I went in to Sephora to look at 2 Nars duos – Nouveau Monde and Marie Gallante. Well, the latter was dreadful (I later read Christine’s review and saw that it got a D rating – whew, I am glad I didn’t just grab it based on how interesting it looked) but Nouveau Monde was fabulous! I got Habanera a year or 2 back and Nouveau Monde is like a reverse of that duo – it has a light lilac shimmery shadow and a dark, shimmery ivy green shadow (Habanera has a light, icy green and a deep purple). I knew I would love the unusual colour pairing and I absolutely do. Even at this time of year (autumn is just starting) the dark green shade is just perfect. And the lilac is so pretty for an evening look. Not the most “versatile” duo but really lovely and great quality. Interestingly, if you have the TooFaced Romantic Eye palette, you have a dupe for the lilac side of this duo and the TooFaced shadow is much smoother and nicer in texture than the Nars!
Having not tried Nars products before, I chose the Mediteranee eyeshadow duo as my shades for my Nars makeover with a make up artist. The duo consists of a light gold shade and an orange shade. I was a little worried that the orange would look weird but used together the combination is stunning. I was most impressed with the colour payoff. You don’t need to use a lot and the formula is perfect for blending. Needless to say I bought the duo and cannot wait to wear it with the MAC all about orange lipsticks.
I would have given this four stars, but I believe this is way overpriced. The shadows aren’t bad, but they definitely are not amazing. The two shades in this duo are a light champagne pink that is cooler tones, and a light, slightly orangey gold. Together for a really soft look, these are great, but even with a primer they tend to fade on me. These aren’t the softest shadows, either, so that may have something to do with it. They’re kind of sheer, but can be pretty if you like that. I like this duo, especially for travel, but again, these are so overpriced. Overall, for 34 dollars (I think thats what they are), you could get ten eyeshadows at the drugstore that work just as well.