Friday, 19 November 2010

Nars Fall Collection Eyeshadow Duos

All I can say is better late than never with this post.

These duos have been on my shopping list for months and even though we are now onto Holiday collections, I thought I'd give you a brief look at the Nars Fall eyeshadow duos in Tzarine and Rajasthan. At first glance they can look very similar, so I thought it would useful to show them side by side to show the difference in shades. If, like me, you are torn between the two, it might help you decide which to go for.

Left: Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Rajasthan, Right: Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Tzarine
Nars eyeshadow duos are one of my favourite products from the brand and I have amassed quite a collection over the years. Having read various blog reviews when they were first released (often quite contradictory), I originally plumped for Rajasthan but left it too late and when I tried to get it from the Nars counter, it was sold out.

I swiftly opted for Tzarine and am pleased I did as otherwise I think I would have overlooked it. It is not quite as striking as Rajasthan, but it seems more delicate, reminding me of the shades you see on snowy Christmas cards (that might seem a really odd thing to say but I have been making about 300 handmade ones the last few months and champagne gold and light silver snow flakes have been a prevalent theme). Described as 'gold infused with silver inflections with a bold, steel grey', I disagree with the 'bold' grey, it is perfect to create a subtle Christmas party eye. If you want sophisticated shimmer rather than out there glitter, this would be a great choice.

Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Tzarine - £23
I managed to get Rajasthan last week and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't as similar to Tzarine as I first thought. It is warmer toned, featuring an antique gold and darkened forest green, although Nars official description of the colours is 'glazed almond and cool charcoal'. Although the colours looked great in the pan, I was disappointed with the darker shade when I swatched it, it felt chalky and dragged a little. The lighter shade and both colours in the Tzarine duo felt soft and buttery, with a nice shimmer and smooth application. The dark shade in Rajasthan fell flat on all counts.

Still, I suppose three out of four colours isn't bad, but I would recommendd Tzarine over Rajasthan for quality. If you really want the antique gold shade from the latter duo, you could try Bohemian Gold (leans a little more bronze), Key Largo (leans a little more peach) or Summer Time if you prefer cream shadows.

Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Rajasthan - £23

Here are the swatches of both duos side by side:

Swatches left to right: Rajasthan, Tzarine
Even though part of the Fall Collection, both eyeshadow duos are still available to buy online at and They are £23 each.

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