NARS American Dream Eyeshadow Palette

This fall NARS has released two new variations of their 6-color eyeshadow palettes. Product Girl gave us a sneak peek from an event she attended in July. I, of course fell in love with the neutral option, American Dream 9976 ($55 for .31 oz/9g, made in Canada) which contains Bellisima, Alhambra, Silk Road, Galapagos, Bali and Tzarine.

When I ordered mine from Saks online I couldn’t find a listing of the colors. Knowing that most NARS palettes contain existing shades, I knew there was a chance that I would already own half the colors. Turns out, I already own all of them, but I still find most NARS palettes extremely convenient for ideas and also for travel (my other NARS eyeshadow palettes here and here, still wishing I had purchased last year’s Nordstrom Anniversary NARS palette though).
Four of the shades come from some duos and two are available in single format. The shades with descriptions:
  • Bellisima is a pale ivory matte base loaded with tiny gold glitters
  • Alhambra is a warm champagne peachy metallic
  • Silk Road is a soft pinkish shell with pink and gold glitter chunks
  • Galapagos is a dark chocolate brown with tiny gold glitter flecks
  • Bali is a matte cool brown
  • Tzarine is a beautiful complex grey-blue shimmer with gold and silver flecks
More photos and swatches:

Under artificial light:

NARS American Dream has proved to be extremely versatile. I used it all last week and found that the shades fit nicely into any look, for both day and night, and worked well with a variety of shades from my wardrobe (last week I wore shades of black, aubergine, grey, pale mint and navy). I did have a bit of trouble with Silk Road’s glitter particles. I already own this duo and most of the time I feel the glitter is conservative enough to wear on the eyes for everyday, however there can be fallout issues. With the warm weather this week, the glitter fell onto my face and would not budge.
When using this palette, I’ve found the colors work well over Edward Bess’s Illuminating Eye Bases. I do like using a liner under the darker shades for added intensity in color, but I find it’s not always necessary. I’ve used 3-4 shades at one time (at most) from the palette.
Two looks I did last week, which I hope will give you an idea on how to coordinate the shades with lip and cheek colors.
Look 1 with peachy cheeks and light pink lips: Armani Blush #2 and NARS Deep Throat Blushes layered, NARS Rosebud Lipliner with Chanel Imaginaire Gloss on top, four eyeshadow shades in Alhambra and Silk Road mixed all over the lid, Bali and Tzarine blended along lash lines smoked upwards.
Look 2 with pinky-bronze cheeks and a sheer glossy bronze gloss: Shadows in Bellisima and Alhambra mixed together, Bali and Galapagos layered (slightly damp) as a liner, NARS Lovejoy blush with a swipe of Desire on top for a healthy glow, NARS Hopi Velvet Gloss Pencil with a bit of Dior Addict gloss on top.
I believe this palette may be available in some stores now, however my Nordstrom associates told me they were not allowed to sell until August 1st. I purchased mine online from, I think it’s also available at Barneys online too, it should be available at most NARS counters starting this Wedesday August 1st. I’m fairly certain the palette is limited-edition, but I’m not 100% sure.
Have you seen or tried NARS American Dream? Do you already own most of the shades? I personally love it.


  1. July 30, 2012 / 12:11 am

    I want this!! I love nars's six color palette ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. July 30, 2012 / 12:24 am

    wow–you really love your Nars ๐Ÿ˜› I think the palette is nice, but I don't love ALL the shades enough to buy the whole palette. I'd rather pay $50 for just 2 of the full-sized shades that I know I will get more use out of (I'm eyeing Bali and Bellisima…and maybe Galapagos). LOVE your picks for both looks too!

  3. July 30, 2012 / 12:50 am

    I bought both of them yesterday at Nordstrom, so they do have them in stock to sell , at least my local store did.

  4. July 30, 2012 / 1:45 am

    I think the American dream palette is actually more wearable than last year's nars palette, which seemed a bit more dramatic.

  5. July 30, 2012 / 4:03 am

    beautiful palette!

