January 31, 2014

Nars Spring 2014 Kauai Eyeshadow Duo - Swatches and Review

I had the world's fastest trip to Sephora to get this today. I think the whole thing took me literally 15 seconds, transaction not included. Walked in, walked directly to the Nars section, saw this duo at the top of the display, snatched one, walked to checkout, paid, left. I didn't touch or look at any other product. I only had eyes for Nars Kauai. I've been waiting with baited breath for this to hit stores since I saw the Nars Spring 2014 promo pictures. I've just been muttering "IT WILL BE MINE, OH, YES, IT WILL BE MINE" all Wayne Campbell-y.

 Nars Spring 2014 Kauai Eyeshadow Duo Swatches and Review

 Nars Spring 2014 Kauai Eyeshadow Duo Swatches and Review

This duo looked so, so beautiful in the promo pictures. The colors just looked so saturated and intense. They seeped into my brain and were controlling me, pretty much. I could not not buy this duo. I wanted to reach through the pictures and touch it. I was pretty apprehensive because I've been burned by Nars before but this duo makes up for any kind of past wrongdoings on Nars' part.

Those indiscretions can be summed up in a sentence: Nars is really hit and miss with the pigmentation of their eyeshadows. I have one or two duos with colors that barely show up and that have a really chalky consistency. I've seen long awaited, colorful collections end up looking like literal sidewalk chalk when swatched. I don't want to pay $34 for sidewalk chalk for my eyes so I was definitely worried about Kauai. I made sure I didn't throw out the receipt for this purchase because I was half convinced I'd have to return it. Instead, it's hands down the best Nars duo I own. The colors are super pigmented and vibrant and the texture of the shadows is nice and buttery. It's actually better to use a lighter hand when applying these shadows. They're just so creamy that a little amount of product goes a long way. I hope Nars has made some kind of update to their formula and that all future releases have this kind of blendability and color intensity.

 Nars Spring 2014 Kauai Eyeshadow Duo Swatches and Review

 Nars Spring 2014 Kauai Eyeshadow Duo Swatches and Review

The first color is an antique gold while the second is an intense, blued violet. Both colors have sparkly particles and a metallic look, as if you're applying them wet at all times. You're not going to have a wimpy, sheer wash of color with either of these shadows. What you see in the pan is what it will look like on your eye. I love the color combination, as well. You get a versatile, brassy golden shade and a unique, shimmery purple for when you're feeling more adventurous. It's like an antique frame around the purple cousin of a Yves Klein painting.

 Nars Spring 2014 Kauai Eyeshadow Duo Swatches and Review

I'm so happy this duo lived up to my expectations because they were pretty damn high. I wish I could put this duo in my eyeshadow drawer and have it end up influencing all my other Nars shadows to be as creamy and pigmented. Why can't you guys be more like Nars Kauai? I'm looking at you, Bellissima.


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