CCL |ˈsē ˈsē ˈel|
1 Short for Crazy Cat Lady. One who spends inordinate amounts of time talking to cats, taking pictures of cats, and wearing cat-themed attire: if you wear a t-shirt that reads, “Tabby, or not tabby — that is the question,” you might be a CCL.
This is going to sound totally CCL (what else in new?), but the main reason I’ve been dying to get my paws on the NARS Calanque Eyeshadow Trio ($45) is because the colors remind me of my favorite husky tabby.
That I know I’ll be able to wear each of the three powder eyeshadows — a sheer shimmery beige with silver glitter, a pigmented pearly golden beige and a shimmery brownish khaki — every day is just a bonus (I’m a ho for neutrals).
Yeah, $45… C’mon, Francois, give a girl a break. Why so pricey? The darkest of the palette’s three shadows even drops a little fallout when I use it to give depth to the outer corners of my eyes, or when I’m lining my lash lines with it. Granted, it’s not as bad as the fallout from the brown shade in Clinique’s Milly Pretty for Prints Palette, which deposits an obnoxious amount of shadow on my cheeks, but it’s still noticeable enough to make me snarl (“hrmph!”) at the price.
Calanque swatches with the flash; for reference, I’m an NC35
Without the flash
The two lighter shadows, however, are straight outta my lusty neutral eyeshadow dreams — smooth and soft, like that first touch of skin against skin.
MAC fiends may recognize the lightest shade on the left. Doesn’t it look like a sheerer version of MAC Brule but with loads of delicate glitter? And the middle shade (LOVE IT) reminds me of a slightly taupe-ier version of MAC Ricepaper.
No doubt, NARS is asking a lot for Calanque ($45), but collectors and others who can live with a little fallout from the darkest shade might still want to take a look.
AVAILABILITY: At NARS counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
You might like NARS Calanque if…
- You love NARS and neutral eye looks
- You can stomach the steep price
- You’re a die-hard fan of the brand
For more on the NARS spring 2011 collection, check out…
- NARS Spring 2011: A Few Lipstick and Gloss Combos to Consider
- NARS Spring 2011: Super Orgasm and Angelika Lip Glosses Usher in the Season Early
- Warming Up to the NARS Spring 2011 Collection
- A New Look at NARS Spring 2011 with Tzigane, Hollywoodland, Bateau Ivre and Nouveau Monde
- When NARS Springs for 2011, He Won’t Be Blushing
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. It’s Friday night. Do you know where your felines are? Are you doing anything fun tonight? Come hell or high water, I am getting frozen yogurt tonight. That’s all I have to say. It is decided. THE END.