Tuesday, May 1, 2012

NARS Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow - Review, Pictures, Swatches

The best apricot I have ever had was tasted almost 12 years ago in Santa Barbara, California.  I am not a huge foodies, but I still remember the taste of this delectable fruit.  I purchased it from a formers market while on vacation with Mr. Sith.  At the time he was my Fiance and we were driving the California coast as a vacation.  But back to this apricot.

The Apricot still had a little bit of silvery dew on it from the morning it was picked.  The skin was a perfect golden color. Soft and velvety but the flesh underneath was slightly firm.  When I but into the apricot an explosion of taste was inevitable.  The flesh of the apricot was deeper and darker than the skin and the sweet nectar from the fruit felt like sweet kisses from angles on my tongue.  It must me the cool coastal nights and warm sun that made the apricot from Santa Barbara so heavenly.  Maybe it was the soft rain that teased the orchards or the dry but comfortable air that caused the apricot to be so incredibly scrumptious.  Or perhaps it was the knowing and experienced hands of the farmer that brought this treasure of a fruit to market that day.  Whatever it was. I have yet to taste an apricot as wonderful as I did 12 years ago in Santa Barbara.

When I received the NARS Eyeshadow Trio in Ramatuelle I opened up the case and was taken back to that day in the farmers market in Santa Barbara.  The soft silver of the first shade reminded me of the morning dew that was on the fruit.  The shimmering gold reminded me of the unblemished skin of that perfect apricot and the soft sands that cushioned the rocky coast and the deep apricot matte color was almost identical to the sweet and ambrosial flavor and color of the apricot itself.

Francois Nars released Ramatuelle as part of the 2012 Summer collection.  Ramatuelle is a commune in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. I like to imagine that the warm and soothing coastal waters of the Mediterranean produce fruits as distinctive as the apricot I once had.  Regardless of where Ramatuelle is, the eyeshadow is what we are here to talk about.

The Trio is not expected for a summer collection at first glance.  and then you realize that Francois Nars plan was to focus on fabulous bronzed skin, you realize that this trio only serves to enhance the beautiful summer skin that many of us enjoy.  The shadows are fairly well pigmented but still subtle.  The apricot, the matte shadow in this trio is striking.  However, it is very easily blended into the gold shimmer or silver shimmer. It is once of the softest and most satin like matte shadows I have ever used.  If Mr. NARS would make more matte shadows like this I might give up shimmer all together.  (OK. Not really. I'm a magpie. I like shiny things) 

The silver shimmer shadow which is fairly sheer and can be used as a highlighter or as a top coat to the finished eye. The gold is perfect for an all over wash of color or to use as a highlighter on it's own.  The matte apricot color is perfect for this summer's Tangerine Tango craze as it can serve as an exquisite crease shade, accent color or for those more daring all over wash.  There are simply so many ways to wear this trio it's almost impossible to "mess it up"

Do you NEED this?  "Orange" eyeshadow isn't for everyone.  In fact. I wasn't even sure it was for me until I applied it.  I fell in love in an instant.  So YES. I think everyone needs to try this shadow trio. From the fair skinned to the dark, I think this trio would suit so many skin tones.  I would really love to see how this looks on a much darker skin tone than mine. I think the trio would look so luxurious and rich.  The Trio retails for $45, which can be a bit pricey for some.  The lasting quality of the shadows, the smoothness and excellent pigmentation help justify that price.

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  1. I want this palette. And an apricot. Damn you and your descriptions. Now my stomach's growling.

    1. Mmmmmmmm. Apricots. Seriously. I have yet to find another apricot that has tasted as good. I have been ruined for Apricots.

  2. I absolutely loved your intro.
    This trio is absolutely amazing, too bad NARS is not available in Italy. x

  3. Good G-d woman. That's erotica for foodies! I couldn't even read about the eyeshadow on the first read-through because I had to find something to fan myself with.

  4. This palette and the Marie-Galante duo look absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to get my hands on them! Thanks for the DELICIOUS review

  5. I live in Santa Barbara but haven't been to the farmer's market in years. Now I need to go, though I know apricots aren't in season yet. Sigh.

  6. I nearly bought this last weekend when I was in NYC but I had too much to drag home with me. You reminded me of the apricot trees we had in our backyard when I was kid growing up in So Cal!

  7. i couldnt wear this personally as it is too shimmery but wow, it is so gorgeous! liloo /@tsunimee xx

  8. I want this so much. When I first looked at the colors themselves I felt a bit meh about it, but then when I sew the looks people do with it I realized how devastatingly pretty it is! I'm going back and forth. I have a hard time spending that much on 3 eye shadows, but this is just SO pretty.


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