NARS Eyeshadow Duo in “Tokyo”

I’ve written about NARS eyeshadows in the past — my favorites being the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in “Cordura” and the NARS Single Eye Shadow in “Blondie.” Recently, however, I’ve been really into the NARS Eyeshadow Duo in “Tokyo.” Best of all, I love how the duos come with a sturdy mirror and modern, complementary shades.

The duos consist of a “long-wearing, crease-resistant formula [that] is uniquely paired in dazzling and creative color combinations, expertly coordinated by François Nars. Worn together or alone, these shades are richly pigmented and can be applied sheer or built up for a more dramatic effect. Used wet, these shadows also double as eyeliners.” I’ve been gravitating toward the “Tokyo” duo because it’s been great on a every day basis with its “silver shimmer/ lavender shimmer” shades.

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The best excuse for this duo is that it’s unique. While I own mainly neutral tones and eyeshadows that are “every day” and “wearable,” I found that the “Tokyo” duo is a great way to integrate something different with my usual every day looks. In the pan, I feel like it looks quite drab; but, on the skin, it’s reflective in a nice way without looking like it’s too much. Another great thing about these two shades is that it adds a little something extra to dark, smokey eyes, so in a very true sense, it’s quite multi-tasking.

Made in Canada.
Retails for $35.00 USD.

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in “Cordura”

Finding new gems is the best part of collecting and testing out makeup. And, as you know, I’m a big fan of NARS eyeshadows in general. In the past, I’ve written posts about the NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Cinematic Eye Shadow in “Mississippi Mermaid” and the NARS Single Eye Shadow in “Blondie” — and they’re still well used in my collection.

This post will focus on the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in “Cordura” because of MakeupByTiffanyD as usual. Her newest video called My Favorite Soft & Simple Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial was my most recent obsession this week; and, I was on the hunt for the duo she featured in the video. I tracked mine down at Nordstrom since it was sold out at Sephora.

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“Cordura” is a duo that features both a warm shimmery brown shade and a dark shimmery brown shade. The complementary shades work well to bring a modern take on the smokey eye. While you can build it up to be dark and smokey, you can also layer the colors thinly to get a gradient and more natural look for the day. This “long-wearing, crease-resistant formula is uniquely paired in dazzling and creative color combinations” that have been expertly coordinated. The colors are rich in pigment, smooth and buttery, and are long-lasting even without primer.

I’d always recommend NARS eyeshadows and their range of products in general. However, this duo is special for its versatility and unique brown shades. In a world of neutrals, it’s hard to find unique brown shades when all I own are good brown shades. The browns in this duo are more golden-brown and give the perfect amount of depth and dimension to the lids.

Retails for $35.00 USD.

NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Cinematic Eye Shadow in “Mississippi Mermaid”

Previously, I wrote a post about the NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Blush in “Day Dream”. I passed up the eyeshadows, but one did catch my attention before I left Sephora. Since then, I went back to get the shade that was tugging at my heartstrings called “Mississippi Mermaid”. As a limited edition product, availability may be limited. Some stores may still carry it, so if you’re interested in this particular line/shade, it’s best to get it now! :)

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“Mississippi Mermaid” is a champagne-peachy shade that looks like nothing special in the pan. In fact, even swatched, this shade may not be for everyone. This shadow can be applied dry or with a dampened brush for a more intense finish, but I choose to wear it dry like all my other eyeshadows. As with all of NARS’ products, pigmentation is impeccable so controlling the amount of product you apply is key to this shade. When applied with a heavy hand, the color looks chalky. But, once thinned out/blended, the shade is a warm, shimmery champagne-peachy shade that can be flattering.

I like to focus this shade in the inner corners of my eyes when I’m wearing a slightly darker look. Other days, when I’m in the mood, I’ll apply this shade all over the lids and follow with some eyeliner. It’s a great, but subtle way to create dimension on the lids without wearing a glittery/metallic shade.

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This shade is pretty and I liked “Mississippi Mermaid” the best out of all the other shadows in the Limited Edition Cinematic Eye Shadow range. The reflective tone is what makes the color unique and worth having in my collection. However, since it seems so basic, I can understand why this shade might’ve been passed up and overlooked! I recommend this color if it’s still available to you — it’s so great for the inner corners since it’s not stark white or too gold.

Product contains 0.07 oz.
Retails for $24.00 USD.
Made in USA.

What’s On My Face?

Many of you have been asking for posts on routines/looks so this is my take on a “current routine” post. As I’ve stated previously, my looks don’t change much day-to-day because I like the rather neutral look. However, since my products are constantly on rotation, it still makes the post worthwhile (or, at least I hope).

The products:
“Teddy” eye kohl by MAC
“Sketch” eyeshadow by MAC
“Nepal” eyeshadow by NARS
“Taupe” eyeshadow by NYX
Shisedio mascara base
MJ lash expander frame plus mascara
Prestige My Blackest Lashes mascara
KOJI lash curler

The eyelid:
“Nepal” is placed in the inner 1/3 of the lid and “Sketch” is lightly blended in the crease and the outer portion of the lid. I used the MAC 217 for all blending purposes. “Taupe” was placed above my crease to blend the top portion of the look together. I like to use “Taupe” for this much of the time because it’s a neutral, skin-tone shade that leans a bit brown and provides good contrast. That way, it doesn’t look like colors appear out of nowhere.

“Teddy” eyeliner was used to line my lower lashline. This is an impressive dark brown eyeliner that has subtle shimmers. It’s not stark like black, but not as dull and uninteresting like your regular dark brown eyeliner.

* For eyebrows (products not pictured), I used MAC “Espresso” with an angled liner brush.

The lashes:
As always, I curled my lashes with my KOJI lash curler, added mascara base, and layered my MJ mascara over it to hold the curl. After it dries for a few minutes, I coated My Blackest Lashes over it for maximum volume, thickness, and darkness.

The rest of my face is quite simple. For me it’s all about face products that will make it through a hot Texas day. Prior to makeup application, I used my Hydra Beauty serum and skipped the moisturizer. This, on its own, provides an instant moisturized and plumped effect – yippee! Afterwards, my trusty sunscreen was applied before applying my Vitalumiere Aqua foundation in B10.

For this, I used Sephora’s buffing brush for an airbrushed effect. MAC’s “Pink Tea” blush was applied using the MAC 116; “Phloof” eyeshadow (MAC) was used as a cheek highlight because of its opalescent pinkish glow that it gives the skin.

Strangely, I don’t enjoy using “Phloof” on my brow bone like everyone else as a brow highlight. It’s just so pinky-white that it look unnatural and too obvious. For months this color went neglected until I thought about putting it on my cheeks as a regular highlight.

It’s a little unconventional, but I think it’s a great multi-tasking product (and it’s super for traveling since it’s the size of an eyeshadow).

Technically, the Hydra Beauty Serum and Shiseido sunscreen are skin care items. However, without them, makeup application would be pointless. It’s important to prep the skin well before anything so that your SKIN looks good. In my opinion, if your skin is looking good, so will your makeup.

Last year, I noticed the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation lasted surprisingly well when it got hotter. Also, the light texture is great so you don’t feel like you’re sweating your makeup off. “Pink Tea” blush is so pretty and it’s not just your regular, average pink color. It’s a milky tone that gives a bit of a glow to your cheeks – unfortunately, it’s SO similar to “Well Dressed” so I ended up returning that one.

How has your routine changed now that it’s warmer?

Thanks for reading.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)