NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades that is new–and limited edition!–for fall. It’s supposed to be online on July 15th on NARS, and then a full release to the usual retailers on August 1st. I think if you really loved the texture of Kauai, you’ll love the texture of these shades. I will say these two felt a smidgen softer, so sometimes, it seems like more product loosens from the pan than necessary.

Jardin Perdu (Left) is described as a “metallic dove grey.” It’s a medium-dark, silver-gray with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish and cool undertones. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was very soft and buttery. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (LE) is very similar. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is warmer. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is similar. Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is similar. MAC Tundra (LE) is a cream product. MAC Evening Grey (LE, $19.50) is slightly warmer. MAC Silver Sleet (LE, $32.50) is more metallic. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jardin Perdu (Right) is described as a “metallic amethyst.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with subtle warm undertones. It had really good color payoff, and the powder felt soft, fairly smooth, and dense. The color stayed on well for eight hours before fading on me. NARS Kauai #2 (P, $24.00) is very similar–it’s just a brighter, slightly warmer version, but it was surprisingly similar. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, warmer. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is similar. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is similar. bareMinerals Encore (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) Eyeshadow

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) Eyeshadow

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) Eyeshadow

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) Eyeshadow

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo (with Night Bird Eyeliner)

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I think these shades would be too cool and silvery for me (silver never seems to look good on my eyes) but it’s pretty and I have nothing else like it, so I may try it out.

I was so annoyed to see the purple be SO similar to the one in Kauai… it just came out! The texture is very similar, and I know that for me the texture was a major selling feature of Kauai, so I was sad that this would feel redundant.

I`m planning to look through my shadows to see if I have a dupe for the silvery side (I don`t have any of the dupes you listed, though I`ve got 3 for the purple side….and I`m not even a huge fan of purple shadows). If I can find something close, I will try to skip this although I am so weak when it comes to beautiful eye shadows that there is a good likelihood I`ll cave and buy it. But you do have to wonder about why they`d launch such a similar purple shade. Maybe they know there are suckers like me out there in the makeup buying world!

The only thing I could think of was that this was the “cool-toned” version of it, for those who didn’t like the gold in Kauai… I think the purple in this duo could have been even cooler-toned, and then either lighter/darker – still makes it a cool-toned version, just more differentiated at the same time!

it’s the combo that is doing it for me.. I didn’t realize how close this was to Kauai so thanks for this dialogue. The silver in the duo is definitely the proverbial nail in the coffin. I do not have many silver shadows, especially since the shimmery type tend to run too heavy and frosted for my tastes, just too much. This one on the other hand seems to hit the right note. Not to enable BTW..just observing and commenting 😀

Love this! And it looks so pretty on you! But I got Kauai, which I also like, so I guess it’s a skip. Odd to do two so similar shades in two collections so close together….

These are both beautiful; I am also surprised how close the purple shade is to Kauai eyeshadow (my first thought when I saw the photos). I think these will be too cool on me, but they look beautiful on you, Christine!

Thank you so much for the honest comparison of the purple shade with Kauai — I haven’t bought it but based on your comp I think I will bypass The Lost Garden (Jardin Perdu) and head straight for Kauai!!

I own a metallic dove gray from Bobbi Brown (2007?) and have been looking for that complex gold so NARS nailed it.

I am awaiting your reviews of Dior’s fall/winter makeup collection — so many palettes to choose from!

This duo also reminds me of Melusine, only softer, & more delicate. Although I have both Melusine & Kauai, as well as many of the “dupes” listed, I still plan to grab this duo. It’s NARS, and it’s purple… What more could I ask for, LOL?

These colors look so pretty together! I need to find similar shades in my stash so I don’t end up ordering this lol

Christine, lurker here to your helpful blog and first comment here.

By any chance, do you happen to know how the Nars silver compares to Burberry Pearl Gray?


Unfortunately, I don’t think I have Pearl Gray! I did a Google search to see if I had reviewed it in the past but no luck!

Happy first comment!

It’s quite beautiful imo, I hope people buy it. I have Kauai though, so I’ll pass… Too bad the color is so similar!

I have similar colors but I’m going to try your look with the colors shifting from light to dark on the lid.

Omg this is gorgeous!! The purple shade reminds me a lot of loreal purple priority, but a little lighter., with the bluish shimmer, but red undertones….but that silvery gray!!!!! I don’t think I have anything like it, & I LOVE LOVE LOVE gray & silver shadows!!! Can you think of any drugstore dupes? It’s perfect!




No, that’s not me choking, it’s me trying to articulate how gorgeous this eyeshadow duo is, and how much I WANT IT RIGHT NOW OH GOD THE PURPLE *drool*

I never got Kauai… perhaps there is room for justification!!!

I love this combo! I tend to buy warm toned purples and quite often pair them with gold, so a cold purple with silvery grey would be so much fun.
I think this is a must.
Your look using these is just lovely, well done as always, Christine!

Christine, I hope you’ll see this question….I was at Sephora the other day, hoping to get on the “call list” for this when it comes in but the snitty sales assistant (they’re not usually like this) told me that they don’t do that any more for LE products and I’d just have to take my chances. GRRRR. Anyway, while I was there, I looked at the new Nars dual intensity shadows and wondered if perhaps Lysithea was at all close to the left hand side of Jardin Perdu. Dince I’ve already got Kauai, I figure I can deal with not snagging Jardin Perdu if I can just find a reasonable dupe that is still available, since so many are LE, for the left hand side.

Lysithea is warmer, more of a golden pewter than a silvery-gray. I think the closest that’s still available (online, at least) is NARS’ Bad Behaviour.

Thanks, Christine. I think I’ll just have to be vigilant and call Sephora weekly (and weakly….as in “I am so weak and have no willpower”) and hope I get this. Nars doesn’t usually sell out all that quickly here (I hope!) so with a bit of luck, I’ll be able to snag this. Of course, I’ve now sort of fallen hard for Lysithea. See…WEAK!

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