Saturday, 18 February 2012

NARS Spring: Pretty, pretty chaos.

Something about the mismatched chaos of the new NARS Spring collection spoke to me, and I'm not really sure why.  The collection seemed so incoherent and nothing seemed to flow, really. A berry-toned lipstick, a bright pink blush, a taupe eyeshadow… Those aren't the colours of Spring.

Maybe that was the point, and maybe that's why I liked it.

Lhasa eyeshadow, Valparaiso Pure Matte lipstick and Gaiety blush.

I've never been a fan of pastels, really.  Saccharine-sweet pinks and baby blues belong on the walls of a nursery, not on my face, and spring greens? In a stir-fry.

The atypicality of the whole collection was perfect for me, a girl who loves Winter and wasn't quite ready for the crocuses to begin blooming and the whole world to wake up again.  It does have its gleeful moments though - it's not all stormy taupes and wintery berry tones - there's pinks and blues and purples and the kind of variety I want in any collection, whatever the time of year.

I kind of wanted all of it, I felt that swell of sheer WANT.  I restrained myself and removed a sole item from my basket before clicking BUYBUYBUY!

Gaiety blush:

Shown here: Gaiety blush and Valparaiso Pure Matte lipstick.
This was a no-brainer for me, but now I have it in my hands, it's not the star for me.  In fact it's my third favourite - out of 3.  I still love it, but.  That's all I can say, it's just not as lovely as the other things.  It's a lovely candy-pop pink, or a bubblegum kind of colour, with a matte-but-sort-of-not kind of feel, and gives a sweet pop of pink onto the cheeks.  It's not really similar to any pink I own, but still, something is amiss for me.

Valparaiso Pure Matte lipstick:

The outcast of the collection, a beautiful berry tone in one of my very favourite lipstick formulas since I knew they existed, the humble Pure Matte.  These wear amazingly on me, they look amazing, the packaging is sleek and slim and they are so easy to apply when you're on a juddery train without a seat in the morning.  I just love this and have reached for it constantly over the course of the week, it makes me feel 'done', even though I'm only wearing mascara and foundation for the rest of my makeup. It lasts, it's gorgeous and if you're a lover of deep hues, this is perfect.

Lhasa eyeshadow:

Lhasa eyeshadow, I love you.
If ever there was a purpley greyish taupe colour that were more perfect than this… Well, there isn't, because this is it.  Let me take a moment to catch my breath, I can't type for all the swooning.  This is a love story in taupe.  It is soft, easy to wear with an even texture and might even be better than MAC's Copperplate.  It is unlike any other colour I have ever owned, and let me tell you that you need it.  Do not pass go on this one.

So how would I sum up NARS Spring? A beautiful, perfect confusion.  It suits me perfectly.


  1. The Lhasa eyeshadow is absolutely stunning! I've been looking for a grey/taupe colour for a while now, this might just be it! xx

  2. Thats it I am buying Lhasa, I can't resist anymore. (off to the Asos website I go.) It's so pretty!! x

  3. oh! I want it all & i never wear lipstick or pink blush! WANT!!

  4. Cami..I have to tell you. I saw the Lhasa eyeshadow here and also on your You Tube and thought that I would give it a try. It's a color that I would usually not bother with..but I am SOOO glad that I did. it looks like nothing in the pan but did AMAZING things for my blue eyes. Thanks you OH so much! XOXO

  5. Do I or do I not need Lhasa, that is the question.
    You look absolutely lovely!

  6. Valparaiso looks perfect on you! It is the one thing from this collection that I feel I need - I also love the Pure Mattes :)

  7. Oh my days I need Lhasa in my life! It looks absolutely stunning! x

  8. Hi Kami, just stumbled across this blog-- you are a great writer. Question: have you tried the Maybelline color tattoo eyeshadow in Tough as Taupe? The color looks really similar to the Lhasa and I wonder if you see differences... thank you!

  9. and then....sbam! Lhasa reached the top of my wishlist! My wallet is becoming to hate you!!! <3

    xoxo Giò

  10. The lipstick is my absolute favourite x

  11. Hello Cami. I've already bought Lhasa but I haven't received it yet. Excited. When I saw Valparaiso I thought "Yes, please" and "Cami would like that". Hope you're well. Always lovely writing and recommendations. Simone x

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