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 Iâ€™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.
Yeah, baby! 🙂
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 (thereâ€™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.
Itâ€™s bizarre… The actual color itself doesnâ€™t fade on my lids, so itâ€™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. Iâ€™d prefer not to have to cajole a color into submission, but I like this one so much that Iâ€™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…