Wednesday, January 18, 2012

NARS Eyeshadow Single in Lhasa - Review, Pictures, Swatches


Let's face it. When one has over 125 entries under the color TAUPE on their blog, one has a serious TAUPE addiction.  When I say "One" I mean ME!  I don't need an intervention. I just need more Taupe shadows.  More taupe shadows like....

The NARS 2012 Spring collection Eyeshadow Single in Lhasa!


Named after the Tibetan capital, Lhasa is a delicate grey taupe with hints of lavender and purple.  It is a satin finish shadow that has a slight nod to pearl without losing the satin qualities for which it is formulated.  This shadow is well pigmented. It applies well using a brush and looks even deeper in color when using a foam applicator. 


Tonight I am going to a fondue restaurant for a "Girls Night Out" with a bunch of the moms to kids in Darthypie's Day Care class.  I think I'm the ONLY mom in the entire group that actually wears makeup.  I am wearing NARS Eyeshadow Single in Lhasa, black winged liner, light pink blush and a pink-y nude lipstick.  By most standards I am not wearing too much makeup...but I have a feeling I will be wearing a lot compared to these women.  My intent is not to make myself feel overly made up. It is to make all those moms look into my eyes and fall in LOVE with NARS Lhasa eyeshadow!


How could they not?  It's an amazing shade. It's TAUPE!  I imagine they will look at me from across the steaming pot of Fondue and think to themselves why they are suddenly so enchanted with me.  They will then remember how incredibly charming I am. How I have a delightful sense of humor and how Darthypie is the most precious little boy in the world.  Yep.  I think that's exactly how it will go......

Mom # 1: "Have you tried the beef, Elvira?"

Me: "Not yet.  Thank you it looks delicious!"

Mom #2: "Not as delicious as your eyeshadow!"


Mom #3: "I'm so glad you said something. I have been entranced by the luminous grey lavender color of your shadow since I sat down tonight!"

Mom #1: "I agree. If I may be so bold, your eyeshadow color is so spectacular I imagine that if you have the good sense to wear such a stunning color you must be very smart in so many other areas.  Tell me.  Do you have any parenting advice?"

Me: (with mouth full of fondue beef)  "Ummm. Yes?  I mean...no?  I mean.  So  how about those football playoffs?"

Mom #2: "Your eyeshadow is just brilliant. I love the way that it looks satiny without looking too metallic.  Tell me.  What's your secret for looking so amazing ALL THE TIME!?"

Mom #4: "Yes. Please oh please tell us.  You always look so "put together" and I promise we won't get mad when we read this on your blog tomorrow. In fact, I have no idea you even have a blog.  It's a good thing I don't know you have a blog, because I would probably be really annoyed that you are portraying us as mindless fools with nothing to talk about other than your NARS eyeshadow."

Me: "Huh?  I think you said the loud part, quiet and the quiet part, loud."

Mom #3: "I agree. I also love your eyeshadow but if I ever read this review on your blog, which I have no idea it actually exists, I would probably never speak to you again and I wouldn't be inviting Darthypie to my kid's birthday party."

Me: "I think this fantasy conversation is getting out of hand. I mean, this is MY fantasy! You all are supposed to ooh and ahh over me regaling tales of how pigmented the NARS shadow is. You are supposed to take notes when I mention that it lasts forever with hardly any creasing or fading when worn with an eye primer.  You are supposed to beg me to tell you where to purchase this, and quickly start typing the web address for narscosmetics.com into your smart phones!  You are supposed to delight in the fact that this shadow is only $23!

Waiter: "They would be doing all those things and more if you didn't feel so guilty for using them as a plot device in your story about NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow from the 2012 Spring Collection.  Your overwhelming sense of guilt in making these lovely women look like vapid buffoons has not only caused your fantasy to derail, but now you have no solid ending for the post!"

Mom #1:  "The Waiter is right.  You really have no way to show that this specific NARS Lhasa eyeshadow is so very unique when you compare it to four other shadows."


Mom #2:  Yes. Even when you mention that Armani Eyes To Kill Intense in Pulp Fiction is more silver and metallic, Inglot P420 is lighter, Shu Uemura ME Silver 945 is more brown and the lid color from Wet 'n Wild Silent Treatment lacks the lustre and purple qualities of NARS Lhasa. It will still seem forced and incongruous with the rest of the post."

Me: "Incongruous?"

Mom #2: "Yes. I'm a school teacher. I have a better vocabulary than you.  Might I add that your grammar is appalling?  However, not as appalling as the fact that if one does not buy NARS eyeshadow in Lhasa how empty their life will be."

Waiter: "It's not even like you can do the 'Do you NEED this?' question at the end of this post without it looking choppy.  Mind you, I know that you would tell your readers that 'YES! You need this shadow in your life!' but it's too late now. You have gone off on a tangent and there is no reasonable way to get back."

Me: "Check Please!"



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35 comments:

  1. Hahaha! This is probably one of your BEST, Elvira! I always enjoy your blog since I "discovered" you, and not only are you funny (even talented I might add!), but your reviews are some of the bests one out there. Thank you :)

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    1. Aww. You flatter me! Thanks so much. I had fun writing it.

