April 28, 2015

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo ($35) is a limited edition eyeshadow duo that launched with the NARS Spring 2015 Collection.

St-Paul-de-Venice is a mix of orange and brown and exactly the shades I love for Spring and Summer looks! Warm, sultry, and perfectly paired with a golden peach blush!

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo is a little disappointing as it applies rather strangely. I find the best application is when you use an eyeshadow sponge applicator to apply as applied with a brush I find the colors are very sheer and muted. In particular, the orange-y nectarine color seems to have an unusual texture that applies sheer and patchy unless you press it onto your lid. You might also want to use a cream base for the best intensity as although not dense these colors seem drier and apply sheerer due to that dryness.

Typically NARS is a get what you pay for experience. Sure, there blushes, eyeshadows, etc are fairly expensive but 99% of the time you end up with an incredibly high quality product but I think at $35 that the St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo doesn’t quite live up to the NARS quality I know and love.

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo swatches

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo Swatches

The left side of the palette contains the pretty orange-y nectarine shade where as the right as a more medium brown shade that NARS refers to as a chesnut for me it’s more of a lighter bark brown. Both shades displays different properties and finishes. The nectarine was a frost with a bit of a shimmery look where as the brown was a satin. Both shades showed signs of dryness but blended well if not a bit sheerer as I mentioned above. They do need a little helping hand to look their very best and that comes in the form of sponge tip applicators which allow for smooth, intense application as well as a cream shadow base or good primer so colors apply smoothly and vibrantly. On their own I see a bit of patchy dryness and they blend out in a muddy way so it is difficult to tell one color from the other when trying to contrast with the two shades.

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence fotd

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo fotd

This is such a me color duo as I adore shades like this but sadly the formula isn’t quite what I expect from NARS. Formula, application, and wear issues prevents me from raving too hard about this particular color. It’s wearable and do-able in the application department but you shouldn’t need to work this hard with a $35 eyeshadow in my opinion.

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo is on counters now or grab it online at Sephora.com.

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Dee

    I love these shades too but will pass since the application appears to be stinky. Pretty colors!

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks dear! yeah 🙁 for $35 I expected a bit more from NARS!