Wearing NARS Calabria Soft Touch Shadow Pencil softly smudged along the lower lash line
The day I married El Hub was a pretty great day, but the day I try a new NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24) and can say, “Wow! NARS finally made one of these that lasts all day without fading or creasing!” will rank pretty high up there, too.
These multitasking morsels are creamy makeup triple threats! — rock star chic shadows, primers and eyeliners rolled into one — and NARS likes releasing them in gorgeously luscious shades with a glossy, shiny finish.
Thing is, all of the ones I’ve tried before haven’t lasted long on my lids. They’ll look great for about 20 minutes but then start to crease and fade. It’s a bummer, because I love the colors so much that I keep anticipating every new one in the hopes that one of them, one of these days, will last longer.
Will it be Calabria, the new shimmery plum shade released with the Summer 2012 collection? Will it be THE ONE to finally last all day long on my lids? Ah, the places we’d go together… Trader Joe’s, the movies, Petco — you know, all of the glam spots up here in Novato, LOL!
Let’s find out.
Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24), Calabria Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24) and Buenos Aires Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24)
Additional makeup worn in this look: CK One Color Cream + Powder Blush Duo in Happiness and NARS Laguna Bronzer on my cheeks, Becca Anniversary Palette in Dusty Rose on my lips and MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash on my lashes
First things first — I love the way it looks. LOVE the color! I think it makes my brown eyes look like milk chocolate, but just like Tabs at a dog show, it straight up and leaves first chance it gets!
Hungry for more NARS Summer 2012? Noms right here…
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- It’s Cool to Be Warm: The NARS Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow Is Both Cool and Warm
- With NARS Liberté Blush, Tanned Cheeks Have the Freedom to Rock
- At NARS, Lips Play With Purple, Red and Rose for Summer 2012
- Have you Met Marie-Galante? She’s the NARS Duo Wearing Sheer, Sparkly Blue and Purple on Her Eye
Oh, well… I guess the quest for a NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil able to last all day long on my lids continues. For now, though, I will keep using Calabria along my lower lash line. I think it’s actually great for creating a soft, diffused liner look.
Normally, when I want that watercolor-like look of barely-there liner along my lower lashes, I draw dots along my lower lash line, and then blend everything together with a brush tip or sponge, but with Calabria, all I have to do is swipe it once along my lower lashes, blend out the edge with a finger, and voilà! Done.
Added plus? It stays there for 5-6 hours.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at NARS counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: C+/B- (lovely color, but it refuses to stick around on my lids)
To infinity and beyond!
Shoot, I’ll be happy to make it till Friday.
You know what I need? I think I need late-night fro-yo. I gotta hook that up.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. How’s it going tonight? I’m just about to watch Jason Bourne Buys a Zoo. Wait — I think that’s what it’s called…