NARS Coconut Grove Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, decadent dark chocolate. This is an intense brown–there is no subtly here. It’s one of the darkest browns I’ve seen without veering into black. I love the pigmentation of it, too. It doesn’t quiver in its boots! It charges straight ahead and goes on as dark as it looks in the pan. You gotta love when an eyeshadow looks exactly the same in the pan as it does in practice.
Unlike Daphne, Coconut Grove has no problem showing up to the party, no matter where it’s at! It swatches intensely, but more importantly, it applies the same way when used on the eye. I wore it in this smoky eye, and I had to do some furious blending to keep it from being too dark and sultry (just because I was pairing it with red lips, but it could have easily been left in its stronger form and paired with a nude lip). If pressed, I’d say this is a cooler brown, but I don’t think it leans very cool, and I liked it against my warmer skin tone as well.
According to NARS, this can be used wet as eyeliner, and since it’s incredibly deep in color and excellent in pigmentation, it could easily emphasize the eyes as eyeliner. I don’t think you’d have any trouble getting this to look smooth and pigmented in a tight line at all. From my experience, Coconut Grove is one of the best single eyeshadows by NARS to date.
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