Shy Magazine


Jungle Fever

Photo: courtesy of NARS //
Who knew a few on-screen words could leave such a lasting impression at beauty counters?
| by Fiorella Valdesolo //

Sylvia Fowler: [Showing her nails to Mary] Mary, how do you like that?
Nancy Blake: Too, too adorable.
Sylvia Fowler: Ah, you have no idea how it stays one… I get it at Sydneys, you should go Mary. A wonderful new manicurist, Olga’s her name, she’s marvelous. Isn’t that divine? Jungle red!
Nancy Blake: Looks like you’ve been tearing at somebody’s throat!

It was this particular scene in the 1939 film The Women that left an indelible mark on legendary makeup artist Francois Nars—he used it as inspiration for NARS’s iconic crimson color called, fittingly, Jungle Red.

Now a remake, starring Hollywood heavy-hitters Annette Bening, Meg Ryan, Jada Pinkett Smith and Eva Mendes, is hitting theaters on September 12th, and though some details have been changed—Sydneys is now Saks—the drama remains. Hence, NARS saw no better time to release a commemorative Jungle Red set including a semi-matte lipstick, lip liner, and a high gloss, water and detergent resistant nail polish, all in the matching scarlet hue. The set, which is available, appropriately enough, only at Saks starting in September, is exactly what women want.

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