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Today I bring you a look using NARS Kauai and Timanfaya. I wish I could say I came up with this combination on my own, but I’d be lying…

NARS Kauai and Timanfaya I’m not sure I ever mentioned it, but I’m a sucker for purple eyeshadow. I’m not sure if it started when I realized I look really good in purple or if it was just seeing how good it looked with my brown eyes, but I’m always on the hunt for a good purple eyeshadow.

Then in walked the NARS High Seize Spring 2014 color collection, with its gorgeous model shot of the Kauai eyeshadow duo. Combined with the gorgeous orange lip, it was the prettiest, and spring-iest, thing I had seen in a long, long time. I blame this awful winter we had on the madness that made me buy them both. (Despite having other orange lipsticks…and purple eyeshadows…)

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The tip of my pencil came all wonky and I’ve had trouble keeping it on. (Like, it broke off, and I stuck it back on.)

I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t gasp out loud when I opened the eyeshadow. Because it’s so gorgeous, even just to look at. Photos don’t adequately capture it. But maybe swatches would help?

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Are you drooling yet? I am, and I own it!! Sometimes colored eyeshadows can be hard to work with, but these seriously go on like butter. I almost gasped again. The colors are so gorgeous, I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of them, both together and with other things.

On to more of my silly face!

NARS Kauai and Timanfaya Prime, base, powder, as desired. Prime eyelids or not, as you wish. I love the look of the gold over the purple, like in that model shot, so I used the purple color on the outer two-thirds of my eyes, then used the gold on the inner third and over the purple for another third. I also used the purple color under my lower lash line to set off my eyes. Just a note of warning: the gold color goes on heavy, so be precise in your application.

NARS Kauai and Timanfaya I used my beloved Surratt Autographique Liner in Chat Noir to line my upper eyes. I stayed pretty close to the lashline, except on the outer third, where I thickened it a little, to draw the downturned ends of my eyes up. (Yes, I’m obsessed with this flaw now.) I find that liners don’t really show up a lot or last in my waterline and/or creep down over the day, and read that a long-lasting kohl pencil should provide the color and the longevity. So I used my newly acquired Sephora Collection Long Lasting Kohl Pencil in Intense Black (I went for the budget option, and the jury is still out). I didn’t want a thick line; I wanted the purple to be the star, but to just give it a little more intensity. Finish it up with lots of mascara. I used my forever favorite, L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black.

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It looks good far…
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And closer up.

I know that the NARS pencils are already, well, pencils, but I still lined my lips with MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in What A Blast!, since my other Satin Pencil had a little bit of a creep to it. Then I added the Timanfaya, and POW! Color! Glorious color!!

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Pretty happy with this

I added some Bobbi Brown Coral Shimmer Blush to my cheekbones, since I know from experience that it looks gorgeous with orange lipsticks.

In general, NARS Satin Lip Pencils don’t have the longevity of their matte sisters, but they don’t dry your lips out. You definitely need to reapply, but with a color this gorgeous, it’s not really a problem. (Except for my stunted tip that broke off and I had to smush it back on. I don’t know how this is going to end well…)

If you’re afraid of a pure orange lipstick, a good option on the more tame side is Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Favorite, a beautiful coral color.

NARS Kauai and Timanfaya I used one of these photos as my new Facebook profile picture, and the response was overwhelming, so I guess people like it. 😉

It was an impulsive, possibly stupid, purchase, but je ne regrette rien!!

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10 comments on “FOTD: NARS Kauai and Timanfaya”

  1. I've been swatching that Nars duo the last few times I've gone into Sephora… I think it's time. Especially now that I see how good that purple would look with all of the orange lipsticks that I can't find anything but black liner to wear with!
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  2. Love the purple and gold shadow. It reminds me that I must get my purple going again. I'm a fan of your bright lips in other posts too. Dying to get my hands on All Fired Up but it's sold out all of our stockists. 🙁 Although do you find it really dry and flakey? I've got Relentlessly red and it flakes a lot.

    • Yes, purple is always a good thing!!

      I got super lucky by being able to get my hands on All Fired Up. (They also had Flat Out Fabulous in stock!) Isn't that the problem with MAC lipsticks? Love the colors, hate the formulas. It IS dry. I definitely need to wear lip balm underneath. (People love the Nuxe Reve de Miel because it's almost a matte lip balm.) Some days I have to wipe it off in middle of the day and start again if my lips get too flaky under it. But the color is so gorgeous, I feel like it's worth it.

      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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