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NARS Summer 2013 Collection Review


NARS Summer 2013 collection hit the counters last week and lucky for me, NARS sent me two of the hottest items in the collection (in my opinion): Fashion Rebel shadow duo and Madness Nail Varnish.

The color collection invokes a 70’s futuristic, glamourous vibe – these are the sizzling colors you expect to see for a hot summer! These colors remind me of the vintage layouts in Vogue and Bazaar that I would sneak peeks at from my aunt’s and mother’s magazines. It was late 1979, Blondie would play on an eight track in my dad’s Cadillac and I yearned to look like these outrageous glamazons of the late 70’s, early 80’s.


 Fashion Rebel (now part of the permanent collection):  Dandelion yellow and African Violet purple – here it is swatched on my arm (MAC NC44/NARS Tinted Moisturizer, Annapurna)

Since I have tanned skin, I had to really add layers of swatches just to get these colors to really pop on my skin. If you are fairer, then I’m sure it’ll pop with less effort. I do like that I can either wear this as a sheer wash of color of if I want more of a statement I can really build this either by adding multiple layers or wearing this on top of cream shadow or a NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil. I’m thinking on my next night out with the girls or a date with my hubby, I would layer this yellow shade on top of the golden yellow Corcovado Soft Touch Shadow Pencil.

But I have to keep it real so here’s how I wear it for a day at my corporate office:



All I did was apply eye primer from lash line to brow bone and then add the yellow shade to my lid only and then took the violet to the crease. I also apply in the outer-v, dragging the color slightly upwards toward the tail end of my brows. This effect combined with black liquid liner, NARS Eyeliner Stylo, Carpates gives me a colorful doe eye look. Follow up with lots of black mascara.

I tested this on a warm day of outdoor boot camp and it lasted all the way up until it was time to go to bed. A good eye primer will keep this from creasing and fading. In the past, I have stayed away from intense yellows like this just for the fear or looking sickly or jaundiced. I am very pleased with shade and surprised how versatile this duo can be – I’m excited to experiment Fashion Rebel duo with other NARS duos in my collection.

Madness: electric yellow (limited edition)


I recently embraced wearing orange on my nails because of the intensity, it’s not a problem to wear on my toes as it adds a great pop of color when peeking out from my peep toe wedge shoes. But when wearing on short, rounded nails it’s chic and puts you in a sunny mood – despite being chained to a desk and computer as you can see from photo above. This is not neon, caution tape bright – it’s more of a vintage, creamy orange.

I noticed in the bright sun that there’s a very slight pearl sheen to this color, adding depth to this shade. It’s not as pigmented as you may think – you can see a bit of nail bed beneath this color. Also, after applying the coat I didn’t notice any streaking – which is one of my biggest pet peeves. This is perfect with just two thin coats. It has some gloss when it dries but I LOVE a glossy nail and if you are anything like, you will need a top coat (Seche Vite, thanks).

These are vibrant, hot shades that are not just perfect for Summer but anytime of the year when you want to inject a bit of 70’s inspired drama to your look. I’m a 70’s baby so I have a soft spot in my heart for this collection, and anything that has a 1970’s vibe…and an 80’s vibe…and also a 90’s vibe.

As you can see, I spend a lot of time reminiscing.

Fashion Rebel Eye Shadow Duo ($34/USD)

Madness Nail Polish ($19/USD)

NARS Summer 2013 collection can be found on and department stores that offer the NARS brand.


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2 Responses to “NARS Summer 2013 Collection Review”

  1. i noticed in the bright sun that there’s a very slight pearl sheen to this color.but, i like a glossy nail. That is really lovely.

  2. It’s a very subtle sheen and that’s what makes it so darling. Yes, it’s orange but at the same time it won’t make you feel out of place in the office. This is currently my favorite orange – it’s on my toes right now!


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