I finally received my long-awaited NARS 413 BLKR Shimmer Eyeshadow, and it really was worth the wait!
As I had mentioned in my initial post, 413 BLKR is "currently unavailable" at NARS online, however you can wipe away your tears because it is still available if you call the flagship store at 413 Bleecker Street in Manhattan (see phone number on receipt above- click to enlarge). Save yourself the heartbreak of trying to find it at your local NARS counter- it's a 413 Bleecker Street exclusive, as the name suggests.
For a brilliant review comparing 413 BLKR & Lhasa- please be sure to visit Zuzu*s Petals at Everyday Beauty. Her review of these two shadows is the most insightful and nuanced comparison that I have read to date. I opted to juxtapose 413 BLKR to NARS Lhasa and MAC Satin Taupe in order to illustrate just how cool-toned 413 BLKR is. As Zuzu rightly points out there is no color description for 413 BLKR on the NARS website, but I agree with her that the NARS color description of Lhasa as a "lavender grey" more fittingly describes 413 BLKR, and that Lhasa appears to be a more "plum-tinged taupe."
As you can see from my swatches 413 BLKR is indeed a cooler grey lavender especially when swatched next to Lhasa. Because Lhasa is often described as a card-carrying member of the taupe family I thought that it would be instructive to include MAC Satin Taupe (taupe with silver shimmer) in the lineup. What becomes evident to my eyes is that while Lhasa and Satin Taupe are indeed, well, taupe- that 413 BLKR is not really taupe at all.
Because 413 BLKR is a light cool lavender grey it may be too cool for beauties with warmer toned skin, and it may appear to ashy on those with medium to dark complexions unless used very sparingly. If you have pale cool-toned skin this color is divine for an all over the lid wash of color, and for some added depth Lhasa in the crease works beautifully. I can see this becoming a go-to color accompanied by a simple black winged liner when I don't want to spend any time applying makeup. For me, NARS heaven would simply be the addition of NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 in Alaska, NARS Gaiety Blush and NARS Downtown Lip Gloss, and a stroll through the streets of Paris!
Overall assessment: Merci, Monsieur Nars 413 BLKR est très très jolie! 413 BLKR celebrates the NARS flagship boutique in Manhattan, but my little NARS ensemble is making me nostalgic for Paris!
What popped into my mind as I was writing this was Woody Allen's phenomenal opening scene from Midnight in Paris- if you have not yet seen this movie you really must- it's pure magic.