François Nars captures the high drama and exquisite artistry of Japan’s kabuki theater with five luxurious specialty sets.  Every detail is a vibrant, modern interpretation of the centuries old dramatic form. The  NARS holiday 2011 Collection  – a range of specially designed gifts that show the makeup guru’s deep interest in Japanese culture, and Kabuki makeup.

The collection, named Modern Kabuki, has a range of dramatic colours, with a lot of crimsons and golds – a reflection of Kabuki theatre. Everything down to the packaging has a Japanese inspiration, and I love the small detailing that has gone into the design of them all – especially the eyeshadow palette, which is packaged like a gift; something borrowed from the Japanese culture of gift-giving.


The collection  includes:

Nagauta Kabuki brush set, $225
Includes Kabuki Eye Brush (exclusive to the set), Botan Brush, Ita Brush, Yachiyo Brush, Kabuki Lip (exclusive to the set).  I love the style of the brush handle.

Kudoki Kabuki mini lip set, $125
includes lip shades, Kabuki lip brush, wooden box.

Hanamichi Kabuki–inspired eyeshadow palette, $65
Japanese for ‘flower path,’  the colours are evocative of shades found in Kabuki theater – an icy white with flowers in rich shimmering deep rose and gold and matte black. Also includes a  Mini Kabuki eye brush.

Mie Kabuki mini soft touch shadow pencil set, $55
Includes 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.

Kuroko Kabuki mini nail polish set, $35
Includes Yoshiwara red, Shiro–Nuri white, Kata black, Senryou gold.


If you’re feeling generous, you may pick up something from this collection for me 😉

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