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Sneak Peak: NARS Summer 2010 collection

I was browsing my Lord & Taylor Passport To Beauty catalog and spied the new NARS Summer 2010 collection.

NARS Summer 2010

And I think know I love these hues !!! I love blues and they are great colours to wear during the summer.  This collection is described by L&T as ‘Ocean and turquoise hues pair with sun-kissed bronze and champagne gold for cool summer color’.  This collection looks very Women of Color friendly, with it’s intense blues and complimentary golds and corals.  This just reminds of hot sun and cool waters at the beach.  You can totally tell I’m a heat lover!!!!! I am not thrilled with using Amber Valletta as the spokesmodel this collection.  NARS could have used someone else to truly bring out the warmth of collection….but this is what we have.

According to the NARS website,

The Summer 2010 Collection is a range of bold and bright hues and creamy textures. François Nars looked for inspiration from the character Sèverine, played by Catherine Deneuve in the iconic film Belle de Jour.  “Her character is incredibly beautiful and elegant,” says François. “Her look is effortless –– she has an incredible inner sophistication.”

The collection is designed to look striking on a wide range of skin tones and let women’s natural beauty shine through. “I designed the makeup to bring a natural-looking glow to the skin, while allowing women to have fun with color. After all, summer is a playful season, nothing should be too complicated!”

Séverine’s look was not complicated—this wasn’t a woman who wanted to do her makeup all day—but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t polished. Effortless looking makeup can often be the most elegant, allowing a woman’s natural beauty (and personality) to shine through—especially during the summertime.

The hues for this collection are sexy, sensual and compliment a broad range of skin tones. It brings a lovely glow to any and every complexion. I’ve avoided the cliché of making everything pink. For me, summertime makeup should be sheer, reflect the light and be easy to apply.  But it should still have pops of color—like the Burn It Blue Duo Cream Eyeshadow.

Sheer formulas!  They are more forgiving. They go on so translucently and require less precision—lips can be done quickly; lids require just a swipe or two (using fingertips, if that’s preferred). Of course, a more built up look is always possible—that’s the beauty of these formulas.

The Details:

This soft-peach cream blush delivers a hint of shimmer and smooth, silky color for a luminous complexion. The vitamin-enriched formula is long-lasting and blends easily for a sheer flush and healthy, glowing summertime skin.  It’s sure to attract, entrance and delight.

Burn It Blue
An iridescent ocean-blue paired with turquoise creates a lively duo cream eyeshadow. The soft cream formula can be applied with the fingertips or a brush for more precision. Swipe one shade over the eyelid or layer one upon the other—the overlay is delicate, yet striking.

This spicy, deep brown cream eyeshadow is even hotter than its namesake spice. The intensely rich shade is tempered by a weightless texture, making it a versatile summer option.  Use it to line or swipe it across the entire lid. Apply it sheer or layered for more color, intensity and pop.

Love Devotion
This nourishing, long-lasting sheer guava lipstick delivers a subtle and glistening color. Lips will be soft and sumptuously in season.

Coup de Coeur
Just like the French phrase it’s named after, this shiny, sheer apple-brandy tinted lip gloss is sure to yield love at first sight.  The convenient wand application is perfect for adding gloss throughout the day for ultra-tempting fullness.

This multi-purpose tool is now available in a fresh, glazed-apricot shade.  The multiple’s gold sparkles create shimmering accents and gives a glowing complexion. The lightweight, foolproof color is quick and easy, and takes the guesswork out of what goes where.

This regal, opalescent, champagne-gold nail hue shimmers, creating a light-catching tint. The durable formula creates a gilded sophistication and a majesty that’s very modern.

I am most interested in Lamu multiple (looks quite dark and bronzy), Burn It Blue (blues!!!),  Love Devotion (is this the coral shade of the season?????)

This collection will be available from April 15 (today!) on NARS Cosmetics online, Sephora and Lord & Taylor stores nationwide.


