Monday, July 25th, 2011

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Fall 2011: Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a trio of “sparkling sheer peach, matte dove grey, and frosted sage.” It is a limited edition piece from the fall collection, which is slated to hit retailers in August but currently available online at NARS.

  • The first shade in the trio is a soft, shimmering peach champagne that’s a little sheer with chunky, silver glitter. It is similar to Inglot #397, while Urban Decay Virgin has a less shimmery finish and a pinker look. The texture itself has a subtle grittiness from the glitter, and it does leave behind some glitter fall out, and if one uses it as a brow highlighter, you’ll probably find a few stray glittery bits in your brows a few hours later.
  • The second shade is a bluish-gray with a matte finish but the shade itself has little specks of sparkle. Like the first shade, it is sheerer than expected. Inglot #339 is similar in color but darker. This color blends out easily, but because it starts off sheerer, it requires some building for good color intensity when applied and a light hand to blend.
  • The last shade of the trio is a springy green with a part frost, part metallic finish. This was the most pigmented shade of the three. It has more of a silver sheen compared to Urban Decay Urb, while theBalm Run Around Rebecca has a brown-like sheen in comparison.

This trio of colors should appeal to those who prefer their eyeshadows soft, subtle, and generally sheerer. One of the three shades is nicely pigmented, but the other two are on the sheerer side, while the peach shade is described specifically as sheer, the other two are not and should conform to NARS’ description of the trios (“highly pigmented, long-wearing, and crease-resistant”).  Generally, I get about seven to eight hours of decent wear before there is subtle creasing when these are worn alone–I always recommend an eyeshadow primer underneath these. (I don’t think that, on its own, is a deal-breaker–most of us use eyeshadow bases regularly–but I include it because it is part of the product’s claims.)

I like the packaging that NARS has embraced for the trios, because the divider between each shade (and even distribution of each color) makes it easy to use the shades individually without blending the two together. The rubberized packaging makes these less prone to breaking upon impact (because it absorbs some of the impact better than a hard plastic would), and it’s easier to hold. Each compact also includes a mirror inside, which is a nice bonus.

The Glossover


NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

Not NARS' best trio--I can see this appealing to a set of buyers who gravitate towards subtle, softened colors, but it's not really what this palette is supposed to be, based on NARS' description.











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NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio

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See individual shades reviewed above.

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23 thoughts on “NARS Delphes Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. These colors are not my cup of tea… The color combination looks very 90’s to me! I find this collection strangely polarizing… There are things I love and things I hate. At least NARS is being a little adventurous!

  2. Hmm. Like you said, it’s softer. I prefer more electric colors. Ah, well. More money in my pocket.

  3. Jill

    I wish Nars would stop using glitter in their shades, I feel like it never works out! I love the look of Galapagos, and I love the look of Baby Girl, but both shades (especially Baby Girl) would be better off without the glitter. I’d buy so many more of their eyeshadows (this palette included) if they laid off the glitter.

  4. I like subtle, but this seems to me more like weak pigmented instead. The blue coud have been – BLUE! and the combination is a tad boring. At least I would expect NARS to have more wawumm – but hey, there is still this blue mono.

  5. Zara

    The pigmentation Is awful! Btw Christine, r regular Mac non pro products more expensive at the Mac pro store? And is Mac shape powder in “sculpt” similar to Mac pro blush in “taupe”? I’m sorry for asking here but there’s no other way to contac u :( plz answer.

  6. Julia

    I really love this color combination… I just wish the first two colors were a better formula!! I know the first one is supposed to be sheer, but I still wish it were more pigmented and smoother.

  7. ellie

    Weird that non of the shade swatched how they looked in the pan. I’ll be skipping this!

  8. Dana

    Wow! I think these colors are gorgeous and wearable.. I like the subtleness of them

  9. Erin

    Unfortunately, I have an irrational addiction to NARS trios, so I’ll be buying this anyway. But no one liked Calanque either and I love it!

  10. I just want that one blue-grey in the middle!

    • Julia

      You should check out UD revolver. Very similar color, minus the glitter. Very nicely pigmented and I don’t find that it is chalky at all.

      • Nancy Drew

        Second on UD Revolver. Great pale gray matte. It might be discontinued now but you should be able to find it on (not affiliated).

  11. cloudburst

    I love the colour combination but the pigment is not so great!

  12. Julia

    Dear Nars,

    For the love, PLEASE stop putting glitter in all of your eyeshadows. You have been doing some really great colors lately, but the chunky glitter fallout makes them totally unappealing.


    A NARS lover who has been totally turned off by your overuse of glitter of late.

  13. HautePJ

    Oh my, it’s all rather boring for $45, yeah? I mean, the fact that the recent Wet and Wild trios appear to have more pigmentation is saying something. But I still love you, NARS!

  14. Nella

    Haha wouldn’t pay $10 for a pay off like that. Even wet n wild shadows are more pigmented then this. Piddly quality!

  15. Nicole

    I´ve been experimenting with this for 2 days now – the colors are sheer at least for NARS, that´s true, but I also think that they are more “workable” if you do not like bold colors. It´s perfect for fall in my opinion. My trio swatches true to pan by the way. Of course this color combination is dupable, but I like the idea of a small palette travelling with me. Overall I like it: it´s subtle yet elegant.

  16. Chloe

    i love the colours in this trio

  17. Sabrina

    It’s a shame that they’re not more pigmented, cos they’re really nice colours.

  18. Sharon

    I bought this and I love it! I don’t like super pigmented shadows because I am very pale (NW10) and don’t need lots of colour. I found the shades easy to apply and very blendable.