i finally got my NARS Nouveau Monde Eyeshado Duo last week. i had an "order difficulty" with ASOS when they sold NARS and the spring look came out, so i missed this duo. i couldn't get it out of my mind, so i searched (and found one) on ebay. it contains 4g and i paid about 30$ for it. shipping took quite a long time, but now this baby is finally housing in my drawer ;)
this is one of the two duos NARS released for spring 2011 (the other one is Bateau Îvre, i've shown you photos of it here). it's a really interesting colour combination of a shimmery greyish pastelly lavender shade with microglitters and a rich shimmery olive green with a forest green tinge. the dark shade is less shimmery than the lavender and is definitely the better quality shade in this duo. it's softer and smoother than the lavender shadow, although the grittiness of the light shade is kept to a minimum (compared to what i expexted after reading some reviews) and doesn't irritate my eyes. both shades have a good pigmentation, but the green one goes on more intense and smoother than the purple shade, which i have to build up more. they blend very well together, especially the dark shadow which appears as a dark murky colour but still doesn't lose it's green shade. i don't get fall outs, even not with the grittier lavender eyeshadow. the staying power is good (8h+ without creasing), i like to use a eye base for the lavender shadow to stick to it though.
with this duo, i appreciate the colour combination the most. the intensities and tones of the two shades go beautifully together, although they are colours i wouldn't have primarily thought of combining. a lavender shade, i would have combined with dark purples, dark browns and greys/blacks and a dark olive colour with golds and light taupes and greens, but not lavender in the first place. so thanks to monsieur Nars who put the colours together for my comfort, i won't tend to choose "the lame way" so often anymore :P i'm happy that i still got it, there also are no dupes to this in my stash.
this is how it looks applied:
|lavender on the inner half of the lid and the lower lashline, dark green in the outer corner|
|green shade on the lid and the lower lashline, lavender to blend out above the crease|
|MAC Shale - MAC Hypnotizing - MAC Silverwear (upper left in 6Beauties Play It Cool palette) - NARS Nouveau Monde (2x) - Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird - MAC Humid - MAC Greensmoke|
|MAC Shale - MAC Hypnotizing - MAC Silverwear - NARS Nouveau Monde (2x) - Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird - MAC Humid - MAC Greensmoke|
|MAC Shale - MAC Hypnotizing - MAC Silverwear - NARS Nouveau Monde|
|NARS Nouveau Monde - Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird - MAC Humid - MAC Greensmoke|