Monday, July 19th, 2010

NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo

Prettiest NARS Eyeshadow Duo? Perhaps!

NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a stunning mix of golden taupe brown and smoky peacock blue. I’m not always a huge fan of NARS eyeshadows, to be honest–I’ve had a lot of misses, particularly with their singles in the past few seasonal collections–but Rajasthan blew me away. It is such a gorgeous duo that’s wearable and so perfect for fall. I love that it’s not a smoky plum but a charcoal black smoked out base with layers of metallic and navy blue all woven together. It may look a little on the cooler side, but warmer beauties will have no problem turning this into something lovely on the eyes.

The pigmentation is spot-on–it looks just like it does in the pan–while the texture is exactly what you’d expect from NARS: smooth and buttery. NARS’ eyeshadow duos are always a better value than their eyeshadow singles–you get twice as much for only $9 more.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This is a must-have in my book. The pigmentation and texture are exactly where they should be, and the colors are incredibly wearable for both cooler and warmer as well as lighter and deeper skin tones.


See more photos & swatches!

NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo

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133 thoughts on “NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches (Fall 2010)

  1. B

    i really want this eyeshadow duo! cant wait till they release it asia!

  2. What a beautiful combination, love it!

  3. Almus

    Idd it is gorgeus! I know it may be too soon for this but, Christine, do you plan on doing a review for the other eyeshadow duo on the fall connection?

  4. baby in a corner

    What a beautie! love taupes but would never thought of pairing them with dark blues! may try this with what’s already in my stash!

    • Gisele

      Gosh, I pair just about anything with taupe — plums, greens, blues. That is why there are taupe addicts.

  5. Roxanne

    I feel a look with these eyeshadows coming up…

  6. miffy

    The gold colour is gorgeous!

  7. Monique r.

    Can you do a look with this? Would love to see how the blue distributes in the crease and looks with your eye color (which is close to mine!!)

  8. *jawdrop*

    So amazing! I’d really LOVE to see this in a look, pretty please? :)

  9. Leah

    Gorgeous <3

  10. Looks pretty nice! I’m not a eyeshadow person, but I think I could use this on parties and such :) Thanks for the post!

  11. What a lovley combo!

  12. Drewbee

    Hey Christine! How similar are these shadows to the colors in the UD Naked palette? I’ve ordered the palette, but these colors look lovely! Are they similar enough to skip out on this duo?

  13. Caroline J

    You seem to love these eyeshadows 😮
    I’d like to see a tutorial on this then :)

  14. Bahar

    Well, im totally getting this 😛 I’ve been looking for a NARS duo, but didnt any with that suited me. But this is perfect! A very light an a very dark color and great payoff. Just what I was looking for :)

  15. elena

    nice colors for fall

  16. Bahar

    Do you know when it will be available at sephora ?

  17. Biba

    OMG, this is sooo pretty!

  18. Virginia

    Thanks for the great review, Christine. I really like the taupey color, but the blue is not for me. Can you think of a dupe for the brown? Thanks in advance!

  19. Persephone

    Well, I haven’t been excited about Nars in a long time, but this post was inspirational! Some additional Googling led to Phyllis’ FOTD at MakeupForLife, and I fell further in love.

    I ended up ordering this and a few other new products this morning. I even used the code “TEMPTALIA” for the free lip gloss trio–thanks so much, Christine! (I also managed to track down a coupon code for 18% off all purchases of $60 or more: 071510CP2.)

  20. Scientific Housewife

    I love those colors together but will probably find alternative colors to wear for fall.

  21. Wendy M.

    Ooh, I am loving this.
    I’m so going to buy it! 😀

  22. Lyla

    Helllllo Christine! is this ongoing or LE? omg this is too beautiful to pass up!

  23. Kalex

    So glad I just ordered this! What other shades do you suggest pairing with it? I didn’t order anything else from this collection.(Strawberry Fields isn’t my kind of shade.)

  24. Lulle

    Wow, I totally love this duo! I can really see a beautiful smokey look using nothing else but these 2 shades.
    However, I’ve been so disappointed by Nars shadows in the past (pigmentation/application issues) that I’m a little worried to spend over 30$ on this…
    Is it available in stores now? Maybe I should see it in person.

  25. Leila

    Oh Christine, yes this is the most prettiest NARS eyeshadow, very nice combination of colors and cool name… Nars has good inspiration, as always :)

  26. Neeshie

    This comes out on counters in the UK on August 1st – I’ve already reserved it and the blush, can’t wait!

  27. Adele houghton

    Do these colours look anything look the ud naked palette? Trying to decide if to get the 2 duos from fall collection or the palette.

