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.
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!