I was so excited last week when an email from NARS Cosmetics popped up in my inbox saying they were offering free 2-day shipping. I had been eyeing NARS Cairo eyeshadow for a while, but hadn't had any time lately to swing by a department store in order to pick one up. So, with free 2-day shipping, I thought why not just order it online? *Sigh* I will never learn my lesson...
Don't buy before you swatch!! Trust me, I unfortunately have learned from experience that products look completely different in photos depending on the lighting, computer, etc. than they do in real life. What I thought I was ordering was a "champagne rose with shimmer" eyeshadow (according to the NARS website), but what I received was anything but that.. As I'm sure you can tell I was quite dissapointed when my package from NARS came in the mail.
In my opinion, this color looks nothing like how it is described. On my fair skin, Cairo shows up as a warm-toned medium beige. Although you can see a few shimmers in the pan, the color actually appears quite satin, almost semi-matte on the eyelid. Generally speaking, I am not a fan of matte or satin eyeshadows on the lid (I like them for contouring or in the crease). I do believe however, for anyone with a medium skin tone, this particular color may look beautiful.
I had hoped that this eyeshadow would look similar to my beloved Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Safari, but with just a bit more warmth or rose tones. Safari is a beautiful shimmery taupe/grey color with a bit of purple tinge to it. It is quite light and understated but can be built up, which I think lends to its appeal to me as a lid color. But as you can see from the swatches below, they are really not similar at all.
On myself, this color is very unflattering on the eyelid. It made my lids look dirty and strange and seemed to enhance any redness I had around my eye area. NARS Cairo made me look tired and almost sickly, which is never a good thing. As of now, I am undecided whether or not I will keep this and see how it works as a crease color, or just throw in the towel and send it back to NARS.
Here are some comparison photos of NARS Cairo with NARS Duo in Kalahari (this one I love) and Chanel Safari:
|Artificial Lighting: Left to Right NARS Kalahari, NARS Cairo, Chanel Safari|
|Natural Lighting: Chanel Safari vs. NARS Cairo|
Do you own this eyeshadow? How would you use it?
Lots of Love,