NARS Isla Bonita, Ecstasy, Ganges, Night Porter, Night Breed Eyeshadows Review & Swatches

01/07

NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
A Smoky Teal & Green Look | Look Details
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
A Smoky Teal & Green Look | Look Details
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018)

Isla Bonita

NARS Isla Bonita Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a very pale green–almost like a green-tinged white–with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firmly nor too softly pressed in the pan. It applied well to bare skin and wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

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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01/06

NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

Ecstasy

NARS Ecstasy Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a pale, minty green base with flecks of gold, green, and copper sparkle and micro-glitter. It looked more interesting in the pan and swatched than on my eye, where it looked more like a pale green with warmer undertones. The texture was drier to the touch and was more loosely pressed, so there was some excess product kicked up when it was used with a dry brush, and then there was some fallout during application unless I was very careful to press and push it onto my lid. It was much easier to use it with a dampened brush, as the product applied more evenly without fallout. It had medium, buildable pigmentation regardless of application method but a dampened brush built up the color faster. The color stayed on well for six and a half hours and eight hours for dry and wet applications with moderate fallout worn dry and little fallout when worn wet.

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.04 oz. - $550.00 Per Ounce

The formula "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.

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01/05

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

Ganges

NARS Ganges Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep, green-leaning teal with a mostly matte finish and faint micro-sparkle strewn over it. The sparkles were just barely visible once applied to my lid, but it had a much denser, firmer consistency that was stiff and difficult to blend out… but more of the sparkles seemed to hold than softer, similarly-appearing shades (where the sparkles disappear). It had semi-opaque pigmentation that darkened a couple of shades after initial application. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

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.

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01/05

NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018)

Night Porter

NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark green with warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the texture was firmer and thinner, which resulted in a product that was stiffer and more challenging to work with as it did not diffuse and blend out easily along the edges. It did improve over an eyeshadow primer, which seemed to help it apply more evenly. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours.

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.

01/05

NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

Night Breed

NARS Night Breed Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium, matte black with silver sparkle on top. The texture was drier, slightly powdery in the pan, and this resulted in the sparkles disappearing or dropping off the lid during application, so it performed more like a matte finish than a sparkly one. It took more effort to diffuse the edges seamlessly as it tended to look a bit ragged initially. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading noticeably (but did not seem to have fallout due to the sparkles not transferring well!).

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.04 oz. - $550.00 Per Ounce

The formula "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.

Browse all of our NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) swatches.

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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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Pretty happy that I still have plenty left in my original Night Porter. It looks way prettier and more pigmented than this version.

Ooh, the greens! Loving Isla Bonita, Ecstacy and Night Porter! However, I’m pretty sure dupes exist here for the later two, while I know nothing here that’s even remotely similar to the former.

A fairly average round of singles by Nars – even though the shades were lovely – especially the sea green and teal. The teal shade, as a matte, is really hard to get right, so perhaps a little shimmer number would have been the way to go with this.
Stunning eye look Christine.

Meh. Think I’ll try old night porter over a white base. All those original night shades looked uniformly black on me…deep set eyes do that. But you created a superb look with some less than par shadows.

Ecstasy is a disappointment. Ganges is beautiful, but even before seeing your dupes it reminded me of Green Room, which I already don’t use enough 😬

Looking at Isla Bonita (and the colours and the look Christine did) put me in mind of NARS Rue Allent. I think the time and the season are right for me to take that beauty out and start using it again!

Ganges is a beautiful color. Probably works best in a graphic shape where you’re not trying to blend, same as Outremer. I don’t need any new eyeshadow right now but I may revisit this next year. Would be perfect over MAC Tarnish pencil.

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