Chanel Collections are what I usually hold out for but this Spring I was hotly anticipating the Nars Summer collection. I normally end up getting at least one item from every seasonal collection from Nars, but I never feel the need to rush out and buy. However, my love affair with pink, matte lipsticks and eyeshadows that bring to mind St Tropez in the 1960s meant that I had my finger on the add to basket button the moment Nars Summer 2011 was launched. Sadly, it has taken over two weeks for my products to arrive, but these are my initial impressions.
|Nars Eyeshadow Trio in Cap Ferrat and Nars Matte Lipstick in Carthage|
It is a 'nice' colour and the matte texture isn't too difficult to pull off, but I don't think it is a must have. I love bright pinks and corals with a tan and this will probably suit all skintones, but if you already have a number of bright shades, you could skip this easily, especially when Revlon do some fantastic bright matte shades for less than half the price.
|Nars Matte Lipstick in Carthage applied|
The three shades are a light sea foam green/turquoise, a brighter turquoise and a vivid sea blue. It would be easy to feel a little afraid of these colours in the pan but they are not as pigmented when applied, instead they give a sheerer was of colour, especially the lightest shade.
When the trio arrived this afternoon I had to laugh as I pulled out my MAC Pro Palette to find the first three MAC shades I ever bought, almost exact replicas of those in the new trio. I guess my tastes haven't changed much in 6 years! The Nars eyeshadows are different though in that they give a more subtle effect. My favorite has to be the lightest sea foam green/turquoise which gives a light wash of colour, working well with a vivid lip (pink, coral or orange). All three shades are very shimmery and this could be a bit too much for some people, but paired with just bronzer or a matte blush, I think they work.
|Swatches of Nars Cap Ferrat and Nars Matte Lipstick in Carthage|
|Swatches left to right: MAC Mega Metals in Dalliance, MAC eyeshadow in Aquadisiac , MAC eyeshadow in Parrot|
|Nars Eyeshadow Trio in Cap Ferrat applied|
- MAC Face & Body Foundation in N1 (applied with a sponge, thanks to Rebecca from Le Salon de Beaute for this recommendation!)
- MAC Studio Fix Concealer in NW15 - just under the eye area
- Nars Bronzer Multiple in Tuomota
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- Nars Eyeshadow Trio Cap Ferrat
- Chanel Imitable Mascara in Purple
- Le Metier de Beaute Brow Pencil in Natural Blonde
- Nars Matte Lipstick in Carthage
- Poppy King for No.7 Lipgloss in Glamour
Nars Eyeshadow Trio in Cap Ferrat - £33
Nars Matte Lipstick in Carthage - £18.50