The new NARS Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow ($45) reminds me of the time my neighbor brought jalapeÃ±o ice cream to the annual Memorial Day potluck on our street.
At first, all I could say was, “uh…” I mean, spicy and sweet? I pictured those big green peppers…
It just didn’t compute, but then I gave it a try. It was sweet, but it also had a kick that took my breath away. It took a few bites, but I started to like it. Eventually, I even went back for seconds.
Ramatuelle had a similar effect on me. Like jalapeÃ±o ice cream, it features an unexpected combination, except in this case, it’s not a sweet treat and a spicy pepper, but a combination of cool and warm shades.
A limited edition eyeshadow trio released with the new nine-piece NARS Summer 2012 collection, Ramatuelle contains three powder shadows — a warm, matte apricot; a warm, shimmery beige; and a cool, shimmery silver. It’s now the sixth eyeshadow trio available from NARS.
Ready for an Easter Egg? NARS included one to make it easier to keep the color temps straight. If you look closely at the patterns on the pans, the lines in the cool-toned silver shadow run vertically, while the lines in the two warm-toned pans are horizontal.
Isn’t that neat? Just a small touch, but I’m a nerd about details. I love it!
As for the silver shadow, it did seem a little out of place to me at first, but then I remembered the jalapeÃ±o ice cream…
One thing I like about NARS is their flair for the unexpected. After I patted a mix of the apricot and beige shadows along my lids and swept the silver along my lower lash lines and at the inner corners of my eyes, the trio made sense! The combination of the cool silver and warmer colors — surprise! — totally works.
From the left: Calabria Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow, Marie-Galante Duo Eyeshadow and LibertÃ© Blush
I think the silver brings out the best in these warmer shades, and I also like how it seems to brighten my eyes.
But as much as I like this palette, I wouldn’t call it revolutionary. Not that everything has to be revolutionary to be great, but NARS aficionados who were hoping for unusual, out-of-this-world colors may want to look elsewhere.
I think the matte apricot looks a little like MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow to me, and the shimmery beige resembles Ricepaper. And in a weird way, even though it doesnâ€™t have the green-to-pink duochrome flash, the silver shade kinda reminds me of MAC Vex.
If you’ve been looking for a trio of everyday colors, or if you’ve already had your eye on colors like Soft Brown and Ricepaper, give Ramatuelle (or one of the five other trios from NARS) some thought.
Purchased separately, three similar $15 MAC shades would cost the same price, and with regard to Soft Brown and Ricepaper, at least, I think these NARS versions might be a touch softer and smoother.
And they’re all in one place! So I donâ€™t have to go rifling through my makeup for the individual pans…
This trioâ€™s definitely gonna see a lot of use this spring and summer.
PRICE: $45 for three 0.05-ounce pans
AVAILABILITY: Available now at NARS counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (a practical combination of colors, but not altogether unique)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Hope you had a good day today. I’m glad we got Monday out of the way. No big plans for me tonight, other than catching up on Game of Thrones and Mad Men. How are things out yonder way?