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Eye makeup for green eyes: then and now


Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 03, 2007 1:48 PM (Eastern)

Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #1
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #2
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #3

I was going back on some older posts to index them (you can now pull up posts by clicking the Features, Categories and Tags labels to the right ->), and came across this series of posts I made two years ago.

Some of the images are missing--likely linked to images in the reviews section, which we've also recently overhauled--is it worth restoring the images, or even indexing the posts?

The short answer is no. I no longer have even the same philosophy regarding eye makeup as I had back then. Things have changed...I'm no longer willing to buy products I know will last less than a year, either quality- or interest-wise. To me it's not worth it; my time is worth something, and has to be figured into the cost of the item.

cheap chic by caterine milinaireThere is also the classical Cost Per Wear factor, which I first encountered in Caterine Milinaire's Cheap Chic (1975). I don't remember how that book got into my hands...it was a library book...but I found it fascinating. Ms. Milinaire went through an exercise calculating the cost per wear of a dress...I want to say it was an $80 dress, extravagant back then...and how, if the dress were of good quality, in a style that lasted some years, its cost per wear was less than that of a $20 dress that didn't wear as well.

I've come to have a similar philosophy regarding makeup, although I do believe it's important to draw a line. Higher cost in cosmetics does not necessarily translate to higher quality. Sometimes it does; sometimes it simply means you pay more. It's been well pointed out that women are new to the concept of having their own money, and like any other nouveau riche, we are surrounded by an infinite number of people with their hands out, trying to grab a chunk.

So! what has ended up in my green eyed makeup stash these days?

Nars Jezebel duo eyeshadow:

nars duo eyeshadow in jezebel

This is to die for. Although, to my eye, it is a teeny bit warm, and may not suit you if your overall coloring is cool. The darker shade is purple-tinged, coppery brown; the lighter shade is matte lilac with a hint of pink.

When I put this on, I don't get anything screaming "brown eyeshadow!", I think largely because of the shot of purple in the coppery shade. (I have not seen this exact color anywhere else, in nine years of avid makeup junkie-dom.) The lilac shade is the perfect foil for it.

Prior Nars duos, left to right: Babylon, Ireland and Island Fever:

nars duo eyeshadows in babylon, ireland and island fever

These are still going strong. They haven't turned hard, the way most of my other shadows have (knock wood). Nars duos currently retail for $31, meaning I buy them very slowly; however it's well to mention the cost is comparable to that of two single shadows from any number of "less expensive" brands.

Eyepencils: Nars Mambo; MAC Bordeauxline and Grey Utility:

eyepencils: nars mambo, mac bordeauxline and grey utility

The Mambo is new to me. It's described on the Nars site as "chocolate brown," but when I swatched it, I detected a definite hint of red (perhaps plum as well) that I knew would look good with green eyes.

The MAC's I've had for two and a half, and two years, respectively. Quality is still good.

Um...that's it. I've tossed my cheaper shadows in the main, and put aside some others. I'm seldom in a hurry to throw out expensive shadows, but I do see the solution as simply buying less to begin with, or buying more slowly.

Cheap Chic image courtesy www.enokiworld.com

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