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Swatch Post: NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Kauai

NARS Duo - Kauai, China Seas - Pans

I mentioned on my Instagram (follow me: @presidents!) a few weeks ago that I had finally gotten NARS Kauai in the mail, after ordering it in January. Kauai is part of their Spring 2014 collection, High Seize, and is the more coveted one of the two duos released.

NARS - Kauai - Swatches - Clear

One side is “gold lame;” the other, “iridescent smokey orchid.” I swiped the leftovers of each shade on top of each other in the third swatch.

To be honest, these shadows are pretty buttery and smooth and all of that, but I’m not sure how I can wear them without looking all blinged out. It’s pretty weird that I actually took to China Seas, essentially a blue and purple duo, a little bit better.

Here’s a fuzzy swatch:

NARS Kauai - Fuzzy Swatches

The gold is kind of… flake-y? It’s pretty, for sure, but it’s a bit messy to use, in my opinion. I have to play around with it more, though. The orchid side is really pretty. You can see the undertones via sparkle in this fuzzy swatch.

NARS Duo - Kauai, China Seas

As of now, I’m not too sure about Kauai, but I’m definitely sold on China Seas. I know just what I’ll be playing with when I get back.

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  1. I’m trying not to get this, but you’re making it really hard! It’s sooo gorgeous, but doesn’t look like something I’d reach for often enough. But it’s soooo gorgeous…!

    • Right? I had a hard time passing it up, lol. I don’t have these colors anyway, so I thought I could probably get it without running into a dupe.

  2. Zoë says

    these are really pretty! But yeah, probably not the most wearable but two of my favourite shades so I don’t know… curious to see if you do looks with them!

    • Oh it’s definitely not for everyday. I thought it might be, but the gold is a bit too blingy, despite being pretty neutral!

    • I’m so excited for Spring! I look forward to Spring, Fall and Holiday collections the most. 😀

  3. thanks for the swatch! I love shimmery eyeshadow 🙂 Have you tried Motives Cometics?? They are my absolute favourite brand 🙂

  4. I just gave in and ordered Kauai recently but haven’t got it yet, I was worried that it might be too frosty/metallic, so we will see, it does look really nice in your swatches 🙂

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