NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. If you really liked the texture and application of Kauai, I think you’re going to be pleased with this duo as well! It felt very similar to me; soft, smooth, buttery, and silky with excellent color payoff. Both shades from this duo wore well for almost eight hours before starting to crease slightly (no primer). I would say this duo felt a little softer and not quite as “thick,” and it didn’t wear for quite as long as Kauai, but the texture is really lovely to work with (Kauai was just perfect!). This duo is slated for release on NARS’ website on April 15th, then it will roll out to other retailers beginning of May.

Tropical Princess #1 is described as a “neon lemon lime.” It’s a bright pop of chartreuse that leans green (not yellow) with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was very nice and true-to-pan, while the texture was soft and buttery and very easy to use. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker, less metallic. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is more muted. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is slightly greener. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #304 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tropical Princess #2 is described as an “icy lavender.” It’s a very light, lavender-tinged white with a metallic finish. It applies a lot lighter than it looks in the pan due to the incredibly reflective, metallic sheen it gives off–it brightened the lid well, but on me, the “lavender” part of the color tended to get lost. On cooler complexions, or if paired with cooler eyeshadows, I think it may be more prominent. The color payoff was great, though, and the texture felt like butter and silk. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Aura #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. bareMinerals Flash (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo
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NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo
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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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Very cute but it reminds me a bit too much of a hybrid of 2 duos I got recently – Nouveau Monde and Tokyo. Not the same and not dupes but just very similar to the point where I don’t know if there’s much point in getting this one.

Well, much as I’ll probably try to tell myself that I have no need of this, it’s beyond likely that I’ll see it and buy it (or by the other duo or buy both) AND I have to get Baalbek….I am so itching for that too.

I really like this as a spring duo. It’s interesting enough, definitely feels spring-like, and is done well! it looks great on you Christine. I’d love to see someone rock this with a “radiant orchid” lip.

That would look gorgeous! I don’t normally go for shades like this, but there is something about this that I just love and need to find an excuse to wear!

Kauai really was just perfect, wasn’t it? This is pretty, but I like that Kauai is like its more pigmented older sister (well, the purple…well, I guess they’re opposites!), so I think I can skip this one. 🙂

Shani x

#1 looks very similar to Buxom Stay There in Shih Tzu. I love that color, could it be a possible dupe? Didn’t see it on the dupe list.

Oh boy… This is just lovely. Based on the promo pictures, I’m interested in all the shadows from this collection and if they’re all this kind of quality, I’m going to be in trouble.

I would never in a million years even think of buying a color like that on my own. I learn so much here!
This actually looks really pretty! Plus I never would have known how to actually wear it. You’re awesome Christine!

Aww 🙂 Thanks, Linda! Have NARS to thank though, since I don’t think I’d have normally thought to pair these two shades together!

I love both of these shades. The only thing holding me back is that they aren’t two shades I would wear together on my lids and I like my duos to go together. So would need to add something else to have a complete look.

Hi Christine,
I truly love the look you created, so beautiful and inspiring, I will try to recreate it using aura and birdcage for sure! Just yesterday I used too faced Tinsel and Urban Decay Betrayal to recreate the look of Nars Kauai. I am enjoying your dupe list! Thank you!

I very much like this paring, and it came at a great time in my life! I’m really attracted to the color lime green this season. Also nice that I don’t have any shades like this in my collection.

I think I might get this instead of the UD electric palette, which I only wanted for the chartreuse anyway. The purple reminds me of this Revlon shade in high school in the nineties I was obsessed with, I had the eyeshadow & matching lipstick too, I think it was called Virtual Violet…crazy frosted, I don’t think I’d do the lips now but I love purples and greens together and these are light enough to work on me…and I LOVE everything about Kauai so its hard to say no to this!

Hehe, when I first saw this duo I immediately thought “Wohoo! Chartreuse! Christine will be happy 😀 So I’m really glad it performed well to match. I just love this colour combination…

Still not sure it would look fabulous on my blue-based face, but maybe as an accent in another look…

why arent these at sephora? ive watched since april and they have the collection photo but are displaying kalahari and rated r, not tropical princess and lost coast. the website has never had them. no one ive inquired with about it at sephora knows why and werent aware of the new duos.

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