Monday, July 19th, 2010

NARS Look:  Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo

I actually really LOVED how everything came together.  I loved how the eyeshadows looked layered over the bright teal base.  I also loved the way the glitter flecks in Palladium came through in a very subtle way.  Everything was fabulous until about fifteen minutes later when I noticed that the base was not holding up.  There was noticeable smearing/melting.  I’ll have to try Palladium again over an eyeshadow base, but in the past, the Soft Touch pencils haven’t creased on me so long as they’ve been set with powder… not the case here, though.

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: NARS Palladium Soft Touch Pencil (teal), NARS Mangrove Eyeshadow (mustard-chartreuse), NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow (golden taupe/dark green-blue), Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (highlighter), CoverGirl Green Glow LiquilineBlast (bright chartreuse green), Lancome Precious Cells Mascara (black)
  • Face: NARS Sheer Matte Foundation (Punjab), Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (translucent)
  • Cheeks: Korres #15 Natural Blush (soft brown)
  • Lips: MAC Smash Hit Dazzle Lipstick (sheer glittery white-gold), Burberry Cameo Lip Gloss (muted melon-pink)
  • Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 116 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Smash Hit = Tanarama

For eyes, start by applying Palladium as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Mangrove eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend Rajasthan (taupe) eyeshadow on the middle of the lid blended to the outer lid with the 239. Next, apply Rajasthan (dark blue) eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Green Glow eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Precious Cells mascara.

For cheeks, apply #15 blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Smash Hit lipstick first, and then layer Cameo lip gloss for a complementing lip.

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207 thoughts on “NARS Look: Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo

  1. Kelly

    this is such a beautiful look Christine! :) I love it <3!

  2. Jamie

    This is such a cool look, Christine!

  3. Sarah

    This is SO pretty! You look gorgeous in greens by the way

  4. Kayvid

    Beautiful Look! The eyeshadow colors really suit you well.
    I was going through your Guerlain Archives and I simply MUST know what is the swatch on left in this picture:

  5. Wow that foundation looks absolutely fabulous on you, your skin looks totally flawless! Too bad the pencil didn’t hold up as a base though, otherwise you look amazing =)

  6. baby in a corner

    love this! mangrove is a lot more green than I thought from the Nars promotion pictures. I thought it would be more like gorgeous gold. is it somewhere between that and sweet and punchy?

    • I wouldn’t really describe it as a full on green at all. This is layered over a teal base, which is why it transforms into a green shade.

      • baby in a corner

        ah yeah, good point! d’oh! is it like gorgeous gold then would you say? I like layering Gorgeous Gold over other colours. over UD shattered you get this really reflective blue that flashes gold and green!

  7. Roxanne

    Oh my god! This is just… oh my god! You weren’t kidding when you said this was a rockin’ look! Love it! Seems like you’re testing a lot of new products too!

  8. Li Ming

    Love this look, Christine!

  9. Samantha

    Hey Christine, the lip color looks like a gorgeous nude for darker skintones! Do you know of any similar colors but are lipsticks instead of glosses? Thanks!

  10. Liz

    absolutely gorgeous on you!

  11. Proximity

    Looks fantastic, this is my favorite look that you’ve done in the last couple weeks :)

  12. Alyssa

    this is absolutely gorgeous!

  13. Laura

    I wonder if the chartreuse side of Rated R would be a good, albeit shimmery, dupe to Mangrove. Love the look btw!

  14. Ru

    I’m sad to hear Palladium didn’t hold up. But I’m glad you showed us how Rajastan looks! The look is very lovely.

  15. Kate M.

    OMG that mascara is AMAZING!!  Your eyes look so BAM in the second picture =)

    The new NARS duo really seems to glow!  <3

  16. Tasmin

    Gorgeous look Christine! you look stunning!

  17. Amie

    Just gorgeous! I saw the Rajasthan duo at Nordstrom but I passed it over. I may need to go back now :) Christine, how do you think it compares with other dark teal shades like Nars Thunderball?

  18. Victoria

    The look is fab on you Christine, very complimenting. To bad it melted!!!

  19. Lady Di.

    Oh wow, this is probably one of my favorite looks you’ve done so far! Your eyes really stand out with this green and the lip color compliments it perfectly! Love it!

  20. Kaylynrenee

    Oh my… I am diggin’ this one Christine! And Trench is gorgeous as the highlight! I’m DEFINITELY checking into it next time I’m at Nordstrom. I’m thinkin’ it’s a must-have for me… Thanks so much for the Grain comparison. Grain IS a bit too pink on me!

  21. does NARS is being sold in Malaysia?Because im kind of attracted to this’s nice :)

  22. MatryoshkaDollBeauty

    I Love your eye color in the top picture, it looks like your eyes are made out of tiger’s eye!

