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Best & Worst of NARS Duo Eyeshadows (2018)

01/04

NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  

NARS Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.08 oz.) include two shades in the brand’s updated formulation. You can read my overview of the formula here. My personal favorites:  Alhambra, Isolde, Kauai, Surabaya, Underworld, and Silk Road.

Note: The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35) given that they were reduced in size.

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Best & Worst of NARS Eyeshadows (2018)

01/08

NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  

NARS Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to have “rich, high-impact color” that is “lightweight” and has “increased blendability.” Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks “melted” on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS’ eyeshadows for years and didn’t change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

My personal favorites:  Guayaquil, Persia, Virgin Gorda, Fez, Kashmir, and Lahore.

Best & Worst of NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows

01/05

NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) are a wet/dry formula that “can be applied dry or with a dampened brush for stronger intensity.” It is a very glittery formula, and naturally, it performed significantly better when used with a dampened brush or an adhesive base. Applied dry, they were typically sheer to semi-sheer with light to moderate fallout when blended out on my lid. They lasted between five and seven hours with light to moderate fallout. Applied wet, they were typically semi-opaque to opaque with minimal fallout when blended out and minimal to slight fallout during wear (about eight hours). The consistency was soft, slightly drier/chunkier, but they the base colors were blendable and easy enough to use. I did find that they applied decently over primer when applied dry compared to on bare skin.

My personal favorites were: Pointe Noire, Stud, Hellcat, and Earthshine — if used with a dampened brush, though.  For me, they can add a lot of depth and shine to a look when they’re used with a dampened brush, but if you’re not someone who normally takes that step, I’d look elsewhere.

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NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad

01/08

NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave / Singapore Quads | Look Details
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave / Singapore Quads | Look Details
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave / Singapore Quads | Look Details
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad

Singapore

NARS Singapore Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a new set of warm-toned shades–three of which have some sort of sparkle–that coordinated well with each other in terms of color/undertone. This quad is going to be better suited for someone who likes to use their eyeshadows with a dampened brush, fingertips, or an adhesive base as one shade required that and one improved noticeably (two were good over bare skin).

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D-

Singapore #1

Permanent in Palette
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B-

Singapore #2

Permanent in Palette
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A-

Singapore #3

Permanent in Palette
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A

Singapore #4

Permanent in Palette
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NARS Big Sur, Bali, Lahore, Kingston, Kashmir, Pyrenees, Banquise Eyeshadow

01/05

NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018)

Big Sur

NARS Big Sur Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark, navy blue with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was dense without being thick or too stiff to easily pick up with a brush. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.04 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "rich, high-impact color" that is "lightweight" and has "increased blendability." Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks "melted" on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS' eyeshadows for years and didn't change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

Browse all of our NARS Eyeshadow (2018) swatches.

Also In This Review

B

Bali

Permanent
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A-

Lahore

Permanent
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B+

Kingston

Permanent
Read Review
A

Kashmir

Permanent
Read Review
B-

Pyrenees

Permanent
Read Review
B

Banquise

Permanent
Read Review

NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow

01/04

NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018)

Tzarine

NARS Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (2018) ($35.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a new, permanent duo featuring a soft, shimmery yellow beige and a muted bluish-gray. It’s not my favorite duo–both shades were more medium in coverage and drier/dustier in texture, so they really had to be used over an eyeshadow primer to just make it to workable territory.

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B

Tzarine I

Permanent in Palette
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D+

Tzarine II

Permanent in Palette
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