NARS Cream Shadow/Drugstore Haul and FOTD

Friday, October 9, 2009

I'm a fan of NARS but never tried their cream shadows. I've heard some people hate it coz they crease real bad even with primer underneath. Since I love most of NARS stuff and the color is gorgeous, I decided to pick it up anyway to see if it will work for me.

Madagascar cream shadow

One side is peachy skin color that works great as all over base(similar to MAC Painterly PP) and the other side is a purplish brown taupe that works well with NARS eyeshadows like Ondine, Ashes to Ashes, Cairo or MAC Satin Taupe, Style Snob... If you are a fan of those taupey colors then you will love this duo.

I'd tried it a few times, it does crease but not terribly(depends on what you put on top and underneath). The shimmery taupe color crease more than the skin color on the left. If I put TFSI underneath first and put NARS/MAC shadows on top, they will last for about 4 hours before start creasing. I did try it once with drugstore shadows and it was a complete disaster.

I think this will be my one and the only NARS cream shadow... I decided to keep it coz the colors work really well with my collection and I just can't say no to taupe... haha. But seriously, MAC Paint Pots work so much better than these on any day!

I also pick up Night Breed single eyeshadow that I've been meaning to get for long time. Just a pure black with silver glitters. The pigmentation is really good and can be used wet or dry. I like how versatile it is and I can just bring it everywhere use it as shadow and liner.

NARS Night Breed

swatches from left to right
(Night Breed, Madagascar)

I also pick up a bunch of Maybelline at Rite Aid since they had BOGO. I got a back up of Lash Stiletto(My fave mascara of all time) and the Mineral power blush in Soft Mauve(this is love). Couple of shadow quads in Chai Latte and Velvet Crush, and the new color sensation lipsticks in Pink Please and Born with it.

I'm sorry to report that these shadows really have no pigmentation, you get what you pay for. But I do like the color combinations on the 2 quads I got. Velvet Crush is pretty, it looks gorgeous after I piled it on like 5 layers :)

The Mineral power blush is a different story. It lasts on my face whole day and the color is gorgeous. Soft Mauve looks like baby pink on my skin tone. Loooove :)

The lipsticks are ok. Born with it and Pink Please are basically the same colors, one with shimmer one without. They are the nudest baby pinks in the collection but not nude enough for me... they are creamy and pigmented tho.

NARS Madagascar(base)
NARS Cairo(lid)
MAC Folie(crease)
MAC Beauty Mark(Outer Corner)
MAC Vanilla(brow)
Maybelline Mineral power blush Soft Mauve(Cheeks)
Maybelline LS Born with it

Contest ends this Sunday... I'm excited :D


Marie. October 9, 2009 at 1:46 PM  

I wanna try out those lipsticks but at my store people mess with them =\

Shop N' Chomp October 9, 2009 at 2:06 PM  

Beautiful FOTD :) Night Breed looks so nice.

jess ♥ October 9, 2009 at 2:23 PM  

i love the colour of the lipsticks!

Becks October 9, 2009 at 2:48 PM  

ooo nice buys! and pretty EOTD! Yea I'm not into Maybelline shadows either, the pigment is lacking, I rather save the money for good shadows - plus it saves time :)

Angela October 9, 2009 at 3:50 PM  

hey girl
love the look you did.
a lot of people complaint about cream shadows creasing on them, but the things is cream shadow will always crease at least a little bit compare to regular shadow, simply because of the texture of cream shadow.

GiGi October 9, 2009 at 4:02 PM  

I love Nars. You could wear those colors all the time, love em!

The mineral blush is so beautiful. I have 2 & they have great color & staying power. You get so much product too.

looking beautiful as always!

~Lisa October 9, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

Thx for letting us know how the NARS cream shadows worked on you. =]

& nice mini haul. It's all Maybelline! Maybe she's born with it, Maybe it's Maybelline =] I'll definitely keep any eye out for when the blush goes on sale! It looks great on you and your eye look is beautiful!

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Kalmo October 9, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

Great haul! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about all your new purchases. Sorry to hear that quads that everyone has been raving about are not pigmented, I've been wanted to try those new lipsticks so I know not to pick both of those similar colors now, TY! You look so pretty in the FOTDs!

Daituf October 9, 2009 at 9:49 PM  

That's a really nice look.
Those maybelline shadows look surprisingly good...I'm so afraid of western drugstore shadows, too matte and pigmented...

FriendzCentury October 10, 2009 at 12:20 AM  

Very pretty FOTD, and I'm hooked on NARS nightbreed too :)

Jamilla Camel October 10, 2009 at 1:53 AM  

Your FOTD is really chic and elegant!

Shanghainese Dumpling October 10, 2009 at 8:51 AM  

Wow that NARS cream shadow worked out great on your eyes, so pretty I can't wait to go into our store and check it out :)

Liz October 11, 2009 at 4:24 PM  

Hi! I wanna know who won the contest. ^_^

Pop Champagne October 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM  

wow nars make up looks really good on you! and congrats to krystal! :)

Toothfairynotes October 12, 2009 at 5:32 PM  

you look pretty! I like nars, esp. the blushers and bronzers, but yeah... I like all nars products... :P


Closet Full of Nothing October 17, 2009 at 4:42 PM  

you look great! really loving the eye-makeup!

ahh i LOVE nars, their blushes are the best!

sssdawna October 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM  

you're so pretty! and im definitely wanting the Nars shadow now = ] good luck on starting your own business in 2010!

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