Nars Christmas 2011

The Nars Christmas collection has hit counters in Selfridges now, and it’s a stunner. I can honestly say that twice whilst swatching these colours, my chin actually dropped with the prettiness (I’ll tell you more about which colours shortly…) but first up, lots of piccies!

Nars Christmas 2011
Clockwise From Top:Arabian Nights Trio, Mandochourie Duo, St Marks Place Long Wear Liner, Campo Di Fiori Long Wear Liner, Ponderosa Cream Eyeshadow, G-Spot Multiple, Albatross Lipgloss

First up is the obvious stunner from the collection, the Arabian Nights eyeshadow trio. Doesn’t it just scream Christmas party with all that shimmering glitter?! The colours are so rich, they will make for amazing smoky eye looks. But what are they like swatch wise?

Well, one of these was one of the two products that made my chin drop and another was a tiny bit of a let down…

Nars Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio

 The rosy pink shade on the let of the trio totally made my chin drop, it felt so silky and was AMAZINGLY pigmented, but the black shade on the right was a bit of a disappointment – as are many black shadows, it came off a bit on the chalky side and was a bit too heavy on the glitter for my tastes. But the rosy shade? Stunning. It swatches blacker than it appears in the photos, but with a rich purple warmth to it. It’s also the least glitter heavy of the trio. Look at the swatches on my finger tips in the pic below – how dark they are! That was one single swipe. It was also very hard to capture the colours totally on camera, they all swatch and photograph more black than they are in the pan.

Nars Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio

Next up we have swatches of the liners, multiple and lip gloss. I can see the lip gloss being a great lipstick topper and the multiple really is very pretty – almost like a more winter/rosy shade of orgasm – it has the same golden shimmer, but the base colour is more natural flush after a cold walk in the country.

The two liners are additions to the larger than life range, a non-shimmer purple (whereas Bourbon Street is a shimmer purple) and a rich gold. I love these colours, especially next to each other as they were the team colours for the Uni I went to in America… which isn’t totally a reason to love them, but it makes me happy to see purple and gold together!

L-R: St Marks Place, Campo Di Fiori, G Spot, Albatross
Top: Artificial Light
Bottom: Flash

Last but by no means least there is the stunning Ponderosa cream eyeshadow – this was the other colour that made my chin drop. SO pigmented and gorgeous – a tiny finger swatch and the colour was so dark. It felt lovely and creamy and I just adore the colour – a warm brown but with a cooler shimmer. Now my only challenge is to find a way to wear it that actually lasts all day, I’ve never really been able to make cream shadows last – any tips would be much appreciated!!

Nars Ponderosa Cream Eyeshadow

So there we have it, a whistle stop intro to the gorgeous Nars Christmas collection 2011 – if you want to see daylight swatches of any of these let me know and I’ll make a note to do this at the weekend (darn the days getting shorter…) but in the meantime – any of the above caught your eye and made it onto the Christmas wish list??

Personally, the real standouts for me are the G-Spot multiple and Ponderosa – both of which I can see myself wearing regularly. I can’t wait to give G-Spot a trial run tomorrow (and yes, typing that did make me giggle like a school girl!)

The Nars Christmas collection is on counters in Selfridges now.

PR samples.



  1. Ms Bubu
    October 19, 2011 / 11:30 am

    Those are really nice, and I LOVE the Arabian nights palette! Thanks for showing!

  2. October 19, 2011 / 3:42 pm

    Really pretty i don’t have any Nars products but will def have to invest xx

  3. Aylush
    October 19, 2011 / 4:57 pm

    Where was the Miss Liberty highlighting blush?? I’m hankering after that so badly!

  4. October 19, 2011 / 8:55 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the NARS Holiday collection! So many pretty colours.

  5. October 20, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    lovely review 🙂

  6. October 23, 2011 / 8:25 pm

    Hi there – re: Ponderosa cream shadow, the way to make it last is to layer your primer on top of it, instead of underneath. Ideally, you would follow with a powder shadow to set…so you make a ‘sandwich’ of cream shadow, primer, and powder shadow. (But you don’t have to use a powder shadow if you don’t want to.) I’ve found that the NARS eye primer is the best, because it goes on basically clear, and patting the primer on with a concealer brush often works better than fingers. Hope that helps!

  7. October 23, 2011 / 8:34 pm

    @gorgeois Thank you! That’s such a great tip, will definitely give that a go 🙂

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