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Nars Lhasa Eyeshadow Single

January 14, 2012

Nars Lhasa eyeshadow ($23/ 0.07 oz) is a perfect eyeshadow for understated elegance. If you love a neutral with a kick, you need this.

Part of Spring 2012 now online, Nars has a way of releasing must-have staples seasonally. Lhasa is a soft lavender gray that manages to emphasize one’s natural eye color and add a little sophisticated polish. It’s a beautiful wash, or staple lid color that could be supplemented with a touch of deep gray/black in the crease or a touch of shimmering ivory in the inner corner.

Is this a taupe? I’d say it’s not. The lavender has a mink-brown tinged with gray, but it’s different enough from my taupes to declare it one-of-a-kind. It brings out the warmth of my skintone and a touch of green in my eye color. I found that my closest color is Chanel Fauve, although Fauve is comparatively shimmery compared to Nars Lhasa’s satin-matte finish. Here, I compare Lhasa to some “true taupes”–Chanel Safari and Shu ME 945 Silver.  For fun, I added the right half of the Nars Habanera duo, which is clearly more purple, more deep in tone and more shimmery than Lhasa.

Swatches of all shades:

Do you need? Yes. This one is a must.


Cafe Makeup received this eyeshadow from Nars Cosmetics without charge for consideration for review.

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  • Eileen January 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I must admit I was underwhelmed when I first saw pictures of Lhasa, but now that I’ve seen a swatch, I can see the potential. It really is unique and is definitely not taupe. Such an over-worked adjective! Sometimes I think people call a color taupe when they don’t know how to describe it. But, I digress. What matters is that you’ve managed to describe Lhasa beautifully. Lavender and mink brown with a bit of gray. I like that and your swatch accurately illustrates that description. I think Lhasa would be a wonderful contouring color to have in one’s stash. As you said, it is a staple. Great review and swatches, Amy.

  • Neeraj January 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm


    Lhasa is such a lovely lavender gray but you have so many dupes for it. I would also compare it with MAC Moth brown which maybe a bit more grey than Lhasa. Its a nice color for ladies who have penchants for taupes and greys although its not an eye brightening eyeshadow by itself. What lipsticks would you suggest to go with this color?

    • Amy January 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      I’d pick up on the lavender tones with a soft pink or a blue based red (along the lines of Chanel Rivoli or Bel Air). Maybe Burberry Rosewood, which has a red mauve undertone. BTW there is no such thing as too many taupes!!

      • Eileen January 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

        Hi Amy,

        I got a chuckle out of your reply about never having too many taupes and I’m not even a huge taupe fan 🙂 Your comparison swatches make it clear that Lhasa is not a taupe and that none of the other shades you showed are dupes for this lovely color. Besides, duplicating a color is only a small part of the story. There is also formulation, finish, and texture to take into consideration. Color in the pan is just a starting point.

  • Evelyn January 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Lhasa looked interesting in the promo pictures and now you’ve convinced me to buy it. Those swatches were very helpful. I agree, can’t have too many taupes!

  • Anna January 15, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I was so looking forward to the reviews of the Nars Collection, I love this brand, but where I live (Austria and actually Italy for some time) you can get it only online :(.

    Do you have Mac Shale? I’ve heard that it compared to that shadow, what do you think?

    • Amy January 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

      I think Lhasa has more gray. LIke Nars blushes, Lhasa is more complex than Shale. They are in the same neighborhood, but I don’t feel comfortable wearing Shale as a wash–it’s more flat. The texture is different–if these were fabrics, Lhasa looks like cashmere, Shale is pretty but doesn’t have the softness and complexity.

  • Rebecca January 15, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Hi Amy,

    What are your thoughts on how Lhasa compares with the taupe in Wet n Wild’s Comfort Zone palette (which I got right after I saw your review!)

    Thanks 🙂

    • Amy January 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

      I’m sorry I don’t have Comfort Zone, although I’ve been meaning it pick it up for a while. Judging from Temptalia’s swatches, Lhasa leans more lavender, and the taupe in Comfort Zone has more brown. Enjoy the palette–I’ve heard it’s lovely!

      • Rebecca January 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

        Whoops! Sorry I meant Silent Treatment. My bad!

  • Ana January 15, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I still love Chanel more than Nars!

  • Mary Elizabeth January 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Is the new collection available in stores yet (Nordstrom or Sephora)?

    • Amy January 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      So far just NARS online! Lately Nars has been releasing its collection on its own site 1-3 weeks before it arrives at counters.