|NARS Coconut Grove in full sunlight|
Despite the summery name, NARS Coconut Grove is an eyeshadow single that was released as a part of the NARS Fall 2010 collection. It received stellar ratings from big time beauty bloggers, but I passed, because it was just another brown. Fast forward to last spring. While google-ing the NARS summer collection, I came across Anne Hathaway's look to the premiere of Rio. She had these adorable glasses, which incidentally made her look bird like--- fitting for a animated movie about parrots, and NARS makeup. I loved the golden chocolatey look of her eyes, which were done with NARS Exotic Dance and Coconut Grove. And that's how I ended up with NARS Coconut Grove. Yes, sometimes I am that impressionable.
|NARS Coconut Grove in sunlight; partially shaded by lid|
You can see from my various photos that Coconut grove is a very rich dark brown. It leans cool and looks cooler and blacker when indoors or in shade, while in direct sunlight it has the slightest hint of red-brown. Before I attempted my photos for review, I always considered it to be a cool black-brown, kind of like coffee beans. I was quite surprised when my photos showed an earthy brown. So keep this in mind! The true color base may be reflected in my sunlight pictures, however for practical purposes, the color will look like a rich cooler dark brown on the eyes.
Oh, and on a side note, this Coconut Grove is my favorite eyebrow filler color as well. Plus, plus, plus, and plus.
|NARS Coconut Grove in indirect sunlight|
|NARS Coconut Grove in full sunlight|
|NARS Coconut Grove comparison products in strong sunlight|
I was actually quite surprised by the swatches. Coconut Grove always seemed quite dark and cool to me, however it's not nearly as dark or cool as Bobbi Brown Expresso and Bare Escentuals Smoky Quartz (a gift from Jeanie at Makeup Merriment!). Those two are more black-brown liner type colors, while Coconut grove is an exremely rich dark brown. Urban Decay Darkhorse, which is a shimmer, appears warmer than Coconut Grove. I've always considered Darkhorse to be a cool brown, so this confirms that coconut grove is cool as well.
Edit: I've updated my swatch picture to one that more accurately reflects the colors of each shadow. My previous picture, if you saw it, wasn't swatched darkly enough for my liking.
|Dark Brown comparisons: Bobbi Brown Expresso, NARS Coconut grove, Urban Decay Darkhorse, and Bare Escentuals Smoky Quartz|
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you think you've got a shadow that can measure up to this one, brown or otherwise. I'd love to hear.
This looks like a nice mate for my Nars Mykonos cream shadow! Thanks for the review.ReplyDelete
I like it! I think it would look great on my eyes :D But, I should definitely look for something cheaper :) So, will be reading for comments to see if anyone has some to recommend :)ReplyDelete
Excellent post! And what a gorgeous color. It looks like an extremely dark taupe, but then it appears warm next to Bobbi Brown Espresso. I wonder how Coconut Grove compares to BB Caviar or RBR Blackpepper Jay.ReplyDelete
I adore brown eye shadows and this one definitely takes the cake compared to all that I have. Jealous!! Great post :)ReplyDelete
Hi Jamilla- I actually had to google Mykonos because I'm not that familiar with the creme shadows. I agree, it would look quite nice in that combo.ReplyDelete
Marina - thanks! I'll let you know if I stumble upon any other good browns =)
Zuzu- It was quite surprising to me too to see how warm it looked next to expresso. I used to have BB Caviar (and loved it); I'm pretty sure Caviar is a much blacker brown, or even a brown black, while Coconut grove seems brown with a hint of black.
Sidney - thanks! I hope I'm not overhyping it... but I really do love this color =)
Dovey, thank you SO much for posting about Coconut Grove! You've completely changed my mind about this one, it's definitely on my list now!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! I've seen this one floating around a while and I believe it's in a current palette, which makes it all the more tempting! Great swatches, btw :)ReplyDelete
That really is a gorgeous shade and your photos and swatches are excellent! I've had my eye on Bobbi Brown Expresso for quite a while now, but after seeing it swatched next to Coconut grove I think i need the NARS instead! Thank you for the review and comparison swatches.ReplyDelete
Jessica - you're welcome =) ... I'm glad you liked it!ReplyDelete
Alex - yep, it's in the Nordstrom palette, which I still want despite having CG already.
Nat - thanks for the lovely comment! I do love BB expresso too, it's a really great liner shade.
This is a beautiful eyeshadow. I googled Anne Hathaway to see how she dressed for the Rio premier and she looked adorable (isn't she always?). I loved the quirky glasses! Very nice review :)ReplyDelete
Oh my! I have always thought this looked like the most boring brown ever, but your post has changed my mind. I love the photos in all the different lighting and angles. ADORE your cute watermark too. So chic!ReplyDelete
You've tempted me now. It looks so much better than BB espresso from your swatch. Now I must check it out. Thanks for the lovely review!
what an absolute stunner of a review!!!!! dont worry ur not the only one who can be that impressible lolReplyDelete
I absolutely loved the detail u put into this, well done, I have seen this shadow and it looks pretty incredible but bc i have mekong i nv justified a purchase but it looks amazing from ur review!
Tasha- I'm so glad you did, I thought her look was so fun!ReplyDelete
Sabrina- Thanks for the wonderful comment, I'm so glad you stopped by and enjoyed the reivew =)
Lilladylife- Oh, I agree, Mekong does look quite similar and beautiful in its own right. Lol, on the impressionable.
Coconut Grove is my GO TO eyeshadow for lining my eyes... PerfectionReplyDelete