It’s funny to me that NARS chose to call their new Soft Touch Shadow Pencil from the spring 2012 collection a name like Dark Rite ($24), unless they meant it as a question.
Dark, right? Even though it’s not. But at least that would leave the door open for a different answer, LOL! — one more fitting of such a shimmery, enchanting blue.
First time I saw the name, I thought, rainy Sundays and elevator muzak, and pictured a slow, sad ride down an elevator at 2 a.m. on my way home from working as a pawn for the man.
Yup, been there, done that.
But then I saw the color, and this Dark Rite is not at all like that. It’s more like high school graduation — when everyone throws their blue caps way up into the air, or like those desktop wallpapers of scenic sapphire oceans that come with a new computer.
‘Course, as much as I like the color, I think the pencil is a tad high maintenance for me. I’m lazy, after all, and it starts to crease very soon after application, even when I apply it atop the mother of all eyeshadow primers, NARS Pro-Prime.
The effect’s kinda cool, I guess, if you’re striving for that glossy, messy rock-n-roll look like Kesha, but I can’t pull it off. On me, I think it just looks weird and wrong.
I also tried wearing it as a base, and when I did it fared pretty well when I applied powder shadows on top. I cross-pollinated brands and gave it a whirl with MAC Freshwater, a vivid, shimmery blue, and really liked the result.
When it comes to Dark Rite all by itself, though, I do love the color, but for $24, I want something that I’m sure I’ll be able to wear on its own.
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,