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NARS Eye Paints Review

NARS Eye Paints Review

Recently I had the opportunity to try out the new NARS Eye Paints. They’re a much loved addition to the NARS Cosmetics line. NARS Eye Paints are a multi-purpose product that can be used as an eyeshadow or as a gel eyeliner. The formula is weightless, richly pigmented, and does not budge! It sets quickly, too.

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The Website Says
Line, highlight, shade and define with modern artistic versatility.  Introducing new NARS Eye Paint—a brilliant pot of high-impact pigment in an innovative silky, weightless gel formula. Rich, hyper-saturated shades that glide smoothly and dry down quickly in long-lasting finishes from icy metallics to modern mattes.  Elevated artistry that boldly strays from the straight and narrow.

  • Multi-use application.
  • 18-hour wear.
  • Highly-saturated.
  • Weightless gel texture dries smoothly and quickly.
  • Replace cap securely after use.
  • Remove using a dual phase eye makeup remover such as NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.

François’ Insight
I love the modernity of the Eye Paints. The most magical effects are created when pairing colors together for multi-dimensional looks with intensity.

Artist Tip
Using the Angled Eyeliner Brush #38, draw a winged triangle from your lash line angeling outward towards the end of the brow. Add a bit of depth to the line by layering Atlantic Eyeliner Stylo over the turquoise blue line.–Christopher Mayes, Lead Makeup Stylist

$25 for Eye Paints
$26 for the #38 Angled Eyeliner Brush

Availability, Nordstrom, NARS Boutiques

NARS Eye Paints

NARS Eye Paints Shades & Color Descriptions
Black Valley – black matte
Ubangi – Black with blue shimmer
Solomon Islands – turquoise blue matte
Tatar – black with purple shimmer
Snake Eyes – black with green shimmer
Iskandar – gold shimmer
Interstellar – silver shimmer
Transvaal – deep grey matte
Mesopotamia – rich brown matte
Mozambique – olive green matte
I’ve got 3 of the NARS Eye Paints shades to show you.
NARS Eye Paint in Solomon Islands
NARS Eye Paint in Solomon Islands
NARS Eye Paint in Ubangi
NARS Eye Paint in Ubangi
NARS Eye Paint in Tatar
NARS Eye Paint in Tatar


NARS Eye Paints Review, Swatches, Ubangi, Tatar, Solomon Islands

NARS Eye Paints Review, Swatches, Ubangi, Tatar, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands is a stunning matte. Additionally, it’s so richly pigmented that it reminded me of another bright turquoise eyeshadow – Sugarpill Afterparty.

NARS Solomon Islands vs. Sugarpill Afterparty

While Sugarpill Afterparty is shimmery and NARS Solomon Islands is matte, they’re both vibrant. I think Solomon Islands would make a great base shade for any bright turquoise blue looks!


Wearing Solomon Islands on the lid, Ubangi in the crease, and Tatar along the lower lash line.
Wearing Solomon Islands on the lid, Ubangi in the crease, and Tatar along the lower lash line. See the tutorial.
NARS Eye Paint in Ubangi
Wearing Ubangi as a cat eye. See the look.

The NARS Eye Paints work well as eyeshadow or eyeliner. However, you have to blend super fast if you’re going to use them as an eyeshadow. I apply them with a flat eyeshadow brush to the lid, but you could use your finger as well. I would blend them out with a brush meant for cream products, like this one or this one. As an eyeliner, I prefer to use a bent eyeliner brush, but you can certainly use an angled eyeliner brush, too.

While I did not test this product to see if I got 18 hours of wear, it did last me for 12. My eyes are very oily, and they are hooded, so sometimes liners (of any sort) will come off on my outer. If I’m being honest, a LOT of liners will transfer on me, even with eyeshadow primer. So I’m always happy when I find liners that stick around.

The NARS Eye Paints lives up to all of its claims in my book. It’s easy to remove with my dual phase makeup remover. It really does set quickly. It works as eyeshadow or liner. It’s intensely pigmented.

If you’re looking for a new multi-purpose eyeshadow and eyeliner, you need to check out the NARS Eye Paints. I’m in love with the three that I have. I’ve got Transvaal, Iskandar, and Interstellar on my wish list!

What do you think of the new NARS Eye Paints? Will you be indulging?

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