Monday, May 9th, 2011

NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “majestic and modern citrus gold glitter, can be swiped on lids and blended with a fingertip.” Although I haven’t had good experiences with NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, I still held out hope, but Queen also disappointed. Despite NARS saying it can be applied to the lid and blended with a fingertip, it only lasts for a half hour or so, and even then, I’m not exactly sure what look NARS was going for.

Queen contains chartreuse glittery bits suspended in a colorless base–there is no color whatsoever, just glitter. It’s not a very densely-packed glitter, either, because it applies sheer and doesn’t seem to be buildable at all. The glitter is large and chunky, and though it didn’t feel quite like sandpaper, it wasn’t soft or smooth when used against the lid. I could definitely feel the grit and unevenness of the glitter as I attempted to apply it on my lid (I applied it directly, using the pencil against the lid).

When I used my fingertips to “blend,” I ended up with half the glitter on my finger with the rest on the lid. Just like several other shades I’ve tried, it creases within an hour (faster, too, but I just took a photo after an hour). The glitter migrated into the crease and collected with its friends. There was even some that had traveled beneath my lower lash line.

I attempted to apply it over an eyeshadow look to add glitter, but it made the look crease, and even before it creased, the glitter didn’t seem to apply evenly or smoothly at all. I also applied it over a clear eyeshadow base, and I still experienced the same creasing and migration of the glitter as without a base. When applied to the lower lash line, it travels down to cheeks and with the sheerness of the product (you can’t get a really dense, rich line of glitter), it just doesn’t apply well.

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It doesn't work alone, over a base, over eyeshadow, and if you apply eyeshadow over it, you end up covering a lot of the color of the glitter. You'd be better off applying glitter eyeliner (many are colored glitter suspended in a clear base) and applying that onto the lid, because at least it'll adhere for more than an hour.
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NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
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Where can I purchase Queen? How much is it?

NARS, $24.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Consider Urban Decay Mullet Glitter Eyeliner.

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137 thoughts on “NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Jackers

    What the hell? It looks like a skin disease! Gross.

  2. Kim

    This looks EXACTLY like a Hard Candy pencil I have, except I have it in blue. Weird.

  3. Shelly

    I just scanned this and gasped when I saw that it got an F–the first picture of it was so beautiful! Sure wasn’t a lot of glitter to it, though..shame.

  4. This is a massive FAIL Nars! I seriously don’t think they test out their products before they put it out on the market.

  5. Deb

    Holy schmoly, even a Crayola glitter crayon could deliver a better look than this! And for them to make it in such a beautiful shade makes it even more heartbreaking :(

  6. K7P*

    Ewwwwwwww! Worst product by far!!! Come on Nars!!!

  7. It looked so pretty…………until it was swatched! I would have bought this so quickly if it was a good product.

  8. Flavinha

    Ok. Now… where’s the product? hehehe

  9. Annie

    What a weird product! It seriously looks like you were doing an arts and crafts project with some kids and then went to itch your eye. Bummer!

  10. Sarah

    I love Nars. I ordered this entire collection, minus this pencil, bc of your review of this product. Today I was in Sephora (I know all the sales reps, I’m one of their regulars) and I mentioned your review. So we tested this product. On our hands, on our eyes. No smudge whatsoever. We tried to rub it with our figures, cotton wool, and tissues. It wouldn’t budge. So perhaps they improved the formula. Your site is one of my favorite blogs, but I must admit I believe your review to be slightly erroneous on this product.

    • We all have different experiences – it doesn’t make either of us wrong :) I showed the photos of the migration, so that’s really all I can do!

  11. Sophie

    wow! im suprised at this because NARS are usually amazing. :/

  12. Sierra tully

    This is probably the worst product I have ever seen, and it’s even worse because it’s from nars!

  13. Yianna

    aww it looks awful!

  14. etaoin

    This is hilarious.