NARS brings us a collection of sophisticated, contrasting tones within these new eyeshadow releases for Spring 2012. I checked them out for myself, and guess what? I found an eyeshadow that you really NEED in your life!
More photos, swatches, and shade descriptions…
Lhasa is a shimmering, magical, grey-lavender neutral eyeshadow single that I think is worth its weight in gold! With elements of taupe and soft smokiness, its texture is easily blendable and super smooth. This will work well alone, or paired up with your existing shadows—so universally flattering! Lhasa wore long, stayed true, and didn’t crease. Every girl needs a little Lhasa in their life! Can you even imagine the endless looks you can pull off with this?
Paramaribo is a limited edition brass and bronze eyeshadow duo that leans slightly golden olive. The textures of both shades are buttery smooth, and incredibly easy to move around on the lid without losing their opacity. These are both complex shades that are surprisingly—a breeze to wear! The pigments didn’t pull a disappearing act during the day, and I did’t experience any creasing.
Douce France is a soft and rosy eyeshadow trio, comprised of a slightly shimmering pink, medium satin rose, and a deep matte rose shade. I found this one to be a little harder to work with on my lids, due to the two softer shades just not really showing up much on my fair skin. Sadly, Douce France isn’t a good fit for me personally—but luckily, not every eyeshadow is for every person! Those with deeper skin tones should have better luck with the pigment payoff. This is a limited-edition offering.
Worried about overdoing it with the shimmer or metallic trend? Don’t worry! Check out what the makeup master himself, François Nars says about making it work for you:
“I’m not a big fan of rules, but if you are concerned about overdoing it, I would recommend keeping it to one feature: eyes, or cheeks, or nails. Wearing it everywhere can look a little too disco.”
Bottom Line: Lhasa is an incredible universal shade that anyone can wear—it’s one of the best single shadow releases I’ve seen in a long time! Paramaribo will look killer on green, hazel, and brown eyes; while Douce France is probably best suited for darker skin tones.
Prices & Availability: Lhasa eyeshadow single $24, Paramaribo eyeshadow duo $34, Douce France eyeshadow trio $45—narscosmetics.com