  28. Kelli

    Do you know when/if this collection will be hitting Sephora?

  29. Tia Patrice

    This duo is gorgeous but it looks like 2 of the colors from the 9947 palette I have so I wont be picking it up but if I didnt have that palette I would definately have to have it!!

  30. I had high expectations for this eyeshadow duo and OMG it’s so gorgeous and well pigmented! <3

  31. Ester

    Crossing my fingers that you will do a tutorial with this! Pleasepleaseplease.

  32. shilpa

    oooooohh la la…
    i love this shadow more for its name… is named after Rajasthan,the most cOlorful place in INDIA…..i love it….INDIA rocks

  33. ali

    Would you say the blue shade in the duo is similar to Plumage by MAC? Maybe a little darker and shimmer-y?

  34. Meghann

    I am so getting that. Can’t wait until it comes out.

  35. Eileen

    Teal with gold has always been one of my favorite summer looks. Rajasthan looks like it would be a deeper, more subdued transition into fall. I’ll definitely be giving this one a try.

  36. Dini

    Looooooooooooooove this shadow duo. I try so hard to love NARS shadows, but usually end up hating them! I saw a look done with this duo and it was magical. Can’t wait to pick this up! Thanks for the swatches!!!

  37. SANDRA

    are there any MAC dupes of these colors??

  38. Wow, so pretty! The teal is so different :)

  39. Alexis

    I did get to see this in person at my local Nordstrom. I am loving this palette. The dark shade reminds a bit of MAC’s Club.

  40. LNU

    The colors are lovely, and the name really gets me since the place itself is a part of my culture!

  41. Sarah

    The darker color looks really similar to gunmetal from Urban decay in my opinion.

  42. Elysia W

    i don’t own any NARS cosmetics, but this will have to be my first purchase…GORG!

  43. Laura

    It’s too bad he makes one of his first LE duos so pretty lol!

  44. Cynthia

    Are these colors limited?

  45. Super pretty! Love it!

  46. Gisele

    Christine, do you know how this blue differs from Underworld? I’ve got the latter and don’t want to dupe. There seems to be more teal? It looks like a nice cool tone, and it looks captivating on you.


  47. Karen

    Are there any shades in the UD Naked palette that are similar to these shades ?? I’m trying to decide if I need this duo or not, since the colors are so pretty lol.

  48. JH

    it looks amazing!

  49. rashmi

    i have to get this …. i am from RAJASTHAN (jaipur)… so would be bad on my part and wont be justice if i dont buy it …
    thanks christine for the review…

  50. Nicole

    What can these two colours be compared to? I’m scared that it’s too similar to woodwinked maybe tempting too splurge on it. And what is a similar mac dupe to the dark side of the duo? Thanx:)

    • Woodwinked pulls a lot redder and golden-toned – not so much a taupe. Deep Blue Green would be the closest, though it’s very shimmery and isn’t quite the same.

  51. Ariel

    Christine, is the golden taupe half similar to MAC’s Honeylust (which is similar to All That Glitters)? I think the blue is gorgeous, but I have a lot of neutrals already and don’t want to have repeat colors.


  52. Neet

    I actually belong from Rajasthan. Rajasthan is a state in India.

    The duo makes so much sense with the name cuz’ Rajasthan state has desert which explains the taupe golden and the state also has lots of peacocks so the peacock green makes sense.

  53. This is really beautiful! I love these colors together. :)

  54. Parris

    I’m loving this duo so much that I just purchased it online along with taj mahal, which I’ve been wanting for the longest time. I’m so excited I can’t wait to get my pkg in the mail. I used your code for the mini glosses so I definitely feel like this purchase is worth it. Thanks Christine!

  55. Karla

    Shimmery. Preeeettyyyyy. Neeeeeeeddd. And I might’ve overlooked it if you hadn’t swatched it. Thanks!

  56. Ashley

    Getting this.

  57. Janette

    Hi Christine 😀

    This is soooo lovely Im trying not to find similar items in my stash so would MAC Woodwinked E/S and Deep Blue Green Pigment be a dupe or is this different enough to pick up.


  58. Natalie

    Grrr.. Thanks Christine!! I hate NARS shadows and I have been safe from your NARS enabling, but not with this! I should have stayed away from Temptalia today!!!

  59. Shanda

    this is pretty!

  60. I am safe – these colours do not suit me. I look tired and pale with them.
    But I can wear these colours with clothes, and then I love them!

  61. vero

    Hi Christine. I have MAC Plummage and its looks pretty similar. What do you think? I love this duo!

