NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018) Review & Swatches

01/07

NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky, Gold, & Bronze Look | Look Details
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky, Gold, & Bronze Look | Look Details
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Copper, & Bronze Look | Look Details
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018)

Alhambra

NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (2018) ($35.00 for 0.08 oz.) contains a soft peach and medium gold both with more metallic finishes, but they were shiny rather than overtly shimmery and seemed to melt when applied to bare skin (in a good way). Both shades were pigmented, easy to use, and lasted for eight hours when I tested them. It was slightly firmer (almost creamier) compared to the previous formula, and I noticed that Alhambra I is slightly lighter/pinker.


01/02

NARS Alhambra I Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra I Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra I Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra I Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra I Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra I Eyeshadow (2018)

Alhambra I

Alhambra I is a soft peach with stronger, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was smooth, not at all powdery, and not thick or heavy, which made it appear more “melted” when applied to my lid–very smooth and shiny. It had rich pigmentation that applied evenly and blended out effortlessly. 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).

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01/02

NARS Alhambra II Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra II Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra II Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra II Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra II Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Alhambra II Eyeshadow (2018)

Alhambra II

Alhambra II is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a hint of brown, which gave it a slightly darker, more muted quality (yet still quite warm-toned). The powder was smooth to the touch, velvety, and had no powderiness, yet it wasn’t thick or dense like some of the more modern metallic eyeshadows we’ve been seeing. It had opaque color payoff that applied evenly in a single layer and diffused nicely along the edges. It stayed on well for eight hours on me.

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).

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Product Availability

NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018) $35.00/0.08 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

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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The complaint about both sides looking very similar is one that’s been made in past also about some NARS duos – All About Eve is another one. But I am glad that so far, these duos seem to be scoring well. I know a lot of people aren’t crazy about NARS duos but I really like them.

Some of NARS’ duos, to my eye, seem like they’re designed to complement your stash, e.g. maybe you want some brightening shades or transition shades etc. Some are more “standalone” than others.

I have both of these duos in the original formulation as well as a few others. I am glad that the new duos seem to be as good as the original. I have quite a few singles, a few duos, and a couple of the artist palettes. I probably will never hit pan on them, but I had quite the love affair with NARS a few years ago. This duo looks amazing, but my love affair with NARS ended when they were no longer cruelty free. I have plenty of NARS as it is. I find when I use what I have, it still feels and wears just fine. Nothing has gone off, and if the new shadows are as nice as these are, then I say get it. It has come in handy with my ABH Modern Renaissance palette. These shimmers work so well with that palette. Now that fall is on it’s way, I will be wearing some of the shadows from my ABH palette, and use more of my NARS. I like a vampy look in the fall and winter.

Hmmm so far there is consistency in quality on these Nars duos! I’m impressed! Hopefully the singles are good quality too…

To be fair… these should be the easy ones to get right, so we shall see if it continues to hold true — but it is promising!

Using Isolde with this Alhambra duo sure did make for a gorgeous eye look! I really love both duos way more than I was expecting to. This entire look you’re rocking (especially the new hair color!) all comes together beautifully!

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