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For Fall 2013, Nars has released four new single eyeshadows–Kamchatka, Namibia, Bavaria, and Yamal  ($24 each). Three of these (the inky purple-blue Kamchatka, the soft dove-gray Namibia, and soft camel-brown Yamal) are good mattes, and the teal Bavaria has multidimensional shimmer.

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For Liz and I, the surprise hero of the group was the neutral matte gray Namibia. Hugely useful to use alone, or to coordinate with blacks and any cool-toned shimmer, Namibia was just very easy and smooth to apply. This is one of those reach-for colors that so useful. Sometimes it’s hard for makeup junkies to get excited about a quiet little matte, but trust us we all need the basics. Liz won our arm-wrestling contest on this one, it’s so easy to make a softly smoked eye with this on busy work mornings. Just a quick swipe of this, and it adds a soft wash of perfect.

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Yamal is another color that is going to be a go-to for me. A soft matte brown, Yamal is beautiful for a nearly-nude eye. Yamal had the same good matte texture as Namibia.

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Kamchatka is a matte that is a deep blue with a touch of purple. This is a color that works well to smoke out a crease, or alone to emphasize the brightness of the eyes. It’s a pretty accent color that works with a good crisp white shirt, a camel-toned sweater (or to use within a more complex look, like toning down a neon or bright accent eye color).

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Bavaria is a complicated, pretty shimmery teal. There’s no denying that Bavaria is a gorgeous color.

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We got a little bit of kicked-up dust with Bavaria (you can see a bit trailing on Liz’s lashes). We used the Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush for this picture. I’ve had better luck with a more compact, dense head and careful placement. One quick swipe (more layers will add to the pigmentation strength):

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Swatches of all shades:

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Of these, we really loved Namibia with our coloring.  It’s just a seriously pretty, understated color. Although we are warm toned, we didn’t notice it turning blue.  This type of pretty dove-gray color always catches my eye (here is a similar color on Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada–see how it just adds?).

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Available at Nordstrom, and other Nars retailers.

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