NARS Rio de la Plata, Pattaya, Fez, Tulum, Mekong Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches

Pattaya

NARS Pattaya Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a sparkling, glittery finish. It was jam-packed with glitter and sparkle, so I found it hard to use it dry without getting a fair amount of fallout. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry, and it intensified to opaque coverage when applied dampened (which is as described). It didn’t have fallout when applied with a dampened brush, and it was easier to blend out without losing coverage, too. There was slight fallout over the eight hours it lasted for when applied with a dampened brush, but it had much more noticeable fallout over time when used dry.

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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Rio de la Plata

NARS Rio de la Plata Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a pale gold with warm, peachy undertones and a sparkling, glittery finish. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage when applied with a dry brush and slight fallout over bare skin; it had less fallout just applied over a primer than I expected, but it was best applied using a dampened brush. Applied with a dampened brush, it had opaque pigmentation with a shiny, sparkling finish that was instantly brightening wherever I put it. It had a touch of fallout over time but held up rather well over eight hours with a wet application whereas dry application had moderate fallout over time.

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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Tulum

NARS Tulum Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, velvety, and finely-milled without being powdery (nor too firmly-pressed in the pan). It applied evenly, blended out with ease, and 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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Mekong

NARS Mekong Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish with micro-sparkle on top. The sparkles actually adhered to my skin better than anticipated, though the texture didn’t feel overly dense or cream-like; definitely more of a traditional powder eyeshadow. It had opaque pigmentation with a smooth, velvety texture that wasn’t powdery but was fairly blendable on my skin. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

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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Fez

NARS Fez Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium bronze-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, soft (without being powdery) consistency that applied evenly to bare skin. The eyeshadow blended out effortlessly and had noticeable shine without emphasizing lid texture–I really feel like the market could use more shades in this finish. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

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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NARS Pattaya Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Pattaya Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Pattaya Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Pattaya Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Pattaya Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Pattaya Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Smoky Copper, & Bronze Look | Look Details

NARS Smoky Copper, & Bronze Look | Look Details

NARS Smoky Copper, & Bronze Look | Look Details

NARS Rio de la Plata Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Rio de la Plata Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Rio de la Plata Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Rio de la Plata Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Rio de la Plata Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Rio de la Plata Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Tulum Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Tulum Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Tulum Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Tulum Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Tulum Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Mekong Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Mekong Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Mekong Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Mekong Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Mekong Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Fez Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Fez Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Fez Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Fez Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Fez Eyeshadow (2018)

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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 description of Fez sounds like an old Nars single I have, Lola Lola. It’s my oldest eyeshadow and even though it still works, it’s crumbled and could probably use a replacement. It’s a similar brown, maybe slightly warmer, but has an amazing finish that makes the lid look smooth and shiny. I haven’t let myself part with it because not many eyeshadows have that finish!

Hi Ginny, if you want another one of Lola Lola, if you live in the US you can order it from the NARS website. It’s under their Pro Palette items where you can order just the pan (for cheaper than the packaged single). They brought back a few old favorites for the Pro Palette — I snagged Lola Lola and the blush shade Douceur which has long been discontinued! 😉

Thank you! I wish I could buy one in the compact, though! If they were still selling it in the compact I would have bought one, but haven’t seen it listed for a few years. Also I’m trying to ignore that hoarding tendency of like, thinking I need to snag it before it disappears. Trying to trust that Nars must have done so much testing for these new shadows—so they must be better!

Much more impressive than I was imagining these would do. As in, I really love this set! Favorites are Fez, Mekong and Rio de la Plata. But, I have far too many dupes for Fez to justify getting that shade. Mekong and Rio de la Plata are perfect enhancers/boosters for my newly acquired UD Naked 1, I’m thinking!

The first two shades are pretty ordinary in terms of their quality, but the last three shades are excellent. However these are all fairly common and popular shades that are abound in lots of palettes and these are quite expensive for singles.
Beautiful eye look Christine.

I just showed some pictures of random red/purple ombres to my stylist who did it. I don’t have any specifics or anything!

Nice bunch of eyeshadows from NARS. I really like Rio de la Plata, but I have a lot of similar shades.

Many have already commented, but I must join in, I love your haircolour.

Beautiful! I bought Pattaya as a dupe for Charlotte Tilbury ‘s Dolce Vita pop shade. The other shades in that palette are too reddish for my NC20 skin tone so I found this instead! It is a gorgeous coppery-gold which looks great especially with a plum liner.

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