I often find myself approaching my makeup collection like a game of Scrabble. I know I have a major point scoring word right in front of me, but somehow I just can’t quite visualize what it is — only to realize later that I passed over a big hit time and time again. The same unfortunate haze sets in when I regard my shadow drawer. I know what’s there and I know the potential that all of the incredible and carefully selected products have; yet I struggle to grasp their individual or collective potential.
Karen and Tabs gave me a straightforward prompt: write about an unsung product that I couldn’t be without chez-Getting Cheeky. I tend to over-think things though (see the Scrabble analogy above), and this prompt ended up becoming an exercise in why I should be more attentive to the capabilities of all the products in my collection rather than a select few. One such much-loved, long term favorite that I shattered and subsequently repurchased is NARS Galapagos eyeshadow ($24). For some incomprehensible reason I allowed this brand new shadow to sit unloved in my drawer until now. I’m left wondering why? It’s a one-shade wonder!
In my book, the mark of a perfect product is something that can be used in many different ways. Galapagos checks all my boxes in that respect. At first swatch it seems quite light on the pigmentation: one might even go so far as to say that it’s a disappointment in comparison to the rich appearance of the shadow in the pan. Like many powder shadows NARS offers Galapagos is a sleeper hit. Don’t write this shade off before you watch it transform before your eyes. Build the color for a complex but diffused soft brown, or apply wet for a rich shimmering fudge. What NARS simply describes as a “coconut bronze with gold flecks” is so much more. In my time with Galapagos I’ve found ways to use this shadow dry, wet, blended, smudged and as a straight line. This shadow shines in every application.
My signature look and personal favorite way to apply Galapagos is as a quick cat eye using a little bit of MAC’s Fix + and a shadow brush. The gold flecks seem to rise to the surface of the deep chocolate brown base, a liner shade that would look magnificent against any eye color. For a night out, I used to adore applying Galapagos dry and sheering out the shade concentrating the darkest part of the color toward my lashes and blending upward for a hazy smoky look. Feeling adventurous? Applying Galapagos wet makes for one seriously pigmented espresso smoky eye.
The long-running Makeup and Beauty Blog Unsung Heroes series features much-loved permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.
Ultimately NARS products are like art supplies: what you see isn’t always what you get. (And I mean that in the best way possible.) What seems like a lightly pigmented shimmering brown is a multi-use wonder shadow that requires the artist (that’s you!) to realize its full potential.
How do you best like to wear NARS Galapagos shadow? Do you have any unloved shadows in your collection?