The NARS Spring 2013 Collection includes the NARS Duo Eyeshadow ($20 USD / $24 CAD) in Mad Mad World, a bright and bold blue & green duo. The collection is full of vibrant hues, reminiscent of the 90’s, that creates a fun, graphic statement for the season. Available now at Sephora!
This particular eyeshadow duo is new to the brand’s permanent line. The sleek, black compact traditional of NARS Duo Eyeshadows contains and interior mirror and two eyeshadow pans; one bright, matte aqua blue and one vibrant, satin emerald green. As crazy colorful as it looks, I thought this was going to be “the one” from the collection to have.
I have to say that I’m not really as impressed as I thought I would be. The blue shade is spectacular; incredibly pigmented (especially for a matte texture), smooth, creamy, easy to apply and blend and really held up well throughout the day. It’s really an incredible shade! Probably a little more difficult to use in a look, but I recommend treating it as an accent color to a fresh faced, no-makeup look (on the lower lashline or just a hint at the outer corner).
The emerald green on the other hand, went on the skin very patchy and had a dry, chalky texture. Despite having the slightest hint of sparkle (visible in the photos), it went on more like a matte eyeshadow. It just wasn’t nearly as silky and pigmented as its blue partner. It’s a shame, considering that exact shade of green is the hottest color of the Spring season this year!
I think this palette would have been a lot better if the two shades would have been both of high quality, to be used as an accent to other palettes to complete a look (two bright, vibrant mattes… not a lot of versatility here).
Having said that… that blue. That BLUE! So beautiful. Only you can decide if its worth the weight of the duo to pick it up for that one, awesome blue.