Voulez Vous Jouer Avec Moi… Again?
Ever wonder what happens to products after bloggers review them? Yup, I do too. In my case, I’ve a few items I’ve reviewed, swatched and then tucked away for good that they haven’t seen a ray of sunlight for a while now. If makeup just come to life at night a la Toy Story, some of mine would be exchanging sad tales over a bottle of beer telling each other,”It’s okay, she’ll rediscover us again… soon… hopefully.” Or maybe something more along the lines of, “Stop buying stuff, darn it – you haven’t even abused us yet!“.
By the grace of the Makeup Gods, I’ve heeded their non-existent cries for attention and abuse. This is mostly due to my no-buy that I’m glad did some major good. I’ve come to discover some of my forgotten, stashed-in-the-abyss-of-my-drawers makeup items that are in need of some TLC. For this entry, it’s the NARS Voulez Vous Palette I’ve reviewed last year and wasn’t so impressed with.
Just a refresher, I wasn’t totally pleased with this palette before because I found the eyeshadows lacking in pigmentation and intensity. And not only that, Rangoun (the dark shade) is so stiff and hard to blend. The names of the shades starting from the top left (clockwise) are: Molokai, Antanarivo, Rangoun, Lhasa.
So even if I found the shades beautiful and up my alley, especially Lhasa, I felt they needed too much work. This time, well… they’re still the same. But I used a new primer (a once-used hand-me-down from my momma), MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (which I forgot to include in the photos above), that did wonders for application and pigmentation.
Makeup Play with Voulez Vous
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I used all the shades in the palette, mainly Molokai on the inner half and Lhasa on the outer half with a bit of Rangoun for definiton on the outer-v. I only used Antanarivo for blending out harsh edges. I could say I like it better now applied on top of MAC Soft Ochre, not too dramatic but definitely not as sheer, patchy and just plain ugh-leh the first time I wore it.
I also rediscovered MAC Betty Bright which I used on the puckers for this look. I felt that the eyes are quite neutral, soft and feminine so a pop of coral is very much welcome. On the cheeks, I used the NARS Dolce Vita which is on the right side of the palette. I experimented and used the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply and blend the blush and I actually like it!
I know it’s ill-advised to use a buffing brush for blush because hello – clown cheeks, perhaps? But hey, it works for me just as long as I blend it like Beckham. Also, forgive the haphazard brows (I recently realized I’ve been laziest to do my brows, more than eye makeup now. Oh how times have changed).
Do you love rediscovering old new stuff or what?