NARS. Famous for their unabashedly named products such as ‘Orgasm’ and ‘Deep Throat’, I finally took the plunge and ended up with two eyeshadows singles – 413 BLKR and Lhasa.
413 BLKR is a shade released to commemorate the opening of their flagship NARS store at 413 Bleeker Street in the West Village of New York City and is only available to purchase online or at the Bleeker Street store itself.
Lhasa, on the other hand was released as part of NARS’ Spring 2012 Collection and I am not sure if this is a limited edition shade as it seems to be in the permanent collection on the website!
I uhm-ed and ah-ed for a while prior to diving into this purchase as I have not bought single powder eyeshadows before (only exception being my Estee Lauder cream eyeshadows) as I have always felt that palettes give you more value for money and you would get more use out of a palette than out of a single eyeshadow pan.
These singles proved me wrong.
Costing £17 and housed in a generously filled 2.2g pan, NARS powder eyeshadows actually work out slightly cheaper than MAC’s which theirs costing £13 and housing a meagre 1.5g. Of course, this is eyeshadow we are talking about so 1.5g worth of product will go a very long way but yours truly likes to know that she’s getting her money’s worth!
I’m a sucker for limited edition print / packaging so I was well pleased to see that the 413 BLKR eyeshadow has its name printed on the lid, immediately setting it apart from its siblings. I am not a fan of the rubberised packaging, like many others but I suppose I can still live with it since I’m still living in a cool climate.
413 BLKR is described as a ‘dove grey’ eyeshadow whereas Lhasa is described as a ‘lavender grey’.
413 BLKR to the left, Lhasa to the right.
To my eye, 413 BLKR takes on a more ‘lavender grey’ tinge than Lhasa as the latter has a brownish-grey tinge to it. 413 BLKR on the other hand has a cooler lilac / mauve tone to it.
Wear wise, I found that these eyeshadows work better when applied to the eyes with a brush. I usually enjoy doing finger swatches but look what happened when I attempted to swatch them with my bare fingers!
413 BLKR to the left, Lhasa to the right. No primer used.
I then decided to give it another go with the Urban Decay Primer Potion and an eyeshadow brush:
413 BLKR to the left, Lhasa to the right. Applied over Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.
The difference is remarkable! Both eyeshadows are finely milled and have good colour payoff. I especially like the fact that these eyeshadows are really easy to apply and colour is buildable with no fallout at all. I have worn them without eyelid primer and they do not crease on me but fade after 5 hours which isn’t too bad considering I have oily lids!
Now onto the FOTDs…. I have Paris to thank for making this happen as I followed her step-by-step guide on how to do a quick 5 minute smokey eye look and I sure hope I did not disappoint! I did not apply mascara in this FOTD as my eyes have been really irritated of late and the last thing I want is for my mascara to go all over my eyes! Undereye concealer was omitted in this look as well because my eyes kept tearing that I figured I would be wiping all the concealer off anyway so I hope my sacks will not offend anyone out there! =D
I applied Lhasa on the crease, 413 BLKR in the middle of my lid, Urban Decay’s Virgin on the inner corner of my eyes and Creep just above the lash line. Both Urban Decay eyeshadows came from the Naked palette.
And here’s a close-up shot of the eye, also thanks to one of Paris’ many helpful posts!
Haha the close-up gave everything away, didn’t it? I’m still learning how to apply eyeshadow properly so please bear with me while I learn the ropes!
There’s a bonus FOTD in this post just because I felt I should show you lovely readers what I really look like in real life! I am a huge fan of glasses / spectacles / whatever you want to call it because contact lenses irritate my eyes! I go without my glasses during FOTD shoots because it showcases the eye makeup better. =)
So this is what I look like on a daily basis, folks!
Lancome’s Eclat Miracle Liquid Mirror Make Up Primer as a highlighter
Guerlain Perles d’Azur Meteorites
Canmake Cream Cheeks in 05
Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in #45 Orange Euphoric
On a final note, I personally favour Lhasa over 413 BLKR simply because I feel Lhasa would suit most, if not all skintones as it has more of a neutral undertone. The cool blue-ish undertone of 413 BLKR may not show up as well on slightly darker skintones in my opinion but I’m no eyeshadow expert so don’t take my word for it! =) I’m glad I own these shades as I have been wearing them nearly everyday since they appeared at my doorstep and I look forward to owning more NARS eyeshadows in the near future!
Now for the question: Do you think Lhasa is one of the most overrated taupe-y eyeshadows in the market? Like I mentioned earlier, I am no eyeshadow expert and the only ‘taupe’ shade I own would, or could be Estee Lauder’s Mochachino cream eyeshadow. Do share your views as you may just be on your way to becoming an enabler for me =D