MAC pigments in Cocomotion and Vanilla, and it gave my eyes a nice soft look. I’m a die-hard fan of black eye-liner , but this is a good substitute for softer looks.
Aigle Noir (black infused with gold shimmer) is another miss, because I still have to figure out how to use it. I used it as a liner, but the application was uneven; I used it as a base for powder eye-shadow, but it didn’t work at all. I should use it after applying an eye-shadow base, but I have strong doubts it will ever work, which is a pity, because the colour is great.
Here are some shots of Equus with a different lighting – with flash and at daylight. I apply it with MAC 209 brush, because its consistency is liquid gel.
Before closing, here is an oddity. Last week, my dear friend Antonella watched some episodes of Sex and the City and she told me something I had never realized before: Carrie is a NARS addict, too! Here is the proof.
This shot comes from the opening scene of Drama Queens (3×07): Carrie opens the drawer of her writing desk and some unmistakable black cases can be seen inside. I guess two of them were blushes (it is said that Sarah Jessica Parker used Orgasm in the series) but, given the shape of the cases, they could also be eye-shadow duos, Albatross, pressed powders or powder foundations The small pot cannot be other than a lip lacquer. It would be nice to know if she actually wore one (and which one) in the show.
 I’m a NARS-issist but I am a MAC devotee, too. Some staples of my make-up are by MAC – the Studio Moisture Tint in Medium, the Mineralize Skin Finish in Sunny by Nature, the Paint Pot in Painterly (one of the greatest make-up products ever made) and the Fluidline eye-liner in Blacktrack. As a black eye-liner fan, I’ve tried lots of different formulas, but this is the absolute best.