I can’t even remember the last time I finished everything on my daily to-do list. Let’s see — when was that again? Maybe six months ago?
But no matter how poop-tacular it is to be as busy as we are, I try not to let it get my inner optimist down. Being busy, after all, is a good excuse to streamline your makeup routine, which can be a lot of fun, especially when it leads to products like the new NARS Podorosa Cream Eyeshadow ($23; from the Holiday 2011 collection).
After moseying through last weekend wearing this glossy, glittery golden brown shadow, I can safely say that it’s almost everything I’d want from a creamy brown.
Ponderosa gets its name from the tall timber pines indigenous to North America. For a sheer eye look, apply it to lids with a fingertip, and blend well. Or, for more saturated color, build it up in layers.
Pigmented, yet lightweight and thin, Ponderosa’s non-greasy texture blends easily into my skin. With it, I barely have to exert any effort (or whip out brushes, for that matter) to apply.
For a fast, fresh and sexy look, I’ll prime my lids first with the unstoppable NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, pat Ponderosa on top with my fingers, and then smooth out the edges.
Now, brown shadows aren’t necessarily the first shadows that come to mind when I think “sexy,” but this one definitely revs my engine. Not in a tight red dress and sky-high heels way, though, but more of a button-down plaid shirt, worn jeans, Chucks and cherry Chapstick kinda way.
The glossy finish gives the color an informal ease that keeps it from appearing too formal, and when I wear it with some of the quieter shades from NARS Holiday, like Albatross Lip Gloss and Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush, I feel so California cool…
But (there’s always a but, yargh!), for me, something does prevent Ponderosa from achieving total cream eyeshadow domination… Within a couple of hours, even with the help of the mighty NARS Pro-Primer layered underneath, Ponderosa pools into the creases around my eyes.
It’s bizarre… The actual color itself doesn’t fade on my lids, so it’s not like it disappears. The pigment just accumulates in my eye creases and folds, such that when I close my eyes or glance down, BOOM! — dark brown line.
Patting at the line with a finger throughout the day mellows it out, but that’s kind of annoying. I’d prefer not to have to cajole a color into submission, but I like this one so much that I’m willing to go there. That said, Ponderosa is probably better for gals who are willing to futz.
I love the color, but not the creases. Ponderosa would rule the school if it just stayed put.
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to NARS counters, and available now online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Operation: Pumpkin Chai Latte
Oh, it’s on! Thanks to your comments yesterday, I now know what must be done, and where I can do it. Pumpkin chai latte exists! Apparently, it’s not listed on the menu at Starbucks…but they’ll make it if you ask.
Yeah, this is gonna be dangerous.
In other news, how’s your Tuesday coming along? Kitten for your thoughts?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. For more on the NARS Holiday 2011 collection, check out…