NYX Cool Blue Eyeshadow

NYX Cool Blue Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a light-medium sky blue with a matte finish. MAC Styledriven is lighter, less cool-toned. The color payoff is decent to good, though there is an underlying sheerness. theBalm Great Gonzo is less cool-toned and brighter. MAC Sky Blue is paler, less blue. Inglot #367 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #118 is much more vibrant and less cool-toned.

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NYX Cool Blue Eyeshadow

NYX Cool Blue Eyeshadow

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Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
76%

NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a dark navy blue with a shimmery finish. I feel it necessary to do a full copy-and-paste from spring’s press release regarding this product, because too often I receive comments and emails saying I’m being unduly harsh and unfair, all because NARS “meant” for this product to crease; that this is supposed to have that “creased” look.  I’m harsh, but I don’t think unduly so; this is an atrocious product, and from a high-end brand that can and does put out quality products, it’s appalling. I don’t make excuses for brands, least of all when they create products that perform this poorly.

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NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Dark Rite
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Product
0
Pigmentation
7
Texture
5
Longevity
0
Application
2.5
Total
32%

NARS Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “metallic shades of brass and bronze.” For whatever reason, this is one of the few limited edition shades for spring, which is totally too bad–it’s a gorgeous product and my favorite from the spring collection.

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NARS Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo

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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
92%

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmery icy pink, shimmery rose petal pink, and matte deep rose.” The trio is a limited edition shade from this spring’s collection.

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NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio

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Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
83%

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmery lavender-gray.” It’s gray, just slightly brown, with a stormy, smoky purple brewing in it. The color payoff is good, though just a touch sheer, but it has a really silky-smooth feeling to the texture. It also adheres really well to the lid. Urban Decay Bust is browner. theBalm Come Hither Heather is grayer, more cool-toned. Estee Lauder Tempting Mocha is lighter. Bare Escentuals Rowdy is a touch lighter. MAC Shale is similar but a touch darker.

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NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow

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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%

NYX Orange Eyeshadow

NYX Orange Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is tangerine orange with a lighter peach-orange shimmer. The finish is more of a frosted, but it doesn’t read heavy. It’s a very wearable orange because of the softness in the color. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find a dupe among all of these orange eyeshadows. Givenchy Candide Garden was the closest but still darker. Most shades that were in similar in lightness had a pink-tone or really gold sheen (think MAC Melon).

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NYX Orange Eyeshadow
NYX Eyeshadow Orange
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
92%