The long-running Unsung Heroes series here on Makeup and Beauty Blog features some of my all-time favorite permanent collection products.
OK, that word is hard to spell. For me. It’s like “fuchsia” and “necessary.” In the 10 minutes I’ve been sitting here trying to write about this fantastic Velvet Shadow Stick from NARS, I’ve had to look at the packaging and mentally spell out the word (R-e-y-k-j-a-v-i-c) at least 10 times, LOL!
WHY CAN’T I SPELL THIS WORD?!
I should be able to. I want to be able to, because this velvety $28 matte cream masterpiece of an eyeshadow is SO PRETTY. It’s my NARS November smoky eye BFF, and one should be able to spell the name of their smoky eye BFF, right?
The word is also the name of the capital and largest city of Iceland.
NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Rejkavic…
Wait — Reyk-ja-vic — works as a bad-@ss base for smoky eyes. Lots of different colors of smoky eyes.
At a glance, it can look like a dark gunmetal gray, but it completely depends on the lighting and any other colors you layer it with. Sometimes, it leans more toward a bluish gray; other times, a blackened gray. It’s a surprisingly complex cream shadow, and it works with a ton of different color combos. I’ve been wearing it a lot lately as a lid base for smoky brown, black, blue and gray eyes.
Yup, I’m kind of a smoky eye addict, as you’re probably well aware. 🙂
What I really like about it, though, is what it does for my powder eyeshadows. When I apply them on top of Reykjavic, it makes them look incredibly intense.
This is in contrast to other, drier bases, like the MAC Paint Pots, or cream shadows that set right away. Most of the time I have to keep adding layers upon layers of my powder eyeshadows to build up the color, but Reykjavik (yes, I had to look at the packaging again, LOL!) stays wet for about 10 minutes and really intensifies the color of any shadows layered on top.
It doesn’t fight me either. It’s very easy to blend shadows on top of it, which is another reason why I like using it for smoky eyes.
Oh, and bonus? Once it has dried, it doesn’t move on my lids, which are sort of indecisive and can’t decide if they’re more oily than dry (they’re mostly dry, but also a little bit oily).
Now that I think about it, Reykjavic reminds me of a matte cream shadow version of Laura Mercier’s epic Stormy Grey eyeliner, so if you’re a fan of that color (as am I), you’ll probably also like Reykjavic.
Give this hard-to-spell hero a try if you’re all about #datsmokyeyelife.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,