For the holidays, it’s nice to see something almost traditional — with lots of golds, silvers, berries and plums — from such an untraditional brand. Nars cosmetics just came out with their Holiday Collection 2010 today. The colors are just the right hues I'm looking for to use this coming December, many of them shimmery and saturated but not heavy or foreboding. Francois usually likes to throw in a few quirky shades, but this time he shows some restraint to tell a tightly woven color story. He still cuts loose, of course, with unexpected pops of taupe, peach and blue, but it all just fits together. With the exception of sheer Sex Appeal Blush and Little Darling Lipstick, the lip, eye and nail products burst with color. Francois, inspired by Irish heiress and fashion icon Daphne Guinness, aimed for seductive, audacious and bold. 

The company’s trademark quality is evident throughout all their releases and collections, from the pigments to their application and smooth textures. Just think about the color pay-off of your NARS Orgasm blush and you know what I'm talking about!

I want the entire set! If you want to drool with me, check out the entire collection online at
NARS website or try them out yourself at Rustan's Essense. My favorite is Etrusque, an antique gold mono eyeshadow. Perfect to be worn Bad Influence, the greige nail polish as seen in the picture on above.

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