Saturday, February 27, 2016

NARS Nouvelle Vogue Spring 2016 Collection

Although NARS' Spring 2016 Nouvelle Vogue Color Collection launched on NARS' website 15 January and to counters on 1 February, I'm running a little behind in picking it up. Blame that on buying two entire Chanel collections lately.

I picked up a few key items from this collection that I'd like to share with you.

Let's start with the eyes today. Included in this collection is a duo eyeshadow and three Dual Intensity Shadows. I was severely tempted to just buy it all but slightly refrained, opting instead for Dual Intensity Kari and Tavros ($29 each, 0.05oz).

Let's start with Kari, a soft rose eyeshadow. It's quite different than other Dual Intensity eyeshadows I've tried (and I've tried most of them in the line).

Dual Intensity shadows are generally known to be metallic; Kari is not. It's almost more of a satiny shimmer. I love it in my crease. This is more of a softer, more feminine version of this line. I'm going to tip my hand on Tavros and just show them both to you here:

See what I mean about Kari having a different texture? (Yes, that's still my IV point under Tavros.) I find it interesting that NARS has taken the line in this direction and wonder if they're going to be releasing more eyeshadows like Kari. I'd welcome them.

And then there's Tavros.

When I first saw photos of this collection, Tavros caught my eye- and took my breath away. I am a sucker for a metallic icy mint shadow and have many of them in my collection.

I could just get lost in those all day long. I adore a wash of icy mint in the heat of summer for a pop of color.

The absolute showstopper for the collection in my opinion was the duo: Hammamet ($35, 0.14oz).

Funny story: I planned to skip this. I'm glad that I didn't. I thought it was just another neutral duo.  It sort of is, but a piece that brought me to tears has turned out to be a staple in my makeup bag.

So, here's the (not-so) funny story: After one of my infusions, I decided to stop by Sephora to attempt to pick up the last couple of pieces I wanted from the collection in-person. I had Tavros on hold, but decided to take a look at Hammamet. I'm right-handed, so without even thinking I went to swatch the duo on my left hand. I pressed down on that fresh IV site and literally saw stars. The world started to go dark on me. Tears came to my eyes. Lesson learned: NEVER accidentally swatch on a fresh IV location! It took some makeup remover, alcohol to disinfect, and sitting down for a few moments I bought the duo.

And despite it being warm, I was determined to make it work.

Luckily, it's pretty easy. I have used this so many different ways. It's my current favorite neutral eye look.

One of the pieces I was most interested in purchasing from the collection is Impassioned Blush ($30, 0.16oz).

This 'pink orchid' blush just screamed to me. It's totally in my wheelhouse- a light, buildable, cool pink.  It turns out that reality was even better than what I was expecting

Bottom line: love.

This might be one of the last collections for Spring 2016 that I picked up, but I have already integrated two of the pieces into my daily routine. Have you picked up anything from NARS Spring 2016?

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