Like a bold accent necklace or a fun, floral scarf, bright blue NARS Outremer Single Eyeshadow ($23) does add a certain something special to a makeup maven’s look.
That said, could I see myself wearing it every single day? No, probably not, because I don’t think it’s that kind of shade, which is not to say it isn’t flexible. Oh, no. It most certainly is.
NARS designed the mostly matte blue Outremer (see the tiny silver sparkles?), the French word for “overseas,” to contrast with the softer green, peach, taupe and rose eyeshadows in the fall collection.
“Fall is the perfect time to play with dramatic shades, bold color and rich textures, like a bright blue eye or a stormy gray nail.
I like the look of a bright blue eye and a pale pink lip, achieved with Outremer Eyeshadow and Pago Pago Lipstick. It’s striking and modern.”
– Francois Nars
Mission accomplished. Striking, it is, and flexible, too, easy to build from sheer to intense in just a few layers.
Swatches of Outremer (applied on top of NARS Smudge-proof Eye Primer) from the left: one layer; four layers; and applied wet
Merci, Monsieur Francois, for making Outremer as flexible as you did. It’s almost as if you had afternoon errands in mind. Here in Novato, where sleeveless fleece and crocs abound, I don’t usually (notice how I didn’t say “ever”) hit the Target dressed like I’m on my way to a Lady Gaga concert. For me, wearable daytime eye makeup is a must, and a light wash of Outremer on my lids gives a little color to my look without leaving me looking totally cra-zay-zay at the store.
And when I do have a party or a fun event to attend (or just feel like wearing a blue cat eye to buy mango bars at Trader Joe’s), Outremer is there, ready to ramp up by applying it wet, or by building the color in layers (four’s my sweet spot).
Additional NARS Fall 2011 makeup in this look: Pago Pago Lipstick ($24) on lips and the rose side of Grand Palais Duo Eyeshadow ($33) on cheeks
The smooth, buttery texture glides like a dream, but the matte finish and high level of pigment can make blending out the edges a little tricky. I think it helps to have a good blending brush nearby; I like my results when I use a flat eyeshadow brush with Outremer. The compact, dense brush head gives me good control during application while minimizing the minor fallout that appears beneath my eyes.
I’m smitten with this shadow; I think it’s a perfect special occasion shade. If your makeup collection is fully stocked with the basics and you’re looking for a flexible way to branch out into blue, consider NARS Outremer.
The eyeshadows in this release seem to lean toward the cooler end of the spectrum, but I find this one to be the easiest one to wear with my warm (NC42) skin.
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to NARS counters and online July 15
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
Is there such a thing as too much watermelon?
No, seriously, is there? When my parents visited last weekend, they brought a HUGE watermelon with them. I finally cut into it yesterday, and, uh, ate half of it in one sitting.
Must have been five pounds of watermelon. So juicy… So sweet…
When I tapped on my distended tummy afterward, it made a hollow knock-knock noise just like I was tapping on…a watermelon, haha!
Do you like watermelon? How about cantaloupe? Which do you prefer?
For more on the NARS Fall 2011 collection…
- NARS Fall 2011: Aphrodite Herself Would Call the Delphes Trio Eyeshadow Cool
- The NARS Fall 2011 Collection Is Calling the Cool Girls to Come Over
- NARS Fall 2011: With the Grand Palais Duo Eyeshadow, NARS Does Neutral Eyes with a Twist
- NARS Fall 2011: Thereâ€™s Something Sketchy about Galion Nail Polish
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,