Makeup Intelligence: NARS Spring 2013

It’s still cold outside but NARS Spring 2013 has me thinking beautiful, colorful happy thoughts.

Spring 2013 has sprung...the Francois NARS way!

Spring 2013 has sprung…the Francois NARS way!

Per NARS Cosmetics official press release:

The NARS Spring 2013 Collection is all about being fresh and fierce, strong and sexy. The Spring 2013 Color Collection introduces a vibrant, ‘90s-esque palette that sets the tone for a season of audaciously feminine looks. Created by Founder & Creative Director François Nars, the collection heralds spring’s arrival with shades ready to make a graphic statement.

The NARS 2013 Spring collection is made up of the following:

Eyeshadow Duos [$34 USD]

Mad Mad World

NARS Mad Mad Word Eyeshadow Duo -- Cyan and Parakeet Green

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo — Cyan and Parakeet Green  [Spring 2013]

Bouthan

NARS Bhoutan Eyeshadow Duo -- Soft pink tulle and bright pink with gold shimmer

NARS Bhoutan Eyeshadow Duo — Soft pink tulle and bright pink with gold shimmer [Spring 2013]

Single Eyeshadow [$23 USD]

Persia

NARS Persia eye shadow single: Paprika

NARS Persia eye shadow single:  Matte Paprika [Spring 2013]

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil [$24 USD]

Corcovado

Cythere Soft Touch Eye Shadow pencil

NARS Corcovado Soft Touch Eye Shadow pencil – Limited Edition [Spring 2013]

Powder Blush [$28]

Seduction

Powder Blush in 'Seduction'

NARS Powder Blush in ‘Seduction’ — Sangria [Spring 2013]

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil [$24]

Cythere

Cythere pencil

NARS Cythere lip gloss pencil — Soft metallic rose [Spring 2013]

Lipstick [$24]

Dressed to Kill

Lipstick in Dressed To Kill

NARS Lipstick in Dressed To Kill – Fuchsia rose with gold shimmer [Spring 2013]

Nail Polish [$18]

Disco Inferno

Disco Inferno

NARS Disco Inferno -nail polish — Iridescent Silver Green [Spring 2013]

The Eye Shadow single I believe will look amazing on medium to dark skin when smoked with Mekong (my favorite NARS eye shadow single for brown skin).  And speaking of amazing on dark skin, the new Seduction blush looks an awful lot like the discontinued Crazed.  While I’m a sucker for greens and blues, I have so many that I could successfully dupe the colors in the Mad Mad World duo.  Should you decide to get the Bouthan  eye shadow duo and you are dark-skinned, be sure to prep your lid with a layer of bright white eyeshadow or use NARS eye shadow primer (use Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance if you have oily eyelids).

NARS Spring 2013 collection is scheduled to launch on January 15, 2013 on NARSCosmetics.com and in February at counters in such upscale retailers as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

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NARS Paramaribo Eye Shadow Duo: The Rundown

Leave it to Francois Nars to come up with a very interesting twist in his eye shadow duo offering for Spring 2012.

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Look out Star Sailor, there's a new cool neutral in town!

Paramaribo is described by NARS as a metallic bronze and brass shimmer finish but frankly it looks like the Star Sailor duo with a greenish cast. The brass shadow in this duo is unlike any other colors that I own. The closest might be a dirty version of MAC Gorgeous Gold topped off with Lucky Green. The bronze shadow doesn’t look like a ‘true’ bronze at all. It is more like a bronze patina if that makes any sense. Like with most of the NARS eye shadow duos, both shades in Paramaribo are well pigmented, go on smoothly and neither one was powdery. I did not have to work hard to get the shadow on my brush and the color built up easily on my bare eyelid.  They are also very blendable and I did not notice any fallout or serious color degradation when blending.

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Swatches on NW43 skin of NARS Paramaribo Eye Shadow duo from top: bronze side, brass side

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Closeup of NARS Paramaribo on my eyes (liner is MAC Fluidline in Dark Envy)

As I’m always on the lookout for alternatives to all the boring brown and neutral colors out there this one was definitely up my alley. I find earthy greens to very work safe and versatile in my makeup wardrobe. Both shadows can be used alone beautifully but together they give off an even bigger impact. For even more drama I would blend in a bit of Mekong (a holy grail NARS eye shadow shade for women of color) into the crease and onto the lower lashline. Top this off with a berry lipstick and you have a gorgeous look that will take you from winter to spring with the greatest of ease.

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NARS Paramaribo on lids, Gaiety on cheeks with Valparaiso Pure Matte lipstick--perfect winter into Spring look!

At $33 USD this definitely lands it in Upscale Beauty land in terms of price.  But I feel the price is more than justified given the intense pigmentation and the color payoff–especially for women of color.  In terms of value, this eye shadow duo has it.  As I said earlier, greens are very work safe and dense pigmentation of these two eye shadows would work great alone or with any other neutral colors that you own.

So in a nutshell, Paramaribo would definitely make a good addition to your makeup wardrobe should you choose to indulge.  According to NARS this duo is limited edition for Spring 2012 however, unlike in MAC Cosmetics-speak,  limited-edition means as long as they feel like manufacturing it for sale it will be available for purchase.  So if you are interested in picking this up but if you’re not in a position to get it right now I wouldn’t worry about it –you have plenty of time to haul.

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NARS Paramaribo: Brass side on inner lid, Bronze side blended from outer lid

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NARS Paramaribo in outside light--my new fave 'go to' shadow (wearing NARS Sheer Matte foundation in New Guinea)