NARS Persia Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

NARS Persia Eye Shadow

I feel like Emily the Strange this morning wearing NARS Persia Single Eyeshadow. It creates that sunken in goth girl eye look. I used it with a bit of brown as the shade is too intense to be worn alone. Even though, if it was up to me, I’d probably wear it all over my lid and happily go around with bright tangerine lids.

Shrug, I’ve worn weirder shades in the past I’m sure.

Love bright shades of orange?

You need this!

Is it burnt orange? Is it tangerine? Or as NARS calls it paprika.

NARS Persia Eyeshadow ($24) is described as matte paprika or as I like to call it, a matte burnt orange. This was launched with NARS Spring 2013 Collection. It’s bold, it’s vibrant, and it’s all kinds of incredible. I don’t typically like matte shades of shadow and never made any secret of that but this is a gorgeous shade with an equally easy to use formula which made me realize, “Hey, I don’t mind you being a matte! You’re still cool with me”.

NARS Persia Eyeshadow

NARS Persia Eyeshadow Swatches

I definitely get rusty burnt orange from the shade with hints of red. It can be worn alone, sheered out, all over lids if you dare. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing you just have to be careful you aren’t as heavy handed as I am as the shade is concentrated with a good deal of pigment so sheering it is key for all over lid use.

I combined it with a brown eyeshadow but black works as well as it mutes the shades and contrasts nicely. I think it flatters brown eyes quite well and will work well on those with medium, tan, or darker skin tones. It’s quite soft and silky but kicks up a fair bit of powder when a brush is applied to it. But unlike mattes I’m used to it isn’t dry nor is it chalky. It blends like an absolute dream. If all mattes were this amazing I’d be a complete convert.

It wears very well even without primer for a solid 12 hours. I wore it through a long, hard Saturday without a hiccup. Today I’m wearing it over some primer and I’m sure it’ll get me straight through the day without a problem.

Overall, Persia is definitely one to add to your stash if you enjoy unique shades of orange. If you’re feeling daring you could probably easily use it as a blush as well. The less is more philosophy definitely comes into effect with this shade but I promise the results are amazing!

NARS Persia Eyeshadow EYes

NARS Persia Eyeshadow Face of the Day

NARS Persia Eyeshadow FOTD

Do love.

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Do you own Persia?

What sort of looks have you created using it?

Do share!


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  • 2/20/13 10:21 Icequeen81:

    When I saw it i thought it was a blush, but it is actually a pretty brick color


    • 2/20/13 10:27 the Muse:

      yeah! it does kinda look like nars taos!


      • 2/20/13 10:32 Icequeen81:

        In this case i guess u don’t need eyeliner cause it can make it look heavy it is a pretty shade but I guess you need to be very careful with .


  • 2/20/13 11:26 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos:

    This is definitely one I’ll have to pick up. Thanks for swatching it :) I had a makeup artist once apply Paradiso by MAC to me for an event and I protested to high heavens “I do NOT wear orange – c’mon” and he told me to trust him – when I finally saw the end result, I gasped because that orange popped the blue eyes something fierce. You definitely have to be careful applying it – lighter is better, imo but since then I’ve always had a Paradiso in the makeup case and It looks like I’ll be adding NARS Persia to it too. :)


    • 2/20/13 12:00 the Muse:

      hi aly paradiso is such a lovely shade ;-D! I think orange can def be scary but sometimes it looks so damn good on ;-D


  • 2/20/13 11:28 Hanna Confer:

    I love this! I saw it hand swatched on another beauty blog and wasn’t sure, but on your eyes its amazing.

    What brown did you pair with it?

    As a goth girl who loves on a “sunken eye look”, I thank you.
    I will be heading to sephora for it this weekend!


    • 2/20/13 11:59 the Muse:

      aw thanks hanna! I used Urban Decay Smog 😀


  • 2/20/13 13:10 Saira:

    Oh wow it looks gorgeous on your eyes!!! You did a great job :-) luv it!


    • 2/20/13 13:28 the Muse:

      aw thanks saira!


  • 2/20/13 13:41 Annie:

    I thought they would be the same, but how would this compare to the MAC pro longwear eye shadow “hot paprika”?
    Brighter color?

    Thank you for the review!


    • 2/20/13 13:55 the Muse:

      hey annie my pleasure…much brighter, hot paprika is lighter :)


  • 2/20/13 14:10 Kiss & Make-up:

    Oh I first thought it was a blush 😀 I actually love the color on you. I think orange on the lids can look fab :-)


    • 2/20/13 14:21 the Muse:

      thanks! it really does look like a blush!


  • 2/20/13 14:46 OrangeLipstickBlog:

    Oh, god. I have to have this.


  • 2/20/13 21:13 Jules:

    Well, hell. There’s $24 I see packing up and leaving…


    • 2/21/13 10:02 the Muse:



  • 2/25/13 0:17 Emma:

    Yay! I am SO glad you did an eye look with this because I wasn’t convinced I needed it from the different swatch/review posts I had seen so far. This looks awesome with Smog! I’ll add this to the ‘do want’ list


    • 2/25/13 9:31 the Muse:

      :) yay emma! think you’ll love it!


  • 3/6/13 18:05 L:

    WHOA. I didn’t think such a color would be flattering on anyone – but it looks incredible on you!


    • 3/7/13 9:34 the Muse:

      thanks l!


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