Friday, August 16, 2013

NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via de Martelli review + comparison swatches

         As a NARS aficionada, my personal makeup collection is built upon a foundation of NARS basics, including the NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliners. (You could say I'm quite a 'NARSissist'!) I have several shades in my collection, so you can imagine how excited I was to see NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via de Martelli in the NARS Fall 2013 collection!

        I have lids that crease near the lash-line so it's tough for me to find pencil liners that can last through the day, even with primer or powder. I've found that the NARS Larger Than Life eyeliner formula has better pigmentation and staying power on my lids than Urban Decay or MAKE UP FOR EVER pencils, though all three make quality products. However, it is worth noting that the NARS formula is a bit dryer and drags more than others, especially as it gets older.

NARS Via de Martelli with its built-in-sharpener
         NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via de Martelli is a cognac brown. It has red tones mixed in, which add intrigue, especially when compared with other brown shades. However, the red tones can be risky if your eyes are prone to a red-rimmed effect. The shade works well for me, as my eyes are brown and my skin has some pink tones, qualities which won't overemphasize the red.

        Because browns eyeliners can truly run a gamut of shades, I've swatched a few colors from my collection below so that you can get a better idea of what NARS Via de Martelli eyeliner looks like. Most of you are probably curious about how NARS Via de Martelli looks compared to NARS Via Appia, the shimmery brown liner from the original NARS Larger Than Life collection. You can see it's a similar intensity, however the former is a matte red-brown, while the latter is a more glowy copper brown. You can see that Urban Decay Demolition, which is a standard dark brown liner, is significantly darker and cooler. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes in #2L is the most similar in color, however it's a little more golden. Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Smog is lighter and more golden.

NARS Via de Martelli comparison swatches
          Overall, I've been loving NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via de Martelli.  The slight red tones in the color make it an edgy and unique brown in my collection. However, as I mentioned above, it might not work for everyone. If you're trying to choose between NARS Via de Martelli and Via Appia, I would probably recommend the latter, as it is more universally wearable (and gorgeous too). However, I'm happy to have both in my hands!

        Thanks for reading! Have you tried any NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliners? What did you pick up from the NARS Fall 2013 collection? What NARS products are you loving lately?

Love, Dovey.

P.S. Be sure to check out my review of the NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliners in Via Veneto and Madison Ave.!


  1. OOOh! This is pretty Dovey! I only have one NARS LTL eyeliner in Barrow Street and I agree-the formula stay put like no other!

  2. I like via Appia .

  3. this looks so pretty! I'm all about a brown eye liner, so I think I'll give this a go!

  4. Hey Dovey, I think this one might have too much red for me! Every time I put something remotely red around my eyes, I look really ill. I might need Smog though!

  5. I have Via Appia and the colour works so well with my dark blue eyes. I think this new liner is too red for my. These eyeliners are one to the best on the market--glide on effortlessly and are easy to remove.

  6. This one was given to me by a friend.
    Somehow I could not use this color and I did not know why.
    I guess I have the wrong color eye for it. Thanks for the review.

  7. I adore these gorgeous brown tones, but my eyes are always red and I can't indulge in these shades. Seeing the swatches lined up together like this is always a nice treat though!


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