But there are many other undoubtedly great solely makeup brands. But when it comes to luxury goods, I’ve said this many times, I don’t buy luxury goods for the sake of buying luxury goods. I’m the person that likes to be sold “the dream.” And the NARS aesthetic lures me in. NARS has the same (Yves) Saint Laurent/Helmut Newton/Guy Bourdin and oriental references that I gravitate towards. François Nars himself grew up wearing and dressing his mother in YSL, collaborated with Charlotte Rampling (another iconic *Yves* Saint Laurent woman), released a Guy Bourdin inspired collection, and is owned by Shisedio. And I’m a sucker for its aesthetics like the matte black rubberized packaging, product names, and the typeface. Oh and their Kabuki brushes are dead sexy, which is bizarre to say about a makeup brush. Also, speaking with the NARS makeup artist at the counter and just seeing the image/vibe of the brand, that for NARS there are no rules, you do what feels good. You can wear makeup anyway you want. There’s the "barefaced" Tilda Swinton campaign and of course the more high-voltage looks.
ph: NARS / backstage Julien David FW 2012
- Orgasm Multiple (growing on me)
- Biscuit Radiant Creamy Concealer (LOVE)
- Morocco Semi-Matte Lipstick (LOVE)
Mini-Samples: Orgasm blush and eyelid primer.
My quintessential NARS (& Robert Palmer) look is when I have my hair back, glowing skin, and red lips. I don’t know why, I just think of this as very "NARS" as purple is to "YSL." After watching the NARS video below, I fell in love with the red-orange lip used (Red Square), but I cheat with my Sonia Kashuk dupe (Poppy Nude pencil)—similar packaging and made in Italy too.
**update: 3.19.17 this post has been updated to contain some affiliate links; however, I purchased all the following products myself and the opinions are my own