NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eye Set Review and Swatches

Among the many awesome products that come with the limited-edition NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eye Set is the gorgeous 6-pan NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eyeshadow Palette.

NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eye Set

The palette comes in a matte black case the same size as NARS’ regular 6-pan eyeshadow palettes and measures roughly 2.75 inches x 3 inches.The colors are:

* Abyssinia – a satiny cool-toned ivory color that is great as a base and highlight. It is just a tinge lighter than my NC30 skin.
* Silk Road II – a rosy pink with flecks of gold.
* Strada – a cool-toned purple with gold glitter.
* Galapagos – a chocolate brown with gold glitter.
* Fuji – a shimmery army green.
* Brumes II – a shimmery smoky bluish gray.

Like other NARS eyeshadows, these apply smoothly with great pigmentation (yes even the ones with glitter!) and blend so easily. They also wear super well and last all day with NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base underneath. Plus the fact that you get eyeshadows of different textures in the same palette just makes it so versatile and great for a variety of looks.

NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eye Set
NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eyeshadows
NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eye Set
NARS Abyssinia Silk Road II Strada Galapogas Fuji Brumes II Eyeshadow Swatches
Swatches of NARS Brumes II, Fuji, Galapagos, Strada, Silk Road II and Abyssinia

Below is me wearing Strada for my modern ’80s look for the Makeup Your Mind: Express Challenge Look #5:

Modern 80s makeup with NARS

And Brumes II for a sultry, smoky look again for the Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Challenge Look #11:

Smoky eyes with NARS

Overall Rating:

NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eyeshadow Palette is now available as part of the NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eye Set at Nordstrom for $85.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Beautiful! I’ve been thinking about ordering the Brumes duo, so I’ve been researching swatchesforever! Did you use anything else for the Brumes smoky look? It looks very purple/indigo on you and I’m hoping to get that same look!

    • Thanks jit :) I can’t remember on the top of the my head what I used to create the look. I did it for the NARS Makeup Your Mind competition and I believe the breakdown is in the book. I will dig it up this week and update with more info.

    • Thanks Lia. Here’s a complete breakdown of the 2nd eye look (all from NARS):

      * Zardoz Cream Eyeshadow
      * Blue Slate from Brumes Duo
      * Matte black from Pandora Duo
      * Coconut Grove Single Eyeshadow
      * Silver gray from Paris Duo
      * Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil
      * Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara

  2. The brumes smoky eye is so gorgeous. Can you give instructions as how to apply and in what order for the makeup challenged? Thank you!

    • Thanks Carrie! Here’s the instructions directly from the Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself book:

      “Apply Zardoz Cream Eyeshadow all over the eye with fingertip, blending from the lashline into the crease of the eye. Line top and bottom lashlines and inner membrane of the eye with Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil. Dip Eye Shader Brush into the right side of Brumes Duo Eyeshadow and the right side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow and to the lid, the base of the brow bone and alone the lower lashline, extending the color beyond the outer corner of the eyes. Use the same brush to blend the left side of Paris Duo Eyeshadow onto the upper browbone as a highlight. Curl lashes with Eyelash Curler before brushing them top and bottom with Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara. Apply another layer of Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil to the inner membrane of the eye for added intensity.”

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