Sunday, July 31, 2011

NARS Outremer

Hi Dolls!

I broke down and bought NARS Outremer last week, even though I've been trying to cut way back on my beauty spending. I had been obsessing over the luscious matte blue eyeshadow since I first saw it on the model on the NARS website.  It's the same blue you see medieval Madonnas cloaked in, that eye-searing lapis luzuli; my pictures don't do the shade justice, and I know monitors will distort the color further.

NARS single eyeshadows are packaged just like their blushes and bronzers, except in miniature, in their signature matte black rubberized compact, with their own little mirror on the lid. The packaging is sturdy and easy to open, yet stays shut; my only gripe is that the packaging attracts dust and collects fingerprints; you'll see I already have foundation-finger prints on Outremer's case, after only a handful of wearings. This doesn't really bother me, since the cases are very practical, but if this is a pet peeve of yours, it's something to be aware of. These eyeshadows are $23 and come with .07 ounces of product; I got mine at Nordstrom, and Sephora also carries some of the line, although I haven't seen the Fall 11 collection in stores yet.

NARS matte shades can be problematic; the pigmentation is great when used wet, but the formula can get splotchy when used dry; I find using a brush (as opposed to fingers) helps with this issue. The one positive side to this aspect of the formula is that they aren't powdery, so you don't get too much fallout, which can be a big problem with a color as bright as Outremer. However, when used wet, this effortlessly produces color true to the pan. These are described as being crease resistant; I have worn this shade over both NARS'  eyeshadow primer, Benefit's cream eyeshadow, and on top of MUFE aqua creams, and it lasted all day all three times, although I did get a touch of creasing over the Benefit cream shadow (only noticeable when I closed my eye, and even then it was mostly the Wet n Wild shade I had blended Outremer with that had creased, so I can't be sure Outremer would do this on its own).

Smudges from foundation-y fingers!

The shadow! Look at that blue!

Swatched with... my finger. See the kind of sheer patchiness? Wait. Wait for it wet on my eye. 
 So, I have three different looks where I used Outremer differently. In the following look, I used MUFE's Aqua Cream in 16 as a base, used Outremer dry on the lid, and then wet as a liner. It took on the shimmer of the base when used dry over it on the lid, but the wet portion is opaque and matte. I used a matte pink with silver glitter as a highlight from the Wet n Wild's Lust palette , too, if you're interested.

Outremer, no flash!

Outremer dry on the lid, wet as a liner. Sorry the line isn't too precise, I was using a pretty bad  brush. 

With flash!
Again with the flash!
And here is another look! This time, I used Outremer over the NARS eyeshadow base to retain the matte finish; again, I used it dry on the lid and wet as a liner with the Wet n Wild color as a highlight/ blended into the top of Outremer.

Outremer, no flash!

No flash! Outremer

More Outremer, with flash.

And Outremer with flash!
Now, after two days in a row of walking around with crazy bright blue eyeshadow (at work... so around the same people, too!), I decided to see if I could work Outremer into a more toned down look.  I used R.S.V.P. by Benefit as a base, MUFE Aqua Cream in 2 on the lid, the top right khaki color of Wet n Wild's "Comfort Zone" palette, and U.D.'s Gunmetal 24/7 liner on bottom lashes. I then added a thin line of Outremer wet on my top lashes with a touch on the bottom, and smudged a little dry into the crease.  Here it goes!

The Supplies!

The Look. See, no crazy blue... at first glance!

Close-up of my toned-down Outremer look, no flash

Flash! (ah-AH, savior of the universe!)

More flash. 

Rating: 6 out of 10 

I can't give Outremer full marks since I did have some minor creasing one of the days I wore it (the third look, for what it's worth) and it has some pigmentation issues when used dry; I really had to pack it on to try to get it completely opaque on the lid when I was using it dry, and then I had to worry about fallout which just looked awful in blue under my eye... I'd recommend putting some tissue beneath your eye when using this just to be sure. Despite being fussy, the color is absolutely wonderful, and I was definitely able to work with this shade after a little bit of coaxing. No, not a perfect formula, but this has still skyrocketed to the top of the list of my favorite eyeshadows.


  1. Simply amazing color...I think I saw this on Temptalia the other day. You wear it well! :)

  2. The gorgeous blue color drew me in too, but I haven't had fantastic experiences with NARS eyeshadows (and they should be fantastic! they're so expensive!) so i may just stay away from this one.

  3. Too bad about the pigmentation, and all. It's an absolutely gorgeous shade!

  4. Thanks Bri! Sugarbumpkin, I'm sorry you've had bad experiences with NARS shadows! I think the shades are inconsistent; I've had ones I've loved, and ones that were workable, but certainly didn't perform as well. The colors, though... Haha! And Vintage, I love this one even if it's one of my problem children!

  5. I love how you were able to wear it bold and toned down as this wouldn't be something I would reach for to do a toned-down type of look! I find NARS mattes to be too chalky for my tastes; I lusted after Daphne (kind of like this but purple) forever and when I went to Sephora to touch it I hated the feel of it.

  6. Gorgeous shade. Looks lovely on you. Too bad it doesn't last long.
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  7. Thanks Pandora! It actually wasn't longievity I had a problem with it, it was just fussy to apply and there was minimal creasing when I used it with the other shadow. Other than that, it stayed all day, and the other looks I did lasted all day just the way I'd applied them!
    Vulcan, I have Daphne, too (it's the only other NARS matte I own) and I actually find it a bit easier to work with than Outremer... It is another really gorgeous shade, but I'm sure both of these are such that you can find fairly close dupes in a formula you prefer; sometimes dupes do it for me, and sometimes I get obsessed by the subtle differences, and this was one of the few originals I was completely and thoroughly enchanted with.


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