Andrew Gallimore Talks NARS SS17

Sunday, January 29th 2017 0

Including the launch of Orgasm's little sister

One of the funniest things about going to a beauty launch in London is that you can enter the most unassuming building only to find that it is a palace.

On Thursday morning, I rocked up to 93 Mortimer St which was simply a door in a road. Upon arrival, I went through a couple of sets of double doors and stumbled into this…

NARS Breakfast

Breakfast is served.

NARS Breakfast

NARS Breakfast

Hosting our breakfast was Kate, one of the dream team behind my Q&A with Alessandra Steinherr last summer, and Andrew Gallimore, the official UK NARS Brand Ambassador. Andrew’s make-up is very bold, colourful and artistic which is why he’s one of my favourites.

Here’s a look at what we have coming from NARS this spring, modelled on his two models, Georgie and Maisie.


(Side note: my friend Jarrad and I both love Georgie because she’s the face of lots of our favourite old Illamasqua campaigns. She was a total dream and made him a little video to say hello. Now we both love her about 100x more.)

Georgie Hobday Andrew Gallimore

Andrew prepared Georgie’s skin with the new Radiant Primer. He created this block colour on the eyes using the Grand-Large Velvet Shadow Stick, inspired by Francois NARS for Marc Jacobs on the runway, and took the pigment from “lash to brow”. Along the t-zone he took the Matte Primer, because “when you use the matte primer you don’t need powder”. To finish the complexion, he took Radiant Creamy Concealer on the top of cheekbones to highlight and the new Bumpy Ride blush from the Wildfire collection on the cheeks. “Bumpy Ride is like Orgasm’s little sister.” (When he said this, everyone oohed and those that weren’t previously taking notes all took out their iPhones in an instant.)

NARS Bumpy Ride Blusher

To complete the look he took Breaking Free lipstick on the lips, a bleached neon coral.

Georgie Hobday Andrew Gallimore


(Side note: I’ve never seen Maisie before and now me and Jarrad love her just as much as Georgie.)

To prep Maisie’s skin, Andrew used the Smooth and Protect Primer which he says “evens out any fine lines or imperfections and adds SPF50”. He used Tinted Moisturiser all over her skin and then added some Radiance Primer around the cheekbones to “give an invisible layer of structure with no blush or bronzer”. You can tell from the photos that this absolutely did that. The raspberry shade on her lips is Let’s Go Crazy, one of the new Velvet Matte lip pencils that gives an “opaque stamp of colour”. To complete the look, he puts lots of mascara on to create this exaggerated finish.

The way Andrew spoke about all of this make-up really resonated with me. He is clearly passionate and loves the products, but he didn’t take himself too seriously. It was all a bit of fun. This is why I enjoyed listening to him so much.

Let’s take a look at everything else we saw…

Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, £20

10 new shades of full coverage lip colour have been added to the existing line up, bringing the full collection to 28 shades.

With new wild cards in the mix, we now have a lilac, beige and even a navy blue in the selection.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

These will launch on Valentine’s Day at Space NK and then from the 14th March nationwide.

Spring Colour Collection, Wildfire

Lipgloss £19.50 and Lipstick £21

Thessalonique Duo Eyeshadow, £25

NARS Thessalonique Duo Eyeshadow

Chiang Mai Duo Eyeshadow, £25

NARS Chiang MAi duo eyeshadow

Bumpy Ride Blush, £23 (as Andrew described it, Orgasm’s little sister)

NARS Bumpy Ride Blusher

All available from 1st February

Unfiltered Cheek Palettes, £45 each

One of the things that Andrew and Kate discussed was blusher palettes. They said that often you will buy a blusher palette and only some of the shades will be suitable for your skintone, meaning that some are loved and used and others sit untouched.

For this reason, they noticed a gap in the market and decided to create a blush palette to suit each skintone. (Now our place settings made sense. At the table, we each had a name card and palette at our seats. On closer inspection this was to ensure that each guest had the right tone of blush palette for them! Lily from Lily Pebbles was next to me and was given the warmer skintone palette so I managed to take some photos of both.)

In each palette, all but one are brand new shades.

Unfiltered I, warm palette

Everything is brand new except for Exhibit A, a bestselling red matte.

NARS Unfiltered I Blush Palette

Unfiltered II, cool palette

NARS Unfiltered II Blush Palette

Everything is brand new except for Hot Sand, the barely there illuminator from the Hot Sand summer collection last year. This palette, Andrew says, “ticks all the boxes. That’s a bonus if you get the Hot Sand because it was beautiful.”

Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £23

This was the launch I was most excited to learn about. We all know and love the Radiant Creamy concealer, a creamy formula that reflects light and adds glow to the skin. This, however, is it’s opposite, a matte concealer that offers a natural skin finish and high coverage.

NARS Soft Matte concealer

First of all let’s talk shades. You’d be surprised how many brands make the shades completely different in their various foundations and concealers, which is why it was music to my ears that each shade of Soft Matte concealer corresponds with it’s Radiant Creamy counterpart. In English: if you know what shade you are in Radiant Creamy, you can just buy the same in Soft Matte. Job done.

Kate says her that her favourite bit about this foundation is that it has a smoothing optical powder in the formula, giving a really high coverage. And as for Andrew, his favourite element is that the matte powder finish means that you can easily layer other products on top of it without having to wait for it to dry. He uses this in the t-zone of the face so that he can skip on face powder, meaning you need less product on the skin and it looks flawless, not caked.

Andrew said that since he got this it’s all he’s used, and I’m inclined to believe him. He shared that he prefers to use Radiant Creamy concealer as a highlighter because it is so beautiful for reflecting light and looking like natural, glowing skin. Interestingly, he also said that the Radiant Creamy compact foundation is his favourite of all of the foundations from NARS. I love this one too and think it is such an unsung hero.

Primers, £27

And last but not least, let’s touch on the primers. As discussed in the demos above, there are three to choose from…

-Radiance Primer SPF35 PA+++

-Pore & Shine Control Primer

-Smooth & Protect SPF50 PA+++

They all smell delicious and are silicone free, avoiding that awful peeling sensation when you apply lots of primer and your foundation crumbles on application as a result.

It’s always a risk meeting someone you admire because you kind of have an image of what they’re going to be like in your head. Because Andrew’s work is so wild and creative, I didn’t know what to expect, and I just loved him. Down to earth, having a laugh with me, all about the big cuddles.

I’m so excited to see what NARS have in store for us this year if this is just the beginning.

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