  6. July 30, 2012 / 5:11 am

    I got mine from Saks, and I love it. Thanks for sharing your coordination ideas – they'll be helpful to me.

  7. July 30, 2012 / 5:57 am

    I want to get this but I own most of the shadows as well. I just don't have Bali and Bellisima.

  8. July 30, 2012 / 6:35 am

    Amazing palette, love the shades and finishes! โ™ฅ

  9. July 30, 2012 / 8:12 am

    Actually I don't own any of these shades and this palette just jumped on top of my to-buy list. NARS palettes are so convenient to travel with; I still carry my Pleasure of Paris with me everytime I'm on the go and this one looks absolutely gorgeous. I need it! Thanks for the swatches!

  10. July 30, 2012 / 8:42 am

    Love it! very nice tone palette! thanks for sharing

  11. July 30, 2012 / 9:32 am

    That is incredibly tempting. I'd sworn off Nars palettes because I think they smell appalling (unlike the duos strangely enough) but this might make me reconsider.

  12. July 30, 2012 / 11:27 am

    Oh boy, that eyeshadow palette is gorgeous!

  13. July 30, 2012 / 12:06 pm

    I need to get this. I don't own ANY of the shades. I have struggled with NARS in the past and I'm giving them a shot again and have ordered some of the Fall collection. I think I need to add this to my list as well! Thanks for the beautiful photos and peek into the looks you created.

  14. July 30, 2012 / 1:01 pm

    That palette is perfect! Reeally hope it's available in Europe? x

  15. July 30, 2012 / 1:29 pm

    Nars American Dream looks really versatile and can be worn for day and night looks. I especially like Alhambra to brighten up my eyelid, and I'm always a big fan of champagne-y shimmery colours.

    The Galapagos looks like a unique glittery brown too, which I don't have right now. Seems perfect for a brown smokey eyes.

    thanks for sharing!

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  16. Tatiana
    July 30, 2012 / 3:48 pm

    Beautiful colors. And since I own very little in the way of NARS shadows, I think this is one I'll purchase. Thanks for the photos and the suggested looks.

  17. July 30, 2012 / 7:41 pm

    Beautiful palette and stunning photos! I like this one more than any of the other special edition palettes I've seen from NARS in recent years ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. July 30, 2012 / 7:45 pm

    Sabrina, I stopped lurking and started commenting to humbly request swatches of all of your NARS palettes! I would love to see how old palettes match up to this new one. Thank you so much for considering it, and for the amazing job you always do on this site; it's my favorite!

  19. July 30, 2012 / 8:00 pm

    OMG – sqeeeeeal….This palette looks really gorgeous. I have to admit that I hesitate to get their eyeshadow duos because I like me at least a quad when it comes to eye shadows…although I'm very into their blushes and would not pause for a moment to drop $$ on a shade I love…

  20. July 30, 2012 / 9:20 pm

    I travel alot so this palette, containing some great blending and smokey eye colours are perfect! Mu fav is Galapagos, such a unique colour.
    Great advice for what lips and cheeks to wear with, thanks!

  21. July 30, 2012 / 11:47 pm

    ohh wow….what a gorgeous palette!

  22. July 31, 2012 / 2:14 am

    OMG this palette is really gorgeous! I love BALI and silk road the most! Looking really pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. July 31, 2012 / 6:44 pm

    I've been wanting to try the NARS eyeshadows! This palette looks beautiful and would be a great intro into the brand for me! Thanks for sharing!

  24. August 2, 2012 / 10:53 am

    i think i'm getting that palette!

  25. August 3, 2012 / 6:58 am

    I found six color palette is more economical. This one looks very easy to use as well……oh on! I want this now!

  26. Taryn
    August 11, 2012 / 10:34 pm

    Just a heads up – I got this palette today and the SA told me that Galapagos is being discontinued. ๐Ÿ™

    I have always loved this color. My luck with cosmetics has got to be some of the worst. The second I find something I love, it's gone!

  27. August 12, 2012 / 3:13 am

    ah…this palette looks like a must have. pretty sure it would look good on everyone!! tzarine is an amazing color – gorgeous on brown or green eyes!