NARS MODERN ODYSSEY REVIEW (fall 2007) by storybookheroine
Not since last fall have I purchased an entire NARS collection. A few favorites came from along the way (Albatross highlighter, Moon Fleet lipgloss, Calliope Velvet matte, Corinthe lipstick) but mostly I wasn’t interested in the colors or found the other pieces I purchased disappointing. NARS 2007’s Modern Odyssey collection brings me back to the brand that sparked my obsession for cosmetics and showed me taupe is not the only color I can wear (although it’s still my favorite).
Modern Odyssey is an inventive play on unique and unusual metallic neutrals for the eyes and lips that are highly wearable and universally flattering. The collection is composed of three powder eye shadow duos, ranging from slate blue to golden taupe to rose; one single powder shadow in a barely there tan with golden shimmer; two lipsticks, in a warm sheer strawberry and a metallic golden nude; and glosses in the perfect nude beige neutral pink and a to die for beiged berry. The quality, pigmentation and range of colors for NARS fall neutral palette is bold, innovative and exceptional; the textures, from shadows to glosses, are the best yet from the brand and I hope NARS continues with this trend.
NARS fall 2007 (descriptions from Sephora)
Flamenco lipstick (sheer strawberry)
Promiscuous lipstick (shimmering creamy tan)
Chantaco lipgloss (deep berry beige)
Tempest lipgloss (neutral pink beige with shimmer)
Brazil shadow duo (warm sand pearl/ rose pearl)
Kalahari shadow duo (bronze pearl/ milk chocolate)
Underworld shadow duo (smoke grey pearl/ deep blue grey pearl)
Voyage shadow single (tan with gold shimmer)
For someone needing to branch out their color palette Underworld is an incredibly beautiful addition to my collection. By nature I am not a blue eye shadow wearer but this duo has the most amazing shades of silver and slate blue. The lighter color is interesting and deceptively complex. A light smoked silver with the faintest hint of blue, it instantly brightens the eyes and I love it on its own as a wash. The slate blue is perfect, not too cool toned and creates a very sexy smokey eye. The duo is somewhere between a metallic and a pearl finish which I absolutely adore. It’s a gorgeous, must have duo. Like Shu Uemura shadows, it is well pigmented and silky when applied. The shine is exceptional and I do not feel it over powers my eyes. I am truly shocked I like this as much as I do, generally I stay away from color and stick with the neutrals but this blue I can wear and feel comfortable. I've mixed this with Kalahari for a really pretty complex smokey eye and also used Underworld by itself for a smokey eye. If I feel it looks a bit cool on me I run Voyage over it to warm it up, but it's not really an issue unless I layer the color to be dramatic. It is a bold color choice for me so I keep the cheeks and lips neutral. My favorite look with Underworld is a smokey eye, Lovejoy to contour, Nico on the cheek, Albatross to highlight and Promiscuous on the lips (it’s a very alluring combination but any of the new fall lips will look great with this too).
If you buy only one piece of NARS fall it will be the Kalahari duo. It has the same Shu quality, pigmentation and shine as Underworld but in one of the best neutrals duos since NARS came up with All About Eve. Kalahari is a combination of golden taupe and a darker slightly brown taupe with a hint of pink. These have so much shine and glow they are best described as metallics but don’t let that scare you, they are very easily translated to a daytime office look as well as a night time flashier eye. This is sure it be a big seller for NARS and an easy staple shadow for anyone looking for gorgeous neutral taupes with depth. As someone who has too many neutrals it is wonderful to find something I do not already have in another line. I find I can easily wear this in the day and take the same colors to a more dressed up smokey eye for a bolder look. The shine, once applied, is stunning. I think anyone looking to mix it up a bit with neutrals would be happy with this duo. Nars describes Kalahari as gold confection and sugared cocoa, my take is it’s a ME light coppery gold (very neutral and wearable) and a darker, slightly less ME light to medium chocolate color. Both are very buildable and very pigmented. Great metallic taupe when mixed together and wearable with almost any blush or lip color.
This is a duo I've been fussing with for 2-3 weeks now. Brazil is pair of metallics in ginger and rose. Normally I do not wear pinks and a metallic rose is a bit beyond my comfort level but I've found it does make a pretty neutral warm eye (this duo is so warm cool toned people should avoid it). The ginger shade is very pretty but these are so much more pigmented than I thought it is extremely easy to mess up and look like you are wearing dirt, very warm toned dirt. The rose shade has a similar problem, too much and it's pink eye city. Blending the two together is very nice and honestly if you are warm toned and have the skills to apply this I see the potential to be quite beautiful. The only way I found to use this is to apply the rose crease to brow and the ginger on the lid and blend like my life depended on it, adding a good line of Mambo eyeliner (brown) on the upper and lower lid to give a nice polished look. The colors are very pigmented and show so much darker that I would expect.
