Dustin once asked me, if I was given a chance to create a color, what would it be? At that time, I just looked away and muttered something about not being around counters long enough to know what's already in the market. And then I mumbled something about "the perfect rose" but wished I insisted on having a week's notice so as to form a sufficiently sophisticated answer. I mean, what can be more unexciting than a ROSE?
Many bloggers I read are in love with taupe, which is self-explanatory if you have a tiny inkling of just about how many variations of taupe there are in existence (for information on said taupes, please refer to Pink Sith and Beauty, Bacon, Bunnies). Colors like pink seem mundane in comparison to that all-flattering neutral, just because pink is pink and can really only be pink - brighter or lighter. Veer off the hue a little and it'll start looking like a peach or a coral. In comparison, the very definition of taupe is wedged between gray and brown. This is why it's the cool color, and the color I wish I pledged my life to.
However, as interesting as taupe or any other color might be, I have this thing about finding a perfect rose. I have inexplicable urges to purchase every rose-hued blush I see even though they all look the same. And perhaps it's exactly because they all look the same that I feel like I haven't found my unique rose. But again, how unique can a rose really be?
As you can see, it's a conundrum.
Anyway, for the reasons above, NARS Grand Palais Duo ($33) is an instant buy for me.
NARS Grand Palais Duo
NARS Grand Palais Duo
NARS Grand Palais Duo Swatched
I love how the silvery taupe and dusty rose comes together. Above, I placed a light wash of the rose all over my lids and swished the silvery taupe over the full length of my crease. The resulting look is quite natural, and seems to widen my eyes (always a plus to this tiny-eyed blogger). For those wary of pinks, the dustiness within the rose I identify as a tinge of brown makes it more approachable to the lids.
On a side note, this look was inspired by Pat McGrath's ethereal creations for the Valentino Fall/Winter 2012 Haute Couture runway.
The Grand Palais Duo is everything you would expect from NARS (let's ignore Outremer). It boasts a buttery soft texture and is a clear winner in terms of pigmentation. I can see it becoming a palette I reach for in mornings when my brain splutters like a 30-year-old car, and takes as long to start.
Do you like what I did with my cheeks? I hope you approve, because I have a mini contour/highlight tutorial planned for the end of this week!