Well ahoy there, perfect packaging! If you’re into pretty packaging, it doesn’t get any prettier than the NARS Under Cover collection for summer 2016. The French Riviera-themed limited edition collection features beautiful illustrations from artist Konstantin Kakanias – and the products themselves are pretty damn covetable too. If you fancy some makeup newness for summer – and really, who doesn’t – you certainly can’t go wrong with summery lip colours, eye shadows and blush palettes.
Of the collection’s four Lip Cover liquid lipsticks, we’ve been wearing Get Dirty (ahem…) non-stop. A dusty rose-nude with a soft matte finish, this is an elegant shade for day, or looks hot hot hot with a smoky eye come sun-down. If you prefer something a little more ZING, you’ll love Do Not Disturb which is a bold, vivid orange-red – perfect for a change from your usual scarlet shade. Both are highly pigmented and long-lasting, so they pass the Running in Heels test for style and substance with full marks.
The Under Cover collection’s blushers are extremely pretty too – and universally flattering. It’s no secret that NARS makes some of the best blushers in the business, and these don’t disappoint. Obviously, product titles should have no bearing on how much you like them, but Sexual Content and Liberation might just be the best blusher names we’ve come across since 2007. (From the people who brought you Orgasm, obviously!) Sexual Content is a soft peach/raspberry combination to suit paler complexions, while Liberation is a gorgeously bright pink/dusky rose duo to instantly add a pop of colour.
Two neutral and two bright eye shadows complete the collection – a special mention goes to Topless: a pearlescent seashell pink which works seamlessly as a highlighter too. Sea, sand, sunsets and sophisticated rendez-vous in the South of France, “glamorous, chic and fun” is how Kakanias describes the women of his illustrations. Ah oui, we’ll have some of that!