Saturday, April 5th, 2014

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent peacock.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with a cool-toned green shimmer-sheen and frosted finish. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is warmer, redder-toned. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is similar. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is similar, less of a sheen. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is warmer, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

When I first saw it, I was worried it was going to be that bluish-teal-brown duochrome that is gorgeous but has been done by a myriad of brands over the year, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be something slightly different–it does have a strong resemblance to those shades, but the cooler undertone makes it stand out a little bit. It has a much more mauve-plum-brown base (that gets more and more mauve-y as it is blended out) with a forest green shimmer-sheen on top–this was especially apparent when I applied it to the lid. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture, but one downside was that the shimmer can “stick” in a place and not cover as evenly (you’ll see it on my eyelid, how only part has a strong sheen). Over a primer, I didn’t have that issue, though (something to keep in mind if you always use a primer). The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade.

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NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Iraklion and NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Iraklion and NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

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70 thoughts on “NARS Malacca Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I severely need this! Ok, not really, but I do really, really want it. :) This and Baalbek…

  2. Holy gorgeousness.. yes, it does remind me of MAC Club, but with that plum tone lying at the base of the shadow, it makes for a very interesting and visible difference. I’m really enjoying this NARS collection and already have a couple of must-have pieces on my list. This will be one of them as well.

    • Yes, it’s very reminiscent of that one duochrome teal-brown we always see, but this runs so plum and cool-toned in the base! It was very interesting.

  3. How does this compare to the l’oreal HIP pigment in Intrepid and MAC Club eyeshadow? I own both and love them, this one seems similar.

    • Hi Annette,

      I don’t have Intrepid. Club is warmer-toned!

    • Mia

      I have Intrepid, and it’s much more pigmented and vibrant. Since you have it already, getting Malacca would be redundant unless you want a sheerer version.

      IDK about MAC Club though

  4. A Name

    Gah, I love this kind of colour. But I’m hoping something like it is included in a palette or something. I can’t justify buying higher end eyeshadow singles unless it’s a colour I would use very regularly.

  5. So pretty!! It reminds me a LOT of illamasquas pure pigment in fervent~ I’m happy that it’s permanent, I might have to pick up when I run out of fervent (which is just a little too fussy for my tastes)

  6. Hi Christine, I’m wondering how this compares to MAC Club?
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  7. Wow.. I am LOVING this shade!!

  8. It’s so pretty…

  9. cydoniac

    hahaha!! I laughed so hard when I read the name of this eyeshadow because in my native language, which is Greek, there is a veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery bad word which sounds like this…gorgeous colour though…a little dupable, but gorgeous!!!!

  10. That looks pretty on you!

  11. Susan

    Beautiful! How did you use the Iraklion, all over as a base?

  12. Cathy

    Good God Nars!! The names just kill me! Pretty color, but I will buy for the name alone. If anyone speaks Greek, they know what I am talking about. This and “mounia” will give me a good giggle when I wear them!!

  13. Pretty color and really love the texture..

  14. I love duochromes, that’s very pretty!
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  15. Andrea

    Reminds me so much of MAC’s Club. Gorgeous.

  16. This looked so much different in the promo pictures, more blue?

  17. Swatched, it reminds me a little of MAC’s Club.
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  18. Hm, not too crazy over this particular colour!
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  19. xamyx

    I’m a sucker for duochromes, and have gotten into this sort of shade lately, so it goes without saying this will be mine. Plus, the name slays me (although I know it actually refers to a body of water near Malaysia).

  20. This is such a pretty colour.

  21. Jules

    Another good dupe for this, but with richer color payoff, is Inglot loose eyeshadow #85. It is loose pigment in a pot rather than pressed eyeshadow, but it does a great job with that duo-chrome shimmer effect for cheaper.

  22. The color isnt very true, and i dont really dig that. I feel like i would be disapointed
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  23. So gorgeous! It reminds me a lot of Club but it’s even prettier!
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  24. M

    Is this not available to purchase yet? I’m not finding it anywhere.

  25. Wow – you know, I totally wasn’t expecting the plum/brown base! 😀 It actually makes it more remeniscent of *actual* peacock feathers, in a way. This is a really interesting eyeshadow – I’m still convinced that if I tried it, it’d look like I had a black eye, LOL. I’m just too pale for these things, sometimes! Maybe as a liner…
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  26. ShannonE

    How does this compare to MAC Blue-Brown pigment?? Thanks so much!

  27. I really like this but will need to swatch it I think!
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  28. This is such an interesting shade… love such duochrome eye shadows.. :)

  29. Heather

    Would you happen to know if this is comparable to the color Mirage in the bare minerals duo The Vision?

  30. Clare

    So gorgeous is the most unusual kind of way! I think I may need to hunt this down, even though living in Australia it will cost me $40…