Lo! What manner of marvelousness do I see before me? ‘Tis a smokey eye lover’s dream!
New from NARS, the new Eye-Opening Act spring collection is freakin’. Gorgeous.
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to push myself out of my smokey eye comfort zone, but dayum, girl! — this launch is not making that easy.
With a focus on eyes…
Did you get that? “…a focus on eyes”? Ha! You know what they say — a bad pun a day keeps the dentist away. 🙂
The eight-piece limited edition release is, for the time being, available now exclusively at Nordstrom (as if I needed another excuse to shop there!), but it also arrives at NARS boutiques and the NARS website March 15.
If the thought of waiting till two days before St. Patrick’s Day pains your makeup-loving heart and you want to jump on these products meow, here’s the gist: two powder eyeshadow palettes (one warm, one cool), a brand-spankin’ new line of creamy stick shadows with a velvety matte finish, and a new shade of Illuminating Multiple.
Yesterday I wore the $48 warm palette, cutely named Yeux Irresistible, and here’s a testament to how bomb NARS powder eyeshadows are: I was already wearing my foundation and concealer when I started the smokey cat eye portion of the look I’m wearing in these pics…
As you can tell, dark shades are in the house, like the warm brown in my crease, the shimmery sable/coppery red on my lid, and the dark black in the outer corner.
Forty-five minutes into the eye look, I realized something…
There was hardly any fallout. Like, almost none at all. And these are fairly intense colors — the kind that almost always leave at least a little fallout under my eyes — but I hardly had to do any cleanup at all, so two big paws up to NARS for that.
The two palettes in the release aren’t just gorgeous. They’re also easy to blend. Plus, they leave behind almost zero fallout, which adds up to a NARS dream come true if you frequently have a hard time figuring out which shades are warm and which shades are cool.
The collection also marks the launch of an exciting new line of matte cream shadow sticks. You can use the new Velvet Shadow Sticks ($28 each) in a variety of ways, including as a base on your lids, upon which you apply other shadows, or use them as straight-up eyeshadows, which is what I did in this look. I’m using Flibuste, the black shade, in a cat eye shape in the outer corners.
I like, I like! After you put these on, you have a few minutes to play with them, and blend, and sloosh them around before they set, and once that happens, they don’t budge for the rest of the day.
They currently come in five basic shades (black, brown, gray, blue and purple) but by “basic” I don’t mean boring. I mean basic as in highly wearable workhorse shades you can wear all time. If you like wearing smokey, smudgy eye looks as much as moi, you’ll love these.
Oh, I just remembered! — I also like these for lining my lash lines. What I do is load an angled brush by running it across the top of one of the sticks, then I use it to line my lash lines.
Very pretty for cat liner with a hazy, smoked-out edge.
Lastly, we have a new shade of Illuminating Multiple. Introducing St. Lucia ($39)…
Ya know, I have a complex relationship with shimmery NARS Multiples like St. Lucia. I love ’em for, like, real life, because they’re easy to apply, I can use my fingers to blend them, I can wear them on my eyes, lips and cheeks, and they have an effortless, dewy shimmer that isn’t too in yo’ face.
Buuut, in photos, I dunno. Sometimes I feel like they invite my pores to the party, when I really didn’t want them invited at all…
St. Lucia does that. Super pretty though, especially if want a soft pink knock-around color to wear while out and about, kicking @ss and taking names, that kind of thing. But for serving face in front of a camera, watch out for those pores, ma.
The eight-piece NARS Eye-Opening Act includes…
Velvet Shadow Stick in Flibuste, a matte black, $28
Velvet Shadow Stick in Dark Angel, a matte brown, $28.
Velvet Shadow Stick in Reykjavik, a matte gray, $28
Velvet Shadow Stick in Glenan, a matte dark blue, $28
Velvet Shadow Stick in Nunavut, a matte purple, $28
Illuminating Multiple in St. Lucia, a sheer shimmery rose, $39
Eyeshadow Palette in Yeux Irresistible, $28
- All About Eve, a flesh-toned neutral with shimmer
- Jezebel, a shimmery sable
- Thunderball, a midnight gray
- Colombo, a vintage gold shimmer
- Brousse, a sable
- Coconut Grove, a deep brown
Eyeshadow Palette in Inoubliable Coup D’Oeil, $48
- Dalliance, a dusty lilac stone
- Pyla, a smokey hunter green
- Sidi Bou Said, a blackened grape
- Pandora, a sheer white shimmer
- Luberon, an iridescent sand with rose golden sheen
- Pandora, a matte black
Your friendly neighborhood NARS addict,