I must apologise for my hand swatches. At the point I was trying to photograph these, I had one very grumpy baby. Taking good close ups of one hand whilst cuddling a baby is pretty much impossible. I will update with better pictures when I can.
That said, the picture does go a little way to explaining the colours and also the issue I had with the darker shade. The lighter shade is a beautiful golden, sandy taupe colour. It's actually similar to Patina but with better pigmentation. It also lean more brown than Patina. The darker shade is a bit of a conundrum. I've seen it referred to as blue but for me this is a dark teal and is more green to my eye. At least it is in the pan. In the swatch and on my eye it's very difficult to get it to show up as anything other than dark. I know Replica at Visionary Beauty experienced similar problems so I had been warned!
So here's the first of two eye looks. In the first attempt I applied the lighter shade all over the mobile lid to just above the crease. I find this shade very easy to apply and it has a lovely creamy texture. I applied the darker colour to the crease. In most lights this just looked muddy, I'm not sure if this is the result of layering over the golden taupe.
|Another one of my clashing lipstick mistakes!|
I mentioned on Twitter my disappointment at the darker colour and Amy at Cafe Makeup suggested I try using it as a liner and the smoking it out. I tried that today and I had a little more success at getting the "colour" but it's still not quite as I expected. It reminded me that my angled liner brush has disappeared though!
I wore it with the Know What Lies are For lipstick today and I'm much happier with this pairing. I think I need to have a play with the darker shade and try applying over a liner or another dark base. I would really like to bring out the peacocky aspect of the colour. If you have this duo I'd love to know how you wear it. Despite my disappointment, it hasn't put me off trying more of the duos. Feel free to tell me which is your favourite NARS duo.