Saturday, November 7th, 2009

NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow
NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow from Holiday 2009

NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new shade of cream-to-powder eyeshadow from NARS’ Holiday Collection. NARS describes this shade as “[a] shimmering, spicy pine named for the monsoon – natural and unpredictable … [i]t has richness and depth, yet allows for a surprising range of intensity.” They later describe the color as “silver sage.”

Mousson is is an antique gold with a green tarnish and silver sparkle. It’s creamy, dries to a mostly powder finish fairly quickly (but not so fast you don’t have time to work with it), and I’ve found it fairly crease-resistant. I would say it’s much better and doesn’t crease easily when set with a powder base or layered over an eyeshadow base like Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance. The shade itself is exactly something I’d wear and a color I’d feel compelled to own–you know me and (antique) golds!

NARS’ Cream Eyeshadows aren’t my absolute favorite cream formula to work with (Benefit’s are my current favorite), but I do like it. I just find it does have a slight tendency to crease if you apply too much or you don’t set it with an eyeshadow. For me, I rarely wear cream shadows alone anyway, so it’s not a big deal to use it in conjunction with powder eyeshadow.

Bottom Line: For a fun, sparkly shade of antique gold with a green cast, Mousson might be something you’d like. If you’re not normally a cream eyeshadow fan, while it’s still worth taking a peek at your local NARS’ counter, I’m not sure these will persuade you otherwise at the end of the day.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love NARS’ Cream Eyeshadows, I do think you’ll like Mousson!

Availability: NARS

See swatches

NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow
NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow from Holiday 2009

NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow
NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow from Holiday 2009 (left)

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32 thoughts on “NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Anitacska

    I don’t really like cream eyeshadows or Nars for that matter, but this is a nice shade. I also like the one on the right!

  2. Kristina

    I love NARS cream shadows, they do not crease on me at all. I actually hit the pan on the shade Decameron. I love how these can be applied so delicately and sheer or layered and opaque without creasing on me and I don’t use a base.

    When applied sheer they are too gorgeous and after seeing this swatch, I am going to order this today along with the new a 15 year anniversary palette. Have you tried those yet?

    • I wish they didn’t crease on me – so not fair! 😛 It seems like they crease on some, never crease on others… wonder what makes or breaks it.

      I haven’t tried the anniversary palettes, though.

      • Kristina

        Hmmm, maybe it just affects different skin types differently. Although I have combo skin, shadows rarely crease on me. My nose can get shiny but not my lids, but this came with age.

        Also when I wear cream shadows I don’t moisturize my lids or use any primers. I just lightly dust some finishing powder first.

  3. THat’s an indeed nice gorgeous color! I am also a fan for antique colors now… I still haven’t tried Nars cream eyeshadow since i’ve asked a SA if they would crease, and she said it would. So i’m still reluctatnt to try it. but they do come in such gorgeous colors. but i would hate to buy it and regret afterwards. Should i risk it? By the way, what’s the color next to mousse? Mekong? It looks like a gorgeous combo right thre!

  4. The color seems nice if you want a barely there look this Christmas season!

  5. Great color. I think I may have to get this and the color to the right of it in the swatch.

  6. Julie

    What shadow is to the right of it in the swatch?
    It’s so pretty!

  7. shontay

    It looks gorgeous. I have several nars shadow duos but I don’t have any cream shadows. I may have to get this.

  8. I’m not usually a fan of cream formulas for e/s but I love the shade.

  9. Lorna

    it’s a lot more silvery gold than i would have thought. when i saw the promos for it i thought it would be more green. i do like the color but it’s not something i’d really wear. have you tried the NARS soft touch pencils? i’d like to get a feel of how well they stay put…

    • Same here, Lorna! It’s slightly green, but I wouldn’t really think to call it a green first. I am currently trying out Aigle now, and I’ll be sure to review when I’m done testing.

  10. amy

    These shades are lovely and I would wear them often, but I haven’t venture too much into Nars products yet. I have only tried their lipglosses and blush.

  11. s

    Looks pretty. Do you think there are any MAC dupes?

  12. Sarah M

    I really love this colour. Well, if I’m to be honest, I love any gold/green shimmery shade. I’m definitely going to be checking this out. It may even go on my birthday wishlist along with like a billion other things. Lol. :-)

  13. name

    looks a bit like sumptuous olive?

  14. Becky

    Hey Christine! It looks gorgeous, but what is that beautiful color next to it in the swatch pic??

  15. Erica

    Christine, what is the swatch next to Mousson?? ::Drool::
    I want that one -whatever it is!