Sunday, April 7th, 2013

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “dandelion and African frost.” It’s a brighter, bolder duo that is being added to the permanent range. The combination is one you’ll either love or loathe, because it’s bold, bright, and not a pairing that everyone gravitates towards.

Fashion Rebel #1 is a mostly matte yellow with orange-y undertones–not quite a goldenrod shade but close. Jasmine Cave of Wonders is shimmery. Sephora Banan Split is frosted. Inglot #323 is yellower. Illamasqua Hype is lighter, more matte. The color payoff was just so-so–it really needs to be packed and pressed on, as the texture is on the stiffer side. In order to get even, more opaque color, I had to use NARS’ primer underneath.

Fashion Rebel #2 is a pink-tinged violet with a matte finish. MAC Spoiled Rich is darker, purpler. bareMinerals Statement is pinker. Sugarpill 2AM is lightly shimmered and brighter. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet has a light shimmer. Urban Decay Purple Haze is darker. Inglot #334 is more lavender. It had a powdery texture, so it was prone to sheering out in places. The best way to apply this shade was to press and pat it on, then lightly blend around the edges very, very carefully. Like the yellow, it was hard to use without a primer, because the color payoff was so sheer.

I’m not keen on this eyeshadow duo as a result of the sheerer color payoff and less-than-stellar textures.  The yellow shade was stiff and required a lot of layering to build up the color, while the purple shade was powdery and prone to sheering out–and both absolutely needed a primer to even work half-decently.  When worn without a primer, they both were somewhat faded after eight hours, while when worn with a primer, there was less fading but still slight fading of the purple shade (but the yellow was fine).

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NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

D+
I'm not keen on this eyeshadow duo as a result of the sheerer color payoff and less-than-stellar textures. Even with a primer, which many do use as part of their regular routine, it wasn't a good product.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
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NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo

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NARS, $34.00 (April 15th).

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No.

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23 thoughts on “NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Dominique

    Pretty look even if the duo seems to be disappointing ! I positively hate yellow shades ( except very light and soft ones ) so I don’t know if I’ll purchase this duo. It’s beautiful on matte skin, for summer it’s really gorgeous. So bad it does not wear long without a primer. I thought it would be very pigmented but well D+ is D+ so…..

  2. Angelina

    I love how even if you give something a lower grade you still make it look like a million bucks! I wish I could make a pair of powdery shadows with bad textures look this amazing! You are wonderful Christine I absolutely adore you, temptalia and I appreciate every review you write!

  3. Mariella

    Even setting aside the poor quality, just looking at this, my first thought was “no way”. Weird colour combo and poor quality? Nars, what are you thinking?

  4. Deedee

    I was really wishing these wouldn’t be chalky. Because they are such GORGEOUS and unique colors in the pan. Kind of bummed out these weren’t NARS quality :(

  5. xamyx

    I like the pairing in and of itself, but I can’t see myself wearing this combination. I could work the purple into my stash, but the yellow would just sit, untouched. I’ll pass on this one.

  6. Sheila

    I have the Loreal HIP Bright Shadow Duo in Flamboyant from a few years ago. Same colors.

    http://www.amazon.com/LOreal-Paris-Secrets-Professional-Flamboyant/dp/B004BCVB06

    The yellow has great color payoff but the purple is hard to work with.

    • Tweakweasel

      This is exactly the eyeshadow duo I thought of when I was reading this. The yellow’s a bit frostier but still, very similar, and, even if you have trouble with the purple, probably somewhat better performing. :-P And, needless to say, for much cheaper.

    • dia

      Me too! I was hoping this would be a better quality version of that, but the purple looks even worse! The yellow in the L’Oreal was more of a gold I think- great for Mardi Gras.

  7. Treefinger

    I actually think this is meant to be less pigmented, but I’m not sure. At least the way you blended them together looks really good in a way that might not work if the purple had better payoff.

  8. gabriella

    Soooo disappointed :( I was absolutely going to buy this if it were more pigmented. I would have totally rocked this all summer! Lol oh well…..

  9. “African frost” is one of the most useless color descriptions I have ever read…

    But, surprisingly/despite your less than stellar review, they look really good on you!

    • xamyx

      I’m thinking Christine may have gotten the wrong informtaion on the shade description; I’ve seen it in several other places listed as “African Violet”, which is a more apt description.

  10. Steph

    What is going on with Nars?! :(

  11. Maris

    I know an alternative to this. It’s by L’Oreal Paris in the HIP duo Flamboyant. Way better and way cheaper

  12. Katie T.

    Ooh, pretty in the pan. Not so much on application.

  13. NARS does great blushes and lipsticks, but I have never liked their eyeshadow products. Maybe they should focus on what they do best!

  14. I had a feeling this would get a bad rating. I wasn’t a huge fan of the yellow shade in this duo to begin with…

  15. Gigie

    Too bad this isn’t a good duo. I’ve been thinking about finally starting with Nars, and for me this would have been perfect. I love brights, and I don’t have any yellow eyeshadow.

  16. Johanna

    I just found this palette unappealing.

  17. NARSmakeupartist

    I agree that these colors may look bold and scary, however in order to understand them you need a little education on them. These colors though gorgeous separate, are meant to be blended. They are complementary colors so they make a beautiful beige or brown depending what you layer them with. Why not use just a brown eyeshadow? This pallet gives you the option to mix the color how you want and allows you to be creative. As for the skipping and blending issues, these matte NARS pigments are meant to be layered over a cream shadow and packed on with a #3 and then blended out.

  18. Luisa

    I just had to have this. For me personally, it’s a good thing that these are more sheer. I’m not comfortable with wearing opaque brights on the eyes, especially now that I’m spending most of my time at university. With these, I can wear gorgeous bright colors as a wash and it’s kind of ethereal-looking and just beautiful in my opinion. I pair one of the colors with a neutral beige, haven’t been brave enough to go all out yet, but one day..! :D