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NARS Lhasa eyeshadow: Review, swatches & EOTD

I’ve been in a major purple mood this winter and I’ve been reaching for anything in the mauve, purple and plum family when I get dressed in the morning and when I do my makeup. One of my favourite purple toned shadows has been NARS Lhasa eyeshadow which was from the NARS Spring ’12 collection. I picked it up while I was in Thailand in March this year but haven’t had a chance to post about it yet.

Lhasa is one of NARS’ single eyeshadows and comes in the same rubbery compact as all of the compacts in the NARS range. The shadow is about half the size of a NARS blush compact and holds quite a lot of product at 2.2g. For comparison, a MAC single eyeshadow contains 1.5g of product.

The eyeshadow comes with an included mirror which I never understand in eyeshadow singles. It’s not like you’re going to take your tiny eyeshadow around with you and use the supplied mirror to do your makeup in! It sells for $24 US/$39AU but I picked mine up for a little under $30 in Thailand.

The shade is a really pretty mauve that leans very cool and looks almost grey in some lights. In the pan you can see this really pretty silver shimmer that adds to the cool tones in this shadow. This is one of those purple shades that I think anyone can pull off because it’s really more of a neutral shade than anything else.

The shadow itself has a really nice texture and is really easy to apply and blend. The shadow without a primer gives a really pretty wash of colour to the lid but applying it over a primer intensifies the colour quite a lot. The swatch below shows Lhasa without a primer on the left and with Urban Decay Primer Potion on the right.

In the edges where the shadow has blended out, you can almost see a taupe tone to it which makes it a nice shade to wear in the crease if you want something that’s a bit softer. I’ve mainly been using it as a lid shade and I took a picture of the eye look that I used it in the other day.

To get the look I did the following:
1. Prime lids using Urban Decay Primer Potion
2. Apply Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in shade #15 to the mobile lid. This cream shadow is a really beautiful golden taupe shade.
3. Apply NARS Lhasa eyeshadow to the lid
4. Apply MAC Sketch eyeshadow to the outer v and into the crease
5. Apply MAC All that Glitters shadow to the inner third of the lid
6. Blend out the crease with MAC Bamboo eyeshadow
7. Apply MAC Solar White eyeshadow to the inner corner
8. Line eyes with Shiseido The Makeup Automatic fine eyeliner
9.Apply Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Lifting Mascara to lashes

I loved the lip combo that I used in my Joan Smalls makeup look from a few weeks ago so I decided to wear it again. It’s a mixture of NYX Purple Rain lip liner topped with the Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in shade #4 (dark purple) finished off with Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop (pink with blue iridescence). You can check out the original post here if you’re interested but all I did differently in the look in today’s post was to skip the MAC Reflects Blue glitter.

To finish off my purple look I painted my nails with Essie Splash of Grenadine which is one of my favourite shades. It reminds me of summer and adds a bit of brightness to an otherwise dreary and cold day.

What do you think of NARS Lhasa?

Essie Haul has been offering free shipping for a few weeks now and I’ve been taking advantage of this (probably a little too much) and picking up items I’ve been eyeing for a while. First up was my Essie haul full of beautiful bright shades from the Spring 2012 Navigate Her collection and some past collections.
From left to right are Haute as Hello, Ole Caliente, Watermelon and Splash of Grenadine. 

Haute as Hello is a really pretty coral-peach that is a bright pastel (if that makes sense!).

Ole Caliente is from the Spring 2012 collection and is this amazingly bright coral red that I love! I’m wearing this on my toes right now and it’s such a fun colour.

Watermelon is a gorgeous bright pink toned red.

Splash of Grenadine is a beautiful pink/purple mixture that leans warm.

I also picked up (from left to right) Navigate Her, Turquoise & Caicos, Lapis of Luxury and Mesmerize.

Navigate Her is from the Spring 2012 collection and is a beauitful lightened apple green. It has too much yellow in it to be a mint green. I’m wearing it on my nails right now and I am loving it! It looks great with my skin tone and I highly recommend it.

Turquoise & Caicos is a turquoise shade that is summer in a bottle. I loved this shade when it first came out but couldn’t imagine wearing blues and greens so I passed but I’m glad I finally have it.

Lapis of Luxury is a lightened purple toned blue which I love! I’ve been craving a periwinkle type shade and this almost hits the spot.

Mesmerize is a true blue that looks amazing when applied.

Essie makes one of my favourite nail polish formulas as they generally apply really well with minimal coats. Some of the brighter shades require at least 2 coats but they dry down well. Essie retails for $8 in the US and about $20 in Australia. I bought mine for about $11 from Beauty Bay. I think the free shipping is still running so go check it out if you’re eyeing any of these shades.

Have you tried Essie before? What’s your favourite Essie polish?