NARS Dogon & Exotic Dance Duos for Summer 2011

May 6, 2011

NARS Summer Duos in Dogon and Exotic Dance ($33 each) have been featured in so many awesome blogs I didn’t even need to test them in person to know that they would be must-haves for me. Many thanks to Makeup Magpie, Joeybunny, Karlasugar, British Beauty Blogger and Get Lippie to name a few for sneak peeks! (Links to their features have been included.)

Dogon has been an enigma to me since it looks different on each and every skintone. I believe it is universally flattering though and the beauty of this palette is that I find it unique in it’s complex shimmer undertone. In the compact you see a silvery greige that flashes a slight hint of green plus a dark smokey navy-teal-blue. On the hands and eyes, the silvery side is a complex greyish silver that flashes a hint of multicolors like green, gold, silver. It’s hard to describe. The darker shade applies true to what you see in the pan. They layer beautifully together for a smokey eye. Not really what I envision for something “summery” but stunning nevertheless. Two views with different angles so you can see what I mean with the complexity of these colors. The shimmer and pigment is rich and applies very smooth.

Exotic Dance is just as stunning with the contrasting sharp white frost (slightly chunky in texture) and the warm gold tan shimmer. It seems very basic and classic to me yet I could not find another gold neutral or white similar in my stash. I believe they are unique because of the mixture of colors. I haven’t played with this one much on the eyes but what you see in the pan is pretty much true to what you get on the back of your hand. It’s also a stunner.

Swatched in brighter light:

Just a few comparisons to help you put these new summer duos on the map for color spectrum. First, NARS Rajasthan and NARS Dogon.

I couldn’t find any bright whites with shimmer, so here is Exotic Dance next to NARS Γ‰trusque and Chantecaille Pyrite:

Comparisons swatched:

One last view of NARS Dogon & NARS Exotic Dance:

Overall love. Definitely winners in my opinion. I know many will ask if I had to pick one, would it be Dior or NARS or Armani for summer. Please don’t ask me to choose. Both Dior and NARS are equally beautiful for me and it would be impossible for me to pick my favorite. They are all very different, designed to create different looks. If you like neutrals go with the Dior, they are more expensive but you’ll get more colors. If you like duos and something simpler and easier to use go with the NARS. But I will say the colors are not as neutral.

I found these at Nordstrom but they did not have the GWP as advertised online instore.

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  • These are both just stunning. I love Dogon especially.

  • Debra

    For practical use, I like the lighter color in Dogon and the darker color in Exotic Dance. Aesthetically, that gorgeous blue-black-whatever is just that – gorgeous, but it is too dark for me. NARS is so good at putting together these duos, but I cannot buy one for just one shade.

    About the darker shadows for summer, I use them often. Yesterday, I tried your application #2 from the Dior summer post with the Night Butterfly palette. The lightest shade was not glowy enough, but the look was stunning for day.

    It's an unpleasant moment when you realize that a GWP, or anything, is not as advertised. Have a great weekend!

  • Now I really want Dogon! I really have nothing like this- although you are totally right this is def. "wintry"

  • I've always been disappointed with NARS eyeshadows in the past but Dogon looks gorgeous! I'm very tempted! Would you say the dark shade in Dogon is definitely more blue? With all the blackened greens Chanel has been coming out lately I need something a little different!

  • You perfectly captured the lovely duochrome of the Dogon shade (not an easy feat!) πŸ™‚ I really like both of these duos and agree Dogon is a bit of an odd choice for summer. I think it doesn't quite fit in with the rest of this collection, but is so unique & pretty! πŸ™‚ xx

  • NARS Exotic Dance ftw!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Sabrina,

    Thanks for posting. I have Rajasthan from fall last year, do you think Dogon looks different enough that one should have both?



  • Dogon is gorgeous! I got it last week and I've worn it twice! Its very Kim k I think (I hope that doesn't put people off!). The green sheen is very subtle unless you are in direct sunlight as well – I don't personally find it as brash as MAC club!

  • Exotic Dance looks like it would be gorgeous for a daytime look. Can;t wait to try it out myself! πŸ™‚

  • I absolutely have to get Dogon. There's no avoiding it.

  • Nars Dogon looks lovely. I've heard good things about this eye shadow duo. You are tempting me with these pics! Darn!

  • Awesome as usual. I wasn't planning on picking up Exotic Dance went I pick up Dogon but you did it again!

    My wallet is shaking it's head at you!

    Have a great weekend!

  • I just tried my Dogon duo for the first time this morning, incidentally. I love how Dogon looks multifaceted and cool-toned in the pan, however it translates to a really wearable smoky eye on my warm skin. I think the hint of green-gold shine disappears due to yellow tones in my skin, however because of the green-gold, the blue becomes more wearable. I think your point that it'll look different on everyone is really true! I plan on picking up Exotic Dance sometime because the colors are beautiful, however I'm hitting a mental block on how exactly to use the stark white.

  • i'm not a huge nars fan but exotic dance looks tdf!

  • I tried these in the store, I loved the colors except for the dark one in Dogon, it was kind of chalky on me…maybe it was just the tester though. I am so tempted by Dogon because the lighter color is so wonderful. Exotic dance is so shimmery…but I couldn't figure out how to wear it. lol I should never have tested them out because I am now craving them.

  • Dogon wins for me. I'm trying to be good though. Sigh~

  • Michaela

    Love dogon but am wondering if I will use the darker shade for summer. I wonder what summer look they had in mind when they put it together. The lighter shade seems very practical for summer and breathtakingly beautiful.
    The lighter shade in Exotic dance is too white for me. Thankyou Sabrina for the swatches!

  • Dogon for me too. I was really interested in the comparison to Rajasthan. In the pans they look quite different but seem to look more similar in the swatches. Thanks as ever for the lovely photos x

  • Beautiful shades – I like the NARS Rajasthan!

  • It might just be me but Exotic Dance kinda reminds me of the Stila Kitten Shimmer Duo just not as pink. I will be picking up Dogon for sure. I am in love with that darker shade.