You know sometimes how you keep on putting off buying certain things, but then can’t get them out of your head that you eventually cave? Yep, that’s the situation right here. These are two NARS makeup items that I finally got around to “crossing off” my imaginary shopping list—the Eyeshadow Duo in Charade and the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned.
The eyeshadow duo is, I admit, very much an influence of Ingrid/Missglamorazzi on YouTube. When she started her channel, she was pretty much a NARS loyalist, so I knew I could count on her opinion when it comes to eyeshadow duos. I actually went into NARS to buy this, but was unimpressed and left with both Grand Palais and Dogon instead.
Well, I couldn’t forget about Charade.
This time around, I was very enamored with Charade, and looking at the shades—a Matte smoky plum and a Muted mauve—I wonder what made me pass on them. You can wear the shimmery shade all over the lid, lightly defined by the matte shade, or layered over each other, it becomes the perfect light, one-shadow wash to perk up your eyes.
Here, I just wore it like I always wear my eyeshadows—light shade all over the lid with the darker one in the crease and outer corner for depth and definition. I also used the purpley shade, smudged on my lower lash line. I defined it further with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crave and some smudgey mascara.
I’m quite happy with this duo, so I’m glad I finally picked it up. In the matte lip pencil department, I have Damned, a deep burgundy/wine color. ‘Tis quite vampy, which I love.
I am pretty happy with my purchases! I’ve been binging on NARS, which has a reputation for being inconsistent with product quality, so I’m happy my picks aren’t duds.