Monday, January 24th, 2011

NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Spring 2011: Bateau Ivre

NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “rich sky blue” and “deep denim blue” by NARS. ┬áIt is a new and limited edition eyeshadow duo from NARS’ Spring Collection (now available).

Bateau Ivre is a combo of a rich periwinkle blue with a satin-matte finish (seems more periwinkle than sky blue to me, though I can see the sky blue reference working) and dark, grayish-cast blue with a matte finish. This is a really beautiful combination of colors; it is also a very pretty way to wear blue in a less neon/vibrant way. These softer, almost muted blues remind me of sailors and boats and cruise ships. The texture of the eyeshadows are both soft and smooth, with the lighter blue shade seemingly more pigmented but both work nicely when applied to the lid.

my thoughts on the formula: NARS Eyeshadow Duos usually contain complementary colors, though sometimes you’ll see a duo and go, “There’s no way!” NARS states that you can use their eyeshadows wet or dry, though. The texutre is soft, smooth, and very blendable, with the colors being nicely pigmented.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: The classic way to wear this duo would be to use the lighter blue all over the lid with the darker blue in the crease, then highlight with your favorite highlighter. These blues will suit the gamut of skin tones with their slightly muted appearance.

where to buy: NARS

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NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Bateau Ivre? How much is it?

NARS, $32.00.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

The periwinkle shade is similar to MAC Winkle, just a touch darker; also like a less intense version of the blue from NARS' Rated R duo. The darker blue is a grayer, less intense version of NARS China Blue it seems.

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32 thoughts on “NARS Bateau Ivre Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Mela

    How does it compare to the Maybelline EyeStudio duo in Navy Narcissus?

  2. babyinacorner

    This is one of the first eyeshadow duos that I’ve really lusted over in a while! really lovely!

  3. Amy

    “Bateau Ivre” is the name of a poem by Arthur Rimbaud called “Drunken Boat.” Check it out:

  4. Megan

    The colors in this duo just reminded me of a palette I saw by Inglot. You should do a review of Inglot eye makeup, I’ve heard wonderful things about it!

  5. Marcela

    other MAC dupes: Cobalt and Naval (both PRO-only colors and incredibly close to these)

  6. Heather

    These blues look wearable even on my yellow based skin

  7. Kristy

    I just bought this and it is much prettier on skin than in the photo. It goes on really smooth and makes my brown eyes look like amber.

  8. penelope

    I love Nars eyeshadow, but this duo is not going to look good on my tan skin and does not seems to go with many looks/outfits.

    • anonymous

      Beautiful shades. Blue is a great eye brightener and helps cool down redness and brighten up yellow. I’d wear it with a summery dress or even just a top & jeans. No eye look Christine? This would have been lovely with the blush and wild violet lipstick!

  9. Rosanna

    Darn, I already have MAC Winkle eyeshadow! Hmm….if I see it in person maybe it’ll different enough for me to buy it.

    I’m not much of a matte person but I do love (and wear) blues!

  10. Rowan

    Looks beautiful

  11. How gorgeous! I don’t usually wear blue eye shadows, but these seem toned down enough to work for me. So pretty! I need to check these out in person…

  12. Leea

    These blues don’t look very unique. I’m sure there’s a dupe out there for a third of the price as well. Also I wish I liked blues D:

  13. sasha

    i would love to see a look for this one!

  14. Maeve

    I love these, but with blue eyes I can’t wear a whole lot of blue eyeshadow.

  15. This looks really pretty – I just hope it doesn’t look chalky and pasty on my NC 42 skin.

  16. Dana

    How pretty this looks!

  17. Amanda

    It’d be awesome if you were willing to do a tutorial with this duo!

  18. Sonia

    Nice but too dupable.

  19. Brittany

    Love Love LOVE NARS! I think this duo is gorgeous! Anywho, this is off topic, but I like the new design a lot Christine. =p

  20. aria

    OMG I need this in my life! It was such a long time I didn’t rave so much about an eyeshadow! this duo looks fantastic! *_*

  21. Vincent

    Can you buy this eyeshadow at sephora?

  22. Perri

    I hate that nars is so pricey!

  23. Sara

    I love it! I am obsessed with NARS right now.

  24. Mel

    To me, these colours evoke my first ever experience with makeup in general. It looks like Im sifting through my grandmothers makeup.