NARS Holiday 2011 Mandchourie Duo and Arabian Nights Trio Review, Swatches and Photos

Finally got my hands on the new Mandchourie Duo Eyeshadow and Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow from the NARS Holiday 2011 Collection!

NARS Holiday 2011 Mandchourie and Arabian Nights
NARS Mandchourie Duo and Arabian Nights Trio

Mandchourie is a gorgeous duo of light grayish-blue with golden shimmer and matte navy. Both colors swatched easily and smoothly with great pigmentation.

NARS Mandchourie Duo Eyeshadow Closeup
NARS Mandchourie Duo Eyeshadow

Arabian Nights is a trio with three glitter shadows – a black with red glitter, a black with purple glitter and a black with silver glitter. The colors all showed up nicely without much fallout and like the NARS Night Series eyeshadows, you can add a cream shadow underneath to help bring out the sparkles even more.

NARS Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow Closeup
NARS Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow

NARS Mandchourie Duo and Arabian Nights Trio swatches
NARS Mandchourie Duo and Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadows swatches

Below is a smoky eye I did with Arabian Nights. Check out the tutorial here.

Wearing NARS Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow
Wearing NARS Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow

The NARS Holiday 2011 Collection is now available at

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. These are so pretty. I’ll have to take a closer look at arabian nights— I heard that they all looked black, however they do differ in your swatches

  2. The Mandchourie duo reminds me of a blue version of my all time favorite, Habanera. I tried it on yesterday with a touch of gold in my inner eyes and along my brow bones (blended meticulously, of course), and oh my! Absolutely gorgeous! I just recieved that plus the trio, G-Spot Multiple, Albatross gloss, Miss Liberty blush and the motherload new 6 blush palette. I feel like it’s already Christmas!

  3. The first time I tried to order it was the first day of the F&F sale at Sephora. Sold out! Then, I broused again thinking of more Nars that I’d like to get during the sale and bam, it was available. I’d just keep checking back online or contact all the brick and mortar stores closest to you. Good luck!

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