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NARS Interstellar, Mozambique, Black Valley Eye Paints

NARS Mozambique Eye Paint
NARS Interstellar Eye Paint

NARS Interstellar Eye Paint ($25.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “silver.” It’s a bright, metallic silver. It had fairly good color payoff, but it was more prone to sheering out than some of the other shades. This is one of the less unique shades in the range, and you can find many silver eyeliners/cream eyeshadows on the market. Maybelline Cool Crush is slightly cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Chrome is similar. Urban Decay Cuff is darker. Maybelline Silver Strike is similar. MAC Tundra is darker. Buxom Chihuahua is similar. See comparison swatches.

Mozambique is described as “olive.” It’s a mossy, yellow-toned, medium-dark green with a mostly matte finish. It was very, very creamy and pigmented. I felt like this one was prone to sheering out, though, on the lid because of how much slip it had.  I couldn’t think of any eyeliner or cream eyeshadow dupes for this shade–everything was either much darker or much less yellow.

Black Valley is described as “black.” It’s a rich, deep dark black with a matte finish. It is, obviously, a shade that you can find in many brands’ gel eyeliner ranges, so it’s not unique. It just comes down to whether the formula is better for you than others, so while it’s not particularly exciting, it makes sense for every brand to do their version of it since it is a basic. Here are many black eyeliners/black cream eyeshadows from other brands.

Please refer to my original review here for a more in-depth look at the formula as a whole. To recap, Eye Paints are designed to be a long-wearing, highly-pigmented gel formula that can be used as an eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. I applied each shade using NARS’ #38 brush to mimic applying it as an eyeliner (narrow swatch) and then applied the same color with the horizontal edge of the #38 to mimic applying it as an all-over lid color (wide swatch). The formua’s strength is its creaminess and intense color payoff, but it dries and sets very quickly so it can be difficult to blend the shades together or soften the edges if you do not work quickly.

I’m waiting on Tatar in the mail, so I’ll have a review of that shade later next week, but these are the least three shades I tested and found they were in line with the rest of the range. I layered powder eyeshadow over Iskandar and Mozambique (an Inglot gold eyeshadow and MAC Velvet Moss, which I believe is discontinued–I was just aiming to get as close to the base color). Layering powder over the Eye Paints seemed to be the best way to use them all over the eye, as it maximized the wear time–ten to twelve hours with very minimal fading and no creasing–while creating a perfectly even surface once the powder eyeshadows were layered on top. Alone, I had noticeable fading with Mozambique after six and a half hours (Iskandar holds up better–the shimmery shades have been slightly more fade-resistant for longer compared to the more matte shades) but no creasing. It was significantly faded after ten hours. Black Valley and Interstellar wear best as eyeliners, getting to eight hours of wear with no fading or migrating. On the lid, Black Valley manages well for seven hours but starts to fade from there, and it did crease just slightly after eight hours, while Interstellar lasts with just slight fading at eight hours but no creasing.

NARS Eye Paint Mozambique
Mozambique
NARS Eye Paint Interstellar
Interstellar
NARS Eye Paint Black Valley
Black Valley

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NARS Transvaal, Solomon Islands, Ubangi Eye Paints

NARS Transvaal Eye Paint
NARS Transvaal Eye Paint

NARS Transvaal Eye Paint ($25.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “grey.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-cool gray with a mostly matte finish. It was intensely pigmented and very creamy. NARS Madison Ave. is bluer, darker. Maybelline Audacious Asphalt is shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Solomon Islands is described as “turquoise blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue with a hint of teal/green to give it a more turquoise coloring. It has a matte finish and rich color payoff. MAC Mountain Air is darker and pearly, but it was the only turquoise-ish cream eyeshadow/eyeliner I could think of to compare. See comparison swatches.

Ubangi is described as a “black with blue shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned black with medium blue and navy blue micro-shimmer. This particular shade had a very slippery consistency–it was wetter than the others–and the color payoff was less intense as it had a tendency to sheer out. Urban Decay Sabbath is bluer. MAC Night Trail is similar. MAC Petrol Blue is lighter, bluer. MAC Waveline is lighter, less shimmery. bareMinerals Noon is more muted. See comparison swatches.

Please refer to my original review here for a more in-depth look at the formula as a whole. To recap, Eye Paints are designed to be a long-wearing, highly-pigmented gel formula that can be used as an eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. I applied each shade using NARS’ #38 brush to mimic applying it as an eyeliner (narrow swatch) and then applied the same color with the horizontal edge of the #38 to mimic applying it as an all-over lid color (wide swatch). The formua’s strength is its creaminess and intense color payoff, but it dries and sets very quickly so it can be difficult to blend the shades together or soften the edges if you do not work quickly.

