Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

If you were using NARS Outremer Eyeshadow, how would you wear it?

What products would you use? Where would you wear it? Would it be the star of the look? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Quick Eyes with NARS Delphes & Outremer

This is just an eye look, because I had applied this was a wear test I was conducting with several of NARS’ fall products, so I actually did not have anything else on my cheeks/lips at the time!  (In fact, this was a really rushed/hurried look, and I did not intend to post it other than to show the wear of the eyeliner.)  I have included a breakdown and additional photos of the eye look in response to readers’ requests. :)

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof all over the lid and above the crease with the 249 to lay down your eyeshadow base.  Apply Delphes (pale green) all over the lid with the 239, and then lightly sweep and diffuse Delphes (gray)  into the crease with the 222.  Darken the crease with Outremer eyeshadow with the 239 held at a horizontal angle, and lightly blend towards the outer corner and lid.  Diffuse the crease edge with Trench eyeshadow using the 217.  Next, apply Via Veneto eyeliner on the lower water line and lower lash line. Coat lashes with Film Noir mascara to finish the look.

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Sunday, July 24th, 2011

NARS Outremer Eyeshadow

NARS Outremer Eyeshadow

NARS Outremer Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright true blue,” but it leans a little indigo–there is a touch of purple there. It’s not quite a true blue. It has a matte finish, and it definitely qualifies as an intense shade of blue. MAC Cobalt is a touch more indigo (and it has even more texture issues), while MAC Atlantic Blue is a touch bluer. Inglot #388 is very similar but has a smoother, silkier texture. Make Up For Ever #159 is bluer.

Outremer has some initial texture issues–it is dry, almost chalky, and stiff to work with when swatched. It’s easier to use when applied with a brush to the lid, but the drier texture requires more finesse when blending, because it’s not as blendable as a smoother, silkier matte would be. For me, it doesn’t work well applied without a base (as NARS eyeshadows are touted to be long-wearing and crease-resistant when worn)–it’s was somewhat uneven and difficult to diffuse. It works infinitely better over a base, and to be honest, I’ve never found a matte in this particular hue that’s a dream to work with (Inglot #388 being the closest). At least it gives brands a challenge, I suppose…

Again, this is a shade that applies better than it seems when first swatched. I wouldn’t rely on the results of a swatch definitively–trying it on is really the way to go. It ended up being much like NARS Daphne (but it did have a softer texture in comparison), which looked pitiful swatched but lovelier in practice.

It is a fussier eyeshadow, though, and it tends to live up to the stubborn reputation of mattes rather than disprove it.  One of my favorite eyeshadows is MAC Atlantic Blue (which is similar but a touch bluer), and it has a lot of the same downsides as Outremer–and for me, the resulting color makes the effort worth it, but it is purely a personal preference and doesn’t minimize the shortcomings in texture of this product overall.

The Glossover



This eyeshadow is not for someone who is looking for a one-and-done kind of product. It's fussy enough that it takes some patience to apply well and blend out. The color, undoubtedly, will sell itself, even if the texture is less impressive.











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