NARS Malacca Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent peacock.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with a cool-toned green shimmer-sheen and frosted finish. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is warmer, redder-toned. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is similar. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is similar, less of a sheen. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is warmer, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

When I first saw it, I was worried it was going to be that bluish-teal-brown duochrome that is gorgeous but has been done by a myriad of brands over the year, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be something slightly different–it does have a strong resemblance to those shades, but the cooler undertone makes it stand out a little bit. It has a much more mauve-plum-brown base (that gets more and more mauve-y as it is blended out) with a forest green shimmer-sheen on top–this was especially apparent when I applied it to the lid. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture, but one downside was that the shimmer can “stick” in a place and not cover as evenly (you’ll see it on my eyelid, how only part has a strong sheen). Over a primer, I didn’t have that issue, though (something to keep in mind if you always use a primer). The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade.

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NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
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NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Iraklion and NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

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NARS Malacca $25.00/0.07 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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Holy gorgeousness.. yes, it does remind me of MAC Club, but with that plum tone lying at the base of the shadow, it makes for a very interesting and visible difference. I’m really enjoying this NARS collection and already have a couple of must-have pieces on my list. This will be one of them as well.

Yes, it’s very reminiscent of that one duochrome teal-brown we always see, but this runs so plum and cool-toned in the base! It was very interesting.

I have Intrepid, and it’s much more pigmented and vibrant. Since you have it already, getting Malacca would be redundant unless you want a sheerer version.

IDK about MAC Club though

Gah, I love this kind of colour. But I’m hoping something like it is included in a palette or something. I can’t justify buying higher end eyeshadow singles unless it’s a colour I would use very regularly.

So pretty!! It reminds me a LOT of illamasquas pure pigment in fervent~ I’m happy that it’s permanent, I might have to pick up when I run out of fervent (which is just a little too fussy for my tastes)

hahaha!! I laughed so hard when I read the name of this eyeshadow because in my native language, which is Greek, there is a veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery bad word which sounds like this…gorgeous colour though…a little dupable, but gorgeous!!!!

Good God Nars!! The names just kill me! Pretty color, but I will buy for the name alone. If anyone speaks Greek, they know what I am talking about. This and “mounia” will give me a good giggle when I wear them!!

I’m a sucker for duochromes, and have gotten into this sort of shade lately, so it goes without saying this will be mine. Plus, the name slays me (although I know it actually refers to a body of water near Malaysia).

Another good dupe for this, but with richer color payoff, is Inglot loose eyeshadow #85. It is loose pigment in a pot rather than pressed eyeshadow, but it does a great job with that duo-chrome shimmer effect for cheaper.

Wow – you know, I totally wasn’t expecting the plum/brown base! 😀 It actually makes it more remeniscent of *actual* peacock feathers, in a way. This is a really interesting eyeshadow – I’m still convinced that if I tried it, it’d look like I had a black eye, LOL. I’m just too pale for these things, sometimes! Maybe as a liner…

So gorgeous is the most unusual kind of way! I think I may need to hunt this down, even though living in Australia it will cost me $40…

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