Nars Abyssinia & Galapagos

These are the last of my Nars single shadows (well, as my collection stands at the moment anyway), and a look that I really rather like. Considering both of these shadows were probably feeling a bit unloved as they had only been used once or twice since I bought them, always being passed over for their more glamorous relations, I’m really pleased that I’ve dug them out again and got them to work for me. 

Abyssinia is probably not used all that often because it isn’t that interesting or unique. It’s one of those “useful” shades that you can get anywhere and really doesn’t have to be Nars. It is a peach toned matte shadow that has absolutely no shimmer or sparkle to it – unlike the majority of the Nars shadows I own. Nothing wrong with it at all, indeed, it covers nicely and sticks well to a primer for a good “my eyes but better” finish. But you could probably pick up something similar for a couple of quid from Superdrug. I’m pretty certain I have dupes for this in my numerous Sleek palettes as well. 

Galapagos is a shadow that I purchased from Space NK. Picture the scene. I am standing there (with a friend, who is looking upon me with nothing but pity in her eyes) with a swatch of Galapagos on one hand and Mekong on the other, in a total state of flux as I was just not able to decide which one needed to come home with me. Trauma! So, as per usual when faced with a dilemma, I ended up buying them both. Where Mekong is a super-dark and pigmented brown, Galapagos is its brighter and cheerier cousin. Both are jam packed with gold shimmer, but the gold in Galapagos does seem to translate to the eye better than it does with Mekong, where the brown is so dense. 

So there we have it. It’s a bit more of a natural look (cough) for me but one I really like. Do you have either of these shadows? Are you tempted? 




  1. 17th June 2011 / 8:43 AM

    Both are gorgeous and added to my list 🙂

  2. 17th June 2011 / 2:54 PM

    I think this combination looks fantastic on you! And for the record, I love the “useful” shades. It was what drew me to actually look at your picture a bit longer than I normally do. I appreciate a good work-horse shade. 🙂

  3. Sheenie
    17th June 2011 / 5:11 PM

    Looks awesome on you – you can really carry off this look. I’m not sure I could.

  4. 24th June 2011 / 6:14 PM

    Looking gorgeous! Love that look on you.

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