Tuesday, December 11, 2012

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Brousse: Review + Swatches!

If you haven't noticed, I'm in the process of blogging all of my NARS powder products, and today I have another one to share!  NARS Brousse is an eyeshadow duo with a dark brown and deep eggplant color.  

This product caught my eye because one of my favorite eyeshadow colors to wear (next to neutrals) is purple, so I thought this would be the perfect duo for two different crease options.

Both of these eyeshadows have a frost finish, and like NARS shadows in general, the formulation is amazing: smooth, pigmented, and buttery.

NARS eyeshadows come in rubberized black compact casing.  I love the design of these compacts: there is a good product-to-casing ratio (as in, not an enormous case with a tiny little pot of product in it).  Additionally, a full-size lid mirror is in each compact.  The downside of these is that the rubberized finish attracts every fingerprint and fleck of makeup.  They get dirty very quickly.

NARS eyeshadow duos retail for $34 (.14 oz/4g).  While this is pretty expensive, I think a lot of people don't realize that the NARS dollar-to-weight ratio beats many of its competitors.  NARS eyeshadows (in duo form) are technically less expensive than both MAC and Urban Decay.
  • NARS: $34/4g = $8.50 per gram ($244 per ounce)
  • MAC: $15/1.5g = $10 per gram ($300 per ounce)
  • Urban Decay: $18/1.5g = $12 per gram ($360 per ounce)
Something to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to splurge!

If you like dark shimmery crease colors, this is a nice duo to have.  To be honest, I don't use it a ton, just because I find that when I wear dark crease colors, I reach for palettes that incorporate them in with lighter colors (such as the Urban Decay Naked Palette).  Whereas with light shadow colors, I'll wear them alone, so my lighter duos like Alhambra and Kalahari get a lot of use.  A weird quirk of mine, I guess!

Do you find that you use single/duo eyeshadows or palettes more?
xx, Allison


  1. I find myself using palettes more, simply because the corresponsding colors are already included for you! I have some singles (mostly in browns) but if I'm going to switch it up, I like to have a palette.

  2. Oooo that looks gorgeous.. I really need to add more purples to my collection.. Xx swmmanna.com