NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set
NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set

NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set ($39.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains three miniature sized twist-up cream eyeshadows and a miniature sized mascara. I haven’t had great luck with the Velvet Shadow Stick formula, as they are harder to blend and work with on the lid and have shorter-wear (five to six hours). They tend to work best for me as an eyeshadow base rather than as a standalone eyeshadow, though the shades that are closer to the skin tone and have some pearl are the easiest to use as-is. My experience with these three was consistent with past experience–shorter wear and harder to blend and even out on the skin.

Formula Overview

  • Velvet Shadow Stick: $28.00 for 0.05 oz. or $560.00/oz.
  • Mascara: $26.00 for 0.32 oz. or $81.25/oz.
  • Set Value: $50.40 worth of cream eyeshadow, $9.75 worth of mascara
  • Total Value: $60.15

Lucid Dream is a light-medium, golden brown with warm, golden shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage. The consistency was somewhat creamy with slight drag across the skin. It was blendable for a few seconds initially but then became harder to diffuse and even out. It started to crease after six hours of wear. Chanel Talpa (14) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Burberry Nude (No. 002) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Smoke Break (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Fleur Neige (Cream Color) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D 3AM (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Silver Screen (822) (LE, $36.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Topaz (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Infinity (751) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel City Lights #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Moonlight #4 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Suspect (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Crushed Clove (PiP, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Santorini (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Coloured Raine Iconic (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Tiara (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Doe (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Flecks (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Real Surreal is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, brownish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, but it was creamy enough that it layered to opaque coverage in two to three passes. The consistency was fairly easy to maneuver around the curve of the lid, but it was hard to get soft, diffused edges, even when I used fingertips to blend. It lasted for five and a half hours before creasing on me. Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Cerise (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (DC, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Photosynthesex #3 (PiP, )(95% similar). Dior Feel #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Garnet (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Higher Power (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS China Seas #2 (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (DC, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chantecaille Starfish (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cherrywood (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Magic Carpet (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plumifique (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Hello Kitty Celebrate (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Black Violet (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Plum Frost (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nunavut is a rich, deep purple with cooler undertones and a satin shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, but the consistency was so creamy that the color tended to move around as I applied it, so it was hard to get an even layer of coverage. I had the best luck applying one layer, trying to even it out with my fingertip, and then applying another layer on top, but it still looked patchy in places. The color started to crease after five hours on me and migrated towards the corners of my eyes. MAC Lover In Me (LE, $17.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Tarte Le Cordon Bleu (LE, ) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). bareMinerals In Vogue (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #377 (P, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Exorcism (LE, ) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Ron Ron Run (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set

NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set

NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set

NARS Lucid Dream Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Lucid Dream Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Lucid Dream Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Real Surreal Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Real Surreal Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Real Surreal Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Nunavut Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Nunavut Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Nunavut Velvet Shadow Stick

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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 wish these performed better! Nunavut is a cool shade — it kind of reminds me of Train Bleu, but cooler-toned. I wonder why NARS can’t seem to get these right. Their Eye Paints are awesome products, whether used as shadow or liner.

Thanks for reviewing this. I bought two of the Sarah Moon palettes from NARS (I plan to buy the Sephora one too) and had my eye on this. I definitely have enough shadows, but I’m loving the packaging. Will skip this one.

Thanks for posting this, Christine.. I was going to pick this up but I don’t have time for shadow sticks that are problematic with blending. I think I am going to go for the Impudique blush from the collection instead….

Ugh, if *only* these lasted longer without creasing and blended better, what a gorgeous eye look this could have created! So sad that these are a fail on both counts. ?

I remember you testing some Nars shadow pencils years ago, Christine, and all of them were really dismal and creased like a pleated skirt! These are nice colours but nothing I’d go out of my way for. Any Canadians looking for an amazing eye shadow pencil – check out those from Lise Watier (there is even a deep purple, though I don’t have that one). They are so good, it’s unbelievable. I just wish there were more shades (and finishes) available.

And, FRAN – I totally agree with you about the eye paints. I have 2 of them and really like them, especially Baalbek.

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