Ever since I saw Carrie Bradshaw apply a hint of pink lipgloss from that little NARS jar, I became obsessed with the brand. Of course, this is probably a creation story not unique to myself; I’m sure many of us have the same point of introduction with NARS even though we should all note that they no longer make lipgloss that comes in a little jar.
What they do make, however, is a slew of other amazing products that look just as chic on a vanity table or in your purse, or in the case of the NARS Summer 2016 Collection, poolside. There’s an episode of Sex and the City where the girls go to LA and Carrie gets her first Brazilian wax. What not a better place to shoot the new collection pieces but on a rooftop pool in La La Land?
The packaging is definitely something any NARS collector is going to simply adore with original illustrations by contemporary artist Konstantin Kakanias; I highly suggest you don’t throw these boxes out but set up a casual display in your bathroom for the summer season. Or if you’re neat and tidy (which I am not) keep the makeup in the boxes in your purse and have a divine moment of pulling out the cutest items when you need to reapply your lipstick. I’m opting for option number 1.
I love the racy names of this collection, too, reminds me of Bethenny from RHONY when she’s brainstorming for Kristen’s nail polish line (I can’t stand Kristen) – but Bethenny actually knew where it’s at with ideas like Thrust. Kristen laughed at her (cuz she’s just annoying like that). Anyway, the NARS collection makes up for it with colours like Topless, Get Dirty, Sexual Content, and Tan Lines. Of course, they are the original sexy makeup namers of all time with the legendary Orgasm blush.
As for the makeup, the usual suspects are all here. Two dual-intensity blushes in totally wearable colours like light pink, rose, raspberry and sandy peach. I have been sort of obsessed with the lip colours, they are like matte but not lipsticks, they call them “lip covers” and they come in the sexiest colours. Two rose tones for those obsessed with rosy lips, and a vivid orange red perfect for summer nights. I’m most excited to try the Pool Shark eyeshadow in periwinkle because periwinkle is just fun to say and it’s one of my favourite colours. I might use a thin brush and outline the edges of my eyes with it like all the European women do. Light blue eyeliner is totally underrated!!!!! Take my word for it!
I just can’t wait for hot summer days when I let my hair air-dry and put a thick coat of Get Dirty on my lips, a dusting of bronzer and make sure my nipples show from underneath my bra-less tank. Write it down, ladies. That is THE look.
The NARS Summer 2016 Collection is available at all NARS retailers on May 1st (Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Holts, Nordstrom, Murale and www.narscosmetics.com). The collection was gifted to me as PR Samples.