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Nars Charlotte Gainsbourg Review: Ready for that smokey eye!

It’s Fri-yay! I hope you’re all ready to enjoy a well-deserved weekend. Even if I’m still back home and on holiday, I can assure you the weekend is still invaluable since my family is off from work and we get to spend more time together. A weekend can never go unnoticed! I really wanted to fit in a review of my picks from the Nars Charlotte Gainsbourg collection before the weekend, so I hope it’s helpful for those that are thinking about grabbing something from this collection, or those who need some smokey eye inspiration! I’ve swatched the entire collection already, if you’re interested in swatches only/as well.

Nars Charlotte Gainsburg review of the Eyeshadow duos

Nars Summer 2017 Charlotte Gainsburg Collection

I will start, from the two Charlotte Gainsbourg Eyeshadow Duos. I actually tried both of them in my local Nars counter before deciding on which one, if any, I’d splurge. Here is the eye look with Old Church Street, which is a lovely champagne-blue duo, as created by a Nars make-up artist:

Nars Old Street from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection

Me wearing Nars Old Street from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection

Nars Old Street from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection on my lids

Nars Old Street from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection on my lids

I liked the result, but I have to admit, I think I can replicate that with other eyeshadows I already own. Seeing as I don’t have many greens in my collection (exclude khakis please- I’m obsessed!), I found the Nars Rue Allent Duo to be more interesting. And I was right… this forest green was a delight to blend! I was able to create a quick smokey eye almost effortlessly, without any fall out from any of the two shades!

Nars Rue Allent from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection on my lids

Nars Rue Allent from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection

Nars Rue Allent from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection on my lids

And that’s Nars Rue Allent with the eyes closed

The white pearlescent eyeshadow, layered on top of the green almost helps give it a translucent effect and a grey-green tone. I love it and can definitely recommend this duo for it’s quality. When I have no time for a smokey eye, I use the green shade from Nars Rue Allent as a liner. I even tried it with a wet brush and it totally worked.

And that’s Nars Rue Allent Eyeshadow Duo from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection

Nars Rue Allent from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection

A closer look at the shades

My second pick was the Nars Alice Multiple Tint. I think that one can work wonders on the cheeks of many beauties with medium skin tone!

Nars Alice Multiple Tint from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection

Nars Alice Multiple Tint from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection

I’m going to be honest, guys. Never ever have I loved a Nars Multiple before. I like most of them on my cheeks, but I think they should be rebranded as Blush Sticks or something, as they’re too dry for lips and not really suitable for eyelids. Historically, they’ve worked well on my cheeks though. However, the Nars Charlotte Gainsbourg Multiple Tints are different from the ones in the permanent line. They’re way more sheer, in line with the rest of the collection (intense eyes, sheer skin).

Sheer is for the win though! I find that the Nars Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection Multiple Tints are actually good for both lips and cheeks! They feel moisturising on my lips and add a sheer glow to my cheeks, like I blushed from inside. I’m not using these on my lids though, they’re very glossy for my liking. If you like your blush sheer and are OK with sheer lip colour, you’ll like these ones!

Nars Rue Allent Eyeshadow Duo and Alice Multiple Tint from the Nars Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection

Nars Rue Allent Eyeshadow Duo and Alice Multiple Tint from the Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 Collection

I should say that used as a lipstick the Alice Multiple Tint isn’t especially long lasting. It feels like a tinted balm. Combined with Rue Allent, it’s really nice. Its softness works well with the smokey eye and the whole look is a fresh approach to soft lips and cheeks with an intense eye look. You see, I can’t say it gives you a nude lip. Not at all. What it does though is make you look like you’ve had a couple of cherries and there’s a bit of fruit stain there. It’s different and for that, thumbs up from me!

FOTD with the Nars Multiple Tint in shade Alice on my cheeks and lips and the Eyeshadow Duo in Rue Allent on my lids from the Nars Summer 2017

Me with Rue Allent on my eyelids and Alice Multiple on my cheeks and lips

As you can see in the FOTD above, it all worked well for me. My foundation is the new Chanel Gel Touch, a base which worked brilliantly with this sort of make-up.

All in all, I’m happy with my picks and I’m using both of them. I hope you found this review of the Nars Charlotte Gainsbourg collection helpful! As mentioned earlier, swatches of these products and the entire collection can be found here. Most of the collection is now available online here and at your local Nars counters.

I’d love to know if you’re up for a smokey eye in the summer? Both Nars and Mac seem to have supported the bold eye look trend for summer 2017 and although I love playing with it all, I’m not sure I’ll bother when I get more tanned and the weather gets warmer. How about you?

Hope you have a fabulous weekend and I’ll speak to you soon!

Hugs,

Eleni

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9 Comments

  1. Shireen L. Platt May 13, 2017

    I am like you, I am obsessed with khakis but other shades of green? Uh huh, no way! LOL! I do like the eye makeup that you created with the duo but you are right, you probably could recreate using other eyeshadows that are similar on your collection. Thank you for your honesty, Eleni!

    • rougenapples May 16, 2017 — Post Author

      I have a thing with golds and khakis and all, but green is a funny shade for me too… Funny I can’t explain why either xx

  2. Stacey May 13, 2017

    That eyeshadow duo is to die for 😍 I only own one of the singular chrome shadows from them but it’s one of my fave. And I agree with you, in general I find the lip/blush products always work better for one or the other but that one looks so nice on your lips. Thank you for sharing this collection, I’ll be checking it out for sure! X

    • rougenapples May 16, 2017 — Post Author

      Thanks Stacey! This Multiple is indeed great, I really like it! Let me know how you like the collection if you check it out xxx

  3. LindaLibraLoca May 14, 2017

    I am up for a smoky eye all year round!
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  4. charlottaeve May 15, 2017

    Love the smokey eye makeup! I’m always up for a good old smokey eye.

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  5. Amy May 16, 2017

    I love this look on you! I don’t wear smokey black eyes very often any more so rely on my Urban Decay Smoky palette.

    Amy – http://amyevans.blog
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