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making faces :: use what you got!

eye spy...
it's the eternal struggle: i already have a lot of colour cosmetics and i try as best i can to make use of all of them on a regular basis; but cosmetics companies don't want me using what i already have, because they want me to use something that's new and original and completely unlike anything i've seen before in my entire life. or something.

cosmetics companies do try to introduce new formulas for products on a regular basis to keep you curious [quick, everyone! onto the lipstick/ gloss hybrid bandwagon!], but a lot of their work is in making you buy things you've already bought, or in making you buy things that you would never have bought unless someone told you that it was very "of the moment".

have you seen this before?
i'm a complete sucker for new things. i love looking at those brand-new collections when they come out and i'm the first person to say that they somehow lose their lustre when they've been on the shelves for a month or two, even though the rational part of my brain knows that they're exactly the f**king same as they were when they were brand new. i get excited when someone shoves something under my nose and tells me it's "new". a lot of us do.

the thing is that most of us live on fixed budgets and beauty products are [as they should be] a luxury that needs to be considered after the "real" stuff [rent/ mortgage, bills, groceries, etc.] is taken care of. that means that we can't all just squee and reach for our wallets every time that someone shows us something that's "new", particularly because things that are "new" are often surprisingly familiar.

i'd like to share with you a little cosmetic adventure of mine, just to illustrate a point.




when nars launched their summer 2011 collection, my jaw probably literally dropped. it's a beautiful selection of colours and i've written about it before. quite seriously, i think that this was the high water mark of summer collections in 2011. the jewel in the cosmetic crown was their "cap ferrat" eye shadow trio, a set of shadows inspired by the rugged mountain-meets-ocean landscape of the alpes-maritimes region of southern france. [don't you just feel yourself getting weak in the knees thinking about it?] the trio consisted of an icy white-green, a rich teal and an intense cyan, all with a shimmer to them. you can see beautiful swatches of the trio courtesy of specktra, karla sugar and temptalia.

you won't see them here, because, as much as i was tempted by the trio, i forced myself to consider two important questions: 1. how often do i use these sorts of colours? and 2. do i have shades that closely resemble these already in my collection?

in my case, the answers were "not that often, really" and "yes, i think i do". so before i gave myself licence to go out and buy the cap ferrat trio at $55cad, i made myself scan my collection to see what i had at my disposal. as it turns out, i already had some pretty close matches. and so, i'd like to show you my "cap faux-rat" look, using exclusively shades that i already had.

now, i'd like to make it clear that i'm not telling anyone that you should skip this trio. the quality of nars' shadows is excellent and if you like the colours and wear them a lot [i don't, although i do think they're pretty], then there's no reason you shouldn't pick up this or any other limited edition set that catches your fancy. i used four mac shadows in this look. buying the nars cap ferrat trio is cheaper than buying any three mac shadows, so think about what you do and don't have before deciding to pass. two of the mac shadows i used are limited edition and aren't available any longer, so keep that in mind too. all i'm attempting to do here is call your attention to a simple fact: there are a limited number of shades in the colour wheel and if you have a significant makeup collection, the odds that you'll find something that's truly unlike anything you already own are probably fairly slim. it's always worth looking before you make a new investment.

if you'd like to compare my work to the real thing, check out this look by the beautiful karrie [site is in german, pictures are universal] as an exemplar.

products used ::

face ::
nars sheer glow foundation "mont blanc"
diorskin nude hydrating concealer "001"

eyes ::
mac e/s "crystal avalanche" [as a highlighter, in the inner corner and blended over the other shades to give more of an icy shimmer]
mac e/s "aquavert"
mac e/s "surf usa"
mac e/s "blue calm" ["pro" colour, available only at select locations and via telephone order]
mac superslick liquid liner "on the hunt"
ysl faux cils mascara

cheeks ::
mac mineralize blush "rhapsody in two" [as a highlighter]
mac blush ombre "ripe peach"

lips ::
nars l/s "mayflower"

Comments

LOL not only was your post great, but so is the FOTD. Your eyes look so beautiful! Its' even worse when you're a blogger, if you don't get what's in now RIGHT AWAY AT ONCE, by the next day it's old news.>_<
flora_mundi said…
Thanks. I'm the worst person to give advice about skipping things that look like what I already have- you should see the number of dark red/ berry lipsticks I own! But I made myself behave this time. More money to spend on Fall's crop of dark red/ berry lipsticks...

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