Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Quick Eyes with NARS Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo

In an effort to show how wearable the rosy shade was in Grand Palais, I used the duo in a quickie look before I did lip swatches for NARS’ fall lip products.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof all over the lid and above the crease with the 249 to lay down your eyeshadow base.  Apply the taupe shade all over the lid with the 239, and then lightly sweep and diffuse the muted mulberry shade into the crease with the 222.  Diffuse the crease edge with Trench eyeshadow using the 217.  Next, apply Rue Bonaparte eyeliner on the lower water line and Via Appia eyeliner on the lower lash line. Coat lashes with Film Noir mascara to finish the look.

For cheeks, apply Cassandre on the apples of the cheeks and sweep towards the temple with the 188.

For lips, apply Pago Pago lipstick for a complementing lip.

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Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

NARS Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “silver taupe” and “dusty rose.” The left side of the duo is a smoky taupe with a hint of brown, touch of gray, and frosted finish. The right side of the duo is a muted mulberry. It’s deeper than pink–almost like a really dusty rosy red.

The taupe is lovely in color payoff and texture–true-to-pan color with excellent pigmentation, while the texture is buttery and smooth and applies beautifully. Mattes are prone to being difficult, and the mulberry side, while not difficult outright, is a little dry and stiff with a touch of powderiness. It works better applied than it feels when swatched. It’s a touch on the sheerer side, with slight unevenness, but it blends well enough once applied.

MAC Satin Taupe is many shades darker, as is Giorgio Armani #4. Inglot #402 is warmer and browner. theBalm’s Come Hither Heather is the closest I could think of. I could not find anything similar to the mulberry side of the duo, though.

Per NARS, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

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NARS Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

If you've found pink eyeshadow to be difficult to wear, you might like this more muted, darker variation. It works well paired with the taupe within the duo, and a bonus is it also pairs well with the darker lip colors of the fall collection.











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