Sunday, September 14, 2008

NARS Duo Eye Shadow in Mediteranee (Review)

What they say about it: Same longwearing crease resistant formula as the NARS Single Eyeshadow, in a series of uniquely paired color combinations. Worn together or alone, all eyeshadows can be applied sheer or built up for a more dramatic effect. All powder eyeshadows can be used wet or dry.

Richly pigmented powders
Effortless blending; coordinated in fashionable pairs
Multifunction: use as eyeshadow, eyeliner or on eyebrows

Price: $32 USD

Available at:, Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, and other leading department stores.

What I like about it: It's buttery soft! It glides like no other. It's highly pigmented that there's really no need to dig through the pan to get a good color payoff, and each duo are matched perfectly that it's a no brainer when it comes to eye color combinations. The eye shadows are also easily blendable, so layering is a cinch, yet the colors doesn't fade after blending.

Every time I've been at Sephora, I had my eye on this particular eyeshadow. I swatched it a million times (ok I'm exaggerating) while I thought about it long and hard if it was worth it or not only to ended up falling in love with the color even more. Yes it's orange, but it's not your kind of orange that is obnoxiously bright that you'll probably wear once in your life. Mediteranee is your wearable type of orange with gold specks, without the annoying chunks of glitter. It looks good in the pan just as much as its on your eyes. This color combo is also a nice addition to your fall makeup look.

*I forgot to watermark these pictures -____-*

What I don't like about it: Obviously, the price. The price is pretty steep for two colors of eye shadows, but it should be expected in a high-end makeup. But I thought about it this way, $32 divided by two is $16. So technically, you are only paying $2 more for each eye shadow than MAC potted eye shadows, but the quality you're getting with NARS is way better. However, compared to the color selections you get with MAC and NARS, MAC definitely has more colors of the rainbow available especially when they come out with limited edition colors.

Although the packaging is cute in appearance, the texture of the casing will attract powder in it that it can get it to look kinda dirty after awhile. It might be harder to clean it since it's foam-like material, so it probably won't hurt if they're kept in the box if you care for them that much.

Would I buy it again: You bet I will! Although I probably won't buy too many of it at the same time since it's not exactly inexpensive. But I wouldn't mind spending a few more bucks on colors that I think that I will be frequently using and reaching out for. You're not only paying for the brand, but the quality it comes with. I've already used my Mediteranee eye shadow twice, and I've already gotten compliments on how my eye make up looks like (coming from TWO Dior MUA :] from my recent trip to Nordies). Since these eye shadows are really super easy to blend, there's really no need to be in front of the mirror trying to blend the heck out of these eye shadows. I would recommend these eye shadows for the people who are ready to branch out to higher end makeup.

And here's a sample of my eye makeup using this duo eyeshadow:



  1. Great haul! I have the HIP version of this (Flare). I have only 1 NARS duo and it's Tokyo. I'm not too keen on spending $30+ on a duo e/s. :/

    Great FOTD though! I always love your post!

  2. Nice work with this duo e/s. NARS is pretty pricey, but I really love the texture. I ended up getting the Orgasm blush. Haha!

  3. Yummie

    NARS is the shit...

    try the blush!...i like how coppery the shadows look...all the shadows i have of mars are dark..grey, green ...and black...i love me smokey...

  4. wow i can see why you got compliments, the e/s looks great on you! i'm trying to slowly get into NARS myself...

  5. Yayy NARS! Aren't their e/s so easy to apply? :] That orange looks great on you! I had eyed that palette before but alas... I'm holding back for now!

  6. these colours DO look great on you! Don't you love it when MA's notice your makeup? :D
    I haven't tried NARS yet, the colour selections at my local Sephora are boring. But I have my eye on a purple duo thats supposed to come out with the Holiday collection, can't wait! I hope my store does get it in though.

  7. I love NARS make up. Is this from the new collection Anne?


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