NARS Spring — already making an appearance on the red carpet — has finally arrived at my counter. And the theme is… color. Wow. Does it all go together?
There are several new items in this collection: Kuala Lumpur ($32) eyeshadow duo, in sheeny gold-pink and purple-brown with a few gold sparkles. There’s D. Gorgeous, a matte ash-lilac eyeshadow single ($22). There’s also a cream eyeshadow duo, Camargue ($32), a shimmery, springy, yellowy moss green and a yellow brown with blue and green sparkles.
There’s a new glitter eye pencil, a bright cerulean with silver sparkles called Bains Douches ($24). The collection also repromotes Nabucco, one of NARS’ three Eyeliner Stylo liquid “pen” liners. These came out fairly recently (in black, brown, and blue; $27 each). The tip is quite fine, and — damn — Nabucco is REALLY permanent. I had a lot of trouble taking it off.
There’s also been a lot of buzz over the new nail polish, Purple Rain ($16). Somehow, the shade just doesn’t excite me. It reminds me of other dark purples (Fingerpaints Icy Iris, OPI Visions of Sugarplums) — am I a philistine?
The collection repromotes Amour blush, a really pretty matte coral pink, and white-gold highlighter Albatross (swatched very heavily here, and the sun wasn’t cooperating to bring out its full loveliness).
Belle de Jour (very peachy nude) and Niagara (strong coral-pink, a la MAC Costa Chic, Red Full-Stop, and Made with Love) are repromotes. Cruising is new, a very pale, very sheer, almost grey pink. Nars lipsticks are $24 each. Both Easy Lover and Ophelia lipglosses are new. Easy Lover is a sheer magenta jelly with tiny, nearly invisible blue sparkles. (Remember Jellies, the shoes? I think I had a pair this exact color.) Ophelia is papaya pink with tiny sparkles.
NARS Spring: Kuala Lumpur, D. Gorgeous, Camargue, Bains Douches, Nabucco, Purple Rain, Belle de Jour, Niagara, Cruising, Easy Lover Ophelia, Amour, Albatross