Holiday 2011: NARS Kabuki Collection.

François Nars has simply outdone himself with these pieces of beauty that he has created for the NARS Holiday Collection this year. It is a Kabuki Collection with a modern twist on kabuki.

I am completely fascinated by Kabuki theatre; the makeup and costumes are especially beautiful. My attraction to this art form led to the creation of this Collection.  The shades and products used in the NARS Kabuki Collection range from bright, intense shades to deep saturated hues.” –François Nars

This collection of specially designed gifts for the ardent makeup aficionado were inspired by François' travels throughout Japan. His deep interest in Japanese culture, and his fascination with Kabuki makeup shines through these items. The collection totally captures the exquisite artistry of Japan's Kabuki theater with every detail in a vibrant, modern, iconic interpretation of the centuries-old dramatic form.

Kudoki Kabuki Lip Set ($125.00)
Named for an element of Kabuki dance, this year’s take on the Bento Box set features three new vibrant, super-saturated, limited edition shades poured into custom ceramic cups. Included is its own Kabuki Lip Brush and sleek keepsake wooden box.

  • Ougi - deep red
  • Takebue - neutral
  • Botan - deep pink

Hanamichi Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00)
Japanese for “flower path,” this Kabuki theater walkway that extends into the audience was the inspiration for this eyeshadow palette, featuring a Kabuki-themed design and accompanied by a mini Kabuki Eye Brush. The colors are evocative of shades found in Kabuki theater- an icy white with flowers in rich shimmering deep rose and gold and matte black.

Mie Kabuki Mini Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Set ($55.00)
A collection of six mini, top-selling and limited edition Soft Touch Shadow Pencils. Just like their namesake Mie Kabuki which references a moment of high emotion culminating in an extremely dramatic pose†these creamy, blendable, long-wearing crayons create bold, dramatic looks with just a few strokes.

  • Tall Tale - deep metallic purple
  • Magic Moon - deep metallic navy blue
  • Ballets Russes - silver
  • Aigle Noir - black infused with gold shimmer
  • Palladium - turquoise with silver glitter
  • Skorpios - copper

Nagauta Kabuki Brush Set ($225.00)
Encased in an ultra-luxurious keepsake wooden bento box with red lacquer interior, this exquisite five-piece brush set is named for the principal musical forms in Kabuki theater and includes two new brushes exclusive to the set.

  • Kabuki Eye Brush (exclusive to the set)
  • Botan Brush
  • Ita Brush
  • Yachiyo Brush
  • Kabuki Lip (exclusive to the set)

Kuroko Mini Nail Polish Set ($35.00)
The set includes four mini-sized, bold and vivid nail polish colors based on shades traditionally used in Kabuki theatre.

  • Yoshiwara - red
  • Shiro-Nuri - white
  • Kata - black
  • Senryou - gold