Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Spring 2012: Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmery icy pink, shimmery rose petal pink, and matte deep rose.” The trio is a limited edition shade from this spring’s collection.

The first shade is a very light ivory with a hint of pink and a touch of white sparkle. It’s almost a bit on the chalky side, which is partially because of how light the color is, and how the texture has more of a matte finish underneath the sparkle. I had a tough time getting this shade to adhere well to the lid, and I noticed it seemed to fade away, even over a primer, after eight hours. It’s similar to a shade in Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse. MAC Golden Flurry is pinker and more iridescent. Bare Escentuals Muse is frostier and brighter.

The center shade is a rosy pink with subtle yellow undertones. The finish is satiny; not too matte, but not shimmery or frosted. It has a very, very soft feel, but it will blend out easily if you are not careful. The color payoff is good but could use a little more (or else bind together a bit better). Inglot #359 and MAC Rose are slightly pinker.

The right-most shade is a matte, muted dark red. It’s not red red, but it’s not really berry or burgundy. There’s a muted quality to it that really makes it ring true to its description–it looks like the dark hues of a real rose. The texture of this shade is so soft and finely-milled without being powdery, and the color payoff is very good (the best out of the palette). It blends out well, too, because of the soft texture. Inglot #450 has more of a berry hue, plus it has a shimmery finish. I couldn’t think of any other potential dupes.

I love that NARS created their trios with individual pans, but it’s a bit of a let down that the price/quantity ratio makes the trios more expensive (by the ounce) than duos (but less than individual eyeshadows). Typically, there’s a bit of a “discount” when you buy duos, trios, quads, etc. Each eyeshadow is still a healthy amount (just over 0.05 oz. each), so you won’t run out of any shade easily.

NARS designed their powder eyeshadow formula to be crease-resistant, long-wearing, and highly pigmented, but I do experience some light fading and noticeable creasing afiter seven to eight hours of wear. The lightest shade in this palette was really faded after eight hours, but the other two shades were more intact. I still experienced a fair amount of fading with the lightest shade over a primer as well, which was disappointing. Thankfully, because it’s so light, the average onlooker wouldn’t have noticed it.

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NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

The fading is a big issue for me; it really affects the usefulenss and wearability of the palette. Who wants a shade that disappears even over a primer? The combination of hues work together exceptionally well, though, and on light and much deeper skin tones, this will work nicely. I felt like these shades got a little lost on my skin tone personally (which is not reflected in the grade).











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NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

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NARS on January 13th, $45.00.

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31 thoughts on “NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Elysia

    this seemed really pretty, i’m bummed that it’s kinda a dud

  2. Dominique

    Really pretty, Nars is a subtle artist as always !

  3. wow…its very pretty…

  4. Melissa

    I hated the colors, red eyeshadows always brings up a vampire/witch vibe.

  5. Kat

    I…. just like my eyeshadow to look like eyeshadow and my lipgloss to look like lipgloss. That’s just me. I’ve been told wearing reds and pinks on my skin tone makes me look ill, which does make sense since I’m naturally ruddy… but this is a HUGE pass.

  6. These colors are lovely, and I am pale enough that they’d probably show up on my skin! I am really liking the colors in this spring collection… They are very sophisticated and feminine!

  7. Jessica

    pretty combination of colors, although i would never ever wear them on my eyes

  8. Julia

    I’m all for unusual colors, but $45?!! Seriously, the pricing on some of these new items is out of control.

    • Kat

      I agree. I got an entire holiday palette from Nars for almost that much with a coupon code. $45 for three shadows? One passable, one faded, and one too odd to wear, no thanks.

  9. Becky

    what a shame .. is there a blush similar to the middle color? it looks so nice!

  10. Gillian

    I’m not sure how much I love this palette. I think the color are pretty, but not very wearable. I do enjoy the highlight color though. Would you consider it similar to Laura Mercier’s Sparkling Kir (which I own)?

  11. Leila

    I’ve been looking for the longest time for a shade like the rose-red one. It’s red, but not red. Not too burgundy, plum, maroon or brown. I was so disappointed that you didn’t have a dupe for this one.

    Most colours like these are quite vampirish and scary, but I can wear pinks and want something like this to pair with cooler, more delicate tones. It’s such a unique colour, which I why I was attracted to it in the first place. Wish t=it could’ve been sold as a single.

      • Leila

        Oh no need to be sorry, it’s not your fault! It’s just that it seems to be rare that you don’t have a dupe suggestion, so that when I was expecting one, it left me open to disappointment. I guess that’s a good thing for the brand though, it’s hard to be original!

        Still, I appreciate the review and swatches, they’re great!

    • Have you tried NARs Grenadines? The darkest shade reminds me of it — Grenadines is a bit more brickish and darker, I think.

    • Chantal

      Maybe try looking for a dupe among pigmented blushes, instead of eyeshadows? Might be easier. Unfortunately I only wear pale blushes, so I can’t recommend anything. I agree that the color is beautiful and unusual. Good luck in your search!

    • Leila

      @Victoria – I haven’t tried Grenadines, but I will check it out. The swatches online seem to have varying amounts of “brickness” to them, so I’ll have to see. I am very particular about the precise shades I want, it makes things harder on myself, but I suppose I do save money too! Haha. If only eyeshadows were as easy to mix as paint.

      @Chantal – That’s a good idea, I could try it, although I’m a little afraid about whether they will be eye-safe or not. I might just have to contact the companies for that information if I go down that route.

      Thank you for the suggestions and help guys! It’s very appreciated ^-^.

  12. Only the deep color in this trio I’m interested in so I’ll have to pass.

  13. Dini

    In love with the darkest color. So pretty!

  14. Rebecca

    I know a standard blush brush wouldn’t fit into the pans but do you think the darker two could be used as blushes? And the lightest as a high light or even a blush itself?

    • The darkest shade, sure, but the middle shade is probably not pigmented enough for that. The lightest shade is very pale – I think you would end up lightening your cheeks rather than highlighting!

  15. Veronica

    Shame, I’ve been looking for a good matte pink. :(

  16. Alisa

    Does this look like a valentine to anyone else lol..It just screams valentine to me, I think thats why I hate it, I like some pinks but this is something I would pass on.

  17. I just don’t like this combo at all. I could wear the middle shade maybe, but I’d really not go for the other 2, especially not together: I’d sooo look ill.

  18. shaheen

    i offer on line short course for make up i think this products r really good bcz everyone use easily

  19. shaheen

    all the eyeshadow nice bcz all skin tone women use it .

  20. Leigh

    Nars is slowly but surely starting to appear a lot like MAC to me. Pretty products and high expectations that hardly ever deliver.

  21. Camille

    Not sure about the deeper one. I think I will wait and see for myself the result on my skin tone :)

  22. i love wearing reds and oranges on my eyes, and i’m considering buying this. the price tag is a bit hefty for me but maybe as a treat… maybe, maybe…

  23. Jodi Gordon

    Would love idea’s of how to use the trio?