MAKEUP TODAY SHOULD BE REALLY MAXIMALIST; IT’S A WAY TO EXPRESS YOURSELF.” FRANCOIS NARS.
The Nars Cosmetics Fall 2010 shade palette is all about smooth, flawless skin with pops of unexpected color. Sexy, sophisticated and daring, Francois Nars takes his inspiration from British style icon and collector of Haute Couture, Daphne Guinnes. The campaign’s show- stopping photography reflects Nars’ desire to mesmerize and captivate his audience with an avante garde yet regal look displayed in a kaleidoscope of mirrored images
These unexpected shades arrest and inspire the eye, with names taken from mysterious far-off lands and domestic hot spots. Daphne, a deep shock of matte purple eyeshadow and frankly the star of the collection, is named after his inspiration and beauty muse. Try Mangrove contoured with Coconut Grove Eye Shadow finished with a stain of Rouge Basque on lips or Tzarine Eye Shadow duo with Strawberry Fields Lip Gloss. The collection’s cheek blush, Douceur, is sweet, gentle and delicate: a must have.
Eye Shadow Singles: Singular mattes; intense and pigmented in the pan, sheer yet buildable on lids ($23.00)
Daphne: The star of the show, a true royal purple worn all over the lid up to the eyebrow. Perfect for taking fall’s classic fashions to a futuristic dimension.
Mangrove: (Limited Edition) A Chartreuse on the better side of yellow (think lime-infused yellow). Versatile yet unafraid to be monogamous, Mangrove can be worn alone, all over the lid, as an inner corner highlight or to soften and diffuse a deeper shade with a hint of citrus zest.
Coconut Grove: A brown matte pigment for shadowing or increasing depth on the lid. Apply wet or dry as an eye-defining liner.
Eyeshadow Duos: These overseas-inspired shades contour and highlight ($32.00)
Tzarine EyeShadow Duo: Russian inspired warm shimmery taupe and cool charcoal create a regal look or the ever so popular smokey eye.
Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo (Limited Edition): Inspired by the exotic lands of India, this palette of glazed almond and cool, steely grey can creates soft or dramatic eyes. Either shade can be worn alone or blended and layered.
Douceur Blush (lightly etched with Nars logo; $26.00): A softened, pinked honey brown hue lights up skin. Apply to apples of cheeks and upward, forehead, along the jaw line and nose.
Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (Limited Edition; $24.00): A tealy, Caribbean turquoise to line, accent, layer, highlight and illuminate eyes.
Strawberry Fields Lip Gloss (Limited Edition; $24.00); Smooth, glossy intense pigment for juicy strawberry touched lips; a bright alternative to falls deeper lip colors. This pop of strawberry has great staying power
Rouge Basque Lipstick (Limited Edition;$24.00): A brick red, satin-finish lipstick as bold as the color of wine from the French countryside. This shade was inspired by the inside cover of a book from the Basque region.
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– Andrea Phillips