As a cream eyeshadow, the wear is just okay; there is some fading apparent after six to seven hours, and Ubangi seemed more prone to fading than the other two shades. I did not experience creasing with any of these shades. When worn as an eyeliner, Solomon Islands did not fade or migrate, and it seemed to last quite well over a nine-hour period. These definitely perform best as eyeliners, less so as cream eyeshadows. If you want to use them as a base, they wear well with powder eyeshadow on top–no creasing or fading after ten hours of wear.

NARS Eye Paint Transvaal
Transvaal
NARS Eye Paint Solomon Islands
NARS Eye Paint Ubangi
Ubangi

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NARS Iskandar, Mesopotamia, Snake Eyes Eye Paints

NARS Iskandar Eye Paint
NARS Iskandar Eye Paint

NARS Eye Paints ($25.00 for 0.08 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, highly-pigmented gel formula that can be used as an eyeshadow or eyeliner. The consistency is very creamy, and just about every single shade I tried was incredibly pigmented. These dry down very, very quickly, so you have to work fast, and they take some work to blend with each other as a result. Using one or two isn’t so bad, but add a third into the mix, and it can be troublesome. The edges need to be blended almost immediately, or else layered with a similar-colored eyeshadow to help diffuse the drier edge. Yesterday, I wore these primarily as eyeshadows (but also two as eyeliner on the lower lash line) over bare lids. I experienced very slight creasing after seven hours of wear as well as some slight fading, which worsened and was noticeable after eight and a half hours of wear. As an eyeliner, they lasted better and did not fade or migrate over a nine hour period.

Iskandar was the easiest to apply and blend out, while Mesopotamia was the one that set the quickest and was most difficult to blend. I like a fairly flat, somewhat narrow, brush with a little thickness and a domed edge for applying these (I used MAC’s 242), because it’s useful for placing dense color but also has enough density and thickness that it can blend out the edges, too. Today, I’m testing a couple other shades for wear (alone) but as well as with eyeshadow on top (so more as a base) to see how they perform that way. Tomorrow, I’ll try them over NARS’ Smudge Proof Primer to wrap everything up with a neat little bow.  One last thing: the size on these is slightly smaller than average gel eyeliners (usually around 0.10 oz. or so).

Iskandar is described as “gold.” It’s a rich, medium-dark gold with orange and bronze undertones and a copper and gold shimmer. It has a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was rich and opaque whether applied as an eyeliner or as an eyeshadow–I used NARS’ #38 brush for the thinner swatch and then turned it horizontally for the larger swatch. NARS Campo de Fiori is similar. Maybelline Bold Gold is less warm-toned. MAC Going for the Gold is darker. Illamasqua Alchemy is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Mesopotamia is described as “brown.” It’s a deep brown with subtle warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It is richly pigmented and applied smoothly. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is warmer. Urban Decay Demolition is similar. MAC rich Experience is also similar. Buxom Two by Four is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Snake Eyes is described as “black with green shimmer.” It’s a deep black with brown undertones with emerald green pearl. It had fairly good color payoff but to make the pearl stand out, two layers are needed. Urban Decay Loaded is lighter. MAC Dark Envy is greener. MAC My Next Indulgence is lighter. See comparison swatches.

NARS Eye Paint Iskandar
Iskandar
NARS Eye Paint Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
NARS Eye Paint Snake Eyes
Snake Eyes

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MAC Deliciously Rich & Gilt Gourmet Fluidline

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline
MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online now, in-stores (and other online retailers) on August 22nd for North America locations) features two new (and limited edition) Fluidlines. Both shades are very glittery/sparkly, so the consistencies isn’t as smooth as cream Fluidlines, and the application is uneven/splotchy. It’s hard to get a good, dense line of color. I found the best way was to load up the brush and then press and almost roll the brush against the lash line to get decent color. I’ve been wearing both for almost eight hours now, and there is significant flaking of color. I wore both on my lower lash line, and depending on your sensitivities, the glitter falling out/flaking off the lash line may cause your eyes to water. I thought they might work better as a base, but when I tried to apply the color as more of a base, it was just as uneven.

Deliciously Rich Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “shimmering dirty taupe.” It’s a medium-dark brown with large gold sparkles. I applied this and the other shade with MAC’s 208 for swatches. Urban Decay Corrupt is less sparkly. MAC Lord It Up is similar but easier to apply and is more opaque. MAC Oprheus is a bit darker and less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Gilt Gourmet Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sparkling burnished gold.” It’s a brown-ish, medium-dark gold with a frosted, metallic finish and larger gold and copper sparkles. MAC Handforged is yellower, warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Fluidline (Discontinued) Deliciously Rich
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total
MAC Fluidline (Discontinued) Gilt Gourmet
Gilt Gourmet
Gilt Gourmet
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total

