The sun might not have been out too much this past week, but Spring has definitely arrived… which means it’s time for some beautifully flowery make-up!
I’ve always been a huge NARS fan. The products are generally great and the limited edition collections are often daring and gorgeous. As a blogger and avid Pinterester (are you following me yet?), I adore the campaign visuals, which are always stunning. Not a huge surprise there, as François Nars is a photographer himself!
For the newest summer collection Strange Flowers, NARS collaborated once again with long time fashion design partner Erdem Moralioglu, who says that for him, «flowers represent the wonderful strength of the feminine.»
«It was really interesting to explore my aesthetic in collaboration with NARS and see how far we could push different elements through color and product,» says Erdem. «It was fascinating to develop new pigments and palettes as well as the cosmetics themselves.»
Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? But I still kind of have the urge to mess up his hair and hand him a large glass of sangria, but that’s just me.
The 13 limited products in the Strange Flowers collection all come in light grey, soft-touch packaging with floral prints, designed specially by Erdem himself.
Pretty, isn’t it? Fun fact for blog nerds: I bought some beautiful lilies for this photo shoot, but when I wanted to get rid of my (dying) peonies to make room for them, their petals just dropped all at once, and suddenly made for a very nice, impromptu background.
MY LIFE IS SO EXCITING.
Enough talk… let’s have a look at all of the products!
If you like drama for your lips, this one is for you: Four lip powders and a «lip priming balm», which is to be applied underneath the powder. The colors can be worn lightly or boldly, it’s totally up to you. There is a brush that comes with the palette, but I kinda like the soft smudgy effect you get when you apply it with your fingers only!
Erdem X NARS Strange Flowers Lipsticks (in six shades), USD 28 each
NARS lipsticks are very creamy and pigmented and also very pretty to look at. My favorite color is Carnal Carnation, but I’m a total sucker for bright reds!
Erdem X NARS Strange Flowers Blush (in two shades), USD 30 each
This soft rosy tone Loves Me Not almost looks like a highlighter, doesn’t it? And yes, the other shade is called Loves Me, which is a strawberry red with a soft golden shimmer. Sounds a bit like NARS cult favourite Orgasm, but is more pink than orange, which you can see here in the gorgeous official press visual…
And now, on to the stars of the collection, the eyeshadow palettes!
Yes, swooning is completely appropriate.
This super wearable shades are a bit different from the often crazy-coloured summer collections filled with terra cotta and turquoise. And that’s exactly why I like it!
If you like some more drama, Night Garden might be right up your alley:
I told you it was dramatic! And YES, the NARS eyeshadows are very well pigmented! So make sure to use a soft brush to blend everything well.
The last product is perfect for the warm summer months and the inevitable shiny T-zone:
Erdem X NARS Blotting Paper, USD 19
Let’s be real for a second: These are some very expensive blotting papers… but oh so beautiful! I’m a big fan of them in general – they’re just very handy to have in your purse and don’t add a lot of product onto your face in the summer.
…and the other two are lipsticks in the shade Larkspur (a deep lilac) and Voodoo Lily (a light, creamy lavender), which will soon be available at the NARS counter in Jelmoli, Zurich.
And lastly, some really pretty PR photos:
Kind of cool, to start the summer months with such a moody collection, isn’t it? That’s why I love NARS… it’s always a bit unexpected. And always very beautiful!
Have a great week, darling!
*The products reviewed in this post were sent to me free of charge by the brand or its PR agency.