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NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo Review, Swatches, Photos

As I read the major beauty blogs on the net rave about how much they loved NARS Rajasthan, how it was such an unexpected(?) hit… I could not help but go buy one for myself! ๐Ÿ˜€

1 Word, WOW. They were definitely NOT kidding.

direct sunlight

not as direct sunlight

I love both shades of the eyeshadow duo. Excellent pigmentation, non-existent fall out and even in the pan, I don’t “scuff” up excess eyeshadow! ๐Ÿ˜€ A big plus for NARS this fall 2010 season.

Swatched on my bare arm (with NARS Orgasm and MAC Stereo Rose just for fun haha)
Sorry about the visibility of my arm pores LOL. I have a bit of arm hair so pigmentation is slightly so-so in some areas.

Swatched on a makeup sponge (sold in 15-packs from CVS)

As soon as I had my hands on Rajasthan, I took it out of its packaging and simply admired the duo. The taupey-bronze paired with the darkened-teal-black seemed to underscore the brilliance of this duo. However, when I got home and swatched Rajasthan on my arm, I was dismayed as the teal color was muddy, sheer, and flat. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Thus, I was quite surprised to see all the shimmer and pigmentation shown on the sponge above, gleaming in the light.
On the other hand, I was not surprised at the left-side’s overall excellence in pigmentation, payoff and wear. Applied on top of Urban Decay Primer Potion, the taupey-bronze color lasted approx. 9 hours!
Overall, I really love this duo, and will continue to use this for years to come โค In addition, the packaging of my particular Rajasthan Duo is quite curious. In the second picture of this post, along the center, there is a weird bronze discoloration. At first, I thought that it was the taupe color, but upon closer inspection and cleaning/rubbing, it did not disappear, and I have concluded that it is just… part of the palette. :O Albeit this strange feature, I must say that, for those of us who are unsure whether or not they should take the plunge to grab this duo, I SAY GO NOW! NARS’s “limited edition” products DO remain in stock for a long time after, but in case Mr. NARS does pull this product, you will have your own Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo, right? ๐Ÿ˜€
As a bonus, here are sponge swatches of NARS Orgasm and MAC Stereo Rose, respectively.

MAC Stereo Rose and Happy July!

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! ๐Ÿ™‚

With my parents, I went “camping for a day” or just BBQing it up with 3 other pairs of parents………. haha

My dad is the type who doesn’t really trust others to “get the job done” so his decision to stay the night at a nearby hotel was a pleasant surprise. The hotel was still being refurnished but the campground’s owner called ahead of time to inform the hotel’s owner that we needed a place to stay, last minute.

Overall, for safety reasons, I will not include the hotel name but it is over 100 years and very vintage-y furnishing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was watching House at night with my mom because my dad fell asleep immediately from exhaustion.

Haha anyway, this week has been a blast as I successfully ordered Stereo Rose from the MAC In the Groove Collection online!

without flash in natural lighting

with flash

back with flash

natural lighting of the pan

close-up

I tried swatching Stereo Rose on my arm, but it REALLY did not show up well. D:

Next, I picked up my MAC 129SH (SH = shorter handle so its perfect for girls on-the-go) and applied it on my cheeks. WOW. I have a NARS Orgasm blush but holy cow, this beats Orgasm by miles. I think that the 2010 Version of Stereo Rose is more suited for warm-toned skin, which I think I have? Verdict: My skin-tone is questionable. When it is pale, anything I throw on looks great, pretty, etc. but when I tan a bit, bright or pastel colors suddenly look iffy. Not on my face, but on my legs, I see a lot of green veins so I’m thinking that my skin is warm-toned? Therefore, that may be why NARS Orgasm is a wonderful color, but just doesn’t suit me?

AHAH! Next time I’ll post a swatch comparing Stereo Rose and Orgasm. ๐Ÿ™‚

In addition, I picked up Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate after seeing Christine from Temptalia’s enthusiasm over it. ๐Ÿ˜€ I shall review the samples that I also got from buying Exfolikate (at Neiman Marcus).

A scary green color. It is pretty gritty, but it works really well! My skin did feel a bit sensitive/irritated for the first minute or so but that’s because I failed by using it on dry skin rather than wet skin. Hehe


Cute smiley face
As usual, unexpectedly small… comparison to a standard box of Kleenex Tissues.