I absolutely adore this single. When I saw the picture months ago I was hoping for a neutral version of Nars Fathom and Voyage is exactly it! A beautiful sheer tan, sort of a YLBB color, with bits of fine gold particles that catch the light. I love using it on it's own for a pretty no makeup look but layered with other shadows the gold shimmer shows through and warms up cooler colors. I've worn it alone and mixed with the new fall duos Kalahari and Underworld, both looked great with it. If you like the natural look and enjoy extremely sheer sparkling colors this is for you. If you like the Nars Fathom single this is for you. If you love lots of pigmentation this is not for you. I am really happy with this single and I know it will get a lot of use on my low maintenance days. Looks great with Nico blush on the cheeks and Promiscuous or Tempest on the lips.
Promiscuous was instant love for me. A super gorgeous light gold metallic, it’s so different than other nudes I own. The satin finish is buildable from gold nude to a flashy gold metallic. It’s my single favorite item from the collection and I have worn it almost everyday since I purchased it. Nars describes this as a shimmering honey beige, true enough but I think of it as a shimmering golden nude. The formula is satin so it has plenty of shine and is well pigmented and long wearing. Promiscuous is a great semi metallic light neutral gold and pairs very well with the all the fall 2007 collection eye shadows. It's unique in the color range of Nars. Light enough for day and polished enough for night, I love it! I think both warm and cool toned people can wear this and looks great layered with other lipsticks and glosses. If you liked Nouba or Viva Las Vegas you must check this shade out, I think it's fantastic!
Flamenco is a really interesting and surprisingly beautiful color. A freshly crushed strawberry shade, this is the exact type of color that would go bright fuchsia on my pigmented lips but Flamenco did not! It stayed a true warm strawberry. Flamenco is a NARS sheer formula and the color is described as a sheer strawberry. It’s full of shine and the color is incredibly buildable so you can crank it up for night time and down for day. On me, I can go from strawberry to almost red by layering the color on. Lots of pop and glossy shine with this one and I get an old Hollywood glamour feel wearing it. This one will make so many of us who have a hard time with pinks and reds turning very, very happy and fits the bill for red fall lips.
Tempest is very similar to the Bettina velvet matte (same shade on me) and Chelsea Girls lip lacquer (just a bit different). It’s a non sticky formula with more shine than Orgasm, for example. Tempest is a nude beigy pink and just the shade I’ve been looking for. Normally I have a hard time with pink nudes. My lips are pigmented and anything with pink in it becomes overwhelmingly so. The beige in Tempest neutralizes this for me without the need for lip liner or a reverse liner but still carries the nude pink as well as the beige perfectly. It’s a great nude for anyone who has a hard time with nudes staying nude or turning on them.
Chantaco was a total surprise for me. I pictured this going fuchsia or worse on me but like I mentioned about Tempest the beige makes all the difference. It is a rich shiny berry with a hint of shimmer and a touch of beige. Really stunning, Chantaco is the perfect muted berry beige shimmer. The color is so pretty and flattering and still bold enough for evening but workable for the office. Again this is a non sticky gloss formula and more moisturizing and shiny than say Orgasm lipgloss. On me it’s very close to Dolce Vita lipstick which I love.
I think the beige in these two glosses perfect for neutralizing pigmented lips that have problems wearing pink, berries and other colors in that color family because these shades can come up too pink or too bright on pigmented lips. If you have this problem these are must haves and if you don’t you still need these glosses. NARS really outdid himself on creating shades that are fool proof for this fall. I find myself straying outside my normal color selections and trying something new. I’m very interested in seeing if the trend continues to the holiday collection.
Other existing colors in the collection (SEPHORA MAY DIFFER)
Lovejoy (bronzed rose shimmer)
Albatross (sheer light golden sheen)
Nico (natural glow)
Sophia (cool brown)
Lili Marlene (true gray cream)
Zardoz (ink black)
Chelsea Girls (nude beige)
Hellfire (molten copper with shimmer)
Dolce Vita (sheer dusty rose)
Honolulu Honey (satin flesh toned beige)
Casablanca (satin classic coral)
NARS Modern Odyssey can be purchased at
and major department stores
Photo Credits: Blogdorf Goodman, Storybookheroine and Nars.
Disclosure: The products reviewed in this post were purchased by the reviewer, Storybookheroine.