Photo Credit: NARS
Color, it would seem, is everywhere this season.
Pantone introduced Radiant Orchid as the color of the year; Chanel’s spring “Notes du Printemps” collection features larger-than-life blush colors like Chamade (a coal-hot pink); and now the NARS spring 2014 color collection, High Seize, is no wallflower.
NARS of course, is no stranger to color. It regularly creates quality makeup that rivals its competition, and I must say that over the years I have come to rely on NARS as my makeup of choice, especially when it comes to nail lacquer (one brush stroke and you’ll be an addict too). The spring 2014 collection contains opulent and texturized colors like gold lamé, as well as bright pops of Caribbean-inspired tones from pink guava to sheer violet (the names of the products themselves should give you a clue as to their inspiration).
The colors resemble a mix of Byzantine gorgeousness and a whimsical play on summer colors: you have choices of cantaloupe, parrot green and mandarin red.
Photo Credit: NARS
In other words, NARS would like you to stop wearing your black eyeliner (use the Khao San Road Larger than Life liner in Metallic Aquamarine instead; $24); your standard lip gloss (opt for the Annees Folles Larger Than Life lip gloss in Sheer Violet; $26); and your basic blush. The nail polish color of choice, Cantaloupe, is not really similar to Essie’s version of the same name: it’s a lot brighter, a lot more neon-like.
If you’re worried about wearing violet on your lips, rest easy. The Sheer Violet Annees Folles Larger than Life is really so pale that it’s not anything like Hoochie, the extreme magenta matte shade you’d find at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.
To the collection’s tagline,”Rich, aquatic and anchored in glamor,” we say yes.
Full 9-piece collection (hits stores January 15)
China Seas Duo Eyeshadow (Iridescent Turquoise with Gold Infusion; Iridescent Plum), $34
Annees Folles Larger than Life Lip Gloss (Sheer violet), $26
Khao San Road Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner (Metallic Aquamarine), $24
Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil (Mandarin Red), $25
Kauai Duo Eyeshadow (Gold Lamé, Iridescent Smokey Orchid), $34
Bimini Larger than Life Lip Gloss (Sheer Pink Guava), $26
Puerta Del Sol Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner (Parrot Green with Shimmer), $24
Wind Dancer Nail Polish (Cantaloupe), $19
Na Pali Coast Multiple (Shimmering Rose Peach), $39