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Spring is in the air!!! NARS Cosmetics Spring 2010 preview

Hi guys,

I hear that it’s seriously cold in the US, but I am still chillin’ in the Caribbean!!!

Here’s what NARS is offering for its Spring 2010 campaign.

Amber Valletta for NARS

Looks interesting!!!! Bright but very wearable!

It’s available online at and in stores on January 15, 2010.

EDIT: Here’s some more information about this collection!

Inspired by Catherine Deneuve’s role as Lucille in La Chamade, the NARS Spring 2010 Collection features soft, sexy shades that are as elegant as they are versatile. “I love Catherine’s makeup look in this movie,” says François. “It’s very sophisticated and bourgeois in a Parisian ‘16th Arrondissement’ way. She is the perfect reference for this collection, and apropos for spring, a time to embrace color and get noticed.” The hues are playful yet sophisticated and can be either soft and subtle or bold and daring. As always, the effects are limitless, determined by application, technique, and attitude.”


What is it about Catherine Deneuve’s character in La Chamade that inspired you?

Catherine’s character Lucille has a confidence that is infectious, which is such an important trait. She is breathtakingly beautiful and exceptionally elegant, dressed impeccably in haute couture. She exudes inner style and outward beauty.

What is it about Catherine Deneuve and her style that is so timelessly appealing?

Catherine is a French icon and one of the most beautiful women in the world. She’s immensely talented and fearless in the characters she plays. She has a true sense of style, elegance and good education—but she has an edge. There is nothing obvious about her sexual image and power. Her seductive power is strong, but comes through without the typical corresponding aggression.

How do you see women wearing these shades?

Absolutely any and every way they want! I never dictate—I create makeup that is a vehicle through which women can express who they are and how they are feeling. It’s an accessory, and a fun one, I hope.

About the Collection:
This subtle, sexy pink lipstick hue provides a sheer natural long-lasting color. The
hydrating formula can be worn alone, or over a NARS Lip Pencil for variations
in color and depth. It’s neutral enough to pair perfectly with dramatic eyes, yet
alluring enough to attract attention when used on its own.

Serious luster meets sexy color in this ultra-sheer hot pink lip gloss. The eyecatching
and refreshing springtime hue is perfectly suited to deliver super shiny,
sensual lips. An extra dab of it in the center of the bottom lip will accentuate
sheen and fullness. It’s impossible to resist.

This high-shine strawberry nectar lip gloss is deliciously sweet and seductive.
Wear it alone, or over NARS lip products for a more intense effect and color
variation. The glossy formula will capture both the light and the attention of

This intensely gothic purple is a bright and audacious shade destined to become
a modern classic. Boasting a long-wearing formula, this intense nail hue
vacillates between opposites: rocker or royalty, rebellious or refined.

This dusty lilac powder eyeshadow yields just a hint of flirtation, but never
misses its mark. The long-wearing, crease-resistant matte formula boasts
a translucent texture and can be applied sheer, or layered with other NARS
products for a bolder result.

Named for the deep, dancing, sun-cast hues found in the French river delta, this
pairing of golden moss and sienna, with multi-colored reflections comes in a
soft-blending, glistening cream eyeshadow formula. Wear it alone or layered
beneath NARS powder eyeshadows to create more color, depth and intensity.

Like its Malaysian city namesake, this perfectly harmonized gold infused rose
and boysenberry pairing is influenced by contrasts—rich and subtle, traditional
yet modern. Wear the two shades separately or together, sheer or layered for a
more dramatic effect. Try swiping one shade over the entire eyelid and applying
the other just beneath the brow bone to highlight.

This bright sky blue, silver glitter-infused hue delivers powerful, vibrant color that
slides on smooth and remains creamy for blending. Use this glitter pencil layered
or alone—to line, accent, highlight or illuminate the eyes. No matter how it’s
used, the look will be as ultra-chic as the legendary Parisian nightclub for which
it was named.

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