I predict that NARS Lhasa single eye shadow from the Spring 2012 is going to become a classic. Described on NARS website as "a shimmery lavender grey" it's a bit too cool to be considered a true taupe (see comparison to Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian) but still close enough, especially in direct sunlight. Lhasa has a beautiful texture, rich pigment and it plays incredibly well with just about any color you pair with it (once again-- a navy blue eyeliner is your dear friend).
There's a reason this color category is so popular- it looks good on most and can be played up or down as needed. NARS is offering us here one of the prettiest variations on this theme- a very neutral shade that manages to be unique enough even among other of its kind. Amy from Cafe Makeup has already done a great color comparison of Lhasa next to various other classics from Chanel, NARS and Shu Uemura. I chose different eye shadows for comparison: Edward Bess Storm, Becca Lamé, Sue Devitt Berlin, Paula Dorf Day Dream, Kjaer Weis Wisdom and LMdB Corinthian. All of these are as fabulous as they come, great colors in superb textures. NARS Lhasa holds its own among them. It's slightly more intense than Edward Bess Storm but certainly in the same color family. Lhasa is warmer than Sue Devitt's Berlin and looks closest to Becca Lamé. The other three (Kjaer Weiss, Paula Dorf and LMdB) are true taupes and you can see that Lhasa is different.
Bottom Line: a classic is born.
NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow Single ($23) is a Spring 2012 addition to the permanent line. Available from narscosmetics.com. This products was sent to me free of charge by the company.