Skip to main content

making faces :: a sliver of silver from nars

i've been so busy trying to keep up with all of the new products that nars has been launching this year, that i've almost forgotten to check in on the actual colour collections they've been launching. shame on me, because some of the shades have been really fun- a slew of bright, energetic shades in shocking combinations that somehow still work. but what's a girl to do when there's been new concealers and finishing powders and a new lipstick formula and super-sizes blushes and pairs of nail polish... whew!

frighteningly enough for my wallet, it appears that there's more to come- a new foundation and a new gel eye liner/ shadow formula and much more. but i did take a moment to catch my breath and grab a single eye shadow from the nars summer collection. ironically, i'm reviewing this as their fall collection is about to hit stores, so i'm clearly a little behind the times, but the good news is that it's been added to the permanent line-up, so we'll be able to get it for the foreseeable future.

so let's have a look at it, shall we?



"euphrate" is an interesting take on a silver shadow. i normally think of all silvers as being the same, but i'm gradually realising that there are important, subtle differences. "euphrate" is medium-to-light, not light enough to work as a highlighter on me, although i believe it could on very dark skin. the reason is that, unlike a lot of silver shadows, "euphrate" is shimmery without giving a really frosted look. it can be applied quite lightly for a hint of colour, but even when built up, it never seems heavy. greys can have a tendency to drain the colour from my face, but this one doesn't, perhaps because there is a definite blue-green undertone to it.

COMPARISONS AND ACTION SHOTS AFTER THE BREAK...



you can see the undertone clearly when you compare it to a more neutral silver like mac "melt my heart" [a limited shade, but similar to the permanent shade "electra"]. i also find that you can see a natural flow from a greenish-silver shade like "euphrate" to something like rouge bunny rouge "periwinkle cardinal", a sage green with a silver shimmer.

l to r :: mac melt my heart [l.e.], euphrate, rbr periwinkle cardinal
because the undertone is more of a hint than anything else, it can be shaped by what shades you put around it. here's a look i did combining it with colours from a couple of other nars duos, that pull the bluer tones and make it look somewhat cooler. [i have no idea what's going on with my face in that second photo, but it made me laugh, so i figured i might as well use it.]





products used

the base ::
marcelle beauty balm "light/ medium"
nars radiant tinted moisturizer "terre neuve"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
mac paint pot "painterly"
nars light reflecting setting powder [pressed]

the eyes ::
nars e/s "euphrate" [greenish-silver]
nars e.s "eurydice" [shimmery charcoal grey side]
nars e/s "demon lover" [hyacinth blue side]
mac e/s "crystal avalanche" [shimmery white]
urban decay 24/7 e/l "zero" [soft black]
ysl baby doll mascara

the cheeks ::
mac powder blush "dollymix" [bright shimmering candy pink]
mac beauty powder "play it proper" [white-pink highlighter]

the lips ::
guerlain rouge automatique "shalimar" [bright cool fuchsia-pink]

since i've been classifying looks by sci/art criteria recently, i'd say that this is unequivocally a winter look, either a bright winter [particularly if you take my shirt into consideration] or a true winter. all of the elements used are cool-toned here- there's no trace of warmth anywhere.

"euphrate" is available wherever nars is sold. and always will be, forever and ever.

Comments

as long as you're here, why not read more?

dj kali & mr. dna @ casa del popolo post-punk night

last night was a blast! a big thank you to dj tyg for letting us guest star on her monthly night, because we had a great time. my set was a little more reminiscent of the sets that i used to do at katacombes [i.e., less prone to strange meanderings than what you normally hear at the caustic lounge]. i actually invited someone to the night with the promise "don't worry, it'll be normal". which also gives you an idea of what to expect at the caustic lounge. behold my marketing genius.

mr. dna started off putting the "punk" into the night [which i think technically means i was responsible for the post, which doesn't sound quite so exciting]. i'd say that he definitely had the edge in the bouncy energy department.

many thanks to those who stopped in throughout the night to share in the tunes, the booze and the remarkably tasty nachos and a special thank you to the ska boss who stuck it out until the end of the night and gave our weary bones a ride home…

the war is over

i assumed that the live coverage of last weekend's "march for our lives" would be hard to watch, and in some ways, it was. however, i did not expect that it would feel so joyful and empowering as well. 
the idea that "joyful" can be used in the description of a rally around the subject of violence and death seems bizarre, and certainly many of the speeches were anything but. however, it was difficult not to watch things unfold on saturday and not have the feeling that there is a spirit of positive change. young people, younger than the much-discussed millennial demographic, are taking it to the powers that be and those powers be shakin' in their shoes.

it's hardly surprising that cheeto benito ran off to golf for the weekend rather than stay and face the music of arianna grande and common; after all, he spends every weekend on a taxpayer-funded golf holiday. nor is it surprising that congress's most vocal critics of gun reform apparently spent the …

friday favourites 20.07.12

i was almost going to skip it this week. not out of any disinterest, but i always feel weird posting something flip and cheeky on days when the news is choked with stories of some location filled with people going about their lives suddenly getting shot up by a lone maniac with some sort of personal gripe or agenda.

awful things happen every single day. people who lead otherwise normal lives are suddenly transformed through violence every single day. by the harsh standards of the world, what happened last night in aurora, colorado isn't even close to the worst. i'm sure families in syria would consider a day where ten people died to be better than average. but there is something about these completely random mass shootings in otherwise fairly peaceful places that haunts us all here in the western world. it happened today with aurora. it happened a year ago sunday in norway. it happened in another colorado town, now synonymous with the terror of such a massacre in 1999.

what h…