NARS Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

Holiday 2009: NARS Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new product recently released by NARS designed to provide smooth, long-wearing all-over eye color. It can be used to smudge along the lash line or as a base. NARS also released two other shades: Goddess (a shimmery light pink) and Skorpios (a shimmery copper).

Aigle Noir is a dark brownish-black with green-gold shimmer laced through it. It’s a very nice, solid shade to wear on the lower lash line, but when it’s applied to the lid, it just tends to appear sheerer (especially if you apply or blend with a brush or fingertip). So, every cream-based eye product gets a very simple test: apply it all over my lid and wait to see if it creases. NARS’ Soft Touch Shadow Pencil did not make it past five minutes before there was a distinct line where the color creased on my eyelid. Consequently, I wouldn’t consider this a grab-and-go product, because it just doesn’t hold up on its lonesome.

NARS says the new Soft Touch Shadow Pencils are the “[i]deal base for layering with powder eyeshadow to increase color intensity,” which is always the follow-up test when an emollient product can’t keep from creasing. They also state that this is a “smooth, creamy, long-wearing formula,” which I’ll have to disagree with–at least when worn by itself. However, when set with a powder eyeshadow, the results are definitely much better. I didn’t find it creased or smudged on me once I had a layer of powder shadow on top. I imagine you could, if you really wanted to keep the color itself showing, try translucent powder dusted on top to minimize creasing.

Since NARS suggests these as an “ideal” base and doesn’t necessarily call out that it should be used totally alone, I won’t knock off a ton of points for missing the mark on that.  Nope, NARS does, actually. Major impact on rating!  I know that even purported crease-proof products can vary from person to person, with it never creasing on some but creasing in minutes on others. For the record, my lids are about average; neither dry nor oily.

It also works nicely as an eyeliner, and it didn’t smudge, budge, or migrate on my lower lash line when I wore it for a day. I noticed it had no staying power on my waterline, though, so if you were hoping to use it for that, you may find yourself looking at other products. I will also say that because these are oversized pencils, they’re not the easiest to line with. I was able to get a thin line on my lower lash line, but it does take a little maneuvering to make sure you don’t end up with a thicker line. Aigle Noir was smooth, lightly creamy, and worked best as an eyeshadow base.

Bottom Line: These are not crease-proof on their own, but they can work as a good base beneath powder eyeshadows. Once you’ve set the product with the powder eyeshadow, you’re good to go. Aigle Noir applied fairly evenly when I applied directly from the pencil onto my lid, but it took a bit of layering to get a more opaque look. I wasn’t blown away by the formula, but if there’s a color that really calls to you, I think it’s worth checking out. For me, I’d would have loved to see this shade as a pressed eyeshadow.

NARS Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

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NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow (left); NARS Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (right)

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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hey christine,
tell me, do you know any comparables from mac?(or benefit, chanel etc.?)
its because i cant get nars here, but the pens look gorgeous!

They’re softer than MAC shadesticks, but they don’t hold up as well. I don’t think Benefit has something like this, and I’m not sure about Chanel!

Christine, these can’t be used on top of a primer like too faced shadow insurance? That’s how I would’ve used it. I swatched them in Sephora yesterday and loved it. I didn’t buy it b/c I had a list to stick to, but I am interested in the dark brown one.

Yes, you can do that! For me, I don’t have the patience to bother — and it holds up fine under shadow (which is how I’d personally wear it most often). It’s too bad that you can’t wear it alone, though.

This seems like a pretty useless product to me. The pencil may make it more convenient for on the go application, but I never apply eyeshadow base on the go. I don’t think I would ever use it.

I agree on that point for the most part, but I do know there are plenty of people who carry makeup bags with them and might apply it after work before going out to dinner or out on the town, you know?

I could see it, but only if it didn’t crease on you, I think. I was kind of hoping for an easy all over shade, but it definitely requires a bit more prep (either laying down a base beforehand or setting with shadow afterward).

Ooh, I saw these on the website a few days ago when I went to buy a multiple duo. Was waiting for a review before purchasing though- thanks for this Christine! Knew I could rely on you 😉

Thank you for doing the crease test on cream shadows. I have an awful time with cream shadows, and it’s nice to know to not even bother with some of them. It’s a shame to have to cover up a pretty shade with an e/s though. I’ll have to try your trick with the translucent powder. Thanks!

Hey JillyB!

Yeah, you should see me in my testing-garb… aka two different shades on my eyes, thrown on, not neat… LOL. But it works. If it passes, then I take it for a tougher road-test, but if it fails, I already know the next steps to try with it.

I agree, though – it’s a pretty shade, and putting eyeshadow on top is like… well, I don’t know if I need a $24 pencil for that purpose.

I don’t know if it’s just me but doesn’t this remind you a little of MAC’s Blitz & Glitz fluidline??? Either way it is really pretty. The price kind of puts me off though. 🙁

Blitz & Glitz shows up as kind of like a black-gold, but kind of brown-black. This definitely has some green to it – I don’t know if that makes sense, lol!

Christine, this reminds me of MAC’s style black’s e/s in glit by association in pencil form??

also i was just going to ask how this pencil compared to blitz and glitz but just read the above post! as i just ordered the fluidline also! cheers for that! binniex

There’s more of a greenish cast in this in comparison – Gilt by Association has a lot of gold/bronze to it. I mean, they’re not totally different, but their undertones are different!

This is a beautiful color! When I saw the swatch from the other NARS product picture I thought it might be Mekong e/s, a color I love from them.

Softer, bigger. MAC’s Greasepaint stick migrates on my lower lash line, this one doesn’t. I couldn’t wear the Greasepaint alone on the lid, either (it’d crease), but it works well as a base.

they remind me of NYX jumbo eye pencils but $20 more. so i think ill stick with NYX. plus i think that with any eye base u use, u definetly need an eye primer like UDPP, or TFSI. just so it doesnt crease. right?

I don’t have any of NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencils, but I agree that they seem similar (I couldn’t weigh on how similar, though). I very rarely layer something on top of UDPP or TFSI or whatever and then put on eyeshadow. That’s too many steps for me. It’s either it’s a base, and then I put eyeshadow on, or it can be used byself. Like I use Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows by themselves without anything on top and they don’t crease on me!

I have no plans to, to be honest, as I wasn’t impressed by this one. I don’t see myself forking out $48 for the other two shades :/

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