So I ended up with both the eyeshadow duos released with the High Seize collection for NARS’ Spring 2014 offerings. I mean, it was bound to happen. First up is the more coveted of the two—Kauai. It’s easily the more wearable of the two, with a gold lamé and dirty orchid instead of a blue and pink.
I still haven’t gotten it, since it’s extremely backordered (what up with that, Nordstrom?), but I couldn’t wait to post China Seas. Both duos are permanent additions to NARS beautiful lineup of eyeshadow duos.
I didn’t expect to pick up the other duo—China Seas—but I ended up doing so, and boy am I glad. NARS describes this duo as an “Iridescent turquoise with gold infusion” and an “Iridescent plum.” Judging from this description, I expected to be absolutely floored by the blue shade, alas I was not. It’s a pretty turquoise, but I don’t see much gold in it. The plum, on the other hand, has a smattering of cool blue/violet sparks in it. It’s so freaking pretty, I swear.
“How on earth are you going to wear that, Carina?” you might ask. Well, smartass, it’s all in the layering…
BAM! This is the blue, the plum, and the blue under the plum, swatched. Who’s unwearable now? Apart from transforming into such a beautiful bold steely purple, the resulting shade is so complex, carrying over the sparks from the plum unto itself. Here, you can see a little bit of the “gold infusion” reportedly in the turquoise shade.
Even the plum looks so pretty. What does it look like on the eyes, though?
BAM! So pretty. I love this duo more than I thought I would, which is great because I thought I had lost my mind when I bought a blue/purple duo.
I can’t get over the smattering of blue sparks all over! I wore this layered on the lid with the plum on the outer corner, crease and outer half of the lower lash line, and the blue on the inner half of the lower lash line.
Added some liquid liner, mascara, and a brown pencil liner smudged on top of the plum on the lower lash line, for a bit more definition as the plum leans a bit red. Score one more for NARS!
So, that’s about all that I picked up from the collection. I wasn’t really feeling anything else from it, thank the Lord. I did, however, ended up picking up the NARSissist eyeshadow palette. I mean, of course.
(I mean me.)