Tuesday, August 16, 2011
For once, I am the last person in the world to review a NARS eyeshadow duo. What’s going on with me?!
My love for NARS is boundless and well-known - last year I actually swatched my NARS eyeshadow duos and eyeshadow singles for this blog, and on Pink Sith I did a multitude of glowing NARS reviews. I guess I’ve been so fragrance-focused that I have generally forgotten about makeup! Eek!
Well, I bought the Grand Palais duo a few weeks back from the NARS Boutique on 413 Bleecker Street (aka “Joey’s Heaven on Earth”), and it’s been getting quite a bit of use lately. Grand Palais is, in my humble opinion, the piece de resistance in NARS’ Fall 2011 collection. The colors are lovely and entirely wearable.
Oh, and...THERE IS A TAUPE. Yes, taupe! We can all predict where this review is going. The short of it: buy this duo, trust me.
Grand Palais consists of a beautiful, softly shimmering mauve taupe and a matte dusty rose.
I know that many of you probably are thinking “Joey, I’m not wearing that reddish color on my eyes.” Well then, here’s a swatch of the taupe layered over the rose: a lovely and wearable shimmering rosewood color.
Anyone could wear this.
Oh, and of course, you can wear the dusty rose color as a blush. I’m fond of wearing some NARS eyeshadows as blushes (Grenadines and Sophia come to mind, as does Nepal).
Still, do try the matte rose shade on the eyes. It makes for a lovely, warm crease shade: entirely natural-looking if done with a light hand, and it creates a wonderful depth to the eye. Just avoid using it near the lash line if you’re prone to that rabbit eye effect.
What I love best about this duo - aside from the obvious “Oh it’s NARS and there’s a taupe” - is that it is a perfect, everyday sort of pairing. The colors emphasize the eyes without being loud, and the colors are light and neutral enough to not need major application work. This is a ‘swipe and go’ sort of duo. I just pat the taupe on my lids, apply the matte rose to my crease with a fluffy brush, put on some eyeliner and mascara, and I’m done. I look polished and pretty without fuss.
NARS Grand Palais retails for $33USD, and is well worth it. It’s a small price to pay for a combination of shades I’ll be returning to day after day. The NARS website is currently offering complimentary two-day shipping, and there’s probably a good NARS code floating around somewhere!