Friday, April 6th, 2012

NARS Summer 2012 Collection

The Summer 2012 campaign was designed and photographed by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars. Once again, the inimitable Ginta Lapina personifies the look.

To begin, St. Moritz Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++ was applied to the center of the face with the fingertips and blended outward, then set with Eden Loose Powder to create an immaculate complexion. To lend the skin a light bronzed look, Laguna Bronzer was dusted onto the face in the shape of a ‘3’, starting at the forehead, swept on to the cheek, and then along the jawline. The apples of the cheeks were warmed with Liberté Blush and the face further defined by softly dusting Taos Blush along the hairline.

A mixture of the silver and icy peach shades of Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow were brushed onto the lid and blended up into the crease. The apricot shade of the Trio was added in to the crease, with the silver shade swept along the lower lash line. The upper and lower lids were lined with Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner. After curling the lashes with an eyelash curler, two coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara were brushed on to the lashes.

Finally, the lips were lined and filled with Borneo Lip Liner Pencil—blending with a finger to soften the color. Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick was applied, then topped with Risky Business Lip Gloss for shine.

Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Ramatuelle Silver, icy peach, matte apricot

Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00)

  • Marie-Galante Iridescent orchid / regal blue

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00)

  • Calabria Shimmering plum

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Vendanges Sheer grape

Blush ($28.00)

  • Liberte Burnished apricot

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00)

  • Buenos Aires Nude beige pink

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00)

  • Never Say Never Lilac rose

Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00)

  • Moscow Strawberry red

Nail Polish ($18.00)

  • Trouville Seashell pink

availability: April 15th, 2012 at

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40 thoughts on “NARS Summer 2012 Collection

  1. Mursal

    Are you going to do a review on their new tinted moisturizer anytime soon? i’m excited for the eyeshadow trio, looks like a good colour combo.

  2. Orlane


    but… a new Soft Touch Shadow Pencil? argh, I foresee a new F rating on here lol! shame, because the color looks beautiful, and I truly love Nars.

  3. Miss J

    Blush?! New NARS Blush?! Hahaha. I’m like a dog panting over a T-Bone Steak right now, oy. Well, I guess this is likely to break my no-buy. I wonder how similar it is to Luster, and if it’s shimmery or matte.

  4. Malin

    I love the nailpolish but the rest nawww nut so much.. makes me think of autumn more then summer.

  5. AnGeLwInGz

    What a mish mash of colors. Not feeling this collection too much.

  6. Amanda O

    looks like i’ll be purchasing another of the Pure Matte Lipsticks!

    They are my fav formula. Vesuvio is lterally my perfect red!

    • Kafka

      Vesuvio is mine too and I’m actually wearing it right now! But Scarlett Empress sometimes ties for 1st place.

  7. Lilly

    I don’t know what “lilac rose” is–that def needs a swatch before I’ll buy.

  8. amy

    I *need* Marie-Galante! The purple is so pretty. So much for waiting until October for another NARS purchase…

  9. Katie

    The promo pics don’t even look real…they look totally computer generated; you can’t even really tell what the colors are O_o

  10. K.B.

    I can’t wait for the blush!

  11. MonicaP

    At first I thought, summer? Nooo, too dark, but the products on the model look light, but sun kissed. Not sure I’ll buy the products, but would love to try and re-create this look with what I have on hand. Although, sigh .. I do want that eyeshadow trio 😛

  12. Moena

    Drooling at Marie-Galante.

  13. AAAAAAA I need to see these in real life. Those eyeshadows, the lip pencil, and that nail polish sounds like it could be exactly what I’m looking for.

  14. Kafka

    I want the Marie-Galante so, so badly! That purple is calling my name. I was the sole bidder on an eBay auction for it and was going to win it at a great price when, suddenly, the seller cancelled the whole thing. I’m still crushed, 10 days later. Oh well, guess I’ll pay full price when it hits Neiman’s on May 1st.

  15. Is orchid really a color? It confuses me since orchids are known to display all kinds of color combinations.

    • Veronica

      I had a “What?” moment there, too, since I generally associate orchid flowers with their pink and white variations. When I plugged it into Google, it did give me an assigned purple hue used in fabrics…but it’s still several shades lighter than what we see here. o_0

  16. Amanda

    I would never guess this to be a summer collection……but I am interested in the blush :)

  17. Emily

    I feel meh about the blush but I’m excited about the NARS eyeshadow trio (this is rare because for ALL past NARS launches, it’s the other way around hah). I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect “brightening” but not “puffy-eyed” peach shade for the lids!

  18. Brenda

    sigh. The concept of the look is nice – I have so much makeup I know I can re-create something similar already but what disappoints me is the ridiculous amount of photo-editing. It makes me feel like “why bother” because I know I’ll never look anything like the picture nor will my makeup look as flawless.

    I’ve stopped buying from companies that use this kind of marketing.

    • Veronica

      I concur. Blatant airbrushing is really off-putting to me. Not only because it makes it clear that the product isn’t the only thing being used, but it also makes the model look like a doll. I don’t want to be a doll; I want to be a woman. 😛

  19. Maddison

    Psyched about the new blush but I can’t help but feel that it would be more Summery if it were a cream formula rather than powder.

  20. Liz

    the blush looks nice

  21. Aida

    Gosh, that duo screams my name lol :)

  22. linda

    Really like the nailpolish of this. Very cute

  23. I’m so excited to see this swatched, mostly though because of my interest in the eyeshadow duo, but I also want to see the matte lipstick and blush

  24. Veronica

    This is a little darker than I’d expect for a summer collection, but I do love those lipsticks. I’ll be curious to see how a “transparent grape” wears.

  25. Bobbie

    I want the blush!

  26. Jordon

    Is the Never Say Never matte lip pencil not limited edition? I love the colour! Must get it!!

  27. I need that blush in my life. ASAP!! and that eyeshadow duo and trio both look pretty but not anything I MUST have!! especially for the prices I can hold off

  28. Susie

    Any idea when this will hit Sephora?

  29. Jennifer

    Are you also planning to write reviews about them?

  30. Carressa Suber

    That blush and duo.