Friday, April 5th, 2013

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “seafoam green.” It’s a cool-toned, seafoam green with a matte finish. I don’t have too many mint/aqua eyeliners, but NARS Parrot Cay (which I always loved the look of but the wear left a lot to be desired) and Korres #12 are both similar–slightly lighter I would say.

The Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner is supposed to last for twelve hours without smudging or budging, and the formula is supposed to yield “rich, intense color.” It’s also a twist-up pencil with a built-in sharpener. In the past, I’ve found that many shades wear well for eight hours on the lash line, but twelve hours is pushing it–there is usually noticeable fading at that point (where the line of color looks thinner).

Barrow Street had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to more opaque color on the lash line. It actually wore incredibly well and may be one of the better-wearing shades I’ve tried; after eight hours, there was still the majority of the color on my water line, and my lash line remained the same. I’ll be testing it again for a full twelve-hours (I only had eight yesterday, and I forgot these are marketed as twelve-hour pencils!), so the longevity rating is tentative (it’s based on prior experience and yesterday’s wear compared to other shades). It can be a bit chalky, though, because of its light but bright base, and it tends to be the nature of the beast (err, this kind of color). I think from afar, it’s rather brightening and eye-opening, and it doesn’t read chalky. ┬áIt is lightly creamy, enough that it didn’t feel like it tugged or pulled when I applied it, but it could stand to be slightly softer/creamier.

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Barrow Street

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Aqua eyeliner is a great option for brightening the eye using a pop of color, rather than a champagne/nude shade. I liked this one a lot better than NARS' own Parrot Cay!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
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NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $24.00 (April 15th).

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

I don't have too many mint/aqua eyeliners, but NARS Parrot Cay (which I always loved the look of but the wear left a lot to be desired) and Korres #12 are both similar--slightly lighter I would say.

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27 thoughts on “NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Not for me, but nice to see the quality is there.

  2. Yellowlantern

    I love the way this looks with the second look. It’s the sort of look that reminds me of mardi gras.

  3. Avatar of Marisa Marisa

    All the way through this review I thought “no… no… no…” and then I got to the real life shots of it on your eyes and now it’s in my Sephora cart. Ha!

    • Avatar of Marisa Marisa

      I should clarify that I was speaking figuratively, lest anyone think I have early access to this color at Sephora, I wish!

  4. Wow. I didn’t think I’d be interested in this, but now that I see it, I really like it.

  5. I love mint, and this is such a great unexpected color for a liner! I really like both of the looks you’ve paired it with — I’m guessing the colors are the shadows from NARS Summer 2013? Can’t wait to see the rest of your reviews :)

  6. Avatar of Kristina kmk05 (Kris)

    …I thought ‘this is not for me’ BUT IT IS. NARS don’t make me wait too long for it in the UK, I beg you!

  7. Avatar of Linda Linda

    Love the last eyelook!

  8. Vic

    Just fell in love! Need to try this for my planed purpleish/grey wedding make up! :D

  9. YES YES YES! So glad to see the good rating because! I will be picking this up for sure.

  10. Avatar of Kathryn KEG

    It’s nice to see a Nars eyepencil that actually performs

  11. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    I didn’t think I’d want anything from this collection, but when I saw the Sneak Peek for Euphrate last night, I began to reconsider. Now that I’ve seen this paired with the shadow, I want them both. The really interesting thing is, I absolutely do not do pale, soft shades like these, but I can see the two being a quick look on days I can’t be bothered, to really brighten up my face. Well, at least with NARS there’s time to play around with the idea…

  12. love. I’ve never spent that much on an eyeliner but I may have to cave.

  13. Avatar of Kim Kimmwc03

    I love the looksyou created with this. I’m planning to buy once Sephora gets it in stock.

  14. Gigie

    I love this. It looks like it would make an amazing color base for spring eye looks.

  15. Yup – this will be mine someday soon! I’m not even a huge eyeliner person, but this is so pretty!

  16. Wow, what a completely unique liner. I like the idea and I think the light green can be brightening and also help counteract waterline redness… but I’ll stick with my ivory personally

  17. Avatar of Catherine Cathy

    I think I’ll get this! A shame it’s $38 here though :(

  18. Oooh! I love, love, love. :D

  19. Avatar of Marina Marina

    This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. And I love the pairing with Euphrate- such a gorgeous look! I really want to pick up both shades! And I want the lipstick! Oh boy!

  20. Avatar of Patricia Patricia Couto

    Christine, it will sell at nordstrom?

  21. That color is amazing. :inlove:

  22. Richelle

    Sorry for the late question, but is this only on NARS’ website or will it be available on Sephora as well?

  23. Finally tried it in person after liking how it looked on you in this post – I hated it on myself! So sad, since it’s an eyeliner in my favourite colour :(

  24. Avatar of Corina Corina Trujillo

    You say this is not limited edition. I noticed they don’t have this on the Nars web site anymore (doesn’t show up at all, not just sold out). Is it possible this IS limited Edition after all?