When NARS winter/holiday 2011 collection first debuted my initial impression was of mild or polite disregard. It seemed uneventful and the distastefully named ‘G Spot’ Multiple (albeit a lovely shade) left me feelingly underwhelmed. Yes, NARS, we get it, you think labeling things ‘Orgasm’ and ‘G Spot’ is cheeky and clever, but to be frank, I’m over it. /rant.
But then, multiple posts were popping up showing a delightful denim toned duo named Mandchourie (in English, Manchuria). The post that tipped the scale for me was by lovely blogger Dovey of Cute and Mundane, and you can see that post here.
According to Nars this duo was inspired by that region and the shadows are meant to be yin and yang to each other. It’s not hard to see, when looking at pictures of Manchuria, how they drew this inspiration.
Once I saw Dovey’s post, I knew I had to swatch if for myself at Sephora. Once I swatched the gold-flecked shade on the left I knew I was going to enjoy this duo. It is a stunning and unique shade!
Both shades are smooth and velvety. NARS seems to be on and off with their matte shadows, and while I think this greyed out navy shade could use a bit of improvement compared to other shades I have tried, it’s not a deal breaker either. The shades compliment each other in the best ways possible and I totally get why Nars said that this was meant to be yin and yang.
But with so many things in makeup, it’s really best to see it in action to determine if you think it’s a good fit for you. I created an EOTD (eye of the day) to illustrate what this duo can do.
The only other shadow I used was the light gold shade of the NARS Tzarine duo in the inner corner and to buff out around the lower lashline and above the crease. I used the dark shade as a liner as well.
NARS duos currently retail for $33 at Sephora and Narscosmetics.com. $33 is steep, but I feel like if you enjoy shades that lean denim or navy that this would be a perfect duo for your collection. The gorgeous-ness of the gold-flecked shade is beyond, and even if you don’t buy it, give it a swatch the next time you visit a counter or store.