|does this make you hear sleigh bells?|
although holiday collections have been sprouting like steroid-laced ivy in stores and on line recently, i promised myself that i wasn't going to say a damn word about any of them until after halloween. understand this, marketing world: the holiday season should never interfere with my ability to enjoy candy and scaring the crap out of small children. i'll give you november and december, but you have to cede october to me. end of discussion, ok?
|the holly and the ivy, nars style|
SEE HOW FESTIVE THIS CAN GET...
personally, i think it's kind of refreshing to see a company that always has a different take on the season. and so, it came as no surprise to me when i saw their holiday collection reminded me of nothing so much as the rich foliage and stormy skies of late autumn. if i'd been able to guess what they were coming out with, i would have been so disappointed.
|i'm a nars ho ho ho|
the duo "mandchourie" didn't initially appeal to me too much, when i saw it in photos. i like blues, but i find that they can have a tendency to make me look washed out unless they're very light [probably because they mute the colour of my eyes more than other shades]. when i saw the colours in person, however, i went into "makeup lovers trance", a condition that many women [and some men] will know as the state that occurs when you meet something lovely and very special.
|i can feel good with these blues|
the matte shade is a little dry and powdery [you can see this when swatched], which concerned me at first, but since nars shadows can be used dry or wet, i tried applying it with a slightly damp brush. worked like a charm. being softer, it requires a very light hand when blending, but it holds up well and doesn't fade or migrate. i love the fact that it actually looks blue in use, where as many darker colours look like a sort of muddy soft black.
like i mentioned at the outset, nars duos are great for doing speedy looks, since the colours work so well together. this one is certainly no exception. you can get a lovely, slightly smoky blue going in a couple of minutes [which is how i used them]. the entire look below was less than ten minutes work, going fairly slowly so that i could observe how the colour built up. ah nars, thank you so much for allowing me to look nicely composed, even on mornings after i dragged myself home by my lips.
mac prolongwear foundation "nc15"
diorskin nude hydrating concealer "001"
nars e/s duo "mandchourie" [grey blue with gold shimmer/ denim blue matte]
inglot e/s "351" [matte ivory]
mac fluidline eye liner "siahi"* [deep teal blue]
benefit they're real mascara
mac magically cool liquid powder "truth & light" [peaches & cream highlighter]
nars blush "deep throat" [light pink coral]
chanel rouge allure l/s "coquette" [medium coral pink]
suggested alternates :: siahi = yikes... my advice would be to combine a teal liner with a black base. the only close shade i've seen was mac's "midnight blues", which is nearly identical, but also limited. but everything else i used is permanent...