I often find myself approaching my makeup collection like a game of Scrabble. I know I have a major point scoring word right in front of me, but somehow I just canâ€™t quite visualize what it is — only to realize later that I passed over a big hit time and time again. The same unfortunate haze sets in when I regard my shadow drawer. I know whatâ€™s there and I know the potential that all of the incredible and carefully selected products have; yet I struggle to grasp their individual or collective potential.
Karen and Tabs gave me a straightforward prompt: write about an unsung product that I couldnâ€™t be without chez-Getting Cheeky. I tend to over-think things though (see the Scrabble analogy above), and this prompt ended up becoming an exercise in why I should be more attentive to the capabilities of all the products in my collection rather than a select few. One such much-loved, long term favorite that I shattered and subsequently repurchased is NARS Galapagos eyeshadow ($24). For some incomprehensible reason I allowed this brand new shadow to sit unloved in my drawer until now. Iâ€™m left wondering why? Itâ€™s a one-shade wonder!
In my book, the mark of a perfect product is something that can be used in many different ways. Galapagos checks all my boxes in that respect. At first swatch it seems quite light on the pigmentation: one might even go so far as to say that itâ€™s a disappointment in comparison to the rich appearance of the shadow in the pan. Like many powder shadows NARS offers Galapagos is a sleeper hit. Donâ€™t write this shade off before you watch it transform before your eyes. Build the color for a complex but diffused soft brown, or apply wet for a rich shimmering fudge. What NARS simply describes as a â€œcoconut bronze with gold flecksâ€ is so much more. In my time with Galapagos Iâ€™ve found ways to use this shadow dry, wet, blended, smudged and as a straight line. This shadow shines in every application.
My signature look and personal favorite way to apply Galapagos is as a quick cat eye using a little bit of MACâ€™s Fix + and a shadow brush. The gold flecks seem to rise to the surface of the deep chocolate brown base, a liner shade that would look magnificent against any eye color. For a night out, I used to adore applying Galapagos dry and sheering out the shade concentrating the darkest part of the color toward my lashes and blending upward for a hazy smoky look. Feeling adventurous? Applying Galapagos wet makes for one seriously pigmented espresso smoky eye.
The long-running Makeup and Beauty Blog Unsung Heroes series features much-loved permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.
Ultimately NARS products are like art supplies: what you see isnâ€™t always what you get. (And I mean that in the best way possible.) What seems like a lightly pigmented shimmering brown is a multi-use wonder shadow that requires the artist (thatâ€™s you!) to realize its full potential.
How do you best like to wear NARS Galapagos shadow? Do you have any unloved shadows in your collection?