Many years ago, I tried a NARS duo eyeshadow in what I believe is Cleo and I disliked it. I swapped it away but a couple of years later, I’ve replaced it with a couple of different colours. We still can’t get NARS locally, but there’s news of it being available in Singapore later this year, and its available in Bangkok so its still fairly accessible. And of course, its available online :)
I dug out this duo eyeshadow palette in Dogon last week, because I was getting bored of the usual brands I was using. I wanted something different, and in the process, I rediscovered how much I enjoyed using Dogon, and a bit of magic in this eyeshadow duo ;) The colours in pan, are described on the NARS website as Metallic Taupe with Icy Green Sheen and Charcoal black. That Taupe description was the one that sold me. I like Taupe as a shade but its so easy to get wrong. Happily, NARS didn’t :)
The size of the eyeshadow duos are the same as that of the infamous blushes. They also come in the signature rubber NARS packaging which I happen to detest with every fibre of my being. For now, these are still in good condition. Who knows when they’ll start melting :(
The compact is also surprisingly small, if you aren’t familiar with the products. The brand is most certainly larger than life but seeing it in person can surprise most.
Dogon in pan, is quite deep in tone. The taupe is slightly shimmery while the black is matte. I honestly didn’t think very much of the colours in pan, except that they were lovely neutral shades that I could quite easily pull off.
NARS Dogon eyeshadow swatches : Taupe shimmer, matte Black
When swatched, I did not quite see that icy green shimmer in the Taupe shade that NARS was going on about on their website. To my untrained eye, it was just a light taupe that was not too warm and not too cool. But lovely and pigmented and not shiny or glittery. The matte black side is quite unexciting, being a good pigmented, deep black.
Quite unexciting thus far right?
The magic happens when you layer and blend the two colours together.
See? The resultant colour is a deep blackened green that is absolutely stunning on the eyes! I used both the colours in this, with the matte black on the outer lid and the taupe on the inner lid. The middle bit, where the two colours overlap is the magical bit. I love it! :D
You can tone it down of course, to be a little more wearable for the day in a conservative environment. Or if you like, you can smoke it out, pile on the black and take on an utterly glamourous look.
The texture of the shadows are soft to the touch and when swatched with fingers aren’t very impressive. Use a dense brush and then dab it on your skin. Then use a blender brush to blend the shades…. And watch the magic happen :)
In a nutshell
The NARS eyeshadow duo in Dogon features 2 contrasting shades of eyeshadow in shimmer and matte texture. One side is a shimmer taupe and the other is a matte black. The colours when combined and layered turn into a beautiful blackened green that is very lovely. Tone it down for the day or vamp it up for the night. This is one very versatile eyeshadow palette. Shame about the packaging. The rubber not only attracts dirt and marks, but will in time, melt and be sticky.
Pros: Nice blendable texture, Colours are nice used on their own or combined, You get 3 colours in one palette when you combine the taupe and black, Easy to pick up and deposit colour with brushes
Cons: Rubber packaging potentially melts and turns sticky, Pricey, Unavailable in Malaysia at time of writing
Here’s how I wore Dogon in the day :)
Also featuring: Dior Addict Extreme Riviera on lips, Chanel Joues Contrast Espegiele on cheeks
I liked how it looks on, and I find the combination a little warm. I tried pairing it with a pink lipstick but it looked off, so I went with a coral and it was much better. Also used a peach blush in keeping with the warm theme. I’m going to dig this out more often now that I’ve rediscovered it because its quite fool proof! :D
Have you tried any NARS eyeshadows or eyeshadow duos? Do you have a favourite one or one that you think I might like to try? I have one or two more, I believe. Gotta go dig them all out and have a go at them. Its nice to go shopping in my stash :D
NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Dogon Price: US$34 Availability: Not available in Malaysia at time of writing. Try kissandmakeupny.com, hqhair.com and StrawberryNET.com for NARS, all of which ship internationally