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As the story goes, Francois Nars, the founder and creative director of Nars cosmetics, has always found inspiration in Japan—and has always harbored an intense fascination with Kabuki makeup. A few years ago, Nars even procured a porcelain pot of red—Kabuki lip makeup—and brought it home with him.
For the first time, this holiday season Nars will offer a limited-edition set of two Kabuki cups—"hand-poured with a new exclusive-to-Nars lipstick formula in highly pigmented shades containing Vitamin E." The release says:
In Kabuki theater there is a style, Kumadori, which uses shades to represent different emotions and moods: red represents passion and vigor while pink represents cheerfulness and youthfulness... Maiko, a vibrant red, is the Japanese word for dancing girl and is used to refer to apprentice geishas. Sakura, a hot pink, is Japanese for cherry blossom, the symbolic flowering cherry tree integral to Japanese culture.Only 1,000 of this set will be made available in the United States, with only 2,000 manufactured worldwide. Each cup is hand-filled and contains about 150 applications.
· Nars [Official Site]