NARS Melrose, Ishta, Sultan, Strada Eyeshadows Review & Swatches

01/08

NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
A Shimmering Pink & Purple Look | Look Details
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
A Shimmering Pink & Purple Look | Look Details
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

Melrose

NARS Melrose Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had a a slightly drier, more loosely-pressed consistency, which made it difficult to work with dry without getting a moderate amount of fallout and sheerer coverage. If I used it with a dampened brush, the pigmentation was opaque in a single laye,r and the majority of the product adhered to my lid. It lasted for five hours with fallout when used dry but lingered for closer to eight hours with slight fallout when applied with a dampened brush.

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

Ishta

NARS Ishta Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep, reddish-berry with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. I could see very, very fine pearl strewn throughout, but the finish itself looked matte when applied and at a glance. It had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The texture was soft, velvety, and not too powdery but not too firm in the pan, so it remained blendable and easy to work with. It wore well 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.

01/05

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

Sultan

NARS Sultan Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, medium purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, slightly powdery consistency. The eyeshadow was blendable and layered well, though there was some fallout from the powderiness when I built up the coverage. It stayed on well for seven and a half 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.

01/05

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

Strada

NARS Strada Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium lavender with subtle, cool undertones and flecks of greenish-gold sparkle over a matte finish. I was surprised by how much the color darkened when I used it, as I expected it to be more true-to-pan but instead it darkened 3-4 shades when it was applied to my skin. This happened even when I tried it over an eyeshadow primer. The texture was soft, somewhat powdery, and had some fallout (from the sparkle), though Isome of the shimmer and sparkle stayed on my skin. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The color lasted well for eight hours with slight fallout over time.

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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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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I LOVE strada!!! Oh my goodness, shes a pretty one!!!

I personally dont like palettes, the only palette I actually like and use is modern renaissance. In fact, it’s one of the 3 TOTAL palettes I own!
I’m way more of a single shadow user. So I think I’ll pick this one up!!

I picked up Sultan when it launched a few weeks ago and I love the color. šŸ’œ Strada is totally up my alley too but I have the old formula so Iā€™m good for a while. Eyeing Ishta and glad it scored well!

I’m not sure as I never owned it but I think the “old” Strada was really bad so it’s nice to see that this one is better though I doubt I’d buy it or any of these shades.

I seriously put my faith in this batch of shades… Im sad to see the scroes… at least the money stays in my pocket this time…

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