I've been excited about NARS Fall ever since Karen at Makeup & Beauty Blog featured a sneak peek of the collection. Imagine my surprise to see the collection display up today when I went to Nordstrom to pick up my pre-sale items from the Anniversary Sale. The NARS summer collection left me unimpressed but the fall collection seems to be right on track for the typical stunning, inspirational and unique releases they normally do. I picked up three items:
- Rajastan Eyeshadow Duo - shimmering sandy beige & deep smokey blue-green
- Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo - lovely cool sparkley champagne & cool-toned dove grey with gold microglitter sparkles
- Douceur Blush - a neutral dusty pink with slight brownish tones
Bottom: Douceur Blush
I couldn't find any dupes for Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo. For Rajastan, I couldn't find any dupes either, but the golden shade is similar to Cyprus Single Eyeshadow. I compared the smokey blue-green to MAC Club and Forest Green Pigment (discontinued) and Rajastan has more blueish tones. For Douceur Blush, I thought in my mind "perhaps it's a powder version of Penny Lane." I was way off. It is pink, but has more brown and is darker. Douceur seems most similar in finish to Cubic. Compared to Blushbaby, Douceur has more dusty pink where Blushbaby is more brownish. I haven't tried them on the face to see how the colors look though. Below are the close ups, comparisons and more swatches.
Compared to NARS Cyprus, MAC Club, MAC Forest Green Pigment (discontinued, pro)
NARS Douceur Blush (Limited Edition)
Comparisons to NARS Penny Lane, MAC Blushbaby, MAC Cubic
These were the three standouts to me. I didn't check the lip products or single shadows. I have to say I was extremely surprised to find Douceur Blush is limited edition. I didn't ask the specialist about the other items in the collection, but I one of the things I love about NARS is that he typically doesn't do "limited edition" colors. I have noticed that in the past couple years a number of beautiful shades such as Mogambo Duo, Galaxy Girl Lipstick, Cannes Multiple, Antibes Multiple have been discontinued and retired to the "vintage" section of the NARS website. I have found similar colors for these and understand they probably can't keep everything, but still am very sad about Cannes being discontinued.