  23. Rae

    This is CRAZY cute, Christine! I don’t have a chartreuse shadow, but aside from that — I definitely want to try out this look 😀 Of course, I’d have to make a lot of alterations for my monolids, but if it turns out even half this awesome… it’ll be very much worth it.

  24. it looks amazing!!!!

  25. Kathy

    Christine, this is by far one of my favorite looks you’ve ever done…you look stunning! :) Will you be doing a review of that Lancome mascara? It looks great on you, beautiful length (I’m partial to Lancome mascaras so I’d love to hear your thoughts on this particular one.)

  26. Karmen

    I think im gonna go buy that Nars Duo this weekend. You know what would be nice to see when you post these looks ? It would be cool if you could post a picture of the stuff that you used all together that way we can see how the items look like. I saw a blog that did that and it was great because we could see how they look like. For example, i wanted to see how the Nars Palladium pencil looked like. I know i can click on the link but it would be nice to see everything at once. :)

  27. I think it looks great, love teal!

  28. LNU

    That mascara looks great! :O
    Are you testing it out for an upcoming review? 😉

  29. Dini

    I love the pop of bright color you put in there. This shadow duo is amazing – so dynamic in color. Paired with that lip, it looks as though this eyeshadow/overall look was meant just for you!

  30. Mel

    PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE do a video tutorial on this. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! :-)

    BTW, i love reading your website. You do a great job! :-)

  31. Sass

    I like this look. That Burberry Trench as a highlight looks so much better than using MAC Ricepaper. It’s not too bright, it’s just right. Good look!

  32. SeforaMac

    WOW you look gorgeous!!! Love the way you blended the colors.
    Pleaseeeeeeeeeeee do a video tutorial if you already haven’t.

  33. Gorgeous! Love the green liner too. ^-^

  34. Macara

    Waw, great! Could you tell me, what’s the eyeshadow with which you did your brows ? tks :)

  35. Elaine

    this is without a doubt the most gorgeous look i’ve seen on you!!!! you look FABULOUS christine!!

  36. Mariana

    this is a really pretty look for you, so far one of my favorites. :-)

  37. I love this look–great spin on the smokey eye! I think this will have to be my first Nars duo.

  38. Diligent Shopper

    Christine, did you pick up the other e/s duo? I think it’s called tzarine and I was planning to pick that one up at first. It looked like a pink and grey duo. Would love to hear your feedback if you have that one as well.

    PS: loving this e/s so far. Maybe I’d need to buy both duos in this collection. :)

  39. Diana B

    Awww you look so tired your eyes are so red…the color is awesome on you though

  40. Ms. Jimmi

    This is gorgeous! Looks fab with your brown eyes!

  41. I’m seriously in awe! This is the most beautiful look you’ve done in ages!!! Not that all your looks aren’t lovely, but this is just AMAZING!!! Love it, love it, love it!!! Okay, I think I’ve just used up my monthly quota of exclamation points.

  42. I’m loving the eyeshadow look! It’s making me crave for those NARS eyeshadows…….why?!

    When does the NARS Fall collection come out? Late July or August?

  43. Love this look! And love that NARS duo. You look great with a fun, bold eye and toned down lip. =)

  44. Hannah

    What a gorgeous look! Maybe next time you’ll have to lay down a primer before you use that pencil as a base… so disappointing that this one didn’t hold up for you!

  45. OMG—this is hoooottttt! I swore I didn’t want anything from the fall collection, but I want EVERYTHING on your eyes—everythang…lol.

  46. Emily

    Love it! Love it! Love it! Great look for you!

  47. bxboricua

    Not a big fan of Nars, but the Rajasthan duo looks so pretty on you! may consider buying it… :)

  48. Annie

    That is gorgeous! I love this look!

  49. Ebony Goddess

    I new there was a reason to love this Nars Duo. Now im definitely getting it!

  50. sofia

    so good!!!soooo good!!!

  51. Lowie

    stunning! this look is beautiful on you Christine!

  52. Mindy

    Wow!! I need that Taupe now!

  53. Dee

    How do you like the sheer matte foundation?

  54. This is my favourite look you’ve done!! The taupish colour really pops. Beautiful!

  55. I really love this look you put together. Very pretty.

  56. nan

    Never seen this combination before! I love it.

  57. Vanessa

    Wow! I usually gloss over your looks posts, but dayum! I really like this one! 😀

  58. Jess

    this duo kinda reminds me of the photorealism quad. A little.

  59. Elusive

    This looks amazing! One day I will be able to do looks like this! Still practising the basics. :)


    I love this look I its a good combination I would love to see u wit some false lashes ur unique

  61. This look is stunning! I love how you used the bright green on bottom lashline to continue the pop of colour opening up your eyes :)

  62. Ashley

    This is my favourite look from you! Also I’m loving the mascara your wearing, it looks like it’s really good at separation/defining. Do you know if Lancome released a waterproof version of this mascara yet?

