Monday, May 2nd, 2011

NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Summer 2011: Dogon Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) was named for Mali-based culture and features a metallic taupe with icy green sheen and charcoal black. It is a limited edition duo. I found the lighter shade to apply really smoothly and evenly, while the darker shade was smooth but slightly dusty and pigmentation was good–though it seemed to fade too easily when blended.

In the pan, the darker shade looks rather blue–almost like a really sooty, deep dark blue, but when swatched, it does have a tendency to look much blacker. It still reads a smidgen blue, though, and part of that is owed to the flecks of midnight blue shimmer running through the matte color base.

The lighter shade is a rosy taupe with a subtle green sheen. It’s like a softer, subtler version of MAC Club or Blue Brown pigment. I can see the duochrome nature of the lighter shade really catching peoples’ eyes, though, and of all the products for summer, this is likely to be one of the more coveted pieces.

As far as NARS eyeshadows go, their duos are your best bang for your buck. Most individual eyeshadows from high-end brands are 0.05 oz. on average, while these almost equal out to three of those for $33. NARS’ eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. When I wear them alone, I tend to get around seven to eight hours of wear before there is a faint amount of creasing, so it isn’t a huge mess, but I’d recommend a primer for all-day wear (especially for those with oilier lids).

The Glossover


NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

This duo has smoky eye written all over it! It is a cooler-toned set of shades, but I think both of them are workable across both skin tones because of their depth.











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NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo

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Where can I purchase Dogon? How much is it?

NARS, $33.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

MAC Club, Bobbi Brown Charcoal.

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33 thoughts on “NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Kim

    The taupe color is beautiful, I really adore the green tones in it.

  2. Ana

    That’s funny because the first thing I thought when I saw the lighter color, I was thinking “Um, that looks just like Club!” Since I already have Club (and since it’s close enough that I don’t feel I need this version of it) AND I’m not loving the blue e/s in this palette, I think I will skip it.

    • Katie

      I was thinking of skipping it since I have club too..i bet i could mix a black and navy blue and then add club to make it similar.

  3. Rosanna

    I admit it feels/looks similar to the Rajasthan duo that came in Fall 2010. That taupe is what makes it different from that duo. :)
    I still want it. XD

    • Rae

      That’s exactly where my mind went, too! Tbh, though, I think I prefer the look of Rajasthan (though both are just jaw-dropping).

  4. I don’t own anything from NARS but this is so incredibly tempting!! Thanks for the swatches.

  5. evo

    i bought it over the weekend and wearing it today. i love it! i can’t wait to do a smokey look with it

  6. Hey Christine! I have this and love it! You should also try putting the taupe shade over the deep blue-it turns a beautiful green shade!

  7. I like this palette but it doesn’t scream “Summer” To me lol

  8. Astrid

    This reminds me a lot of the Rajasthan duo from two seasons ago!

  9. I love the duochrom taupe shade, but I probably wouldn’t use the black/blue color very much so I don’t think the price would be worth it for me!

  10. baby in a corner

    I have this and I love it! IMO its quite different from club which is a deeper brown and the green duochrome is a little brighter. With dogon I think the green sheen is quite subtle in normal (not direct sunlight) light. I feel very Kim K when I wear this!

  11. Brittani

    Can you swatch this next to last summers rajasthan please? They seem to look strikingly similar.

  12. This reminds me a little bit like Rajasthan.

  13. Ashley Sarah

    Love this duo!

  14. This duo looks sooo hot. <3

  15. Zoe

    I’m seriously considering buying this! I really like the darker shade. Like you said, perfect for a smokey eye!

  16. This looks gorg, but I could easily buy BB Charcoal, and I already own MAC Blue Brown pigment (which is closely related to Club).

  17. Pawsha

    This seems more like fall to me than summer. Skipping it!

  18. This is going on the MUST HAVE list right now! I’m super excited for the entire NARS Summer collection. I just may end up getting the entire lot!

  19. rowan

    nars eyeshadow duos are always so beautiful.

  20. Ooooh, I have been drooling over this ever since I heard about the new collection. I was *hoping* you wouldn’t do a review on it so I wouldn’t see how it swatched. Now I’m gonna have to get it! Arg!!! 😛

  21. Nessa

    Is this available at Sephora yet? Xoxo

  22. Hailey

    does anyone know of a shade that could be a dupe for the taupe but without the green shimmer? thanks!

  23. Jill

    wow, beautiful duo

  24. Oh my goodness, this duo is so lovely! I am seriously tempted.

  25. babette

    I can leave the darker shade, but the taupe! WANT

  26. creme

    is this limited edition or will it be added to the main line?

  27. Diana

    I’ve tested the duo in person and love the shimmering taupe. Not visible from the swatch is how the shadow has a kind of translucent sheen that makes me think of oyster shells. This makes it perfect for layering, even over cream products like blushes, glosses and lipstick.

  28. Sally

    how would you compare the green shimmer color to lounge from urban decay?