Price: $32.00 (0.14 oz)
Overall Grade: B
I'll be reviewing the NARS Duo Eye Shadows in Jolie Poupee and Underworld. I'm trying to finish reviewing all the NARS stuff I said I'd review so here goes.
Btw, I'm sorry about the pictures and swatches in the post. I took these months ago, before I knew how to even work the settings on my camera, so they're not the best. They're pretty accurate but not as clear as usual.
The Packaging: NARS Eye Shadow Duos are packaged in traditional NARS packaging -matte black, rubbery compacts. The Duos also come with mirrors -which is nice for traveling.
I honestly wasn't wowed by either of these duos. Jolie Poupee stood out because of the beautiful matte lavender shade it contained but I don't think the quality is as good as some of my other NARS eyeshadows. I feel the same about Underworld. Don't get me wrong, both duos contains eyeshadows with good pigmentation -but I have to layer on the color to get that color payoff. With my other NARS eyeshadows, all I need is one swipe of color. (However, I do have to mention that the left side of Jolie Poupee has very good color payoff for a matte shade.)
Other then that, the eyeshadows are smooth, long lasting, and comfortable to wear. However, I wouldn't recommend them because at $32, I expect excellent pigmentation -not just good.
NARS Duo Eye Shadow in Jolie Poupee
NARS Duo Eye Shadow in Underworld
1. Jolie Poupee- The left side is a matte, blue-ish lavender while the right side is a shimmery, darker, medium purple with a nice sheen to it.
2. Underworld- The left side is a shimmery silver with the slightest blue-ish tint to it and the right side is a darker, silvery, slate blue with shimmer.
Above NARS Jolie Poupee Duo (no flash) from left: left side (swatched heavily), right side (swatched heavily), left side (swatched 1 layer), right side (swatched 1 layer)
Above NARS Underworld Duo (no flash) from left: left side (swatched heavily), right side (swatched heavily), left side (swatched 1 layer), right side (swatched 1 layer)
Overall: I wouldn't buy these duos again but I would look into buying NARS duos in other shades. Like any brand, not all NARS eyeshadows are going to be amazing when it comes to color payoff. I've found that NARS eyeshadows can either be excellent, very good, good, or plain ol' horrible. To me, these particular duos are just in the "good" category (although they are rated very high on MakeupAlley.)
Jolie Poupee is good if you're into unique lavender/purple shades and Underworld is great if you're into smokey, silvery blue shades. For me personally though, they just didn't measure up to my other NARS eyeshadows so I was a little turned off -especially because $32 price tag. Both the duos ended up being returns for me but I know they'll suit someone else well.
Where To Buy: Sephora, NARS Cosmetics, Nordstrom