On a scale of pink eyeshadow zombie-ness, with one being 100% human and 10 being 100% zombie, the NARS Bouthan Eyeshadow Duo gets a solid ONE. Human all the way!
First, it’s pink eyeshadow, and pink isn’t always the easiest color for me to wear on my eyes, especially bright pinks.
I always approach pink eyeshadows cautiously, because some of them can look a little sketchy (i.e., like I’ve been crying, or have been turned into zombie…a crying zombie).
Sometimes, though, when I find the right pink, everything just clicks.
And here’s a duo that falls into that category.
Maybe it’s because neither of these shades contains a lot of red, and reddish pinks, at least on my lids, enhance the zombie effect. The shadows in Bouthan are further from red and closer to purple on the color wheel.
Oh, and both of them sparkle! The darker purplish pink shade, especially, which looks very striking loaded with so much dense golden glitter.
Pink and glitter often add up to “scary!” — but not here. Both of these are user-friendly and brighten eyes surprisingly well.
I like to wear either of these — both of which, by the way, feel smooth, last all day long and blend like a dream — from my lash lines, and barely into the crease.
I’ll take a flat eyeshadow brush, pack either color on my lids, and blend out the edges with a domed shadow brush. Then, after curling my lashes and applying a layer or two of mascara — heck, I almost look wide awake!
It’s a neat effect, and one I didn’t expect from this duo.
For the record, I do see a small amount of fallout, but it’s so minimal that I’m like, “No big whoop.”
Life is challenging enough as it is, so why should pink eyeshadow have to be difficult?
With Bouthan, I guess it doesn’t! — and that’s my favorite thing about this duo.
That and the glitter.
There’s plenty of it here to satisfy the glitter junkies among us, for sure, and NARS somehow struck a beautiful balance between pigment and sparkle.
Pink plus glitter can go from great to tacky in the blink of an eye, but both of these shadows keep it elegant. Picture pink versions of NARS Night Star turned up a few notches.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at NARS counters and narscosmetics.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,