Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review by Joeybunny - NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo

This review is going to be hard to write only because the colors in the NARS Dogon eyeshadow duo, new for Summer 2011, are so complex. For this reason, I’m going to condense the rest of this review in a short sentence or two:


Ok, that’s done with. Now I can attempt to be more coherent!

NARS seasonal color collections very rarely disappoint. Season after season I am in awe of the creativity and color injected into the various eyeshadows, blushes, and lip colors. In the past few years, the only collection I have skipped has been Summer 2010. That says a lot about the quality and uniqueness of NARS cosmetics, I think!

Francois Nars has a knack for bringing together textures and color combinations that are atypical to what one would expect for a given season. Granted, the new and limited edition Cap Ferrat eyeshadow trio (expect a review of this soon!) contains beachy, summery shades of blue and green. However, the two eyeshadow duos are completely unexpected for summer! Exotic Dance has a bright, silvery white and a metallic golden brown color. To me, it seemed very wintery. I skipped it because I wasn’t too much of a fan of the white color (it was a bit chunky I thought).

However, Dogon had to come home with me. Let’s be real, guys: how could I ever skip a taupe, especially a NARS taupe? Dogon is smoke, mystery, and intrigue. It seems too dark and dangerous to be a summer duo. Then again, summertime is the perfect time to get into trouble…

(another view of the palette, so you can see how the light plays on the colors!)

Now, I said earlier that this review would be hard to write. It will be. I can’t accurately show to you or explain the two eyeshadows in this duo. My camera could not capture the intricacies of these colors, and as verbose as I am, I am not poetic enough to explain to you just how beautiful these colors are. I’ll try, though!

(swatching this was hard!)

The NARS website describes Dogon as a pairing of a “metallic taupe (with icy green sheen) and charcoal black.” Yeah, no, not quite. It is definitely true that in the pan, the taupe resembles MAC Club eyeshadow. For those of you who aren’t familiar with MAC Club, it is a very famous duochrome eyeshadow: a brown that flashes green, red, and blue. I saw this taupe and expected a Club dupe. I was so wrong. When swatched on my hand, I get a lovely golden brown taupe with flashes of icy green and lavender and pink. It doesn’t appear as much on my hand, because of my darker skin. I apologize for that - I tried to build a heavy swatch but could not capture the color accurately. Please refer to Karla Sugar’s swatch for a better look, although the color appears totally different on her. The “charcoal black” is really a gorgeous satiny blackened navy with blue microshimmer. You have to pat on the color for the shimmer to appear, though. This would make a beautiful eyeliner or a dramatic crease shade.

(more attempts at swatching this!)

The magic of this duo happens when you layer the taupe over the blue-black: you get a duochrome, multi-dimensional sort of hunter green shade. Just lovely. Dogon will carry me through summer and into fall; it’s really just a timeless palette of colors.

This duo is $33 and limited edition. You’d be crazy to sit on this. Just buy it, and thank me later!


  1. Joey,
    LOVE IT - I am so glad you and I share a common obsession - NARS duos. I am starting a very unhealthy collection of them. I am expecting to love this when I see it in person this weekend and a NARS/Nordstrom event.

    I already KNOW I will be buying this!!

  2. I'm itching to get this. I'd have it for the taupe alone but the layering of the two colours together doesn't sound too shabby either. Thanks for making me want it even more. I may mow some people down on the pavement in my rush to make it mine (on foot you understand, not a car because that would just be insane)!

  3. This looks amazing and confirmed my initial impressions of the product...thanks for the detailed review!

  4. This is pretty unexpected for the summer, but I LOVE the sheen on the taupe

  5. Lexi, if you need any NARS suggestions, lemme know. I am suuuuch an addict!

    Amanda, get it!

    ModestyBrown, they're gorgeous layered!

    MatryoshkaDoll, you're welcome!

    Y, the sheen is the loveliest part =)

  6. I literally just got back from the NARS counter. I'm wearing Dogon. OMG so beautiful. I can really see myself getting a lot of use of this. It's icy green on my very pale skin tone. The darkened shade turns green/teal on me. OMG I'm in love!

  7. Thesmashhitfantastic, YAY! I'm so glad you're enjoying the duo. It's crazy what skin tone does to the colors, though! =)

  8. I do need this, I REALLY do! Like, I may perish if I don't own it...

  9. Steph:
    I didn't want to wait and find out the dire consequences of NOT buying this duo so I purchased it yesterday!

  10. I've heard/seen this compared to the Rajastan (sp?) duo - do you have an opinion on that? Rajastan's lighter shade seems more gold to me but I still can't quite decide if I should get this or not since I already have Rajastan.


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