While I can’t say I embrace the idea of autumn with all my heart (at least not in August), there are some autumn pieces I wouldn’t mind wearing right now. NARS Telesto and Pasiphae Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows are prime examples of that!
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (1,5 grams/0,05 oz. 27 euros) isn’t new news, but I haven’t tried any till now. These single eyeshadows work both dry and damp for either a “sophisticated sheer finish” or a high-impact one. For some reason I had imagined them to be a lot bigger, but here you see them next to one of their regular duos for size comparison. The rubberized surface is typically NARS. The compact has a mirror, and it snaps shut with a magnet.
The shades, oh the shades!
Telesto is a bronzy brown that is pretty opaque dry, but becomes even more intense damp. In all honesty, I can’t call this shade unique, because who doesn’t have 10 bronzy browns sitting around by now? Nevertheless, there is no denying that is is a beautiful shade that is easy to wear, easy to pair, and easy to love!
NARS Telesto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow swatch dry/damp:
Don’t look away yet if you deem Telesto as too ordinary. The real star here is Pasiphae!
I don’t even know where to begin, because Pasiphae is unique in my rather vast collection of khaki-ish shades (you recently saw MAC Sea Worship and Giorgio Armani Green Iron). Here is how I’d describe it (on my NC 30 skin golden/olive skin tone): Pasiphae has a golden khaki sheen over a murky, warm brown base. However, on my eyes, it is the emerald green micro-glitter that stands out the most. It is actually a duochrome, but the shift is not strong. I mainly see the micro-glitter sparkling like crazy when I turn my head! Pasiphae is densely-pigmented both dry and damp.
NARS Pasiphae Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow swatch dry/damp:
I see great potential in Pasiphae. It is without a doubt a shade that will look different on different skin tones and with different combinations. I do detect shimmer fallout both during and after application. However, I think it is possible to minimize or even eliminate that by applying with a fingertip (the brush doesn’t seem like the best option for holding on to all the shimmer).
For the look, I used Telesto dry in the inner corners, damp on the inner third of the lid, Pasiphae dry in the center of the lid, and damp over my lower lash line. I added depth to the outer third with Guerlain Brownie & Clyde.
The bonus part of this post is the mini NARS Orgasm Illuminator I received as gift with purchase.
NARS Orgasm Illuminator is a peachy liquid highlighter. Unfortunately, this one gets a pretty firm no from me because it really doesn’t illuminate much at all. I am all for subtle highlighters, but assuming you don’t want to pile it on (I know I don’t), not much is left at all once you blend it out.
NARS Orgasm Illuminator closeup:
NARS Orgasm Illuminator swatch:
Most of the time my issue with NARS is the overdose of shimmer, so I suppose this is some kind of progress. Then again, there are definitely better liquid highlighters out there!
If I were to recommend one piece, I say Pasiphae is an interesting eyeshadow to own! I do like Telesto, but it will depend on how many similar shades you can find in your stash.
How about you? Have you picked up anything from NARS Private Screening? How would you wear Pasiphae?