NARS x Guy Bourdin Color & Gifting Collection Photos, Swatches + Commentary

Update:  I have added photos, swatches, and dupes for the products from the NARS x Guy Bourdin Gifting Collection.  The majority of the shades included in the Gifting collection are permanent to NARS’ color range. To ensure context, I’ve added them to the existing post, rather than make a separate post.  My goal is to raise awareness, open the channel for discussion (I highly recommend reading through readers’ comments and viewpoints), and to respect each reader’s autonomy and decision-making.  I strongly believe that we each must do our own research and come to the conclusion that feels right to us, whatever that may be.  Thank you for your continued support, respect, and understanding!

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NARS x Guy Bourdin Color Collection

The Tempting 10 — October 2013 Edition

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick Sleek Sunset Eyeshadow Palette Inglot #434 Marc Jacobs Th(ink) Giorgio Armani #701 Giorgio Armani #701 NARS Taj Mahal Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion Fyrinnae Parental Advisory OCC Jubilee Illamasqua Stranger

October is a time that reminds me to be brave; to not be afraid of bold, unusual colors. Halloween is an often excuse to play with color in ways we’ve never felt comfortable doing so the rest of the year, but it also serves as a great reminder to: experiment more. play more. go outside of our comfort zone. embrace the unknown. thirst for something different. These are a few of my favorite more unique and unusual shades that I’ve come across, and I hope you’ll share your own unusual finds with me!

  1. Illamasqua Apocalips is a vivid, medium-dark blue-teal with a matte finish. I love the unusual color, but what I love even more is that it still applies and wears fairly well. It’s definitely a show-stopping color!
  2. Sleek Sunset Palette is a budget-friendly palette that’s top-to-bottom fantastic. No duds in the bunch; not only is this a feat for an eyeshadow palette in general, but to do so at under $15? It’s quite unusual!
  3. Inglot #434 is a cool-toned, purplish taupe–a glorious mix of purple, gray, and brown for something infinitely complex, bold but neutral.
  4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Th(ink) is a bold, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly shimmer that really opens up the eye–and it is a shade that had many, many readers asking, “What are you wearing?” Purple eyeliners that can be applied with opaque, rich color are hard to come by, but Th(ink) makes a strong case for one that does.
  5. Giorgio Armani #701 is a cool-toned, sheer bluish-purple gloss filled with blue and violet shimmer. It’s very intriguing on its own, but it can be layered over lipstick for a different look.
  6. NARS Taj Mahal is bold, bright, but not totally over-the-top, and it’s more of a tangerine than a full-on orange with red tones, so it has more golden, yellowy undertones.
  7. Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion is a warm, buttery yellow with a cream finish–and lo and behold, it applies beautifully. It’s practically a unicorn among polish!
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory is a bold, bright, royal purple like I haven’t seen before. It’s so vibrant and pigmented–if you are a fiend for purple eyeshadow, it is a must-have.
  9. OCC Jubilee is a pale, aqua-green with a blue-purple duochrome. It’s metallic, shimmering, and reflective. I love the way the color shifts as you move, as it is layered over other products, and will lean one way or another depending on what is paired with.
  10. Illamasqua Stranger is a green-ish gold gloss with a high-shine finish, lots of metallic shimmer, and it is a shade that changes as you move.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for October in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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NARS x Guy Bourdin Color Collection for Holiday 2013

NARS x Guy Bourdin Color Collection
NARS x Guy Bourdin Color Collection

As a child, NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars discovered Guy Bourdin’s work in the pages of French Vogue. It was then that Nars was first inspired to become a makeup artist. Today François Nars honors Bourdin’s legacy with an entire limited edition collection for Holiday 2013, created in the spirit of Guy Bourdin: bold, uncompromising color and high-impact finishes in shades that launch us into his intriguing, high-fashion world.

Cinematic Eyeshadow ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Wishful Thinking Macaw blue
  • Rage Electric orchid
  • Bad Behaviour Deep pewter
  • Cambodia Pink Copper
  • Mississippi Mermaid Champagne

Cinematic Lipstick ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Future Red Cherry
  • Short Circuit Fire coral
  • Last Tango Dusty rose
  • Goodbye Emmanuelle Hot pink
  • Full Frontal Rose violet

Blush ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Exhibit A Matte, vivid red
  • Coeur Battant Magenta
  • Day Dream Peachy pink

Nail Polish ($19.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tomorrow’s Red Scarlet flame
  • Follow Me Deep fuchsia
  • No Limits Bright pink violet
  • Union Libre Blosso pink

Availability: The Color collection launches on October 15 at NARS boutiques and www.narscosmetics.com.

