Already available in Singapore, the NARS Autumn 2015 colour collection features ‘a lush and lavish mix of shades for eyes, lips and cheeks’.
In the collection are:
- NARS Blush in Tribulation (S$50; limited-edition)
A shimmery rosy sand Blush that imparts a soft, healthy flush.
- NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Pasiphae (S$44)
Named for the moon of Jupiter, this Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in shimmering peacock burgundy is as rich and radiant as its divine inspiration.
- NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto (S$44)
A Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in a brown with golden shimmer that delivers a sophisticated, self-assured look befitting of the moon of Saturn, for which it’s named.
- NARS Lip Gloss in Baby Doll (S$37)
A shimmering candy pink that’s as seductive as its name implies.
- NARS Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girls (S$37)
A sophisticated pink beige Lip Gloss inspired by the lip colors worn by the stars in the 1966 Andy Warhol film of the same name.
- NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in VIP Red (S$38; limited-edition)
A dark brique Lipstick that’s the ideal finishing touch to any classic look.
I like the complementary nature of this covetable collection—every item works with one another. And as wearable as they are, the colours are enlivened with shimmery and shade-shifting surprises.
My favourite has to be Pasiphae: Like other NARS duo-chromed eyeshadows, its deft yet delicate colour-flashing feature stole my heart; it is subtle but noticeable, especially over a deep eyeshadow base like NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Sukhothai (see below).
Also making their official launch are the NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks, which we first saw in the NARS Eye-Opening Act Collection for Spring 2015.
In the range are (from bottom to top):
- NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Sukhothai
Named for the small city in the lower northern part of Thailand, this shimmering peacock Velvet Shadow Stick delivers deep, pigmented color to lids for a rich, impactful look.
- NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Reykjavik
This grey matte shade provides a wash of color to the eyelids reminiscent of the murky skies of the Icelandic capital city it is named for.
- NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Glénan
A Velvet Shadow Stick in a rich navy that’s reminiscent of the clear blue waters surrounding its namesake archipelago islands located off the coast of France.
- NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Aigle Noir
French for black eagle, this Velvet Shadow Stick in black infused with gold shimmer echoes the coloring—and dangerous beauty—of the bird of prey for which it’s named.
- NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Flibuste
French for ‘buccaneer pirate,’ this quintessential Velvet Shadow Stick in a long-lasting, matte black shade can be used as a base or top shade, to shadow, line and blend.
- NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Hollywoodland
Inspired by the original Hollywood Hills landmark, this pale gold Velvet Shadow Stick lends lids a subtle but dazzling glow representative of its iconic name.
- NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Oaxaca
Named for the Southwestern Mexican state and capital city, this quartz-toned Velvet Shadow Stick imparts a subtle wash of color and lends lids depth when used as a base for other shadows.
- NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess
A Velvet Shadow Stick in a pink champagne shade that’s as delicate and celestial as the female deity it epitomizes.
Now permanent to the NARS colour lineup, these twist-up cream stick shadows come in matte and softly shimmery shades.
Unlike the overly-buttery NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, these long-wearing shadows are crease-proof. They deposit rich colour in a single swipe but blending is a touch tough as they tend to set rather quickly; though they are smooth enough not to tug at my eyelids, they can give an uneven and patchy appearance if you work on them too much.
I like them mostly as eyeshadow bases: The darker tones, in particular, bring out the sparkles of—and offer depth to—my shade-shifting shadows. There are interesting hues in this range of eight; I like the shimmery grey-green of Sukhothai, which I enjoy pairing with my bruisey and multi-dimensional eye colours.
In Singapore, they retail at S$44.
Photographed by François Nars, the campaign image featuring Daria Strokous pays homage to the past, whilst imbuing the mood of today. Below is a short interview with Monsieur Nars that reveals the story behind the campaign visual.
Q: What was your inspiration for the Fall 2015 colour collection?
“The eyes, for sure. They’re the focal point of the face, the windows of the soul, and so on. Making up the eyes is a great way to express yourself through makeup. At NARS, we’ve been creating so many new eye products recently: wet and dry shadows, shadow sticks, mascara; it just seemed like the collection needed to revolve around eyes and especially how eye color and texture can convey not just character and mood but a period in time, be it an era or a decade or even a season.”
“I think the image really demonstrates how makeup, and eye makeup especially, can create a modern look that alludes to the past. Here, we made it look very 70s without going too retro. And since so much of 70s makeup was inspired by the 30s, there’s that reference too. I love combining the mood of today with that of the past. You can see it in the sculpted cheeks and the red lips, which are classics, but they’ve been made modern by the more natural flush of the skin and the shimmery brown and gold lid that, I think, together look very much from today.”
“I love the Velvet Shadow Sticks. They’re great fun and easy to use and they deliver really rich and blendable color. I also really adore our new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows, which can be used wet or dry and deliver a beautiful finish either way. The color palette this season is very balanced between end of summer shades, like pale gold, navy blue and pink beige, and early fall colors like soft brown and burgundy. I love Hollywoodland, a pale gold that really illuminates the eye. Telesto is amazing because it can be applied dry for a wash of color and then wet for a really intense look later in the season. And I think VIP Red is just the perfect red lip color.”