NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches (Fall 2010)

NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fall 2010: Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is new and permanent duo for fall that features a shimmering golden-toned champagne and darkened gray with silver sheen. If I had to pick between the two new eyeshadow duos, I would easily choose Rajasthan. The pigmentation and texture is better in the latter duo–Tzarine suffers from a bit of sheerness and less smoothness in the champagne shade, while the gray shade is just a little sheer but overall has the same texture of most NARS eyeshadows.

Admittedly, neither shade seems particularly unique or compelling, which might be why it seems a little dull when released next to Rajasthan. The champagne side reminds me of a lighter version of Alhambra, while the gray side is like a darker version of Underworld.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Not as smooth, richly pigmented, or as easy to apply as Rajasthan or the best of NARS eyeshadows–it falls just a little short for me.


NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo

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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 don’t think these colours particularly compliment each other. if i was doing a smoky eye I’d probably use a white/silvery colour with that grey and use the champagne to lighten brown/ taupe/ gold shadows. but thats just me!

Hummm… This time I think I don’t like the colours. As you have said, nothing new.
The champange one is as white as it seems in the swatches? Because in the box appears more beige… ยฌยฌ

I could tell from online swatches that this duo was not as good in certain ways (pigment, texture, “blendability,” and pairing of the colors), so I’m pleased that you agree, Christine. I ordered Rajasthan from NARS and it’s on its way, so I’m glad I got it before it sold out. The problem with many duos from Francois is that they are hit-and-miss.

I also thought that the blue-gray of Czarine was very similar to the blue-gray of Underworld, which I have, just with a bit more shimmer and maybe a bit darker.

Oh, the Rajasthan came today! It is a perfect dark mallard green with a gray undertone and the beige is lovely. What a hit for NARS! LE, of course.

Hi Christine! Why is it the first thing I do when I’m online is to go to this website? ๐Ÿ™‚ … will u be reviewing the brown single e/s from this collection since u used it 4 this look?

Pretty in the case. Disappointing as a swatch. I have to agree. Really don’t compliment each other and the champagne colour is just too frosty.

i bought this instead of Rajasthan, i guess i prefer the slightly sheerer more luminous colors? I swatched Rajasthan the other day, and I was actually really glad I bought Tsarine instead due to the fact that I KNOW the dark shade in Rajasthan’s just gonna look dirty on me. I’m on the lighter side of NC25 tho, so maybe paler girls might prefer this? The light side of Rajasthan was quite lovely however

I’m NC25 too so now I’m confused as to which duo to buy ๐Ÿ™ But I think I will take Christine’s recommendation that Rajasthan is the better of the two, at least quality-wise. With Rajasthan being LE, I think I can wait on Tzarine.

Is the light side of Tzarine really that shimmery though? I’ve been using Burberry Trench a lot as my highlight so I liked that Christine also used it in the look for Rajasthan. I don’t think I’ll use all of the pretty bright colors but I liked seeing what you can do.

I’m starting to wish that NARS had made Tzarine and Rajasthan into a quad or I’m almost sure I will end up buying both!

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