Makeup guru François Nars' travels to Japan and his fascination for the beauty rituals of the country resulted in the creation of a special makeup collection for Holiday 2011 called Modern Kabuki, which is dedicated to the "ardent makeup aficionado." The lineup wishes to be "a vibrant, modern, iconic interpretation of the centuries-old dramatic form," Kabuki theater, which was created at the very beginning of the 17th century.
The colors are dramatic, as they should be, with saturated crimson reds contrasted with "icy white" tints. The packaging also borrows directly from the Japanese culture of gift-giving and is the most refined ever for the brand....
The collection will be available from November 1, 2011 on narscosmetics.com. The brush set seen at the end of the post already launched at Barney's this month.
HANAMICHI KABUKI-INSPIRED EYESHADOW PALETTE (seen above)
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.
KUDOKI KABUKI MINI LIP COFFRET
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
MIE KABUKI MINI SOFT TOUCH SHADOW PENCIL COFFRET
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.
• NEW Tall Tale – deep metallic purple
• NEW Magic Moon – deep metallic navy blue
• NEW Ballets Russes – silver
• Aigle Noir – black infused with gold shimmer
• Palladium – turquoise with silver glitter
• Skorpios – copper
KUROKO KABUKI MINI NAIL POLISH COFFRET
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
NAGAUTA KABUKI BRUSH SET
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.
· NEW Kabuki Eye Brush (exclusive to the set)
· Botan Brush
· Ita Brush
· Yachiyo Brush
· Kabuki Lip (exclusive to the set)
Availability: October 2011, Barneys New York
Via press release