Sunday, December 23, 2012

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Sugarland: Review + Swatches!

Today I'm sharing another NARS eyeshadow duo, Sugarland.  I was initially drawn to this product because I love purple tones on the eyes, especially with golds.  I thought it would be a perfect addition to my collection.

These colors are described as "sparkling apricot and gilded orchid pink", which I think is pretty accurate.  The gold color definitely has some larger sparkle to it, and the orchid pink color has a gold shimmer in it.

Unfortunately, this is the only NARS eyeshadow duo I've ever tried that didn't meet my expectations.  The sparkly gold shade is really difficult to apply (think MAC Honey Lust).  It is sheer, has tons of fallout, and overall just not worth the hassle in my opinion.  However, the orchid pink shade is wonderful!  Smooth, pigmented, and easy to work with.  However, because I don't like half of this product, I find that I neglect the half I do like.

NARS eyeshadows come in rubberized black compact casing.  I love the design of these compacts: there is a good product-to-casing ratio (as in, not an enormous case with a tiny little pot of product in it).  Additionally, a full-size lid mirror is in each compact.  The downside of these is that the rubberized finish attracts every fingerprint and fleck of makeup.  They get dirty very quickly.

NARS eyeshadow duos retail for $34 (.14 oz/4g).  While this is pretty expensive, I think a lot of people don't realize that the NARS dollar-to-weight ratio beats many of its competitors.  NARS eyeshadows (in duo form) are technically less expensive than both MAC and Urban Decay.
  • NARS: $34/4g = $8.50 per gram ($244 per ounce)
  • MAC: $15/1.5g = $10 per gram ($300 per ounce)
  • Urban Decay: $18/1.5g = $12 per gram ($360 per ounce)

Something to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to splurge!

Considering this product is especially expensive, I would skip it!  If you are going to pay a whopping $34 for two eyeshadows, they both should work well!

What is the last eyeshadow that disappointed you?
xx, Allison


  1. This reminds me of Clinique Beach Plum, which is gorgeous!

  2. The right color looks like Trax from MAC.
    I like those colors, too.

  3. I just got my first nars laguna!excited doesnt describe it well!haha

  4. I'm surprised you don't like it! Maybe they have changed the formulation but i used the lighter gold shade COMPLETELY and there isn't even a speckle left. My fave shadow of all time!