NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Paramaribo ($34) for spring has earned its keep at my house - despite the fact that it doesn't look anything like what I expected. It's described as a metallic brass/metallic bronze duo, which is correct. It was the NARS photo, shown above, that threw me off. It looks like two green-toned shades, right? I wondered when the duo arrived it I had received the right product. The NARS photo at this link is more accurate, which reassured me.
My photo above was taken in full sun. It shows the two gorgeous shades in Paramaribo as my eye sees them. I had ordered Paramaribo the second it appeared on the NARS Web site - the same time I ordered Lhasa. I'm not sure why it took me so long to feature this pretty eye shadow duo here. Apparently, other things distracted me. Lhasa sure did; I adore it. Fast forward to this weekend, when I reached for Paramaribo to wear it, and it occurred to me that I had never posted it.
I swatched the duo shades heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator and took my photos in full sun. The shade on the left in the compact is shown at the top of my arm. It's a metallic antique brass that has, depending on the light, an ever-so-slight khaki hue in it. The beautiful metallic brown, a bit toned down in shimmering impact from the other shade, is a gorgeous, pure brown that will flatter all skin tones.
These shadows are finely milled and have a beautiful texture and finish. Unlike some NARS eye shadow misses during the last few years, Paramaribo adheres to the skin perfectly, leaving exactly the level of coverage you wish to apply. I found that I can apply both shades with a very light hand for a gleaming wash of color, or use them more heavily for a splash of bold neutral color. The only thing potentially missing is the green shown in the NARS promotional photo. I don't miss it!
If you haven't already given Paramaribo a look-see, check it out. It's available everywhere NARS can be found: at the NARS Web site, select Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom stores, Sephora, and other sources. I love it and think you will too. The shades are seasonless. You won't feel constrained to wear it only during the spring.
Photo at top courtesy of NARS; other photos by Best Things in Beauty