I think I just saw a glimpse of my future this fall, and in it I was wearing purple smokey eyes.
The new NARS Eyeshadow Trio in High Society ($45) has been one of the coolest things I’ve come across in a while — cool because of the color temp of its shadows, and cool because it’s a quick-change artist able to go from demure to diva in seconds with a little help from a black pencil liner.
High Society hails from the new NARS fall 2012 collection, a nine-piece release that couples cool jewel-toned eyes with pink or rose cheeks; warm brandy, auburn, burgundy or red lips; and moody gray nails.
Flexibility without fallout — that’s the deal here. I don’t detect a speck of fallout and hardly any creasing, even after wearing these lavender, greenish gray and amethyst powder eyeshadows for a full eight hours. They range from sheer to medium opacity and blend like a good smoothie.
Say I’m in the mood for a soft purple look. I might (and probably would) start with NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, followed by the trio’s lavender shade swept on my lids with a domed shadow brush. Then, I’d push one of the darker colors along my lash lines with a small angle brush.
Abracadabra! A soft and smokey purple eye.
To crank up the smokey effect and give more depth to the look, I used a black eyeliner as a base, which I think also brings out the richness of the colors.
I actually “borrowed” that idea from François Nars, who used the same trick on model Kristen McMenamy for the fall 2012 campaign visuals.
He applied NARS Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil on her lids and along her lash lines, and then blended the pencil out with a fingertip, creating a smooth black base upon which he then applied High Society, which went on Kristen’s lids, and the Vent Glacé Duo (also from fall 2012), which went along her lower lash lines.
Smoking hot! And did you notice how deep set her eyes look?
I think the combination of finishes contributes to the effect. NARS characterizes the greenish gray as having a matte finish and the purples as being shimmers…although I’d describe the purples as having more of a soft sheen.
Finishes without a lot of sparkle can be great for creating those deeper set eyes, as mattes and matte-like finishes tend to make things look like they’re receding, or drifting away from you (“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight…”).
By catching the light and highlighting features, shadows with a shimmery finish can have the opposite effect, making things appear as if they’re closer.
Blended smokey looks with multiple shadows take a little longer than looks with single shadows smudged on top of a liner, but the results sure can be pretty. Because High Society’s shadows aren’t oozing with pigment (the gray is sheerer than the purples), they’re not terribly hard to use.
Plus, I like that they don’t blind me with shimmer. Sometimes the combination of purple, smokey and glitter can be a bit much for me.
Additional makeup worn in this look…
- MAC Concrete Eyeshadow: Brows
- Chanel Inimitible Intense in 50 Purple: Lashes
- MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline: Water lines, lash lines and lids
- NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in More: Lips
- NARS Lipgloss in Albatross: Center of my lower lip
- Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15: Cheeks
- NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Cuba and St. Moritz: Face
- Hourglass Oxygen Foundation Powder in No. 4: Forehead, nose and chin
- NARS Blush in Outlaw: Apples of my cheeks
I dig this trio a lot, but I can see how it might not be for everyone, especially gals who prefer more pigmented eyeshadows or warmer color temps.
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to NARS counters, and coming to narscosmetics.com July 15
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