MAC Beluga, Divine Decadence, Gilty Morsel, Palace Pedigreed Eyeshadows

MAC Beluga Eyeshadow
MAC Beluga Eyeshadow

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online now, in-stores on August 22nd for North America locations) features eight eyeshadows. Beluga was the hardest to apply and use, as it was stiff and harder to blend around the edges, while Gilty Morsel has sparkle that doesn’t really bind with the base color, so there is fall out during application, and even though I’ve only been wearing the eyeshadows for around five hours (so far), there is noticeable (currently minor, though) fall out from it. I’ll update this post with actual wear times after I’ve finished wearing them later today, so the longevity ratings are based on my average experience with MAC’s eyeshadows (with wear in relation to finish, color, and quality). I’m four hours in, so far so good. 🙂

MAC Beluga Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dark charcoal with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Veluxe finish].” It’s a cool-toned, dark brown with flecks of green sparkle. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was noticeably dry and more difficult to blend out on the skin as it was stiff. Disney Cinders is warmer. MAC Mystery is lighter, more matte. MAC Black Magique is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Divine Decadence Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze [with a Veluxe finish].” It’s a rich, copper-shimmered bronze with warm, red and copper undertones and a frosted finish. This was, by far, the very best of the collection: intensely pigmented with a creamy, buttery texture that felt like silk. MAC Copper Strip is less frosted. NARS Isolde #2 is slightly more copper-hued. MAC Antiqued is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gilty Morsel Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “glittery light gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pale, light-medium gold with yellow undertones and flecks of pale gold sparkle. It performs a lot like most Lustre finishes, which means it has a slightly dry, gritty texture and sheerer color payoff so it looks more like a wash of color than anything else. Chanel Convoitise is a cream product. MAC Greenluxe #2 is more metallic. Disney Sand in the Glass is less sparkly. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower. Chanel Pearl River #2 is less sparkly. Buxom Poodle is a cream. See comparison swatches.

Palace Pedigreed Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dark plum [with a Satin finish].” It’s a deep plum with strong red undertones and a barley-there satin sheen. Though the texture was a little dry and thin, it still yielded a good amount of color. I didn’t have any trouble getting the color to show up, and it was buildable to fully opaque color coverage. The texture makes it slightly harder to blend, but it is much, much improved from the last time I tried it. Chanel Delicatesse #4 is warmer. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 is similar, purpler. MAC Plum Dressing is brighter. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is purpler. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is warmer, browner. Make Up For Ever #160 is very similar–slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Eyeshadow Beluga
Beluga
Beluga
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Divine Decadence
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Gilty Morsel
Gilty Morsel
Gilty Morsel
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Palace Pedigreed
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

MAC Deep Cravings, Eat, Love, Sex & the Oyster, Three Ring Yellow Eyeshadows

MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow
MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online now, in-stores on August 22nd for North America locations) features eight eyeshadows. On the whole, these four performed better than many past recent releases, even if they aren’t perfect, they were all fairly easy to work with. The “worst” one of these four was Sex & the Oyster as the texture was noticeably dry, while Three Ring Yellow was buttery and incredibly pigmented. I’ll update this post with actual wear times after I’ve finished wearing them later today, so the longevity ratings are based on my average experience with MAC’s eyeshadows (with wear in relation to finish, color, and quality). I’m four hours in, so far so good. 🙂

MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark shimmery grey [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with a pearly sheen–it has a very light dusting of pink and copper micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly. The texture was good, but it did feel slightly dry–not as buttery or as soft as other VPs (which is something I’ve noticed in general with recent VP releases). LORAC Slate is lighter, bluer. Disney Flotsam is lighter, also bluer. Urban Decay Ace is very similar. MAC For Effect is similar but a cream. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is similar. See comparison swatches.

Eat, Love Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep emerald [with a Satin finish].” It’s a deep, blackened green with faint emerald green sparkles–it is more like a green-tinted black with brownish undertones. On the lid, it tends to look more like a matte finish, as the satin is very subtle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was only slightly dry. Fyrinnae Jaguar is bluer. Urban Decay Loaded is also bluer. MAC Dark Indulgence is greener. OCC Poison is lighter. Make Up For Ever #80 is lighter, greener. Bobbi Brown Forest is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches.

Sex & the Oyster Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone greyed blue green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a smoky, bluish-green-tinted light gray. It looks bluer in the pot, but applied, it seemed to take on a grayer coloring overall. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was somewhat dry and almost crumbly but not quite. Disney Destined is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Hijack is darker (this was the first shade that came to mind, actually!). MAC Emerald Dusk is darker, bluer. MAC Water is greener. See comparison swatches.

Three Ring Yellow Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright sulfur green yellow [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a green-tinged, medium yellow with a frosted finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to work with. This is a repromote, and it was also one of the best-performing shades of the collection. Fyrinnae Banan Mochi is warmer. NARS Rated R #1 is greener. MAC Double Feature #2 #1 is more shimmery. MAC Colour Added is similar. MAC Brilliantly Lit is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

MAC Eyeshadow Deep Cravings
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Eat, Love
Eat, Love
Eat, Love
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Sex & the Oyster
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Three Ring Yellow
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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