Monday, September 17, 2012

NARS 413 BLKR Eyeshadow Duo review + swatches



           The moment I saw the NARS 413 BLKR eyeshadow duo, I knew I had to have it. Though I am a self-professed NARS fanatic, it's been some time since I've been this excited over an eyeshadow duo! This duo is the newest addition (along with a bright pink velvet gloss collection) to the NARS 413 BLKR collection. It debuted during Fall 2012 Fashion's Night Out.

         'NARS 413 BLKR' refers to the NARS flagship boutique that is located on 413 Bleecker St. in NYC. (You can read about my visit to the 413 Bleecker boutique here). The 413 BLKR makeup collection is composed of items that can only be bought at the flagship store or  NARS online. I already have the 413 BLKR eyeshadow single, which I reviewed previously here.


          The colors in NARS 413 BLKR eyeshadow duo are described as a shimmering amethyst and a black with red pearl. The colors have a soft, smoky, and classical beauty when seen in the pan. The combination of a sheen with blackened flecked pearl bring to mind complex fall textures like velvet. This eyeshadow duo begs to be worn with my dark purple velvet blazer, don't you think?


           I would describe the colors in NARS 413 BLKR eyeshadow duo as a dusty orchid with light shimmer and a black with red plum flecks. The orchid pink/purple is absolutely gorgeous. I love its subdued and slightly hazy nature. I've compared it to the NARS 413 BLKR eyeshadow single (reviewed here). You can see the single is a cooler blue toned lavender. My guess is that the closest NARS eyeshadow single color would be Ondine. The darker half of the NARS 413 BLKR eyeshadow duo looks purple in the pan due to the red shimmer, however it's actually a pitch black. The pearl is barely evident when swatched, though it is easier to see in person. I pulled out the Urban Decay Creep, a black with silver flecks, for comparison. You can see that 413 BLKR is as black, if not blacker than Creep. I also swatched Urban Decay Hustle, a dark purple eyeshadow. You can see that the darker half of 413 BLKR looks nothing like a purple when swatched. I do wish the red pearl was more prominent; the color would have been stunning.


           The NARS 413 BLKR eyeshadow duo is another beautiful addition to the 413 BLKR lineup. I can't wait to see what NARS has in store for future additions to the 413 BLKR collection. Thanks for reading! Did you get anything during Fashion's Night out this year? Have you tried anything from the 413 BLKR collection? Can you think of any colors that might look similar to these?

Love, Dovey.

16 comments:

  1. That duo is gorgeous!!! Right up my alley.
    Must check it out!

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    1. Hi Nisha, I would have loved to have seen it in the boutique itself! Hope you get a chance to test it out.

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  2. Wow that is a pretty duo!

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    1. Thanks Martha, I think so too :)

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  3. What I find a little disappointing about this one is how different the shades look in pan and swatched. While I do enjoy the taupe, I'd really love the darker shade to turn out more true-to-pan! However I do think it's a good duo that can be swiped on easily for a quick look as well as using in a much more dramatic way :)

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    1. Hi Sunny; me too. I do like the duo as is, but a real red-black would have been gorgeous!

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  4. This looks really pretty, but I'd probably have preferred the black to be what it looked like in the pan. Because the color in the pan looks gorgeous! It's still a really nice duo, though. :)

    I've been wanting to get my first NARS duo/single! Any suggestions? :D

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    1. Hi Maggie, what an exciting moment! I think my first duo was Dogon, which has this great taupe in it. Habanera and Cordura seem like good picks too, though I don't have them. Lately I'm really liking the singles collection. It probably depends on whether you're going warm/cool!

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  5. Soooo pretty!! I wish the dark wasn't quite as black and more brown like it looks in the pan but the duo is sill fantastic. I might need to make a trip to NYC sometime soon and pick myself up one of these :D

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    1. YAY! Let me know if you do. Would love to hear all about it!!

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  6. Gorgeous!! I'm surprised by how pretty and more complex that soft pink shade looks in the swatch. Looks like a must-have for a NARS fanatic. :D

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    1. Hi Liz, Thanks! I was surprised too; It's good since I don't have so many pink/purples in my collection :)

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  7. I think I prefer the darker colour in the pan because the red tones are so gorgeous that it is sort of sad that the tones don't get to shine. I have never tried NARS products before but they are really high on my wishlist.

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    1. Hi Julia, I know, the red tones would have been fantastic!

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  8. I am a huge fan of murky pink colours paired with dark browns/taupes. I haven't gotten anythng yet from this collection, still thinking if I should. Since I already have Nars moscow lipstick, I think BLKR might be smilar. But that e/s duo really is right up my alley. /claire

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  9. Hi Claire, I think so! You have great taste in these kinds of fall / dramatic colors

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