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Nars Autumn Winter 2011

It’s one of those times when my heart skips a beat. It happens from time to time – new OPI collections, Christmas nail varnish releases, and new eyeshadows from Nars.

Earlier in the year, I went to the preview of Nars’ upcoming collection. (You can read my blog about it here ). It feels like about five minutes ago that we were all getting excited about Dogon and the other items from the Spring/Summer collection, but here we are already talking about Autumn/Winter. And to be fair, taking one look outside at the February-esque July we are having, I am more than happy to  start thinking about the Autumn make-up collections (and start wearing vampy nails again!)

Now, you know me. I like a Nars duo. And I was really excited and interested in Grand Palais (£23.50). It contains a satiny taupe shade and a matte rose. Let me tell you, the taupe is one of the best I have ever tried and worth buying for this alone. It applies beautifully, lasts brilliantly and is an absolute gem. I want to bathe in it. The rose shade isn’t quite as pigmented as I wanted and took a bit longer to build. Layered over the taupe it looks really pretty but on its own isn’t really that remarkable. I found that this look made me appear a little tired and in future I am going to wear this with a darker plum shade in the crease and blending all three together.

Delphes is the third of Nars’ limited edition eyeshadow trios, having previously released Calanque and Okinawa. The trios are nice, although a £33.00 price tag is somewhat gulpsome. This is an interesting colour combination comprising of pink, grey and sage green.

The pink is extremely sheer and is packed with that chunky glitter that Nars seems to be fond of recently. I’m not a major fan as there is a lot of fall-out and it sticks weirdly to primer. However, the pink works nicely over a non-primed surface and made for a really pretty browbone highlighter. The green is absolutely perfect. Buttery smooth and dense satin, this spreads really easily and effortlessly. It is definitely the star of the trio for me. I’d rather the grey was a little more pigmented to be honest. It builds ok but is a little sheer initially. I’m not overly sure the shades go together though. I liked it the more the day wore on, but green and grey isn’t a colour combination I’d necessarily think to use. I need to try this a few more times before deciding each way. This is also SUPER frosty. You have been warned!

The other item that caught my eye from the range is the Oasis lipgloss (£17.50).

A limited edition item based on the best-selling blusher of the same name, this gloss is a pink berry shade that gives your lips just a hint of strawberry colour.

It is packed with gold glitter pieces, but these aren’t obtrusive or uncomfortable to wear and thankfully, once the gloss wears off, you aren’t left looking like you’ve been rubbing glitter nail polish on your lips – you have more of a glowy sheen. Very pretty indeed. Also, this stuff could survive a nuclear war. Applied at 8am and lasted through 3 x coffees and a chicken wrap. Impressive.

So, what do you think? Anything here for you? You can see the rest of the collection and order here. I’m seriously contemplating the Pago Pago lipstick now…

Oh and because people always moan that I don’t smile enough in photos, here you are.


*PR samples*


4 Discussions on
“Nars Autumn Winter 2011”
  • You know what, I always think your eyes are beautiful anyway – but the photo with you wearing the trio, Delphes, really is stunning and I feel like it brings out your eyes even more.

  • I love the look you did with both of the eye palettes. I’m very sold on the duo and the lipsticks are my kind of colours too. I’d love to paly with Delphes but as I said to you the other day, I suspect I will struggle to make a ‘look’ from it. You’re tempting me with the lipgloss too. I can’t wait for this to hit counters!

  • Ha! Helen I can now stop my moaning about you not smiling. You look so much prettier when you smile. Love the sage shadow look. I really like that one. I know how much you love Nars. You have just a couple of shadows!

  • I’m a little bit disappointed in with these. I have loved the last few Nars collections but these ones aren’t really for me. I would have liked something a bit more bold.

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