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NARS x Guy Bourdin Gifting Collection for Holiday 2013

Update: Thanks to our highly knowledgeable and thoughtful readers for bringing Guy Bourdin’s background to my attention. After taking time to learn more about Bourdin’s background, body of work, his aesthetic, and so forth, I have decided to abstain from reviewing the NARS x Guy Bourdin collaboration at this time and spend longer doing additional research. It’s important for each person to do their own research and inquiry into an issue, and I found the following links helpful:

Art is and always has been controversial, edgy, daring, and many great artists push boundaries and limits during their lifetimes. There seems to be no dispute that Bourdin was an important influence on fashion and photography, but it does not mean his images can be viewed in a vacuum.  Imagery that glamorizes violence against women may be nothing new in fashion or art, but we need to understand how it impacts today’s culture and tomorrow’s generations.

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As a child, NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars discovered Guy Bourdin’s work in the pages of French Vogue. It was then that Nars was first inspired to become a makeup artist. Today François Nars honors Bourdin’s legacy with an entire limited edition collection for Holiday 2013, created in the spirit of Guy Bourdin: bold, uncompromising color and high-impact finishes in shades that launch us into his intriguing, high-fashion world.

Splendor in the Grass Blush Palette ($49.00) (Limited Edition) (NARScosmetics.com/Boutique Exclusive)

  • Sex Appeal Matte soft peach
  • Albatross Luminous glow
  • Dolce Vita Matte dusty rose
  • Angelika Cotton candy pink with gold and silver sparkle

Cosmetic Pochette ($75.00)

Makeup bag with black and red heart design.

Fling Lip Set ($49.00) (Limited Edition

  • Dolce Vita Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Dusty rose
  • Baroque Mini Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Raspberry sorbet
  • Roman Holiday Lipstick Pretty pastel with delicate hint of pink
  • Damage Lipstick Sheer muted grape
  • Keepsake Lacquered Lip Case Case

Crime of Passion Set ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Deep Throat Larger Than Life Lipgloss Shimmering sheer peach (New)
  • Jezebel Eyeshadow Shimmering sable (New)
  • Naiade Eyeshadow Metallic rose (New)
  • Pandora Eyeshadow Rich black matte
  • Deep Throat Blush Sheer peach
  • Laguna Bronzing Powder Brown powder with golden shimmer

Voyeur Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Set ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Via Appia Copper brown
  • Most Wanted Cyan blue (New)
  • Blue Dahlia Deep violet (New)
  • Santa Monica Blvd. White
  • Via Veneto Jet black

Beautiful Stranger Nail Polish Set ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lost Red Bright red
  • Shameless Red Bright pink
  • Dance Dance Dance Bright purple
  • Manosque Deep smoky lavender

One Night Stand Blush Palette ($65.00 (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

  • Devotee Highlighting Blush Alabaster glow (New)
  • Mistinguette Blush Bright pink (New)
  • Goulue Blush Fleshy pink (New)
  • Laguna Bronzer Brown powder with golden shimmer
  • Orgasm Blush Peachy pink with golden shimmer
  • Deep Throat Blush Sheer peach

Promimscuous Lip Set ($45.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

  • Cruella Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Passionate scarlet red
  • Sex Machine Mini Velvet Lip Pencil Innocent pink mauve
  • Dolce Vita Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Dusty rose
  • Never Say Never Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Pink lilac
  • New Lover Mini Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Gold infused strawberry pink

Availability: The Gifting collection launches on November 1st at NARS boutiques and www.narscosmetics.com, department and specialty retailers, Sephora/sephora.com

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5 Shades of Stormy Gray

Earthy… weathered… how about five shades of stormy gray? Gray can be such a basic shade, but it can add a lot of dimension and depth, too, and sometimes it can look so modern and clean on its own.

  1. NARS Transvaal — can be used as an eyeliner or cream eyeshadow, it’s a medium-dark, creamy gray with neutral-cool undertones
  2. MAC Typographic — a classic, dark gray with a matte finish
  3. Illamasqua Raindrops — a smattering of silver flakes suspended in a bluish-gray
  4. Inglot #387 — a cool-toned, blue-tinted gray with a mostly matte finish
  5. Zoya Dove — a medium, warm-toned gray cream

What’s your current go-to gray shade?

5 Shades of Molten Gold

The one color that always tugs at my heart-strings is molten gold–that really rich, warm, almost orange-toned, shade of gold. It’s deep, rich, and pure luxury to me. I have so many favorites, but here are five permanent picks from me! (But Urban Decay Honey Eyeliner will always be a shade I miss desperately.)

  1. Inglot #430 — a rich, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic sheen–this eyeshadow has an incredible texture
  2. OCC Triptych — a vibrant, metallic gold for your lips (but if full intensity isn’t your thing, try it patted over a burgundy or red!)
  3. NARS Iskandar — a phenomenally pigmented cream eyeliner/eyeshadow with a gorgoeus finish
  4. Fyrinnae Aztec Gold — an intensely pigmented, dirty gold–I thought I’d throw one in that wasn’t quite as warm-toned that still held a lot of depth
  5. Sephora Girls Night Out — a rich, warm-toned gold with an orange-brown undertone and a frosted finish

Do you have any shades of molten gold?