Oh and I got around to taking pictures of the nail polish that I’m using. OPI Pink-a-Doodle is beautiful. The color isn’t in your face and it isn’t too sheer. Just what I wanted. Theres an iridescence in the bottle that disappears when applied… similar to the new Chanel Paradoxal Nail Polish? Haha I only applied 2 coats with no top or base coat ๐Ÿ˜› and it chipped a bit on two fingers. Last time, it didn’t chip. AT ALL, and I had it on for a little over a week?
Not the best swatch, so I’m pretty sure I’ll reswatch this in the near future because lighting wasn’t very great today. Too many shadows, but I was eager to show off my quick manicure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Chanel quad in Plumes Swatches

So here are the swatches for the Chanel quad in Plumes

I took these pictures on a cloudier day so, sorry about the blue-toned background. Colors 3 and 4 are off, as 3 is much darker in life, and 4 is more brown-grey than blue-black.

The 1st color is a pearlescent/frosty kind of red shimmer which swatched pretty well, the 2nd color has the most shimmer of all 4 colors. I’m not exactly sure how to describe the sparkly specks of pigment, hehe, but this swatched best. The next two colors had bad to worse pigment pay-off. Color number 4 resembles MAC Eyeshadow in Antiqued. This color was actually matte in real life, not too shimmery? Although I can’t really tell as there is shimmer everywhere in that palette (not willing to clean it up) and none in the swatches… I’ll reswatch sometime soon.ย Color number 3 is similar to MAC Grape Pigment the most, and it took forever to pat down that much pigment onto my arm. UGH



Bonus pictures of Liz Claiborne Makeup, “distributed by Innovage, Inc. Foothill Ranch, CA 92610” wherever that is. (website is supposedly this crappy site at http://www.innovage.net)

Didn’t bother swatching this “SHIMMERING EYE COLOR KIT”

I Must Get Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color N and Jewel Crystal Eyes! :D

Although the new Bobbi Brown Beach Club Summer 2010 Collection looks fabulous, I do not want to risk fall-out? Credits to Karlasugar for swatches!

Regardless, I need a new compact mirror and something from Jill Stuart.

I am planning to go to NYC with a friend sometime in June ๐Ÿ™‚ Most likely after tests are done!
So she’ll be shopping for shorts, and I’ll be shopping for Jill Stuart makeup and maybe dresses for this choir party?

  1. BonBonCosmetics
    $5 shipping, $3.50 for each extra item. $30 = free shipping (so slightly cheaper if I buy 1 or 2 expensive things…)
    Jelly $32.99
    Paletteย $59.99
  2. Facial-Shop (shows when product has been available since… cool!)
    Free shipping everywhere. 5% discount after 3 items
    Jelly $36.99
    Paletteย $64.99
  3. Gooddealer.com
    Wanting the Kose Esprique Precious Symphonic Fit Eyes in F-1 !
    Shipping by weight.
  4. Imomoko
    $4.99 under $50, $50 = free shipping and maybe tax
    I may get KOJI Dolly Wink Eyelashes in 01 Dolly Sweet or MUFE. Note to self, there are more in the Dolly Wink than 1 MUFE…
    Although it is out of stock… its $16.99
    Jelly $33
    Paletteย $65
  5. Bobodave
    I have to pay for my product, then it is weighed and I will have to pay for shipping SEPARATELY.
    Depends but this postage rate calculator can be used: http://app1.hongkongpost.com/calc/eng/overseas/step1.php
    Overall, the price rises like, exponentially =________________=.
    Jelly $30.10 –>27.23 + ~$5-10shipping (which is not that bad if I only get ONE)
    Palette $55.89
  6. Adambeauty.com (Shipping is included in price. Every order requires standard $2… handling fee or something?) Link to Kose Cosmeport Masks ๐Ÿ˜€
  7. Pretty & Cute Falsies? $10 http://prettyandcute.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=25_156&products_id=1049
  8. Cosme-de
    Free Shipping
    Doesn’t have everything, but whatever they do, it is a bit to a LOT cheaper.
  9. Sasa.com

I am adamant to get my hands on falsies and something Jill Stuart!
03 Princess Sapphire for Jewel Crystal Eyes and Jelly Eye Color N in 01 Diamond Snow, 02 Gold Light and/or 03 Platinum Satin!YEAH ๐Ÿ˜€

I amย South-Korean-American.

I am a junior in high school– a magnet high school, specifically.
Thus, i had to go through an admissions process to enter my school. funnnn

Here’s a “smoky eye” I did. Although my style and technique will grow with the blog and whatever feedback I receive, so no reason to worry too much over this awful attempt, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Products used to make this smoky eye?

  1. Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Black
  2. Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Pewter
  3. MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow โ€œQuadโ€ in Assemblage
  4. Givenchy Prisme Again! Eyeshadow Quartet in Smoky Shimmer
  5. Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing Mascara
  6. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Hello world! This is Fany.