The coolest girl around town right now is definitely NARS Marie-Galante, new from the brand’s summer 2012 collection. She’s definitely shaking things up in my makeup bag. Normally, iridescence isn’t really my thing, but in the case of Marie-Galante, the iridescent orchid and regal blue just glow on the lid. I had a feeling this would be a dynamic duo, and it’s even better than I expected. The colors flash on the lids, and when layered, create this phenomenal hybrid shade.
Do you guys remember NARS Jolie Poupee? The orchid shade here is a similar tone to the pearly purple in Jolie Poupee, but much more sheer. While some may turn their nose up at sheer, that’s the beauty of Marie-Galante (and really, the brilliance of Francois). One layer is barely there orchid sparkle. But build it up using a stiff, flat brush and after a few layers the lids are glistening. Layer it with the regal blue for a really customized look. The result is light and fresh, which is exactly what I want for summer.
Oh, and for those curious, I apply this shadow dry over a primer (NARS Smudgeproof Base to keep it in the family) and it wears beautifully. No fallout, but be sure to shake out the flat brush before patting on the lid. Pat, not sweep, so the color adheres. Let us know your thoughts on miss Marie-Galante! Have you seen her in person?