When NARS does neutral eyes, he gives ’em a little twist. The new Grand Palais Duo Eyeshadow from the upcoming Fall 2011 collection pairs a silvery taupe with a dusty rose in a partnership designed to flatter most skin tones. The combination takes the idea of the neutral eye well beyond simple brown, gray and beige.
Both shadows feel smooth to me, and they’re quite easy to apply. They pack a real wallop, too, when it comes to pigment, yet neither one leaves behind very much fallout at all.
While they’re intended to be worn separately or together, I have a tough time working these colors by themselves. On my NC42 skin, I feel like the taupe makes me look a little tired in the eyes, and the rose makes me look like I’ve been crying. But mixing both shades together? That’s a whole different story. Teamed up, they’re like the Wonder Twins! — an interesting duochrome of reddish, purplish taupe.
I prefer the way they look paired together on me, but I bet gals with cooler skin tones will be able to rock them together or alone.
Swatches (applied on top of NARS Smudge-Proof Eye Primer) from the left: taupe side, rose side and mixed together
Taupe and rose mixed together on lids
Additional makeup from NARS Fall 2011 in this look: the rose from Grand Palais on cheeks; Oasis Lip Gloss on lips
Just foolin’ around, I tried using the rose from the duo as a blush, and I actually really like how it turned out — very natural. I think that’ll be the main way I wear the shade this fall.
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to NARS counters and online July 15
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
This is how I rolled, LOL!
My little brother sent me this pic today of the two of us at the playground (ya know?) way back when. Even then, I loved pink!
The more things change, the more they stay the same…
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,