I do have a bit of a fondness for red and brick eyeshadows, I must confess. They have a racy charm to them when worn as part of an otherwise nice ‘sensible’ adult eye, or worn with all-out abandon as part of a punky slash of colour on the eye. I have pale blue eyes and black hair, so a pop of red really makes the blue light up and become ethereal and icy.
Red is a ridiculously hard colour to wear though on the eyes, I can’t lie about that. It’s one of those colours where you need both a good eye for colour, a practiced hand and exactly the right combination of hair/skin/eye colour to make it work for you and not leave you looking weepy, jaundiced or desperately needing sleep.
NARS Emmanuelle is a brick red with very fine coral shimmer. The pigmentation level is extremely high, so it holds its colour when blended and doesn’t immediately change to fuschia or peach when sheered out. The shimmer is the right amount to throw back some light and not look heavy or cakey, but it’s not a sparkly, glittery mess either.
I’m unsure of where Emmanuelle is from – I don’t know if it was a permanent line eyeshadow that has been discontinued (an assumption based on it now being in the NARS Vintage section) or if it was from a seasonal colour story. Can any NARS experts let me know?
NARS Emmanuelle swiped once without any base or primer – when I said it was pigmented, I wasn’t joking!