Released for the 2019 holiday period, I personally feel that NARS’ Studio 54 Collection couldn’t be more appropriate for New Year’s festivities; I mean, what says ‘party‘ better than the glittering, disco-infused atmosphere of New York’s infamous club? It should also be said that channeling that decadent vibe through makeup is way better than what really went down in the club …
I actually grew up in the disco era, and while I was in my mid teens when Studio 54 reigned supreme, something tells me that I probably could have snuck in just the same — if only I had gone to New York City at the time. Sigh
The entire collection is actually comprised of quite a few pieces (you can check it out online), and while I am always impressed with the detailed packaging NARS produces, I have to say that there’s something pretty special about the black & gold with the Studio 54 logo seen here — it perfectly captures the spirit of the theme.
Studio 54 Brush Set (CAN $115.00) | Housed in a sky blue sequinned roll that has designated slots inside to securely hold the brushes, it closes magnetically and comes complete with a Studio 54/NARS gold charm. The four brushes included with the set have black lacquered handles with gold accents (as opposed to the brand’s usual matte black) and are basically all you need for both face & eyes. The synthetic haired bristles are super soft and each brush is superbly crafted, striking a good balance between being dense enough to pick up product and flexible enough for easy application. My faves of the four are the Highlighter Brush and the Eye Crease/Blending Brush as I find they are both multi-purpose; the Highlighter Brush can also be used for contour and/or blush, while the Eye Crease/Blending Brush is also effective for applying eyeshadow on the lower lash line as well as for detailed highlighting.
Studio 54 Hyped Eyeshadow Palette (CAN $74.00/Value $352.00) | There’s one more eyeshadow palette released with this collection (Inferno, not shown) which looks stunning but as those shades are all metallic/shimmery, it may not be as useful as Hyped. For what it’s worth, I’m personally glad that I received this one, as it contains shades I don’t own (hello, those vibrant pinks?). With its STUNNING star-studded outer case, it also contains a full-sized mirror on the inner lid and 12 shades that come in a mix of matte, satin, and shimmer … ready to take you from the office to the disco in no time flat. Texture wise, they range from being buttery smooth (all the mattes) to soft & silky although slightly delicate (the shimmers — that said, don’t hit the pans too aggressively), and with one exception, they’re all beautifully pigmented. White Horse is the only one that applies surprisingly lighter than what’s seen in the pan, but I’m actually digging the smokey effect it gives as opposed to coming off as a deep & harsh black hue. They all display a wonderful blendability and staying power when applied over primer, is excellent.
Top Row (left to right):
- We Are Family – iridescent pink, shimmer
- Shake Shake Shake – light pink, shimmer
- Doctor Love – fawn brown, matte
- Ring My Bell – saddle, matte
Middle Row (left to right):
- Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – tangerine, satin
- Relight My Fire – taupe, shimmer
- Lady Marmalade – hot pink, matte
- Love Train – cocoa brown, shimmer
Bottom Row (left to right):
- Exxxcess – fuchsia, matte
- Hot Stuff – mauve brown, matte
- Last Party – pink with gold, shimmer
- White Horse – black, shimmer
Studio 54 Star Scene Cheek Palette (CAN $56.00/Value $160.00) | The other 3-pan cheek palette with this collection (Hustle, not shown) is the cooler leaning of the two and once again, I’m so thrilled that I was sent this option as it not only works better with my complexion (light-medium with a warm undertone) but I feel it will be universally suitable to a broad range of skin tones. The blue star-spangled outer lid almost looks lit-from-within and also comes with a full sized mirror on the inside, along with 3 hues bearing a star-embossed raised pattern. The texture of all are buttery smooth, highly pigmented, and very easy to blend out, while the size of each pan makes it a breeze to pick up the shade you want without disturbing the one next to it. Staying power over primer/foundation, is excellent and stays true without fading until removed.
- Instant Replay – shimmering peach champagne
- Divine – shimmering candy pink
- Hard Party – mid tone raspberry shimmer
Studio 54 Dolce Vita Cracker (CAN $32.00/Value $54.00) | While the cracker theme might be more appropriate for Christmas, the products inside make for a wonderful gift no matter the season. Both the blush and the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil come in the brand’s best-selling dusty rose shade, Dolce Vita and are highly wearable by a broad range of skin tones. You’ll notice that neither is swatched here, as I’m planning on gifting this little duo and obviously wanted to keep it in pristine condition — although you can find a swatch of the blush here.
Leave it to François Nars to perfectly translate the utter decadence, glamour, and absolute excess of the Studio 54 days into a beauty collection that will knock your disco-pants off. I am loving every single piece I received (which was incredibly well-curated to my skin tone) but there’s only one major downside: EVERYTHING is limited edition. So if you want to get your groove thing on, you better boogie to your nearest NARS counter before final call. And my disco references are now done, lol.
Available at Sephora, The Bay, Nordstrom, beautyBOUTIQUE, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Murale and www.narscosmetics.ca
Kindly provided by NARS for my unbiased consideration