Nars Ashes to Ashes, Night Star and Etrusque Eyeshadows
I’ve accumulated a few Nars eyeshadows in the past couple of months and I’ve been trying to put off using them before reviewing them, but as you can see.. I’ve been using all three!
I love Nars Eyeshadow. Although like any brand, some shades can be a hit or miss, I’ve been pretty pleased with all of the Nars eyeshadows I’ve purchased (which is only a small handful).
Some shades are smoother/softer than others, but all of the shadows commonly are very pigmented, and you only need the lightest touch of the brush for good color pay-off (especially the darker shades).
At $24 a pop, these eyeshadows are quite pricey, so I don’t purchase them too often, but once in a while I get swayed by the sparkles or the silky textures end end up caving in.
Ashes to Ashes is described as a violet-brown with shimmer, or basically a soft taupe. It’s a really common shade (in the same family as MAC Satin Taupe or Wet n Wild Nutty), but if you have “taupe disease” like me, and feel the need to purchase every taupe on the market, then this shade is very necessary. haha!
I find it to be a great every day shade and I often wear it solo on my lid and smudged on my lower lash line for a soft wash of color, topped with lots of mascara.
Etrusque is a metallic antique gold. Since I have warm skin, gold really suits me and I wear golden shades very often. My go-to gold eyeshadow is typically Urban Decay Half Baked, but Half Baked is more of a warm, almost coppery gold, whereas Etrusque is a brassy, old gold.
I usually pair Etrusque with warm, chocolatey browns and coppery shades.
Night Star is a sheer peach with gold sparkles. I love shades like this to wear all over the lid on my more natural days, and it’s an eyeshadow I’ve been no-joke eyeballing for the past few years. The base color is a very light, sheer peach which in all honesty is a bit chalky – not as buttery as other Nars eyeshadows, but blends well with no issues. There are loads of sparkles, but because of the texture of the eyeshadow, the sparkles don’t stick, and you’ll most likely end up with lots of sparkles on your cheeks – especially if you apply several layers. I find that it works much better with an eyeshadow base, to give the sparkles a little something to stick to.
I do like this eyeshadow, but because of the loose glitter it’s not very practical, nor is it for everyone.
Both Ashes to Ashes and Etrusque are hits, but Night Star is a miss. It’s pretty, but there’s just too much fall-out and the overall quality could be better for the price.
Do you like Nars eyeshadows? Which are your favorites?