Mad Mad World

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Mad Mad World is a new Nars eye shadow duo released with their spring collection.  I imagine you’ll have two reactions upon first glance of this duo:  “Oh my goodness, that’s too bright”, or “Ooooo!”   The blue is matte and the green has the slightest amount of sparkle.  (The green shade from Nars Misfit has more sparkle.)  When doing arm swatches, these went on bit splotchy, but using it on the eye was a breeze and blended nicely.  The texture of these shades is drier and more compact than the Persia eye shadow that was released with the spring collection.  The spring collection is available now online and in stores next month.

I decided to play this eye look up, but you can wear these shades even if you’re afraid of bright colors.  Consider using a deep brown or taupe shade in the outer corner and lightly blend the bright blue or green from this duo into a lighter neutral lid shade.  

Mad Mad World 3 Mad Mad World 1 Mad Mad World 2 Nars Mad Mad World swatch 

Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Fluidline Brow – Deep Dark BrunetteAnastasia Brow Gel – Espresso
Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Base: Mac Paint Pot – Painterly
Highlighter: Nars Misfit Duo (Cream Shade)
Lid: Nars Misfit Duo (Cream Shade)
Outer Corner: Maybelline Color Tattoo – Electric BlueNars Mad Mad World Duo
Crease: Mac – Cork
Upper Lash Line: Mac Fluidline – Midnight Blues
Lower Lash Line: Nars Mad Mad World Duo
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay – Covet
Mascara: Lancome Cils Booster XL Lash PrimerEstee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme – Extreme Black
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Toffee
   
Get This Look:

I started out by applying a primer with my finger and a cream colored base with a synthetic lid brush.  I used the light shade from the Nars Misfit duo all over my lid and up to my crease.  I took a skin tone shade to blend out the edges and ran the brush along my brow bone.  Using a synthetic brush, I took a navy blue cream shadow (Maybelline Color Tattoo) and placed it onto my outer corner, lightly into my crease and also ran it along the outer third of my lower lash line.   I didn’t take this blue over too far.

I took the blue shade from the duo and placed it on top of the navy blue, but I let a little bit of the dark blue peek out at the outer edge.  I used a pencil brush to place the bright blue along my lower lash line.  Using a separate lid brush, I took the green shade to blend out the bright blue.  I also ran this green along my upper lash line and placed it into the inner corner.  These shades are nicely pigmented, so it’s easy to put too much product on the brush.  I used a small amount of product and went back and forth between the shades in the duo to slowly build up to the intensity I wanted.

Arm swatches are here.

Persia

Nars had introduced a sweet autumn color as part of their spring collection.  Persia is an intensely pigmented, matte medium dark orange.   It is a great shadow, but it doesn’t scream spring.  The shade is similar to Mac’s Red Brick.  You need the tiniest amount of product on your brush to get full color.  Matte oranges are tricky to use, but my favorite and easiest is in the crease.  I also love using orange to lightly blend out a brown shade that I put into my crease.  Persia is available now at Narscosmetics.com and counters in February and is part of their permanent line.

 Persia 3 Persia 2 Persia 1 Nars Persia swatch

Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Fluidline Brow – Deep Dark BrunetteAnastasia Brow Gel – Espresso
Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Base: Maybelline Color Tattoo – Barely Branded
Highlighter: Mac Sweet Joy
Inner Corner: Mac Eyeliner – I Get No Kick
Lid: Nars Cyprus
Outer Corner: Nars Mekong
Crease: Nars Persia
Upper Lash Line: Mac Gel Liner – Local Wares
Lower Lash Line: Mac Gel Liner – Local Wares
Lower Waterline: Mac Eyeliner – I Get No Kick
Mascara: Lancome Cils Booster XL Lash PrimerEstee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme – Extreme Black
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Toffee
   
   
Get This Look:

I started out this look by applying primer with my finger.  (For blog posts and arm swatches, I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  For daily use, I’m a huge fan of Nars Smudgeproof.)  I put Barely Branded on my lid with a Mac 242 synthetic brush.  I took a skin tone shade (Mac Moleskin) and blended out the edges and up to my brow.  I initially intended to let Barely Branded be my lid shade, but it was too bright for the look I wanted.  I decided to tone it down a bit by using Nars Cyprus, which added more of a golden finish.  I blended the edges again with the same brush.

Using a tapered blending brush (Louise Young LY38), I place Persia into my crease, concentrating the color at the outer corner.  Persia blends out quite nicely, but you need a small amount.  I had to diffuse the color on my hand when I wanted to add more color and not overdo it.  I cleaned off my brush using a towel to blend out the edges.  Using a crease brush (Louse Young LY14), I placed a blackened brown shade into the outer corner, concentrating the color near the lash line.  I also ran this shade along my lower lash line.

I chose a blackened brown gel liner that has the same copper flecks as Mekong to line my upper and lower lash line.