01.29.2014
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Cream Eyeshadow
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$24
Category:Makeup > Eyeshadows > Cream/Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow
Last Updated:01.29.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Cream Eyeshadow is quite shiny but has a smooth texture and just enough slip to make application and blending easy. However, because the finish stays moist, it won’t stay in place and it will fade and crease slightly. If creamy eyeshadows are what you’re after but you want longevity, look to Revlon or M.A.C. first.

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NARS At-A-Glance

Strengths: Great range of foundation shades; excellent blushes; some impressive lipsticks; beautiful bronzers; tinted lip balm with broad-spectrum sun protection.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the skincare line rates as mostly mediocre to poor; unimpressive mascaras.

Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.

Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining women's attention with sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths, but just as many weaknesses. It reaches its zenith with blushes, foundation shades, brushes, and lipsticks, but falters when it comes to pencils, and mascaras. Still, the best of NARS are really spectacular, and include expanded color palettes.

Although much can be said about the makeup side of this cosmetics line, there is very little, if anything, to be said about the skin-care products other than "Why bother?" or better yet, "What were they thinking?" Most of the cleansers are drying, the toners are dated formulations of alcohol and other irritants, and the moisturizers are mundane, poorly conceived and dated formulations. A little grape juice and fennel won't save a mix of alcohol, film-forming agent, and waxes, especially not at these inflated prices. And sunscreen? Completely absent; it's not even discussed. The assembly of products is attractively presented at NARS counters, but don't be fooled!

For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.

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11.03.2013
poor pigmentation

I bought 2 of these - they didn't appear that shimmery but on my eyes there are huge chunks of glitter. Not a good look. The glitter also fell into my eyes all day. It stays very greasy all day as well like the review states. The pigmentation is awful especially for the price they charge. The forest green shade I have requires about 3 layers to even show a slight hint of green. It's just all around a waste of time and money. Looks cheap and feels even cheaper. Sad to have wasted the money.

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