Pioneering some of the lead makeup trends catwalk side at NYFW for some hot designers (including Marc Jacobs!), NARS is always forefront of fashion inspired makeup collections in their true distinctive NARS style. Their Fall collection for 2011 is mainly soft pastels, taupes, soft corals and deep reds - but then there's the shift. The bold, fierce, strong and curving point of the collection lands in the hands of single eyeshadow in Outremer - which literally translates as 'overseas'. You might argue it's the key focus of the collection, the piece that made it all. With a name like Overseas inspiring the rest of the names of the collection - from Parisian street names to our own 'Abbey Road' - there is something about this collection that sets it out from the rest.
^ Outremer Eyeshadow
There is something in this collection for everyone, I love how they've gone for an idea in the soft wearable taupes, but aside from Outremer there's a bold red lipstick, and turquoise/green eyeliners for the more daring and adventurous among us
One of the standout pieces for me was the Trio Eyeshadow set in Delphes, which has a shimmery soft peachy pink, a dove grey and a taupe sage shade. All perfect for soft autumnal looks. What I loved about it was how it felt quite summery still but wasn't as bold as summer, and could be worn easily in the daytime soft evenings as it gets darker sooner.
There's also a Duo Eyeshadow, in Grand Palais, which is a rosy pink and soft shimmery taupe. I felt the taupe shade was very pretty but not hugely innovative - I own a lot already similar. What I did like about the Duo was that the rosy pink shade could easily double up as a really pretty wintery blush, especially perfect on my pale skin.
Then of course there is Outremer, a soft, finely milled matte cobalt blue. This is also the main and key focus of their collection imagery, shown below:
There's also two new matte lipsticks (Montego Bay -pink/coral - and Mascate - red) and one softer, slightly more shimmery lipstick in Pago Pago, a coral pink. To go with these there's a new matte lip pencil lipstick, which is the same as the matte lipsticks but just in the convieniant pencil shape! It's shade is Train Bleu. The last item is a nail varnish, in the shade Galion - a fierce dark grey.
The thing about NARS is, it was created with flawless skin in mind. Francois Nars being the force behind the ideology that NARS is all about the base, the complexion, the face, that glow. My favourite foundation, Sheer Glow, has been repurchased and repurchased since I fell in love with it, and I couldn't wait to meet the newest addition to their quest for skincare perfection, the Concealer in stick form. Not only because the formulation looked fantastic, but because it comes in a brand new super pale shade for ghosties - yay! The shade is Chantilly, and it looks like this:
They also have a new launch in the shape of their Larger than Life Long-wear Eyeliners. They come in nine new shades from bold green to intense blacks to soft shimmery purples. Here's a full swatch look courtesy of the amazing Jen from Beauty Junkie in London:
The one I chose to take home with me was Via Appia which is a deep coppery brown. Here's a closer look at it:
I think the NARS A/W collection will go down a storm, because there really is an item that will suit everyone, normally collections are so themed you'll either like them or you wont - or you'll just like one key piece. This one I could have easily bought half of it then and there! I know I wimped out of taking home Outremer with me (I nearly did) in favour of the softer more wearable shades, but that is the beauty of NARS, it's all there to help you create that flawless face whether you pick bold shades or soft shades. I can't wait to try the products I have and i'm sure as always with NARS the quality will be impeccable. I own a NARS eyeshadow already and i've barely even dented it that's how pigmented it is!
You can buy the new collection instore and online here:
What do you think of NARS A/W 11 collection? Has anything caught your eye? What do you think of the concealers and the eyeliners, the new additions to the range?
Lots of love, Zozo xxxx
Disclaimer: I recieved the products featured as my own at the NARS A/W preview event, they are PR samples and in no way reflect my opinion of the collection. All the words are my own views.