I've been on a taupe eyeshadow kick lately (well, more than usual). And in general, I've been gravitating toward cooler toners. Despite being a very pinky person, I often wear really warm tones. I know that's sacrilege to some people, but we're all just going to have to deal.
However, this fall and winter, I've really been going for cool purple, plummy tones.
I came across some swatches of NARS Lhasa eyeshadow and it seemed perfect for my current beauty proclivities. NARS describes the shade as "lavender gray", but the swatches I'd seen online put it firmly in the cool toned taupe category. The shade was released as part of NARS Spring 2012 collection, but has since been made permanent.
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Some of the reviews I saw mentioned it being a tad bit sheer, but all the swatches were absolutely gorgeous. I know, there's always a bit of YMMV with cosmetics, but seriously. Look at those swatches above. This shadow is sheer. Very sheer. Very uncomplicated. And very disappointing to me.
The only upside to this story is that Sephora had a promo where you could get '$20 off a $50 purchase'. In reality, it was just a $20 gift card code with no minimum purchase. So after all was said and done, I paid $4 for this eyeshadow and got free shipping and samples from Sephora. That doesn't make up for the disappointing quality of this eyeshadow, but it does take most of the sting out of a disappointing purchase.
NARS Lhasa eyeshadow is part of the NARS cosmetics permanent range. It contains 2.2 grams of product and retails for $24.