NARS Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow Review, Swatches and Photos

Also new from the NARS Spring 2013 Collection is Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow, a gorgeous duo of pinks.

NARS Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow review
NARS Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow

Described as a “soft pink tulle”, the left shade is a cool-based milky pink with matte finish. It showed up slightly warmer on my NC30 skin but might look ashy on darker skintones. The shadow applied a bit chalky but with decent pigmentation.

The right shade is a matte hot pink with gold shimmer. Although the color is gorgeous, the texture was not the easiest to work with. It felt dry, stiff and applied semi-sheer. I also had a problem with the glitter, which seemed to move EVERYWHERE and even onto the other pan.

The wear could have been better as well. Without a primer underneath, both colors faded easily in just a couple hours.

All in all, NARS Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow is a beautiful duo that will work on fair to medium skintones. However, I can’t say the quality is NARS’ best and a primer is a must to make it work.

Closeup of NARS Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow
Closeup of NARS Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow swatches
NARS Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow swatches

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NARS Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow is available at, Nordstrom and Sephora for $35.

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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.


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