NARS – Kauai Eyeshadow Duo, Spring 2014 Color Collection

NARS Kauai opener


The Spring 2014 Color Collection from NARS introduces 2 new eyeshadow duos, and I confess to some heart fluttering the instant I laid eyes on Kauai. Something about the combination of purple and gold is just so right – not to mention regal, and if there’s one thing I’ve come to love about this brand, it’s their unique shade pairings. Then there’s the name: Kauai, a place I would so much rather be in right now than here.

Damn you, Polar Vortex.

NARS Kauai compact

NARS – Kauai Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Kauai label

NARS – Kauai Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Kauai open compact

NARS – Kauai Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Kauai

Kauai Eyeshadow Duo (CAN $39.00) – Described by the brand as ‘gold lamé/smoky orchid‘, this duo is soooooo much more than that. To begin with, the finely milled texture is superb; highly pigmented, silky soft, almost creamy feeling, and with basically no powdery residue to speak of. The gold shade is ridiculously complex, appearing more platinum at some angles, then morphing into an antique gold at others. The purple hue has a perfect mix of blue & red pigments, so that the colour appears rich & lush, with an absolutely gorgeous iridescent flash. As these shades are quite colour saturated, you won’t need much to begin with, but layering them for a deeper tone is effortless as well. When applied wet (using a product like MAC’s Fix+ or just plain old water), the intensity of each shade is significantly magnified while the wear time increases as well. Over primer (which I always apply first, as my eyelids do tend to get oily) I’m able to get a minimum of 10 hours’ wear (worn dry), with the colour lasting until I physically remove it (when applied wet).

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NARS – Kauai Eyeshadow Duo

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NARS – Kauai Eyeshadow Duo

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NARS – Kauai Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Kauai flash

NARS – Kauai Eyeshadow Duo, with flash

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NARS – Kauai Eyeshadow swatches, each shade applied heavier (left), blended out (right)


No one does eclectic colour combinations with the same finesse as NARS, and while the theme of some collections leave me puzzled, it’s always interesting to see what this makeup genius will be inspired by next. After having swatched the two eyeshadow duos at the counter, I must admit that China Seas – a turquoise/burgundy duo – left me somewhat unimpressed (and I so wanted to like it, as the colours are gorgeous), but Kauai blew me away. Definitely pricey, there’s no denying – but when the payoff is THIS good, it seems to cancel out that particular negative. That’s what I tell myself, and it works.

Available now through all NARS counters – I picked mine up at Holt Renfrew, Montréal

NARS Kauai closer

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