The Man Ray Holiday 2017 Collection from NARS pays homage to the celebrated American visual artist and in particular, his contribution to the world of fashion photography. In a previous post I broke down the colour makeup collection but today it’s all about the Gifting Sets. To paraphrase Game of Thrones, Christmas is coming … #startshopping
Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette (CAN $62.00) | This palette with its Man Ray ‘Tears’ Rayograph (1932) reproduction on the lid, holds 6 limited edition shades in a selection of matte and shimmery finishes. Highly colour saturated and ultra buttery in texture, application & blendability on all is superb with staying power (over primer) true until removed. Also, this is THE perfect Fall palette colour-wise, wouldn’t you agree?
Not available at Sephora
- Crybaby – cream, matte
- Heartbreaker – shimmering deep ocean
- Loverboy – black, matte
- Tryst – shimmering gold
- One And Only – shimmering deep moss
- Vengeance – shimmering rich brown
The Veil Cheek Palette (CAN $62.00) | This palette with Man Ray’s Rayograph ‘The Veil’ (1930) reproduction on the lid, contains an all-you-need cheek trio consisting of bronzer, blush and highlighter — that’s also excellent for travelling with. Warm-leaning, the blush and highlighter are both limited edition shades, with the brand’s best-selling Laguna bronzer included but in the new Sun Wash Diffusing formula (previously reviewed in detail here). The pigmentation of the blush is off the charts, while the highlighter lays down smoothly along the skin without overly emphasizing pore/skin texture. All three are of a generous enough size to be easily picked up with a brush individually without any cross-contamination, and last beautifully (over foundation/primer) without showing signs of oxidation.
Not available at Sephora
- Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer – diffused brown with golden shimmer
- Lovesick Blush – watermelon, satin
- Surreal Highlighter – glistening bronze rose
The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set (CAN $62.00) | I’ve mentioned before how much I love NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils so this set is right up my alley, but I’d pick this up for the golden makeup bag alone. Seriously. Bearing an embossed version of Man Ray’s iconic lips motif, this bag is in a rich metallic gold and holds 4 pencils: 2 part of the regular lineup and 2 limited edition shades. Smoothly applying and long lasting, these are ridiculously easy to use and so utterly portable as well. All have a velvety finish (not a true matte) and are quite comfortable to wear without leaving lips feeling drier than the Sahara. And yes, my lips have more than their fair share of lines (sigh), but I promise you these pencils definitely appear smoother in person.
- Spell Bound – (limited edition) shimmering pink beige
- Wild Ways – (limited edition) mahogany
- Toundra – rust
- Endangered Red – bordeaux
Love Triangles (CAN $32.00/each) | Last up, are the Love Triangles, each of which holds a mini blush and mini Audacious Lipstick in coordinating hues from NARS best-selling shades. Absolutely fabulous for hanging on the tree or stuffing into your beauty-lover’s stocking, these also make the perfect hostess gift — although I’m betting you’ll be wanting to keep them for yourself. The best part is that each is well sized for use, and can be thrown into your makeup bag for quick touch-ups on the go. Fun fact: the lipsticks from these two Love Triangles that I received, each bear a name special to me – Anna (my daughter) and Rita (my mom). How cool is that?
- Hot Sand – peach champagne (can be layered over other shades or used as highlight)
- Impassioned – pink orchid
- Anna – dusty mauve
- Rita – scarlet
Apart from the fact that I’m a huge fan of both NARS and Man Ray, I’m also so pleased with these Holiday Gifting Sets; for starters the quality on all is stellar while the colours are eminently wearable (no freaky shades, thank you). In fact, I can honestly say that I recommend everything here and to reiterate something I stated earlier, I’d pick up the The Kiss set for that gold bag alone — which I totally intend to repurpose as an evening bag come the holiday season. Note that there are a few more items available not shown: 2 Audacious Lipstick Coffrets, 3 other Love Triangle sets, and Anita Audacious Lipstick with limited edition Gold packaging. Final word: you’re going to want it all. Happy Shopping, my beauties!
Media samples kindly provided, all opinions my own