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  2. I love this. The eyeshadow is fine, you are better :)

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  3. Miss Elivra, I was waiting to see your coverage of this shadow. As soon as I saw NARS had a new "taupe", I knew this day would come. And you did not disappoint!

    xoxo
    jen

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  4. This is a hilarious post. I really look forward to reading your entries. They're always entertaining. I don't usually jump on the bandwagon for new products, but I may for this one. Love a new twist on taupe.

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  5. "Only" $23? LOLZ. You've been buying high-end too long, you lucky woman. $23 is a bargain if you compare it to Chantecaille or By Terry; compared to what most people can afford, it's 3x the "only" cost of a drugstore product.

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    1. Oh. Don't get me wrong. $23 isn't a bargain by any means. But this is a "fantasy" conversation and in it I pretend that $23 isn't bad. But yes. I agree. $23 is not inexpensive at all. :-)

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  6. That is a droolworthy taupe indeed! And your fantasy conversation, I was giggling like a little girl. Too much!

    But now you have me craving fondue. :(

    Quick question - did you wind up getting the Arabian Nights trio from the winter collection? I got it and all of the reviews I've seen in the blogosphere say it's awful, which makes me very sad. I was wondering what your thoughts on it were?

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    1. :-D Thanks!
      No I did not get the Arabian Nights trio from NARS. Not because the quality was bad. I heard the quality is excellent. I didn't get it because I don't wear enough black shadow to warrant the purchase. I think the main problem people had w/ this trio is that they expected to get different colors when all they got was black,black and black. If you want it to as a subtle touch of purple or red or silver shimmer to an already black smokey eye then this is the palette for you. But if you are expecting actual colors other than black, skip it.

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    2. Awesome, that is exactly why I got it. I love how NARS does their "Night Series" eyeshadows (Night Porter is my favorite of all time ever), and I was hoping Arabian Nights would be similar to those.
      Thanks for your help!! <3

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  7. lol I love your sense of humor! This one is on its way to me from NARS.com - can't wait to give it a go! Thanks for the excellent comparison swatches :)

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  8. Your posts always make my day. My own addiction hasn't reached these epic heights yet, but money does seem to mysteriously disappear from my wallet in a haze of grey-lavender dust... I can see that I have much to learn from you, oh master of magnificent eyeshadow. :D

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  9. Ah, both funny and EVIL!!! Why did I have to come and read this when I'm on an eyeshadow buying ban? If you can imagine me gnashing my teeth and wailing you would have a fairly accurate idea of how I look right now. How am I going to cope without this taupe?!

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    1. Oh yes. I can hear you from way across the ocean! You won't be able to cope w/o this taupe. Fortunately for you, Lhasa is not LE so you can buy it after your eyeshadow embargo.

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  10. I spit out some water reading this. Hilarious!

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    1. Again? I think I might need a warning or disclaimer on the blog about liquid consumption. Humm...

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  11. Oooo I know this is NARS and that alot of your other taupes are high end. But you might consider the lid color in Wet n Wilds Color Icon palette "Silent Treatment" It's a gorgeous mauvy, grey, brown taupe that has a lot of complexity,a wonderful buttery texture and wears phenomenally well for a drug store brand ... AND it's cheap as dirt. Having said that (and already owning Silent Treatment) I'll probably be springing for Lhasa. :0)

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  12. LOL I LOVEEE this story and how your recent posts have been funnier than usual :) This is such a beautiful taupe!

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    1. It's just fluke...my being extra funny. Expect me to return to bad jokes soon enough! ;-)

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  13. Love reading your posts!! I just have to make sure I'm not drinking any liquids when I do as said liquid is likely to end up on my keyboard! Had just abt talked myself out of Lhasa & then I read this tonight. At least I have some time to waver since it's not LE. : P

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    1. Do I need to put a warning on the blog about liquid consumption. I don't want to get sued! :-D

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  14. Elvira, you have to be the funniest woman alive! I cracked up reading this and as soon as I compose myself I am going to look at this eyeshadow!

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  15. I love this shadow but I loved your fantasy conversation w/play school moms even more! Do you know the names of the parents in your son's day care? I am still getting over the fact that I will only be known as 'Gabi's mom' by all the parents no matter how many times I will introduce myself and say my name clearly. I'm just glad the teachers will call me by my name. It's like high school all over again - you just want to be known and liked by these people since we have a common interest - our kids! So frustrating at times..

    Sorry, I went off on a tangent. As for you eyes, they are LOVELY my dear but of course you already know that.

    YES, I NEED THIS and cannot wait for it to arrive at my local Nordstrom!

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  16. O.M.G.....need that shadow NOW! Beautiful swatches.

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  17. Great review!!! You literally make me L to the OLth power. I am going to march right over to NARS when I get in to bless my lids with this masterful Taupe. Silly - I work in cosmetics but you really give these products life - I guess there is always so much around me that I get numb to it. Thanks for the wake-up call. PS love your new banner.

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  18. I saw Lhasa the other day and instantly thought of the Silent Treatment taupe. They are spot on dupes for each other, but maybe the NARS lasts longer.

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  19. OMG! Hysterical post--yes, the eyeshadow is lovely, too! x Great swatches and your eye is gorgeous!

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