Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Spring 2013: Mad Mad World

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as “cyan” and “parakeet green.” It’s new for spring but will be added to the permanent shade range. Worth noting, most NARS eyeshadow duos are 0.14 oz., but this one was labeled as 0.11 oz.

The cyan shade is a brightened, light-medium blue with a matte finish. It is incredibly pigmented and a little stretches quite a ways.  The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled–not at all powdery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #3 is softer, less bright, bluer. Milani Olympian Blue is a bit darker. MAC Blue Candy is slightly bluer. MAC Electric Eel is a touch darker. Inglot #371 is very similar.

The green shade is a cool-toned, medium green–there’s something about it that says, “jade green!” to me. This shade has the pigmentation, but the texture is on the powdery side, so it easily blends (and, as a consequence, sheers out) when swatched. When I applied it to the lid, I patted it on and only lightly blended it to maintain more opaque color. It had a tendency to look a little faded no matter whether I patted and/or applied over primer, though. The brightness seen in the pan didn’t seem to translate on the skin. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #2 is lighter, more aqua. Milani Green Safari is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here #3 is shimmery. Inglot #385 is slightly greener.

When I tested out this duo, the blue shade lasted a full eight hours without fading or creasing, while the green shade showed some noticeable fading by that eighth hour.  Both shades were easy to blend, which is absolutely necessary given their intensities, but the blue shade was definitely the better performer overall.  I will say that blending orange into green and blue was an interesting experiment.  With the pop of gold from Corcovado in this collection, I think this duo could work well with a shimmery gold between the two.

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NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Both shades were easy to blend, which is absolutely necessary given their intensities, but the blue shade was definitely the better performer overall. The blue, however, is more dupable.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo
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NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo (plus, NARS Persia, NARS Corcovado)

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $34.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review!

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22 thoughts on “NARS Mad Mad World Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Laurence

    That blue shade is STUNNING! Pity the green is so powdery. I think I’ll wait to pick up the permanent single shadow.

  2. MakeupTray

    These colors are too trendy.This look is only good for spring but I guess you can use them as singles later.

  3. Wow, that blue is gorgeous!

  4. Avatar of hazel Hazel

    Gorgeous colors, but nothing I can wear.

  5. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    As gorgeous as this is, I can’t see myself wearing this. Not that it wouldn’t work on my coloring (as I think for such bright shades, they’ll work pretty much across the spectrum), but they just don’t suit my personal style. Besides, so many other pieces in the collection are calling to me, LOL.

  6. Yes! I was hoping this would get a good grade!

  7. Avatar of Mindy Smith AZSunshine

    I know that I would never, ever use that blue…

  8. I feel like this is a really powerful color combo. I don’t wear tons of greens and blues but I do like this

  9. Avatar of Laura Laura

    Too bad the green isn’t as pigmented, but it would look amazing with Jealousy Wakes!

  10. Nicoco Chanel

    That blue. Jeeeeeesus. Come to mama.

  11. Avatar of Elizabeth Lizzi

    How does the blue shade compare to the discontinued shade Mac Clarity?

  12. Wow this is…bright, to say the least. I don’t think this collection is for me personally but it is pretty and it does look great on you!

  13. Avatar of Jade Jade

    I actually LOVE this!! Maybe it’s just that you said it was jade green lol… still, I have had my eye on a blue shade like that for a while!! Going on my list!

  14. Avatar of Pamyla Jill

    I cant imagine an occasion where this would be acceptable to wear. A concert, maybe?

    • Avatar of Emily 18thCenturyFox

      Huh? Acceptable? What makes it hard to accept? You don’t have to wear both colors at the same time or at full strength. Then again I would wear these type of colors to the gym, so there’s me :)

    • Avatar of Veronica Veronica

      Hah, I wear bold eyeshadow and lipstick to work all the time! It just depends on what your style is and what’s acceptable to your schedule (work, home, etc).

  15. Avatar of Celine Celine

    That blue is gorgeous! Would look great as just a liner for a pop of color.

  16. Avatar of karla Karla Kammerer Shedd

    Oh. My. Goodness. I LOVE this duo and cant wait to get my hands on it!

  17. Avatar of Maria Maria

    I need this duo for that blue! If it is in fact dupe-able, I will be purchasing it from another brand :) Maybe MAC Electric Eel, as you mentioned Christine.