NARS Wildfire (Spring 2017) Velvet Shadow Sticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

01/04

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick

Belle-Ile

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brighter, medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a golden, pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage, which I was able to build to nearly full coverage with three layers of product. The texture was smooth, slightly creamy but not quite as emollient as most shades in the range. There was some unevenness in the texture as I layered the color, though it did not appear patchy. I noticed creasing after six hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$28.00/0.05 oz. - $560.00 Per Ounce

It is supposed to be a “long-wearing, crease-proof” formula with a “velvety matte finish” that “glides smoothly” with “high impact.” The formula is certainly an improvement from the Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, which were some of the fastest-creasing products I have ever tested. This formula doesn’t crease as quickly, though wear is only five to six hours, which isn’t stellar.

The texture is creamy enough that it doesn’t tug, but it dries down to a “semi-dry” texture quickly and becomes difficult to really smooth out. Consistently, when blended, the shades often looked patchy and uneven. This was least apparent with lighter shades that were closer to my skin tone, as the natural skin makes the patchiness less obvious, while in contrast, darker shades showed just how patchy and uneven the colors blended out. They’re better as eyeshadow bases, as they’ll last a bit longer with powder on top to set and the powder eyeshadow will help even out the base. In order to use these as an eyeliner, I highly recommend using a separate brush to grab color from the stick, because the stick is very rounded and large, which made it a real challenge to get it close enough to the lash line to line as well as keep the color precise (it always gave me a more jagged line).

NARS came up with some really interesting colors, and they’re ones you don’t see as often with this type of formula, but for me, the formula just didn’t perform well. If you’re looking for a cream-based eyeshadow from NARS, try their Eye Paints, which are far superior.

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01/04

NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick

Siros

NARS Siros Velvet Shadow Stick ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark coppery bronze with warm undertones and a golden sheen that also had some larger bits of gold sparkle. It had medium coverage in one pass, which was buildable to opaque coverage in two to three layers. The consistency was creamy without being too emollient, so it was easy and comfortable to run along the eyelid. This shade started to show signs of creasing after six hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$28.00/0.05 oz. - $560.00 Per Ounce

It is supposed to be a “long-wearing, crease-proof” formula with a “velvety matte finish” that “glides smoothly” with “high impact.” The formula is certainly an improvement from the Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, which were some of the fastest-creasing products I have ever tested. This formula doesn’t crease as quickly, though wear is only five to six hours, which isn’t stellar.

The texture is creamy enough that it doesn’t tug, but it dries down to a “semi-dry” texture quickly and becomes difficult to really smooth out. Consistently, when blended, the shades often looked patchy and uneven. This was least apparent with lighter shades that were closer to my skin tone, as the natural skin makes the patchiness less obvious, while in contrast, darker shades showed just how patchy and uneven the colors blended out. They’re better as eyeshadow bases, as they’ll last a bit longer with powder on top to set and the powder eyeshadow will help even out the base. In order to use these as an eyeliner, I highly recommend using a separate brush to grab color from the stick, because the stick is very rounded and large, which made it a real challenge to get it close enough to the lash line to line as well as keep the color precise (it always gave me a more jagged line).

NARS came up with some really interesting colors, and they’re ones you don’t see as often with this type of formula, but for me, the formula just didn’t perform well. If you’re looking for a cream-based eyeshadow from NARS, try their Eye Paints, which are far superior.

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01/04

NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick

Usbek

NARS Usbek Velvet Shadow Stick ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark purple with warmer, plummy undertones and a cooler, blue and violet pearl finish. It had a smooth, creamy consistency that wasn’t too slick, so I was able to build the coverage from semi-opaque to opaque with two layers without getting any patchiness. The edges were a little harder to diffuse compared to a powder eyeshadow, and the richer color made that more apparent. It wore well for six hours on me before creasing.

Formula Overview

$28.00/0.05 oz. - $560.00 Per Ounce

It is supposed to be a “long-wearing, crease-proof” formula with a “velvety matte finish” that “glides smoothly” with “high impact.” The formula is certainly an improvement from the Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, which were some of the fastest-creasing products I have ever tested. This formula doesn’t crease as quickly, though wear is only five to six hours, which isn’t stellar.