  63. Chrissie

    wow I have to say that this is my fave eye look that you’ve done thus far christine – its creative and the colour combo is so fresh – love it!

    p.s. in your description, i noticed that it says goldmine eyeshadow…did you mean mangrove?

  64. Brenda

    Very nice:) I was looking at picking up the Tiaga duo today…still deciding on it.

  65. Lisa

    Hey christine! Looking stunning as usual! The green looks awesome on you!! I noticed your wearing nars sheer matte, How are you likeing it??? We are the same shade because I am punjab in the sheer glow, i hate that it kinda photographs not well on my camera, leaving me with a slight white cast due to flash. How do u get your face and body to match in pictures!!?? Also I was wanted to ask you how does the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder preform? because im currently using the mac prep and prime to set my make up, maybe that explaines why theres a white cast when using flash photography. Because it seems like the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder photographs well on.

  66. jen

    Do you think MAC Delft paint pot would work, or would it be too dark?

  67. its a gorgeous look! Please update us once you have tried again :)

  68. Hilana

    This is just gorgeous. Love it. You look stunning! And the lip colour goes brilliantly with these eyes.

  69. Vanelle

    I noticed you used a variety of products here and not your traditional regulars like Makeup forever HD and you used burberry trench as the high lighter eye shadow. Love it! The Nars sheer matter looks gurgus on you! And lancome definicils is my absolute favorite mascara. I decided to give the Nars eyeshadow a second look and I purchased. Gorg!

  70. Dini

    This is so so so pretty – I’m really sad I didn’t buy Rajasthan when I was in the US last weekend! No Nars in Malaysia so that means I wont be getting it :(

  71. KC

    The teal colour in NARS looks just like MAC’s blue-green pigment.

    • It’s kind of like it, but it doesn’t have the same reflective nature nor the finish (which is definitely frosty with the pigment) — they look more alike in the pan than on, I’d say!

  72. That look is super pretty on you! I love the subtle lip :)

  73. hiromi

    this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, christine. will you be reviewing the burberry lipgloss? because judging from these photos, i think i’ve just fallen in love.

  74. Luisafer

    Love green color on me!!! so, definitely I love this look!!! you look great with this shades, and lipstick 100% =O)

  75. Lizz M.

    I’m loving this look, the colors really suit you, as well as each other! This is a perfect example of wearable makeup with fun color.

    And i’m totally in a Nars phase right now so that Rajasthan duo and the Strawberry fields gloss will be mine!

    • Thanks, Lizz! What are some of your fave NARS products?

      • Lizz M.

        Right now, I’m loving both Striptease and Supervixen glosses. Damned velvet matte lipcolor (like a giant pencil, love lip products like that) and the Eurydice Duo (a charcoal color/this gorgeous eggplant with blue duochrome)

        Those are my favorites from Nars right now. Hmm, i’d love to try more of thier face makeup. What i’ve been wanting is to pick up a couple of the multiples and blushes, particularly Oasis. Ha, need to start saving up.

  76. lauraaaaaaaa

    love greens on you!

  77. Chrissy

    I’m in love with the lip combo! That and how you make mustard-chartreuse look so wearable :)

  78. Hmm, I thought I left a comment here but obviously I didn’t. Anyway, great look! :)

  79. Nicole F.

    Please do a tutorial on this look…seriously one of the prettiest looks i’ve ever seen!

  80. Ester

    Omg amazing! I love this.

  81. Millie

    Gorgeous! Love the eye shadow colors together! You truly are an artist who knows what colors go great together. How do like the NARS sheer matte foundation? I’m thinking of trying the sheer glow though. Any reason why you chose the sheer matte over the sheer glow?

    • Hey Millie!

      Thank you! I’ve only worn it once so far — too early to tell!

      I haven’t tried the Sheer Glow, but I know that I personally prefer more matte foundations, so I figured Sheer Matte was more my style!

  82. Josi

    I really like that one :)

  83. Maya

    So pretty!
    Have to have it!

  84. Natasha S.

    I love this look!
    I wonder if the Rajasthan duo is available here in Canada @ Sephora

  85. Elena Hernandez

    I think this is my favorite look that you’ve ever done! This look also really suits you.

  86. Mandy

    Poor little red eyeballs! I swear, you and I could be sensitive eye twins!

  87. cinthia

    wooooow, that is soooooooooooooooooo PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I l00000000000ve it!

  88. jaspreet

    beautiful look

  89. Annalise

    I love this look, so pretty I had to copy and wear it today :) thanks for sharing!!!

  90. Thank you, Kristina! I think Lucky Green and Gazette Grey would work perfectly!

  91. Sash

    Your pupils look dilated in the first eye pic! LOL
    Nice look.

  92. Beautiful look! I love green and blue:)

  93. Urska

    I loooove your eyes, stunning!

  94. Jenna

    Stunning! I really wish that I got Rajasthan! :(

  95. Jennifer

    Love love LOVE this look on you, Christine!!!! :) Beautiful!