Jan 142012

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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  13 Responses to “Nars Lhasa Eyeshadow Single”

  1. 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.

  2. Hi,

    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?

    • 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!!

      • 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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?

    • 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.

  5. 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 🙂

  6. I still love Chanel more than Nars!

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

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

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