NARS’ Spring 2016 Collection, titled Nouvelle Vogue, mixes up unexpected pops of color with soft, subtle neutrals for a chic, modern color palette that makes playing with color pretty easy (aka the typical NARS makeup collection). It’s a decent-sized collection with nine pieces for eyes, cheeks and lips.
The collection is available online now at Sephora—although I do have to warn you, the images on Sephora’s website seem to be pretty off in terms of color, so hopefully these photos will give you a better idea as to what the products really look like.
Cheeks & Lips
The NARS Blush ($30) in Impassioned is probably my favourite piece of the entire collection. It’s a dusty rose pink, and although it isn’t totally unique, the shade is right up my alley. Typically I reach for bright corals and vivid pinks as Spring weather starts to roll in, but this year I’m all about this muted rose shade. Combine that with NARS’ iconic powder blush formula and you’ve got a sure-fire winner.
The collection also includes two NARS Satin Lipsticks ($28) in the shades Banned Red (a mulled wine) and Rosecliff (a soft rose). Both shades are really beautiful and leave lips with a luminous sheen. Although they may not last all day, they are so comfortable I feel like they are worth the touch-ups.
Finally, there are two NARS Lip Glosses ($26) in the collection; Vida Loca (a pale coral) and Instant Crash (a shimmering apricot). I’ve always loved NARS’ lip gloss formula, and these two shades are really beautiful. I feel like Instant Crash is a little bit more unique, like a warm bronze with a hint of peach. Both glosses actually are quite pigmented on their own, but really look beautiful layered on top of another lip color too.
The collection features a NARS Duo Eyeshadow ($35) in Hammamet (a matte beige and a bronzy rose duo) as well as three Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows ($29) in Cressida (a midnight blue), Tarvos (an icy mint) and Kari (a soft rose).
The eyeshadow duo is so pretty in the pan—I couldn’t wait to try it. Unfortunately the matte beige was nearly identical to my skin tone, so it didn’t show up on me as much as I had hoped. It still looks pretty, but I find myself only using the shimmery rose shade (which by the way, is also gorgeous). I’ve never been a huge fan of wearing pinks near my eyes—I just find they are red enough from my sleep debt, I never wanted to enhance it. However, I think this bronzy pink really makes it so much more wearable—just pair it with black eyeliner and it looks amazing!
I love the Dual-Intensity formula because they are so versatile! You can use them wet for an intense finish, or dry for a sheer wash of color. I also love the fact the formula comes in a variety of textures, so not everything is just foiled finishes. Case in point—Kari. It’s a satin rose, and just like I said above about wearing pinks, the taupe-ish tint to this shade makes it much more wearable. The other two shades are great for a pop of color. While Cressida isn’t the most unique shade (we’ve seen gorgeous blues like this from NARS in the past), I feel much more inclined to play with Tarvos as I don’t really have another icy mint shade like this one.
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