NARS is one of, if not my favourite artistry brand, but definitely a premium choiceÂ for eye makeup and given the competition out there, thatâ€™s saying something. The eponymous brand was launched in 1994 by French makeup artist and photographer FranÃ§ois Nars to a modest collection of 12 lipsticks sold in Barneys, New York. For one thing, Narsâ€™ industry pedigree as a photographer has me convinced of his expertise for knowing makeup that flatters and intensifies on camera, and isnâ€™t that perfect photogenic look what weâ€™re all striving for in using beauty products?
Fun Fact from a Guardian article some years ago: â€œThe annual bulk weight of Orgasm sold is equivalent to that of a Lamborghiniâ€. (For the uninitiated, Orgasm is a blusher and one of the brandâ€™s most famous cult products).
However, today is all about St-Paul-De-Vence, an affectionately named eyeshadow duo (due to its southerly French location where Nars himself hails from). It’s a newly launched eyeshadow from NARSâ€™ Spring 2015 collection â€“ which, for the record, is subtlyÂ beautiful and very wearable with what feels like aÂ nod toÂ bridal/honeymoon radiance to it.
The iridescent shadeÂ in this duo (left in the palette)Â is described as a â€˜shimmering nectarineâ€™, which is an accurate descriptionÂ since it is a richer colour than the usual highlighting offeringÂ ofÂ oysterÂ or cream. On the right is the flat matte shade which is a marriage of taupe and chestnut like the colour of aÂ ripeÂ autumn leaf before it’s metamorphosed to its darkerÂ hue. These natural shades harmonise for an effortless summer look – effortless being the operative word here as the application is made simple, too. I like to apply them in a habitual formatÂ starting withÂ the left as a wash over the lid, layering it up in the corners for extra light and reflection, and then sweep the right shadeÂ into the eyelid crease, varying layers withÂ how intense I want the colour and juxtaposition of the duo.Â
But whether you layer up with a pointed crease brush or gently apply these shades with your middle fingertip, the emulsion works perfectly in sync with a deep or more natural tanÂ for a barely-there look. I was partly inspired to find colours like this after seeingÂ pictures of the always exquisite Irina Shayk at the Miami Beach Bunny presentation in March this year; I turned to NARS because their eyeshadow formulations wear beautifully all-day (or night) long withÂ aÂ depth andÂ pigmentÂ richer than Gatsby himself.Â
When I bought mine they were down to the last two palettes so I knew I was onto a good thing. With luck, it will remain a classic edition of NARS’ because, the colours are so flattering and suited to an everyday look.
Summer 2015 – I’ll be stocking up on this duo becauseÂ I’m all overÂ that grown-up, pared-down beauty look. From Space NK stores nationwide, Â£25.