NARS Summer 2009 Collection Information, Photos

NARS Summer 2009 Collection

As NARS turns fifteen this year, the brand’s commitment to creating products that defy convention remains unwavering. The NARS woman has never been content to fade into the background, and this summer is no exception. “The look for the summer 2009 collection is sophisticated, but colorful,” says Francois Nars, founder and creative director of NARS cosmetics. That translates to glowing, sun-kissed skin, shimmering peachy-hued lips and high-drama eyes in deep, shimmering tones of metallic-flecked topaz or sparkling azure. Whether your vision of perfect summer conjures up images of Morocco’s kaleidoscopic bazaars, the pristine Art Deco structures of Ocean Drive or the endless white sand beaches and cerulean waters of a Caribbean island, this season’s vivid yet versatile color palette is the perfect complement.

Collection Includes:

  • Tropic Single Eyeshadow $22
  • Scorching Sun Duo Eyeshadow $32
  • Irresistiblement Bronzing Powder $30
  • Falbala and Outsider Lipstick $24
  • Belize Lipgloss $24
  • Tonga Lip Pencil $20
  • Adelita Nail Polish $16

Available: May 2009 at

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Within each shade of the color spectrum lies an infinite amount of possibilities. Just consider the myriad varieties of the color blue—powdery and pale, classic navy, electric aqua. But for the latest eye shadow, there was only one blue François Nars had in mind. “The tropics are always inspiring for me,” says Nars. “I live part of my life in Tahiti and the Polynesian Islands and there is so much incredible blue there.” This lush, silver-flecked teal is a precise image of the ocean’s reflective, rolling waves.

The latest eyeshadow duo, a glazed apricot and radiant orange, is designed “to imitate the effect of the burning sun,” according to Nars. The sun-drenched colors allow for surprising wearability. The pair can be blended together to form a rich, burnt orange or worn in tandem with the darker orange swiped over the eyelid and the lighter apricot applied beneath the brow bone. “The colors are captivating on very fair skin like Guinevere’s [van Seenus, the face of the campaign],” says Nars, “and they look fantastic on a deeper complexion.”

Nothing evokes the feeling of summertime quite like bronzed skin. The newest shade, a rich golden terracotta, offers a flattering faux glow when dusted across the areas of the face where the actual sun would hit. The result, as the name implies, is simply irresistible.

On the lips, this high-shine bronzy rose lipstick (named after a character in Astrix, the classic French comic strip) has a sweet, insouciant quality about it.

This is definitely not your grandmother’s coral. The deeper, glistening variety is a modern take on a time-honored classic—a coral that veers a bit out of bounds.

This classic semi-sheer, non-tacky formula is now available in a new, infinitely wearable shade. The pale pink sprinkled with specks of gold simulates the color of a Central American sunset and gives nude lips a sultry boost.

A creamy, long-wearing lip pencil in a shade of pink amber plays dual roles. Use it traditionally, to outline lips and prevent lipstick from feathering; or color the entire lip with the moisture-rich pencil and top with the new lipgloss in Belize for a sexy shade of rosy nude.

The image of Adelita, a term for a woman soldier made popular by a folk song during the Mexican Revolution, is one of feminine strength. This shimmering pearlescent shade of pink, is simultaneously sweet and saucy, the ideal embodiment of its namesake.

For the Summer 2009 campaign, Ayako, International Makeup Director for NARS, wanted to fashion a look for model Guinevere van Seenus that was arresting yet approachable. To create a seamless foundation on which she could build her beauty vision—a harmony of muted tones punctuated by a shot of vivid blue—Ayako first prepped Guinevere’s face with NARS Makeup Primer, followed by Firming Foundation in Siberia and a sprinkle of Loose Powder in Snow for a high-definition finish. For the eyes, the focal point of the look, Ayako used the Large Domed Eye Brush to apply Tropic Single Eyeshadow over the entire lid, from lash to crease, blending beneath the lower lash line with the Smudge Brush. She finished with two coats of Mascara in Black Orchid on the top and bottom lashes. Brows were filled in with the Blondie Single Eyeshadow, and defined with the help of the Eyebrow Pencil in Panama. Lastly, for Guinevere’s multi-dimensional nude lips, Ayako traced her pout with the Tonga Lipliner Pencil, painted it with Lipstick in Outsider, and finished with a swipe of Lip Gloss in Belize.

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Faith Avatar

O god, NARS, why do you do this to me? Why do you make such gorgeous stuff that I have to buy? Why? Do you know that know I won’t be able to afford food? But … I’ll look beautiful. 🙂

Lizzclare Avatar

that eyeshadow will be mine I love a good blue but doesnt look the same as the one the model is wearing.. bloody graphic designers color matching with their eyes closed again

Carrie Avatar

It also bugs me that it seems a taupe/gray shade has been blended in above the blue…but the look breakdown doesn’t include that.

It always annoys me when commercial look breakdowns seem to be intentionally leaving things out! Sephora seems to do this a lot, too. I wanna know exactly what they’re using!

Candee Sparks Avatar

I’m not really feeling all these collections from different companies trying to go with a tropical look or something earthy and bronzy…it just gets repetative to me, and working with them tend to get pretty boring. It just reminds me of a really bad sun tan. =/

jfount Avatar

This looks beautiful! When you say it’s available May 2009 on the website does that mean it won’t be available, say, at Macy’s or Sephora? Or just later? Sorry, I’m kind of new at this 🙂

ROXY Avatar

This collection is really gorgeous. For anyone who doesn’t want to wait until May the collection is available now on the website.

feda Avatar

Omg I love this collection!! Its soo pretty can’t wait to get it all, I love how its all golds and yellows and nudes and NARS decides to throw in that pop of gorgeous blue! =)

Krys Avatar

Its so tempting to buy it online at nars but I’m going to wait for it to arrive at sephora because I feel like you get more bang for your buck (samples/super easy returns/full size products from beauty insiders). When do you think we will see it at sephora?

Brigitte Avatar

Yep… getting that nail polish as Adela is my first name. The ad looks so gorgeous and flawless that it’s so tempting to get the eyeshadow, l/s and l/g. Oh uh wait… that’s like half the collection. D:

Al Avatar

Has anyone tried the new bronzer -Irresistiblement- yet? I’m really curious if any swatches/reviews are available. Did Temptalia offer any swatches for this collection?

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