Apr 152012

Nars Summer 2012 introduces the NARS Marie-Galante eyeshadow duo ($34). The colors have a light, fairy light quality that NARS describes as an iridescent orchid and iridescent blue. The formula is pearly and looks refreshing, light and pretty–the formula is embedded with extremely small micro-sparkles that adds a beautiful luminescence to the eyes.

Close up:

The pan changes slightly as you move it in the light, because of the iridescent formula in this duo.

Here, Liz applied the orchid/purple color with the Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (reviewed here at The Beauty Look Book) to sweep the color across the lid.  This Edward Bess brush applies color with a light-to-medium touch, and so the first pass gives a beautiful sheer wash of iridecent purple across my lid. With a denser brush, or with two passes of the Edward Bess brush, Liz built the color in intensity. The blue color (which Liz used in the crease) of Marie-Galante has more pigmentation than the orchid right off the brush:

I was worried that the purple color would be too much, but Nars Marie-Galante gave me a very flattering wash of color. Another:

The formula has a lightness that is sort of pearly and gorgeous. I wore it out to dinner, and loved the look. Here are some swatches:

Here, I turned the swatches away from the light, you can see how the color changes a bit:

I loved the way that Francois Nars executed this duo. Here, I compare NARS Marie-Galante with two similar shades from MAC–Leisuretime and Wait Until Dark (both discontinued). As you can see, NARS Marie-Galante looks sophisticated, and has a pretty depth and complexity. By comparison, the MAC colors have a heavier, metallic quality that can overwhelm.

NARS Marie-Galante is a gorgeous, highly wearable duo. The lightness and iridescent quality, together with the gorgeous color, compliments the eyes by drawing attention. It’s an easy pop of color designed to work with bronzers and that even those with pale skin tones can confidently pull off. NARS Marie-Galante adds a welcome coolness to balance out the warmth of many summer color products. For example, the duo coordinates beautifully with the rest of NARS Summer 2012 collection, given that many of the pieces evoke warmth, bronzes, and deep terracotta reds.

For Liz (picture at top), the duo compliments her color without taking over.  In the top picture, Liz is wearing:

  • NARS Marie-Galante Eyeshadow Duo
  • NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil topped with NARS Buenos Aires Velvet Lip Gloss Pencil
  • NARS Orgasm/Laguna Duo on cheeks

The NARS Marie-Galante Eyeshadow Duo, NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and NARS Buenos Aires Velvet Lip Gloss Pencil were sent to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review.

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  11 Responses to “Nars Marie-Galante Eyeshadow Duo Swatches Review and Look”

  1. Wow, I completely overlooked this duo after seeing it in the pan. It looks completely gorgeous & actually really wearable on the skin though! Also, it makes Liz’s blue eyes pop like crazy!

  2. These shades look beautiful on Liz skin colour, but the full head shot, I think the purple is a bit much. We have the same eye & skin colour and I don’t think this set would be a staple for me, but I would buy it if there was a look that I am going for.
    As usual, Liz looks really good!

    What lipstick and blush is Liz wearing?

  3. WOW that duo is super pretty!

  4. Wow. So gorgeous! Love your description. Definitely going to purchase this when it is for sale.

  5. I think I’d buy this for the orchid shade alone. It’s a midsummer night’s eve dream and is the star of the duo as far as I’m concerned. Liz looks lovely in this combination, though. It is ideal for her (and your 🙂 ) coloring. Don’t you just love the way formulations and finishes are continuously evolving? We’ve come a long way since I purchased my very first eyeshadow–an opaque, mint green eyeshadow stick by Max Factor 🙂

  6. How beautiful your photos are!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog (I’m a new reader/subscriber as of yesterday)- I only wish I had discovered you before now, but I can catch up … !! This makes me want this NARS duo- it’s beautiful and so are your photos and your model. Thank you so much- xo Beth in Pgh 😉

  7. I would usually run from these colors but they look stunning! The shimmer is so beautiful.

  8. I love these colors. Did you have problems with creasing? I just read Temptalia’s review and she had problems with it.

    • I didn’t Laura, but I don’t typically have those problems (I don’t have oily lids). Liz’s was still on at 10pm–but again, she doesn’t run into creasing problems too much.

  9. It looks so pretty, thank you for the review! I bet it looks amazing over a black base.
    I can’t wait for the review of Never Say Never velvet matte lip pencil.

  10. Amy, this looks stunning on Liz and in your photos/swatches. I caved and ordered this online from NARS. It’s quite outside of my comfort zone but it’s so stunning I couldn’t help but give in. Your review gives me hope that it will be wearable for me. I can’t wait to experiment this Friday/weekend. As always thank you for the link love.

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