A Dash of Colour: Nars R Rated Eyeshadow Duo

I’ve had Nars R Rated eyeshadow duo in my makeup bag for quite a while now. I’m not entirely sure why I bought it in the first place – it’s great fun and you can’t but smile when see how these beautiful and bright colours glisten, but how often does anyone really use bright green and blue shadow (besides maybe pro MUAs)?

At the same time, I realised how much my everyday makeup routine needs a a little bit more fun injected into it…

A streak of bright colour – an easy of way of adding a bit of fun to an otherwise neutral makeup look.

NARS describes the duos as

‘Modern, unique, sometimes unexpected color combinations of eyeshadow shades. Worn alone or together, all Duo Eyeshadow shades feature micro-fine powders that are highly pigmented, longwearing and crease resistant. Color glides on smoothly, evenly and blends effortlessly. The effects can be subtle or smoldering — the options are endless.’

Nars eyeshadow duo in R Rated. RRP €34

I really like the intensity of colour that these shadows give – you can wear them as a sheer and subtle shade if you wish by just sweeping on a light stroke, but if you want head-turning colour, just layer it up a little and you’re sure to achieve that look. If you use an eye primer underneath, or as NARS suggest, use them wet, they become even more intense.

Moreover, the powders are very fine and thus blend really nicely – so they’re pretty easy to use.

shimmering chartreuse green above, and shimmering cobalt blue below, both from R-Rated eyeshadow duo

I really like the way the duos combine unexpected colours, it’s a little bit quirky, but they always seem to work somehow.

The only downsides I’d say is that because the shadows are so fine, the tend to fall upon your face when applying, so make sure to tap all excess shadow from your brush before application  – alternatively, use your fingers for a more edgy finish. The intensity also starts to fade throughout the day so keep your shadow handy to touch up every now and then.

Eyeliner brushes from top to bottom: Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner brush, Dior Eyeshadow brush, FACE2 O4 brush.

I used the Bobbi Brown brush (above) for these looks, but any eyeliner brush will do.

electric eyes
I probably wouldn’t go out with 2 different colours like this but it was just easier for the purpose of taking photos to do one of each.I really like the blue for intensity, while the chartreuse green is a lot more subtle.

As always, I’d love to know what you think?  Have you used Nars Duos and if so, what are your thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed these looks and that they’ve inspired you to try something new over the weekend! 🙂



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