nars spring 2012 collection is 9 pieces of bold color and popping pastels. though the collection does not reference a specific inspiration, it's reminiscent of the galapagos -- that juxtaposition of exotic color with a sense of nature.
my absolute must-have from the collection is mexican rose velvet lip pencil ($24); it's namesake plant is known for its gray green or blue gray leaves with long-lasting flowers that bloom pink, red and yellow in the spring and summer. while the lip color is described as hot pink, it's a hair softer than that, bright but wearable. it's the perfect winter getaway lip, because it looks great on winter pale skin, but feels tropical. i wish i'd has this last week in DR!
i also think all shades of purple nail are having a moment this spring, and the rich metallic shade of diamond life ($17) is unique to the nars. see swatch below (i did my own mani, always a mistake).
entire collection on narscosmetics.com.
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