I haven’t been keeping up with the holiday collections at all lately (let’s face it- I’ve never been good at that), so when I had a look/swatch at the NARS stand over the weekend, it was the first time I had seen any of the ‘Laced With Edge’ holiday 2014 collection. When I swatched Gabon, it was instant love.
NARS says.. ” A new formulation in limited edition shades, created exclusively for the NARS LACED WITH EDGE Holiday Color Collection, Hardwired Eyeshadow redesigns NARS’ iconic powdered pigments with intense iridescence for a new feminine dimension.”
Gabon is a powder eyeshadow with a dark greyish khaki base, a metallic olive sheen, and some gold micro glitter that looks beautiful when it catches the light. I found it difficult to capture the complexity of Gabon with the available lighting in my apartment, so you’ll just need to use your imagination here.
Swatches of various shimmery olive eyeshadows for comparison: (from left)- NARS Gabon, Urban Decay Dark Horse, olive shade from the Dior Bonne Etoile quad, MAC Sumptious Olive.
Pigmentation is excellent, and Gabon applies fairly easily onto the lid – it’s not quite as buttery as the shadows in Surabaya Duo, but softer than many of NARS’ other offerings (e.g. the rose colour in Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo, and the dark colour in NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo) . The gold microshimmer disappears a little after blending, so I like to pat a little bit more product with a flat brush right at the end.
Longevity is about average for a powder eyeshadow on my oily lids, and crease resistance is above average. Slight fading after about 4 hrs, noticable fading after 6hours; slight creasing at 6-8 hours.
Read more after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Mar 2nd, 2015 in Eye shadow, FOTD, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 110400 comments. NARS+Gabon+Hardwired+Eyeshadow+Review+and+FOTD2015-03-01+23%3A58%3A24myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11040
I seem to be having an ongoing love affair with warm eyeshadows this year- since getting my hands on the Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita eyeshadow quad, and the NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow duo, I feel like wearing nothing else but variations on reddish burgundy.
- Too Faced shadow Insurance to prime.
- Matte camel shade from Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Quad applied all over the top lid with a fluffy brush.
- Becca Eye Tint in Gilt applied to the inner 2/3 of the upper lid, stopping before the crease.
- Yellow toned copper shade from NARS Surabaya Duo (left side) packed on to the inner 1/2 of the upper lid, and blended under inner 1/2 of the bottom lashline.
- Burgundy bronze shade from the right side of Surabaya applied heavily to the outer V, taking colour further out towards the temple, and lightly blended in crease.
- Same burgundy bronze blended under bottom lashline, concentrating colour on the outer 1/2 of bottom lid and connecting to the colour on the top lid.
- Bobbi Brown Espresso Ink Gel Eyeliner to line upper and lower lashline and waterlines.
Chanel Revelation Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Lips:myfunnyvalentine on Aug 20th, 2014 in Eye shadow, FOTD, NARS | 107080 comments. Copper+and+Burgundy+Warm+Smoky+Eye%3A+NARS+Surabaya+FOTD2014-08-20+01%3A11%3A06myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10708
I have been looking for a quality deep rusty red-brown, as well as a dark yellow toned copper (without brassy undertones) for some time now, and I’ve never really been completely satisfied with anything that I had seen up until I swatched NARS Surabaya duo at my local Mecca Cosmetica. This duo is EXACTLY the two colours and finishes and quality that I’ve been searching for, in one handy little package.
The right side of NARS Surabaya is a rich dark terracotta with a subtle burgundy sheen. The left side is a deep mustard copper (sans red undertones). Beautiful shades for fall.
Both shades have astonishingly good pigmentation and buttery texture- so much so that you could easily pick up way too much product if you use any more force than a delicate dab onto the pan. I’ve complained about the dryness and challenging blendability of many NARS eyeshadows- but this duo is exceptional, and gives Rouge Bunny Rouge a run for it’s money.
My only qualm about this product is that the intensity tends to fade on my oily lids after a few hours, even with my usual TFSI eyeshadow primer. A coloured base helps, but I wish this was a product that stood up to a day’s wear on it’s own. Looking at other reviews, I don’t see anyone else really having this issue so, it’s probably just my unlucky lids.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on May 16th, 2014 in Eye shadow, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 102290 comments. NARS+Surabaya+Eyeshadow+Duo%3A+Review%2C+Swatches%2C+EOTD2014-05-16+04%3A31%3A12myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10229
A couple of weeks back, Indigo Kir Royale and I did a combined Selfridges order. It was really very naughty of me to buy more makeup given my recent reckless spending (makeup and food, mostly), but I couldn’t pass up a chance to get my hands on some Charlotte Tilbury.
www.selfridges.com ships directly to Australia, and although the shipping is expensive (a flat rate 25 pounds) – it is not too bad when shared between two or more. Plus, it’s fast. When purchasing from them, the VAT is taken off the full price (second column in the invoice after the jump)- depending on what you buy, you still end up paying significantly less than Australian prices.
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Dolce Vita
NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Surabaya
NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil in Hopi
Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Mulberry
Reviews to come!
Keep reading after the jumpmyfunnyvalentine on Mar 19th, 2014 in Haul, laura mercier, NARS | 100901 commentSelfridges+Haul%3A+Charlotte+Tilbury%2C+NARS%2C+Laura+Mercier2014-03-19+03%3A27%3A59myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10090
I purchased the NARS Eye Paints at the end of last year because I loved how Mozambique and Iskandar looked on swatches I had seen on Temptalia. The colours were so saturated and opaque, and different from anything I had in my cream eyeshadow collection. After using these for the past few months I’m undecided as to whether it was a worthwhile investment.
Mozambique (25 USD, 40AUD) is a yellow toned matte green that reminds me of army combat apparel. Such a stunning, unique colour, and very intensely pigmented-t was love at first swipe. The wear time and fade/budge/crease resistance is out of this world too. FYI you will need an oil based cleanser and some elbow grease to remove this at the end of the day- it really is war paint.
However. After a few weeks of opening, the product had gone from beautifully creamy and easy to apply, to very thick and almost impossible to blend evenly on the eye unless you’re working with a very small area closest to the lashline (the EOTD pictures below were taken with the first few days of opening the product) It’s still usable if you layer a small amount on top of a similarly coloured shadow so the patchiness is less obvious- but it’s a lot of work. I still use this from time to time, because the colour is so gorgeous and longevity is so good. I use my index finger to apply cream shadows. If anyone has tricks to revive dry cream shadows I’d love to hear it!
Iskander (25 USD, 40AUD) is a sheer-ish true gold. I find that this works best applied as a thin layer of golden shimmer on top of another eyeshadow- if you try and layer it to achieve better opacity I find that it just gets patchy and flaky (as shown in my EOTD attempt below, which was 3 layers of Iskander). This is a bit disappointing because I purchased this under the impression that it was an opaque molten gold, like I had seen in swatches and in the NARS promo images. The texture is creamy and easily blendable and the shimmer is gorgeous, but god knows I don’t need yet another sheer gold cream eyeshadow in my collection. if you’re in the market for a semi-sheer true gold and don’t mind dropping the $$ for a cream eyeshadow, then this might be for you.
Keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Mar 17th, 2014 in Eye shadow, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 94160 comments. NARS+Eye+Paint+Iskandar+and+Mozambique%3A+Review+and+Swatches+2014-03-17+05%3A52%3A23myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9416
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