NARS Virgin Gorda, Guayaquil, Galapagos, Bengali Eyeshadows Review & Swatches

01/07

NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
A Smoky, Copper Look | Look Details
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
A Smoky, Copper Look | Look Details
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018)

Virgin Gorda

NARS Virgin Gorda Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that wasn’t too dense nor too soft in the pan, so it applied without fallout but still blended out easily. The color 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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01/05

NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018)

Guayaquil

NARS Guayaquil Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep, coppery brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had opaque color payoff paired with a smooth texture that wasn’t too firmly nor too softly pressed in the pan, so it picked up easily with a brush and adhered well to bare skin without fallout. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading 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).

Browse all of our NARS Eyeshadow (2018) swatches.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Myristate, Octyldodecyl Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)].

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01/05

NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

Galapagos

NARS Galapagos Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warmer, reddish undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle. It was easier to work with and keep some of the sparkles on my lid in the Hardwired formula than the original, regular eyeshadow formula that came before it. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with less richness applied with a dry brush, whereas dampened application yielded opaque coverage and a smoother application with better adherence of the sparkles as well. It lasted nicely for eight hours with slight fallout when I used it damp and moderate fallout when I used it 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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01/05

NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018)

Bengali

NARS Bengali Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium, taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a soft, velvety texture that was smooth without being powdery, which helped it sit well on my skin and blend out with little effort. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably 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).

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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These are definitely work horse shades – very practical. I like the Virgin Gorda shade the best because it is the kind of shade that will work with any other colour and it is also, probably, the one you hit pan on first in a palette.
Gorgeous eye look Christine.

Okay, so they decided to give an eyeshadow one of the most bizarre names ever: Fat Girl Virgin….🤔
I’m not even mad at it. Nope. I’d wear that!
With Galápagos!

I’m from Ecuador, Guayaquil is a big and beautiful city located in the coast of the country and our ecuadorian Galápagos Islands are a pretty amazing and unique place! I should buy both shades as a tribute to my country! Virgin Gorda (fat) is one of the British Virgin Islands but I have to say it’s a funny name for an eye shadow lol. All the shades are very nice and as always your look is stunning Christine!

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