The texture is creamy enough that it doesn’t tug, but it dries down to a “semi-dry” texture quickly and becomes difficult to really smooth out. Consistently, when blended, the shades often looked patchy and uneven. This was least apparent with lighter shades that were closer to my skin tone, as the natural skin makes the patchiness less obvious, while in contrast, darker shades showed just how patchy and uneven the colors blended out. They’re better as eyeshadow bases, as they’ll last a bit longer with powder on top to set and the powder eyeshadow will help even out the base. In order to use these as an eyeliner, I highly recommend using a separate brush to grab color from the stick, because the stick is very rounded and large, which made it a real challenge to get it close enough to the lash line to line as well as keep the color precise (it always gave me a more jagged line).

NARS came up with some really interesting colors, and they’re ones you don’t see as often with this type of formula, but for me, the formula just didn’t perform well. If you’re looking for a cream-based eyeshadow from NARS, try their Eye Paints, which are far superior.

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01/04

NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick

Grand Large

NARS Grand Large Velvet Shadow Stick ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a light-medium sky blue with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage, which was buildable to medium coverage, but the texture did no favors as it built up. The consistency, while creamy and smooth on the lid, bunched up and looked uneven and thicker in places as I tried to get more pigmentation out of it. It was really best applied as an all-over wash of color and used as a base for powder eyeshadow. It started to crease after five hours of wear on me.

Formula Overview

$28.00/0.05 oz. - $560.00 Per Ounce

It is supposed to be a “long-wearing, crease-proof” formula with a “velvety matte finish” that “glides smoothly” with “high impact.” The formula is certainly an improvement from the Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, which were some of the fastest-creasing products I have ever tested. This formula doesn’t crease as quickly, though wear is only five to six hours, which isn’t stellar.

The texture is creamy enough that it doesn’t tug, but it dries down to a “semi-dry” texture quickly and becomes difficult to really smooth out. Consistently, when blended, the shades often looked patchy and uneven. This was least apparent with lighter shades that were closer to my skin tone, as the natural skin makes the patchiness less obvious, while in contrast, darker shades showed just how patchy and uneven the colors blended out. They’re better as eyeshadow bases, as they’ll last a bit longer with powder on top to set and the powder eyeshadow will help even out the base. In order to use these as an eyeliner, I highly recommend using a separate brush to grab color from the stick, because the stick is very rounded and large, which made it a real challenge to get it close enough to the lash line to line as well as keep the color precise (it always gave me a more jagged line).

NARS came up with some really interesting colors, and they’re ones you don’t see as often with this type of formula, but for me, the formula just didn’t perform well. If you’re looking for a cream-based eyeshadow from NARS, try their Eye Paints, which are far superior.

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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 don’t understand why Nars hasn’t done anything about the quality of these. Years ago, they were pretty bad and they still seem to be uniformly “bad-to-worse”.

It’s such a shame that these only last roughly 6 hours before creasing. I was really hoping these would be more like the Laura Mercier ones. Especially Uzbek! Wondering if primer could save that one? Or a super light application of an HD face powder? Perhaps Both?

An easy pass as the price range is too high to get such bad grades. I do love Uzbek, though. A wonderful colour, but I have no patience trying to blend eyeshadows that are too stubborn to diffuse nicely.

Christine, have you tried the Laura mercier caviar sticks? If so how would you rate those? Also I have seen how much you like the Armani Eye tints! Have you tried the YSL Full Metal shadows!? My favorites are 4 & 6 🙂

I have reviews for the Caviar Sticks on the blog – just do a search for those – the rating for all products tends to vary from shade to shade!

Yikes, looks like these new colors are the same disappointing formula. I had some of these shadow sticks, but sold them after seeing the F reviews. Not going to bother trying to make these work, even if I got them at a low price.

I wonder if a primer would help Siros perform at least around 8 hours… I like that it’s not totally pigmented and I love that shade, so poor longevity is the only thing that would prevent me from getting it.

Too bad about Usbek because it’s such a vibrant beautiful shade but somehow I doubt I would ever get that much depth and vibrancy on my eyelid. Plus at that price nothing about application or wear should be difficult! You should start a “How did this happen” hall of shame for products like that light blue. At one point or another I think we’ve all said “How did this ever get to production? “Or “How did this make it to stores?” I vote Grand Large as the first inductee!

i don’t know why NARS can’t seem to do a good job with this kind of product! I actually have Usbek, though, and like it very much as a base for some purple eyeshadow looks (I especially like it under the Thessalonica eyeshadow duo — it’s because I swatched Thessalonica over this in the store that I purchased both products, Thessalonica by itself doesn’t do that much for me, but it looks beautiful over Usbek).

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