NARS Single Eyeshadow in Outremer was released as part of their collection for Fall 2011. NARS described this shade as a “bright true blue”, Temptalia has better pictures here, reflecting the brightness of Outremer.
Outremer seems to be the center piece for this collection and the model is rocking this fierce blue in the promotional picture. How can I say “no” and skip this shade? After seeing Karen from Makeup & Beauty Blog dawn on a stunning look with Outremer here, I know I must have it. Karen also did a step-by-step guide to achieving her beautiful eye makeup here. She made it look so simple and Outremer looks absolutely gorgeous on her.
According to Temptalia’s review, Outremer looks very similar to Inglot #388. I happen to have both so I did a little comparison together with other blue eyeshadows I have.
All swatches swatched with fingers on dry skin, without primer.
Although Outremer looks like an electric blue in the pan, it really isn’t that bright when swatched. Inglot #388 came pretty close despite its dull appearance. Texture wise, Outremer is patchy and more difficult to work with – probably one of the dryest matte eyeshadows I have.
If you have already bought it, I suggest applying a layer of primer or a creamier base prior to applying Outremer. Try to avoid swapping the eyeshadow on, instead, pat it on gently to achieve a decent, even layer of colour and opacity. I would say Inglot #388 is a great alternative to Outremer – in terms of colour payoff, texture and price point. For those who wants a slightly toned down version of Outremer, you can consider Inglot #336 as it’s a shade or two lighter and less bright.
Let’s side track a little, Inglot #321 is very comparable to NARS China Blue as you can see from the swatches.
Overall, I think Inglot matte eyeshadows in #388 and #321 totally beat NARS Outremer and China Blue hands down. Unless you are a fan of NARS, there is no reasons not to try Inglot’s – they are so much easier to apply and blend. The texture is ever so slightly creamy and soft to touch. I am very impressed with Inglot matte eyeshadows and I think it’s value for money.
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