1 a tree or shrub that grows in muddy, chiefly tropical coastal swamps that are inundated at high tide. Mangroves typically have numerous tangled roots above ground and form dense thickets.
2 a grove of shirtless hot dudes : Ooooh, gurl, check out that mangrove over there!
Even if someone at NARS had foliage in mind when they named this golden green eyeshadow, I can’t help but picture something else.
NARS Mangrove eyeshadow
Mangrove bloomed as an eyeshadow single with the NARS Fall 2010 collection. Francois (first name basis, yo!) loves unexpected colors and textures, and Mangrove fits the bill.
My first impression? — pureed vegetable baby mush. As an eyeshadow, it doesn’t jump out of its pan as something traditionally pretty, but like the plant from whence it draws its name, it just needs a little time to grow.
I’m glad I gave it some time today because now I the texture (buttery soft) and the color itself, which to me looks like a whisper sheer yellowish green with subtle golden iridescence.
Diehard pigment peeps might not like how sheer Mangrove is (it is almost transparent, after all), but I like it. You can see something there, but it doesn’t scream “LOOK AT ME NOW!”
To keep Mangrove company on my skin today I added a few more niblets from NARS Fall 2010 to the look, namely the shimmery beige shadow from the Tzarine eyeshadow duo (beneath the brow bone), Coconut Grove eyeshadow (upper lash and waterlines) and the Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (lower lashline).
NARS Coconut Grove eyeshadow
NARS Tzarine Duo
NARS Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
Swatches from left: Mangrove eyeshadow, shimmery beige eyeshadow from the Tzarine duo, Coconut Grove eyeshadow, Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, Amour blush, Supervixen lipgloss
I’m pretty happy with how the look turned out, but I think it’s missing something…like a sunny beach and a fruity beverage by my side.
What do you think about Mangrove? Would you give it a try?
Ooh, baby, I like it raw!
Last month I started taking a photography class at the local community center (something I found online), and I’ve really enjoyed myself so far. Most of the students are sassy senior citizens (I’m the baby of the group). In today’s class we learned about something called shooting in RAW. It’s a kind of uncompressed image file format. Anywho, every time the instructor says the word, “raw,” I think of that Ol’ Dirty Bastard song, “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” You know, the one where he warbles, “Ooh, baby, I like it raw. Ooh, baby, I like it RAAAAWW!”
Sometimes I really wish I lived in a musical…with seniors dancing in unison to ODB.
So that was the big highlight of my day. What was yours?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,