While playing with the new NARSissist Eye Palette, I gave the Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation in Deauville a spin as well.
It might look quite deep in the pan but as you can tell in the photo, it makes my face look much fairer, bringing out the contrast with my neck which is darker than my face. To be fair (ha!), my lamp’s direct glare whitens me out more than usual but I might have to pick up the next shade, Fiji, to approximate a colour match.
Tone aside, the light creamy texture glides on like a dream and blending is practically foolproof. However, your skin must be well-hydrated – you can’t really see it but my face was actually flaking and the skin texture very uneven. The initial close-up shot was quite unpleasant-looking; the foundie wasn’t streaky but it looked insubstantial and patchy. Thankfully, spritzes of a facial mist (Laboratoires Filorga Anti-Ageing Mist) helped to alleviate this. After a light dusting of Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, my skin looked smooth and camera-ready.
Lips were Nars Sheer Lipstick in Fast Ride over a stain of Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal for a soft touch of plum. Cheeks were Nars Blush in Seduction and Nars Blush in Nico (a subtle highlight).
Here’s a better photo of the look, taken by my son, in better lighting. :)
Here’s a close-up of the eye I did with five shades in the palette:
- Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
- Mekong on the lid
- Madrague I mixed into Mekong
- Madrague II in the socket, blending upwards
- Mekong and Ashes to Ashes over Nars Larger Than Life Long-wear Eyeliner in Madison Avenue (a creamy muted grey) on the lower lashline
- Pandora II pushed into the upper lash line
- Bali on the brows over Nars Brow Perfector in Caucase (a brown taupe)
Falsies are Starlash DB18, a beloved gradated flare style that fits my hooded lids perfectly. They’re available at Watsons at S$8.90.
I haven’t swatched all the shades in my palette yet but the ones I’d used for this look yielded excellent colour payoff and applied easily…I was quite surprised by how quickly this eye look was created, thanks to the smoothness and blendability of the colours I’d selected.
I was a little apprehensive because of the unevenness of pigment/texture I’d experienced when I swatched the tester palette, so this was a happy occurrence. I do hope the rest impress, when I finally play with them!
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