NARS Summer 2011

NARS, 2011, summer displayNARS launched a TON of new stuff for summer. There are technically two different collections pictured here, but I swatched them all willy-nilly.

You remember how NARS turned Orgasm into a franchise? (First the blush, then the multiple, nail polish, lipgloss, and illuminator?) Well now they’re following suit with Laguna.

Everything with the word “Laguna” is part of the Laguna: Portrait of Paradise collection. Everything else is part of the regular summer collection. And I believe these two collections have the same launch dates: April 15 on and at NARS’ Bleecker Street boutique in NYC; May 1 everywhere else. And don’t forget that the code karlasugar will get you a FREE mini South Beach Multiple on your order of $25 or more.
NARS, summer, 2011, swatches, Cap Ferrat, Exotic Dance, Dogon, Queen, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
NARS is still experimenting with the idea of an eyeshadow trio (see holiday’s Okinawa and spring’s Calanque). This time the three shades are in separate (non-touching) pans.

Cap Ferrat is a trio of pure Caribbean fantasy. The shades are shimmery, icy blued-green; shimmery seafoam-teal; and shimmery aqua/lagoon blue. The trio is $45 and limited edition.

The Exotic Dance duo (which I keep wanting to call “Exotic Dancer”) is a shimmery bright white and a shimmery golden-brown. The white is topcoat-ish, and somewhat prone to fallout. The Dogon duo combines a soft, shimmery, duochromey purple-grey with a blue-black satin. Both duos are $33, and limited edition.

Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24, limited edition) is yellow-green glitter in a clear base.
NARS, Summer, 2011, swatches, Laguna Multiple, Kismet, Ecume, Mayflower, Bolero, Carthage, Wonder, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
The Laguna Multiple ($39, limited edition) is a golden-bronzey-brown cream stick suitable for use on lids or cheeks (or lips, if you want to). I think if it sold well, NARS would add it to the permanent roster of multiples.

There are two nail polishes, both limited edition, each $17. Kismet is a very orange/yellow gold shimmer. Ecume is bright white cream. White nail polish can look great against tan skin — I sometimes think of it as the shortcut French manicure — but is this white polish special enough that you’d pay $17 for it?
NARS, Summer, 2011, swatches, Laguna Multiple, Kismet, Ecume, Mayflower, Bolero, Carthage, Wonder, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
You also have your choice of summer lip products. Mayflower ($24) is a guava-pink lipstick. Bolero ($24) is a pale, bright, warm pink Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Carthage ($25) is a bright fuchsia pink Pure Matte Lipstick. Wonder ($24) is bright hot coral orange lipgloss. According to my sales associate, none of these is limited edition.
NARS, summer, 2011, swatches, New Order, Laguna, Orgasm, Albatross, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
The summer collection introduces one new blush (or “highlighting blush”); the Laguna collection offers a new limited edition Laguna-Orgasm-Albatross trio palette (shades you’ve seen before, but I thought I’d reswatch them anyway). These are heavy swatches.

New Order is a very pale lilac with biggish silver sparkles. It’s $27, not limited edition.

The blush trio is $55. Laguna is golden bronze; Orgasm is pink with a strong gold sheen/shimmer; Albatross is a golden shimmer highlight (white gold in a heavy swatch).
NARS, Summer, 2011, swatches, Laguna Body Illuminator, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
And finally, there’s a limited edition Laguna Body Illuminator ($45, big 150 ml tube). Click here to look back at the Laguna Illuminator for face.

The body illuminator is recommended for neck, chest, and legs. It’s lightly scented with Monoï de Tahiti oil, and it’s transfer resistant. (It was more than usually resistant to oil-cleanser as well.)

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16 Responses to “NARS Summer 2011”

  • TIna says:

    I’ve been wanting to try the Albatross highlighter, but too bad I already own Laguna and Orgasm. The trio would be a great way to have a bit of each of them. Guess sometimes it’s just better to wait.

  • Laci says:

    I cannot wait to get Cap Ferrat! I’m waiting on my order from NARS. I also got New Order — I’m anxious to see how it looks. It’s so pretty in pan that I hope that will translate on my skin. If it doesn’t, at least NARS takes returns. :)

  • Jessie says:

    OMG OMG I’ve been waiting for them to do one of their Lipstick pencils in that shade. I am ALL OVER IT!

  • CocoVonB says:

    Colors in Dogon duo look similar to Alhambra/Pandora.

    Are these brand new, or reprobates?


  • valerie says:

    Interesting… Mayflower lipstick looks pretty! And the Laguna Body Illuminator mixed with lotion might be my ticket this summer – I just need to sniff it and find out what Monoï de Tahiti smells like! :-)

  • Phyrra says:

    I like the blue shadow trio :) Gorgeous swatches!

  • NeenaJ says:

    Am loving these swatches! Thanks Karla! Really like the look of Mayflower. And cheers to NARS for that gorgeous orange gloss!

  • Emily says:

    Thank you so much for the great swatches. You keep me from having to go into Sephora. ; )

  • I need Dogon and the swatches look lovely. I can’t quite decide whether or not Mayflower would be a good lipcolour for me.

  • Alvina says:

    How does the Laguna Multiple compare to the St.Barts Multiple? Coz I have the St.Barts Multiple already..

  • Brooke says:

    just tried the code, no longer valid =( man that ran out fast!
    thanks for the swatches ;) still ordering ;) lol

  • Pang says:

    I love the swatches in this collection. If only I wasnt holding out for MAC surf baby collection. I’m really starting to hate the term limited edition.

  • HautePJ says:

    Like an idiot, I waited to long to use your code and it says it is no longer valid :( . Any chance they will open up the code again, pretty pretty please? I was planning on getting the Taj Mahal blush actually but your swatches make me want to add Dogon! Thanks for your amazing swatches and info!

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Unfortunately they ran out of the South Beach mini multiples. :-/ Hopefully NARS will give me another code!

  • LesleyKat says:

    ughhhhh I was going to avoid buying the shadow duos but they look amazing.

  • I’m looking for swatches of NARS Dogon when the two shadows are swatched on each other! Could you help me with that? :)

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