Something very strange happened last week: I didn’t want to wear a heavy amber/patchouli based scent. I am currently craving something lighter, perhaps a green or floral scent? Also, I bought a peachy coral lipstick and I’m seeking more of a soft yet cheery pink lip. Then it dawned on me: I am ready for Spring.
In the past few weeks, California has been experiencing a cold snap. Now I know, I’m not going to get any sympathy from the East Coast readers or any of you that live in a climate that produces snowfall in the winter. But for us here in California, waking up to weather in the mid-upper 30’s is anything but pleasant. Then it happened…something I’ve been hoping for this week…the weather rose up to 59 degrees! I actually took off my puffy coat while playing with my daughter at the playground.
And to really usher in a new season I present to you: NARS Spring 2013 collection.
In usual NARS fashion, this is not your typical pastel Spring color collection. Taking cues from 1990’s vibrant looks, this collection is romantic yet audacious. Here’s a product breakdown:
Mad Mad World duo, $34/USD – cyan and parakeet green
Bouthan duo, $34/USD – soft pink and bright pink with gold shimmer
Persia single eye shadow, $24/USD – matte papricka
Corcovado Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, $24/USD – 24 kt. gold (limited edition)
Seduction Blush – $27/USD, deep red wine
Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil – $24/USD – soft metallic rose
Dressed to Kill Lipstick – $24/USD – Fuchsia rose with gold shimmer
Disco Inferno Nail Polish – $18/USD – Iridescent silver green (limited edition)
To really drive this bold and romantic look is no other than Stella Tennant, a runway and editorial fixture of the 90’s but honestly she is timeless and fierce!
Loving this fierce mother of four – I barely pull it together with just one kid. Much props to Stella!
Here’s my brief introduction to this collection:
And here’s the swatch line-up on my forearm (NC44):
I was hesitant with the Bouthan duo because these soft rose shadows barely work on my dark skin unless I really pack it on my lid and then it could look patchy, uneven and just not cute. But hey, it’s a new year – new attitude and I’m up for the challenge. Next to that is Corcovado soft touch shadow pencil and it’s a gorgeous yellow gold. I am normally a bronze shadow girl but this gold is a nice option while still staying in that metallic family. As for Seduction – so in love with this red wine shade. I have berry wines but I have been looking for something that has a bit more red. It’s packs a lot of punch – great pigment in just one swipe of color on my finger.
Since I knew Bouthan wasn’t going to make a statement by itself, I layered it on top of Corcovado on my lids. I figure the rich gold of this pencil would bring out the gold sparkle in the bright pink shade.
I finished with the soft pink as my highlight shade, NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates and lots of black mascara. The pink and gold combo made a soft coral like shade in person. It’s really pretty but I need to try this bright pink just on top of a primer. I know I’ll have to pack it on and have my blending brush nearby. The bright pink shade isn’t very pigmented on me. But that was expected. The soft pink however shows up but that’s due to the white in the shade. On top of Corcovado, I was very impressed that it lasted the entire 8 hour work day.
Here’s Corcovado on my lid by itself:
It’s soft on me and I expect the intensity will vary on different skin toes. It’s lovely by itself and lots of black mascara as a back drop for an intense lip look or it’ll be great as a layering base for a gold eye look. I have mixed feelings about the Soft Touch Pencils – sometimes they crease and have no staying power or they feel greasy. I do like this one and all you need is to draw a thick line right at the top lash line. Just use your finger to smudge up to the crease. Also, remember to use a good primer first. I haven’t tested this without a primer so I can’t really comment on it’s staying power by itself. I haven’t tried this along my lower lash line but it would be fun to add for a night time club look.
And last but not least – Seduction blush:
If you have a dark tan skin tone like me, this will add a lovely flush to the skin. If you are on the fair side, do apply sparingly a this is very pigmented. I always use a primer underneath my tinted moisturizer so this blush lasted a good five hours before I had to do a little touch up and that’s just because I worked out during my lunch break.
There’s also a new loose and pressed Light Reflecting Setting Powder:
Containing NARS’ exclusive Light Reflecting Complex, this translucent powder optimizes light reflection on the skin, optically fading fine lines, wrinkles, and pores as skin is visibly smoothed. Vitamin E and glycerin help guard against dryness and provide a luminous soft matte finish. Ideal for touch-ups, regulating shine and seamlessly setting foundation.
It’s also paraben-free, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. It retails for $34/USD.
I received the top three items from the good folks at NARS for consideration. I didn’t receive a sample of the powders but I am curious about them. I do want to cruise to my nearest NARS counter for the nail polish and lipstick. I am pleased with the variety of this collection. That said, I’ll also need to check out Mad Mad World duo as well!
Color collection is available now at any department store that carries the NARS line as well as Sephora stores and online. The pressed powder is available February 1st at Sephora and sephora.com. It will also be available at the NARS flagship boutique, 413 Bleeker and narscosmetics.com March 15th. The loose powder is currently available at 413 Bleeker and through narscosmetics.com.
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