  62. Vanessa

    This duo is sooo pretty! When does it come out on the Sephora website? Because I didn’t see it D;

  63. Cinthia

    Yaaaay its beautiful! This is the one thing 4 sure i want frm the collection…and like u im not even a big fan of their e/s but this is a must!

  64. Claudia

    Christine, I loved this combo ! Which MAC eyeshadow do you think could be a dupe for the blue one ????

  65. Nessa

    just WOW!

  66. jo

    could you dupe the lighter shade of the duo with the one from Earth angel duo? tia!

  67. cloudburst

    Oh wow, I’m getting this for sure.

  68. Lis

    Yay I bought this on saturday. It is beautiful.

  69. Christine

    I’m excited to get this NARS duo. It looks like my kind of colors.

  70. I don’t own any NARS eyeshadows but I MUST have this. So gorgeous.

  71. Lily

    Hi Christine,

    I’m from a small european country and I’m having much trouble finding NARS products, so I wanted to ask you, does MAC have any dupes for these two lovely shades?

  72. Becca

    Just found out that I won this, and I had to take another look at these swatches. So excited! :)

  73. Jess

    Hi Christine, just wondering is this permanent or limited edition? Thanks!

  74. Is this duo shadow a limited edition or permanent? I feel the urge to buy it but I am on the fence about it.

  75. The miaomi

    its sold out everywhere!!!:(

  76. Karena

    I just recently bought this and I don’t know if it’s just mine but are the shadows a little sheer? And the tan color has a lot of fallout. And I really wanted to love this ):

    • I didn’t have any sheerness or fall out issues!

    • Amanda

      I have the same issue with mine. I’m wondering if it’s a bad batch. Definitely not the usual NARS eyeshadow quality, I really have to pack on the tan side in multiple layers to get anything to show up.

  77. Shasa

    just purchased this online from bloomingdales, it said it was instock but then in the checkout it said “We need to confirm the availability of this item. When in stock, this item usually ships within 5 business days. If it’s not available, we’ll let you know. ” is that just a disclaimer or does that mean its on backorder? thank you so much if you know but also for this review! the colors are so gorgeous i saw these swatches and fell in love! i am a young makeup addict and i think this would be so gorgeous and a great staple item! thank you so much i love your website!

    • It could go either way, honestly :(

      • Shasa

        it came! it shipped really quickly and everything! i used it yesterday and it is so gorgeous! i put the taupe color over my busy signal benefit cream shadow with the deeper charcoal teal color in my crease and outer v and it looked great! its almost like smokey neutral look! its so everyday

  78. I love this duo. This was my first purchase from this company. I am interested in buying some more products but not sure what else to get. I also have coconut groove. What else do you suggest?

  79. minh-vy

    Hi Christine! I missed out on Rajasthan duo, do you have any suggestions for dupes ? Your last review of Jealous Jordana from the Balm looked similar to the peacock dark side but I’m not sure where to find the golden taupe color. Btw I love your blog ! and I like also that its getting update so often :) Gives me something to look forward at the end of the day

  80. I just got this duo a few weeks and although I love the colours, I’m not impressed with the formula. Perhaps I Just got a bad batch because it’s so much more pigmented and vibrant in your swatches (could this be because of my skin tone?) I even tried swatching it on my hand with my eyeshadow base and after half a dozen layers of each, they only slightly showed up. What a shame.

    I also have a question for you. Do you know if certain eyeshadow bases react differently with different eyeshadows? My base (by POP Beauty) seems to love Make Up For Ever and MAC shadows but it just doesn’t hold onto Nars. (Rajasthan is my only Nars eyeshadow so I can’t speak for all of them). It’s a peachy-gold liquid base with gold shimmer so perhaps due to all the colour in the base, it overpowers the colours in Rajasthan? Or perhaps Nars just doesn’t mix well with liquids? I notice that you use the Nars eyeshadow base and I really want to get it but I might wait until I’m done my current bottle. Unless you have experience with this and can attest to Nar’s base and its efficacy with its own shadows…I’ll probably get it right away. I really want to wear Rajasthan more often but at the rate I’m using it now, I’m just denting the pan and not getting any of the pay-off.

    Sorry for all the questions! It’s just that my questions are so specific that I didn’t get what I was looking for on the internet. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

    • That can sometimes be the case, though with the NARS base, I haven’t really run into problems myself :) I wasn’t over the moon with UDPP in general and for awhile, favored color bases because so many bases seemed to mute rather than accent colors!

    • Cathy

      I have the same problem! I spent $40+ on this duo and all I’m doing is denting the pan and I can’t seem to get the same pigmentation as Christine got here… Is there a way to contact NARS regarding this?