NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadows Reviews, Swatches and Photos

Cinematic Eyeshadow is a new formula that debuted in the limited edition NARS Guy Bourdin Color Collection for Holiday 2013.

NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadows Reviews

The shadow touts a “velvety soft texture that glides on smoothly for high-impact color with a metallic finish”. There are a total of 5 bold and fun colors available:

Wishful Thinking is a bright electric blue.
Cambodia is a burnt orange red.
Rage is a pink-based violet.
Bad Behavior is a cool-toned steel.
Mississippi Mermaid is a neutral champagne.

The shadows applied with great pigmentation and a metallic finish that reminded me of MAC pigments and Yaby Pearl Paint Eyeshadows. However, the texture was slightly crumbly and so fragile that 3 of them shattered completely on their way to me. I ended up having to salvage them with alcohol (hence the ugly, uneven patches you see).

The wear though, was good. With my favorite NARS Primer underneath, the shadows survived over 8 hours without creasing or fading the slightest bit. You can also use them wet for a foiling effect.

NARS Cambodia Cinematic Eyeshadow review

NARS Mississippi Mermaid Cinematic Eyeshadow review
Mississippi Mermaid

Wishful Thinking

NARS Rage Cinematic Eyeshadow review

NARS Bad Behavior Cinematic Eyeshadow review
Bad Behavior

Cambodia, Mississippi Mermaid, Wishful Thinking, Rage and Bad Behavior

NARS Cinematic Eyeshadow is available at for $24.

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Review overview
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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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