EDIT: Since posting this “first look” review, I have posted comparisons with Urban Decay’s Naked Palette and have further thoughts about the Calanque Trio here.
NARS Calanque Trio ($45) is a limited edition palette released for Spring 2011. This is my first experience with a NARS trio. This comes is the same standard sized palettes as NARS eyeshadow duo’s and blushes, with a full sized mirror in the lid.
There are three colors pressed together into a single pan:
- The lightest shade, a light gold infused with platinum, cream and silver sparkles
- The center carmel with a pearl texture
- The deep green infused with bronze and gold
I’m posting this after receiving this last evening, so I haven’t lived with it for very long. Overall, it’s a gorgeous palette. One word of caution–the sparkle in the lightest shade gave me fall out when swatching, and applied very unevenly on my arm. The texture of the lightest shade seemed smoother and better as I got down from the top layer of powder.
However, I patted it using a Chanel #2 brush (MAC equivalent is #242 Shader Brush) and the application was beautiful on the lid (edited on 2/6/11–see updated review here). Having said that, you may experience fallout if you use a fluffier brush with a sweeping motion–the key is patting, not sweeping. Also, using the same spot on the shadow seemed to help–the texture after the first couple of tries was better.
I’ll try to update this when I have more time and experience with the palette. To anticipate your questions, I haven’t tried to dupe this. If you have dupe requests, and I have access to the shadows, I can try to find out.
You can see that the deep shade is a bronzy green, the middle a latte soft fawn brown, and the highlight a very warm light gold.