NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

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NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
A Shimmering Pink & Purple Look | Look Details
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
A Shimmering Pink & Purple Look | Look Details
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018)

Silk Road

NARS Silk Road Duo Eyeshadow (2018) ($35.00 for 0.08 oz.) consists of two shimmery shades: a warm, golden peach and a soft copper. The left side of the duo performed well, while the right side had a dustier texture and sheerer coverage, so it had room for improvement.

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NARS Silk Road I Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road I Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road I Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road I Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road I Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road I Eyeshadow (2018)

Silk Road I

Silk Road I is a soft peach with warm, golden undertones and a metallic sheen. It was nicely pigmented with opaque color coverage in a single layer, but the soft, blendable texture made it easy to apply less or to diffuse and blend it out for sheerer coverage as well. The finish was shiny and looked “melted” on my skin after a few minutes. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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 Silk Road II Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road II Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road II Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road II Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road II Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Silk Road II Eyeshadow (2018)

Silk Road II

Silk Road II is a soft, light-medium copper with warm, brown undertones and a pearl sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied best with a dampened brush if one wanted to get opaque coverage, as the moderately dusty consistency resulted in some fallout when I tried to build up the color with a dry brush. The eyeshadow did blend out easily and while there was fallout, it didn’t seem to sheer out too readily. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours on me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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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It’s a shame that this is yet another duo that is somewhat inconsistent in performance. Not an awful difference, but one would hope for better!

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