Sunday, October 23, 2011

NARS Holiday 2011: Ponderosa Cream Shadow

Ponderosa is the most beautiful cream shadow I've seen from NARS in a while. It's a lovely blackened espresso brown with bronze shimmer. It's like a cream version of Mekong. On its own it creates a quick and simple smoky eye. NARS cream shadows can also be used underneath powder shadows to enhance colors and create more depth. They are lightweight and apply smoothly. Unlike other cream products like, for example, MAC's paint pots, that dry and then "set," NARS cream shadows remain somewhat blendable, so they may not be ideal for those who tend to have problems with shadow creasing. However, those with dry skin may find that these are just right. Ponderosa retails for $23. I haven't spotted the Holiday collection in stores yet, but it is currently available at NARS.com.
  



    

in flash lighting

in low sunlight

one more view in late afternoon sunlight

Behind the scenes: My assistant 'testing' the makeshift photo backdrop



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19 comments:

  1. Such a gorgeous color! I'm sad to hear it doesn't dry after application. It will definitely not work for my super oily lids. Thanks for the beautiful swatches.

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  2. wow ponderosa looks BEAUTIFUL. it does look like a cream version of mekong. so pretty

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  3. I'm surprised at how pigmented Ponderosa turned out to be. I was thinking it might be a sheer brown wash! I was a bit sad when I found out the color was going to be cream after seeing the beautiful promo photos. I was worried about the creasing, as you wrote. I'm glad you mentioned that it looks similar to Mekong--- perhaps I will get my shimmery chocolate fix there =)

    I'm so glad you included Miss Kitty again! She is such an exotic looking cat, with those whispy pointy eartips and light lower jaw and paws. She looks like she's taking her job quite seriously!

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  4. This looks stunning! thanks for showing it in comparison to the other browns in your collection, makes it easier to understand the shade. I just purchased Genuine Treasure, in love with it

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  5. Ahhhh why did I look?! I had talked myself out of this...until now! Thanks for the beautiful pics as always. I look forward to the rest of your reviews on the collection! :D

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  6. This colors is exactly what I am looking for. Thank you very much for this post

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  7. I am happy to hear that these don't crease on the dry skin. I may have to get it now. If you love this shade, you may like Benefit's in Busy Signal.

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  8. Hi Kristie, Thank you! It is such a pretty color. I wonder if a primer would help? xx

    Hi Kellyyes, If you like Mekong you will definitely like this one! :)

    Hi Dovey, I too was surprised at how pigmented Ponderosa is. Thank you! She is a Maine Coon breed and just turned two years old. She is a quirky & sweet girl! Like most cats, Miss Kitty just loves to get on top of or inside things, especially shopping bags :)

    Hi time4beauty, It's a lovely shade, very dark!

    Hi emmabovary, Genuine Treasure is great! This is the first time I tried it :)

    Hi The Ultimate Makeup, Thank you! :) If you love dark browns this one is definitely worth a look!

    Hi giovanny, Thanks for commenting! It's a lovely shade :)

    Hi Marina, Thank you for the recommendation! I will look for Benefit's Busy Signal this weekend when I'm at Sephora :)

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  9. PRETTY PRETTY PRETTY!

    Have you checked out the other stuff in the Holiday collection? I'm dying to swatch that Holiday Trio Palette in person.

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  10. Hi Lexi, I purchased everything except for the lipstick and the silver polish. I am debating whether or not to keep the palette. I got the Night Series palette recently & am afraid this one might look very similar on. I've seen swatches online and it looks mostly black.

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  11. ooh that looks so pretty, what a lovely rich shade. I have to say your assistant is very cute :)

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  12. The colour is stunning. I think it's the prettiest of all the swatches.
    What a cute assistant you have!

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  13. Hi Replica, I am loving this color! :) On behalf of my assistant, thank you ;)

    Hi Cafe Bellini, Thank you! :) I like that it's very pigmented & the shimmer gives it a little something special.

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  14. This is so beautiful - not sure if I can resist! I've often looked at Mekong as well. Perhaps it's time to create a holiday wish list!

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  15. I absolutely agree with you, it's THE most beautiful shadow I've seen from Nars for a while! Even though Nars cream e/s creases on me horribly (on top of a primer) I still haven't to have this one!

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  16. Hi Liz, I am always a sucker for dark, dark browns. :) There are too many temptations in the beauty world at this time of year! Agh terrible for my budget...

    Hi Rei, Aw, it's too bad about the creasing, because otherwise it would be perfect! :)

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  17. Thanks For your post! it is really helpful!

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  18. Hi katherine, Thanks for commenting. Glad it was helpful! :)

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