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