Alright, so I know that we don’t usually post about collection launches – but this is one of the exceptions, mmkay?
I’ve recently become fixated on the new NARS hilighter, New Order. With the cult-fave Albatross, it’s one of just two products listed on the NARS “Hilighting Blush Powder” page, but it sounds so very… blush-like! It’s listed as a soft pink with gold and silver shimmer, and because I haven’t seen any swatches yet, I really have no idea what effect it would give (though my guess is that it will look somewhat like a more finely-milled version of Lancome Glowy Ballerine).
In and of its own, I don’t actually think it’s that interesting – but I do think it’s a rather curious choice to be NARS’ only other hilighter. I would have expected something more a long the lines of a gold or a peach, first, though I suppose they do have quite a range of liquid and creme illuminators for that purpose.
P.S. Here’s the rest of the NARS Summer 2011 details:
- EYES: Trio Eyeshadow in Cap Ferrat, Duo Eyeshadow in Dogon and Exotic Dance, and Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Queen
- LIPS: Lipgloss in Wonder, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bolero, Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage, and Lipstick in Mayflower
- CHEEKS: Blush in New Order
- NAILS: Nail Lacquer in Écume and Kismet
The eye and nail products are all limited edition, the lip products are all permanent, and the hilighting blush is being introduced as a new permanent item.
Today we have Armani, Clarins (coverage of the collection here and here), and NARS. Enjoy!
How the widgets work: just click – it’s that simple. These should be set up so that when you click on a specific product, it’ll take you to that product’s page. (If it doesn’t seem to be working, well, let me know!)
The rest of the round-up…
- Part one: Dior, Estee Lauder, and Guerlain
- Part two: Urban Decay, Benefit, and LORAC
- Part three: Smashbox, Lancome, and Laura Mercier
So the beautyblogosphere (which for the record is not a word, do not attempt to use it in an English paper,) is ablaze with people furious with the NARS line for making the gorgeous Amber Valetta look like “an old matron.”
Here are both versions of the advert:
Personally, I think she looks awesome. Is the look “dated”? Well, yes. But it was supposed to be, and the team did an incredible job “modernizing” the look while still keeping it true to its roots. I love the refined elegance of this photo; in a way it seems timeless to me, keeping the same style but mixing in modern aspects — pinkier blush with a gorgeous golden hilight, semimatte lips, and flawless, luminous skin. (Plus, lots ‘o Photoshop!)
Here’s Catherine in makeup for Sèverine, the very role this look is based off of:
And, for reference, here’s another (gorgeous) photo of Amber chanelling Catherine Deneuve in the NARS Spring 2010 promo:
Wow, it feels like we haven’t done product reviews for ages!
On the colour: Yah, I’m really not getting Orgasm out of this. It’s much more pink, if you ask me, and the shimmer is more fine. (Which, in my books, is a good thing!) I’m assuming it gets recognized as an O dupe because of a) its sheerness, and b) its neutrality — I can see thisapricot-pink working on most ladies who are lighter than about NW30, though there is of course some degree of layering to be expected.
On the formula: Sometimes you find a great drugstore Holy Grail… but others, you get what you pay for. Though the colour of this is fairly inoffensive, the product itself is on the chalky side, and the pigmentation is quite low. The wear time is exactly what you thought it would be: nothing to be ashamed of for the price, but it won’t last you through the day. Unfortunately, thecumbersome packaging is too large and too loose to go with you during the day, unless you want powder all over your bag.
The verdict? Though this would be a good starter blush for a preteen (it’s hard to mess up when you have this little pigment!) I’m going to tell you to pass on it. Yes, it’s cheap, and kind of cute, but it’s also a waste of time if you ask me — unless you like reapplying every fifteen minutes?
It’s nice to see that not all makeup companies have lost their sense of humour! Honestly, I think one of the main problems with those promo images may have been simply that companies have been taking themselves too seriously — when what they should have been taking was a lesson from NARS! It’s okay to laugh at yourself sometimes :P In fact, it’s healthy!