So what does this have to do with makeup?
Nars eyeshadow duos are named after places in the world. And The one released in the Holiday 2009 collection is named Taiga. Ah ha. However, when I think of an Arctic Tree line I think of blues and silvers and whites and cool colors. So how did Mr. Nars come up with this duo of soft champagne gold and warm smokey gold infused pewter? Well I think he saw the above picture by Andreas Barth taken in the springtime in the Taiga.
Now as far as the quality of NARS shadows. Let me first make this disclaimer. I don't own a lot of NARS products. Most things from that brand don't speak to me. I am not fond of the blushes, while high quality and well pigmented, the colors just don't do it for me, plus the names, Orgasm, Deep Throat? Crass. Cream Shadows. Ugh. They crease faster than linen pants worn by a fat woman on a crowded subway. Cream Blushes? I hit pan on Cactus Flower in my more tanned skin days. It's a color I have never seen replicated in powder form...just not right for my pale face now. Those velvet lip pencils did give me some sort of desire but I never acted upon them. Just never found the time or place to actually buy one yet...YET. Eye Shadow Duos? Those are pretty nice. Let's see. I had Tokyo and I liked it all right, but it was a bit chalky at times. I had India Song. It was pretty, but just not the right colors for me. But now there is Taiga. This duo has been speaking to me since December. I'm not sure if it is the gold infused pewter or the champagne or the smokey combination of the two, but something deep inside my soul said, "BUY IT!". I never want to deprive my soul of anything so I did what I was told.
I purchased Taiga and it sat in the Sephora bag for a week. Untouched, unlooked at, unopened. Was my purchase a mistake? No. My SOUL told me to get it. My soul can't be wrong can it? I fish the duo out of the bag and the simple black matte packaging mocks me. It says:
"HA! You are messy. My pristine NARS case will be smudged in seconds and NOTHING will clean it off. I'll never look as good as the day you bought me. No. Your Chanel and Guerlain and Bobbi Brown all look brand new, but me. I'll look like I was rolling around in a dusty bin at a discount beauty store somewhere deep off the Cross Bronx Expressway. The smell of Sancocho wafts up from the basement while a tired old JLo song crackles over the speakers and there I will sit. I, Taiga, will cackle at you because I know you will venture into the store and buy me... because we are soul mates. Paranoid, you pay the clerk who is speaking in Spanish to her friend on her cell phone. Her exquisite drawn on eyebrows display a permanent surprised and defiant look on her glass like forehead. Because you don't speak Spanish AND because you're incredibly self centered, you will think she is talking about you, saying something nasty or mean, but in reality she is giving her friend the recipe for the Sancocho that is simmering on the hot plate in the basement."Isn't amazing how much an eyeshadow can say? Well NARS is special that way. What can I say?
So soft is the champagne side of this duo. My pale skin makes this shadow disappear so I need to be careful to not over apply it. On darker skin, like Joeybunny, this champagne looks amazing and glowy. So smokey is the pewter side of this duo. It sparkles, it shimmers and flashes taupe, grey, green and gold. It's wildly pigmented and a little goes a long long way. a dramatic smokey eye can be had using this duo and a smart olive liner (perhaps Kyoto).
Do you need this? Well if you ask Joeybunny, yes. If you ask me? YES! NARS Duos retail for $32 and can be found at Narscosmetics.com, Sephora and NOT in scary discount beauty supply stores off the Cross Bronx Expressway.