NARS Eye Paint Review, Swatches and Photos

For Fall 2013, NARS launches Eye Paint, a gel eyeshadow/eyeliner that touts an 18-hour wear, weightless yet hyper-saturated formula.

NARS Eye Paints reviews
NARS Eye Paint for Fall 2013

Like your typical gel eyeliner, the Eye Paint comes in a clear glass pot with a lid to prevent the product from drying up. There are ten shades available, including your everyday neutrals in matte and shimmer finishes, metallics and brights:

Black Valley is a matte black. Identical to MAC Blacktrack.
Mesopotamia is a matte brown with slightly red undertones.
Transvaal is a matte medium cool-toned grey.
Solomon Islands is a matte bright turquoise blue. Very similar to MAC Blue Peep Fluidline.
Tatar is a black with purple shimmer.
Ubangi is a black with blue shimmer. Similar to NARS Night Flight Eyeshadow applied with a base.
Snake Eyes is a black with green shimmer. Similar to NARS Night Porter Eyeshadow applied with a base.
Interstellar is a metallic silver.
Iskandar is a metallic gold.
Mozambique (not featured in this review) is a matte olive.

The Eye Paints had an awesome consistency that felt super creamy and glided on like butter. They blended easily but tend to set pretty fast so you must work quickly.

The pigmentation was superb and I was able to get a solid line in one stroke with most colors. The metallics (Interstellar and Iskandar) were the most intense and literally applied like liquid metal, while the shimmery ones (Tatar, Ubangi and Snake Eyes) felt wetter and could use a second layer to build the color.

The wear, the most important thing I look for in a gel-based product, was exceptional! I was able to get over 12 hours of wear in the 80F summer weather with no smearing or smudging AND no primer underneath. I would also assume the product was water-proof since it required an oil-based remover – not running warm water – to come off completely.

More pics!

NARS Black Valley Eye Paint review
NARS Black Valley Eye Paint

NARS Mesopotamia Eye Paint review
NARS Mesopotamia Eye Paint

NARS Transvaal Eye Paint review
NARS Transvaal Eye Paint

NARS Solomon Islands Eye Paint review
NARS Solomon Islands Eye Paint

NARS Snake Eyes Eye Paint review
NARS Snake Eyes Eye Paint

NARS Tatar Eye Paint review
NARS Tatar Eye Paint

NARS Ubangi Eye Paint review
NARS Ubangi Eye Paint

NARS Interstellar Eye Paint review
NARS Interstellar Eye Paint

NARS Iskander Eye Paint review
NARS Iskander Eye Paint

NARS Black Valley Mesopotamia, Transvaal and Solomon Island swatches
NARS Black Valley Mesopotamia, Transvaal and Solomon Islands

NARS Tatar, Ubangi and Snake Eyes swatches
NARS Tatar, Ubangi and Snake Eyes

NARS Interstellar and Iskandar swatches
NARS Interstellar and Iskandar

NARS Eye Paint swatches

NARS Eye Paint is available at for $25.

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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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