Debuting this holiday season after many years of development is the NARS Bento Box; a limited-edition set of two Kabuki cups, hand-poured with a new exclusive-to-NARS lipstick formula.

Throughout all of his extensive international travels, Founder and Creative Director François Nars has always found Japanese culture to be a great source of inspiration, specifically the concept of Kabuki makeup. Years ago, after traveling to Japan, François brought back a small, porcelain pot with a red film of color– Kabuki makeup for the lips.

What makes the NARS Bento Box so special? Only one thousand sets were created for sale in the United States and just over two thousand in total were created worldwide.  Each cup has been hand-filled, weighs the same as a bullet of lipstick, and will provide around 150 uses.  The two highly pigmented lipstick shades are a red, Maiko (Japanese word for ‘dancing girl’ and for an apprentice geisha) and a pink, Sakura (Japanese word for ‘cherry blossom’).

Fusing two inspirations together, François turned to muse Daphne Guinness once again be the face of NARS with her evocative portrayal of classic theatrical Kabuki makeup.

NARS Bento Box is currently available for $125 at NARS counters within Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus and online at



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