NARS Persia Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Persia Eyeshadow
NARS Persia Eyeshadow

NARS Spring 2013: Persia

NARS Persia Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “matte paprika.” It’s a rich, vibrant rusted orange–hints of burnt red in its base–with a matte finish. MAC Hot Paprika is lighter, more muted. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence is redder and shimmery. MAC Red Brick is very similar. MAC Orange is slightly more orange/brighter.

This shade is rich, rich, and rich. The color payoff was intense and so saturated; very true-to-pan, and a little goes a long way. It’s one of the most pigmented eyeshadows I’ve tested by NARS. It’s also soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly without being powdery. For as pigmented as it is, it still blends beautifully. The texture is a great balance of soft and dense, so I ended up having no trouble blending it with other shades. I will say that use less than you think you need, because it is incredibly pigmented. I tested it when I wore the other two eyeshadow duos in this launch, and it was the best performing out of all the eyeshadows–it was still fully intact after ten hours of wear.

NARS Persia Eyeshadow
NARS Persia Eyeshadow

NARS Persia Eyeshadow
NARS Persia Eyeshadow

NARS Persia Eyeshadow
NARS Persia Eyeshadow

NARS Persia Eyeshadow
NARS Persia Eyeshadow

NARS Persia Eyeshadow
NARS Persia Eyeshadow

NARS Persia Eyeshadow
NARS Persia Eyeshadow

NARS Persia Eyeshadow
NARS Persia Eyeshadow

NARS Persia Eyeshadow
NARS Persia Eyeshadow (plus, NARS Mad Mad World, NARS Corcovado)

NARS Persia Eyeshadow
NARS Persia Eyeshadow (plus, NARS Bouthan, NARS Corcovado)


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Monica! Avatar

Thanks Christine, I will have to resist then, but Persia looks amazing! Honestly, how many pretty orange eye shadows does one girl need in a lifetime, right??

helen Avatar

Loving the orange! And on a side note, i have to thank you Christine for this forum that attracts some of the most knowledgeable, fantastic participants regarding all things make up. It’s thanks to one of your contributors that suggested i return to the website because they were offering free shipping. This was the only way that i could get my hands on the forever-elusive Grenadines es. The “free shipping” is extended to Canadians (YAY!) so i ordered both Grenadines and Persia. Thank you for your hard work and the many resourceful contributors!!

Nichole Avatar

I’m so glad this shadow passed your inspection. I purchased this, the blue/green duo, lipstick and blush from this collection WITHOUT your review first. Can’t wait to get it. I’m sure this shadow would make a great blush for deeper skin tones.

xamyx Avatar

It’s gorgeous, and I’m so happy the texture, payoff, and wear-time are great, but orange has no place in my makeup stash. I can, however, see this working on so many people, across the skintone spectrum.

Emi at Project Swatch Avatar

Hmmm, I wonder if this would be useable as a blush! It’s a great color, but perhaps would be too difficult to work with, given the level of pigmentation (though squirrel hair & tapping a brush off on a tissue do magical things with pigmented blush).

Jessica Avatar

This would be instant “oh my god, are you having a serious health issue?” on me, but I love what you’ve done with it. Looks like a great product for those who can use it.

Carla N. Avatar

Orange eyeshadow is simply not for me!
I’ll do bold lips, or even bright blush, any time, but not orange.
When it comes to eyeshadow, I’m a taupe fiend.

Katherine Avatar

Thanks Christine! I was waiting to see if you would post a swatch and a look with this shadow. I am going to pick this one up because it’s such a beautiful color. But–I have to translate looks and your first photo is how I’m going to wear this one. Except I’m going to wear it with a brown smokey eye with this as a center of the lid color.

kate Avatar

This looks fantastic, but I think it might be similar to Mac’s Saffron, which I already own and am not close to finishing. At least this will be a permanent option for when I do run out!

Gina Avatar

Definitely grabbing this! I love wearing oranges on the lid with a chocolate brown on the outer corner and crease. It’s a nice alternative to my standard neutrals.

Gracie Avatar

I love NARS, and purchase many of their products, but I am not sure what is going on with this collection. In my opinion, while these bright eyeshadows are beautiful to look at in the pan, and could possibly translate well into nail polishes (all colors) or blush (Persia only), they are harsh, garish colors when applied to the eye, especially when combined. Even if skillfully applied (as seen here), the resulting look may appear artistic or creative, but never high-end, polished, or sophisticated. These shadows lend a parrot-like or peacock-like appearance that is best reserved for Mardi Gras, Halloween parties, certain night clubs, and the runway. Not my cup of tea.

Sally Avatar

I love Nars and have followed their collections over the last few years and agree with the above poster in the respect that this collection is on the harsh, garish side…however, you could still wear one of the bright colors with other neutrals and it might work. The Persia eyeshadow color interests me (if worn lightly on the lid, maybe) because I have blue eyes and it would make them pop.

Christine Avatar

I think that, for most, they’re good individual products – I had fun trying to get Persia to work with Mad Mad World, for example, but it’s a bolder look and certainly not what I’d expect most to opt for. Persia would be lovely with browns, golds, coppers, burgundies, and beiges – and would look less bright/bold that way.

elle Avatar

I don’t have the skills to put together the looks you’ve done so masterfully here but I’m going to give it a shot even if I’ll never leave the house wearing these colors. Beautiful, Christine, thanks for posting this.

Red Head Avatar

Such a gorgeous shade! I’m loving that true reds, yellows and oranges are easy to find these days. NARS/MAC and such are not in my price range (much more $ with shipping fees & tax added to the price) but I still enjoy daily dose all the pretty pretty colors/products and appreciate all the effort put into reviewing/swatching them all. Thanks for providing me with a daily fix of pretty 🙂

QuinnFace Blog Avatar

I love it! People have been saying it would make a nice blush, and I agree, it would be a lovely blush shade and can probably multi task, but I think I love it as an eyeshadow too! I’m imagining it blending out from a smoked out lash line, maybe with black liner or even a really dark coffee brown…

Definitely interesting and though, and the pigmentation looks amazing!

mumtaza Avatar

i bought this during chic week and you were not lying! It is just perfect! I am NW15 with green/orange/yellow eyes and i just love this shade. The only other NARS single I have besides Outremer, which I adore also. I am really starting to love NARS. The Foreplay palette is my everyday blush palette now. I know you didn’t like that one that much, but it worked for me and I bought it to travel overseas and have several options in one compact. I ordered Sex Appeal today based on your review. Thank you sooo much for doing this NARS blush series! It has been so delightful and will serve as a guide while I build my NARS blush collection. One question: I am so attracted to Taj Mahal. You think I could wear it with the lightest hand?

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