NARS Fall 2011

NARS, fall 2011, displayAt last! NARS fall! Maybe this doesn’t bother you as much as it bothers me, but my impatience to swatch this collection resulted in the omission of two pieces: Train Bleu deep burgundy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and Galion dark muted navy blue nail polish (they weren’t unpacked at the time of my swatching). I hate presenting incomplete swatches, but I felt this post couldn’t wait, so watch for an addendum next week.

Collection after collection, my reaction to NARS is, “that’s an interesting take on the season” — and this one is no exception.  But I like that Mr. Nars is (like a fashion designer) creating his own story for THIS season. This isn’t just a fall collection, it’s fall 2011.

Delphes is an eyeshadow trio in the split-pan style of Cap Ferrat. It’s $45, and the shades are high-shimmer peony/carnation pink, matte smoke-, purple-grey, and shimmery, mossy, muted army green.

I wouldn’t have given Grand Palais (powder) eyeshadow duo a second look if I hadn’t seen it worn by Messy Wands. DANG. She looks editorial. The duo includes a shimmery purple taupe that reminds me of Chanel’s Rose Platine (though it’s a softer and rosier purple) and a matte “dirty” rose (it’s dark-ish, and sort of mauvey). The duo is $33.

And eeeeverybody’s talking about Outremer ($23). It’s blinding, ultramarine blue… that swatches kind of chalky. This shadow — in every way — reminds me of last fall’s Daphne, a crazy purple that didn’t swatch well. I’d like to quote commenter Shannon, who last fall said:

I have Daphne, and I have to admit, it swatched absolutely horrible, but it wears amazingly beautiful. I ordered it first based on pictures, and then right after ordering, i saw/swatched a tester at my Nordies. Hated it so much that i immediately considered returning. But i’m glad i gave it a try, because it’s surprisingly smooth and true to color despite the chalky horrible swatching.

You need only look at these photos of Karen (Makeup and Beauty Blog) to see Outremer’s amazing potential. Don’t write this one off on swatch alone. (Plus you can use any NARS powder shadow wet or dry.)
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Pago Pago (lipstick, $24) is a “nude,” sheer, muted pink with tiny silver sparkles that translate into a slight shimmer. I tried this one on and it was almost exactly the color of my lips. (“My lips but… my lips.”)

Montego Bay (Pure Matte Lipstick, $25) might look candy pink next to Mascate, but it’s more of a rose pink on my lips (and just a touch blue). Mascate (Pure Matte Lipstick, $25) is deep, cool, va-va-voom red.

Oasis (another in the series of “blush” lipglosses) is $24, a mauve-rose with gold sparkles that I think almost everyone will like.

This collection is arriving on counters now; it’s also available online, and is currently offering free shipping at any price (no code required).

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14 Responses to “NARS Fall 2011”

  • MQS says:

    I think I’d rather go play at the LaMer stand in the background! :-)
    Thanks Karla.

  • I’m so tired of being disappointed by NARS but goodness some of this collection looks tempting!

  • jeanette says:

    yay! i’ve been waiting for you to swatch these.
    i have to admit that delphes trio is the stand out piece to me from this collection. i was skeptical of its potential but when i saw messy wands featuring it on her blog i was sold.really unique trio of colors.

    thanks karla!

  • MaryEllen says:

    ITA with Jeanette about Delphes and Messy Wands! I thought (as I usually do when I first look at NARS collections) “Hmmm, what an odd combo.” Then I saw it on Messy Wands, and all the other fall collection shadows went out of my head. Now it’s happening again with Grand Palais. I will have Delphes (and maybe Grand Palais if I can swing it).

  • Pang says:

    Everytime I look at the swatches I’m like buy buy buy. I would probably just use Outremer as an eyeliner.

  • diann_co says:

    M. Nars, je ne l’aime pas…

  • Hing says:

    Thanks for the swatch, Karla!
    By the way, what’s the difference between this red Mascate and the red Vesuvio??

  • Amy says:

    I luv luv the eyshadow trio. great swatches

  • Kerri says:

    Curious: What blush shade is featured on the displayer? PS: Thanks for the amazing swatches as always!!

  • Marie says:

    @Kerri: In all likelihood, it’s Oasis blush (to go with Oasis lipgloss).

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