NARS x Connor Tingley Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Connor Tingley

NARS Connor Tingley 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that contains six, shimmery shades of more muted neutrals. This palette will be most versatile when paired with other palettes/eyeshadows due to it being all shimmery but also more mid-tone; there wasn’t a lot of contrast and depth that could be created just living in the world of this palette. Five of the six shades performed fairly well with a few being particularly lovely–that really melted metallic kind of finish that NARS can do so well at times–but the pop of blue was a let-down.

NARS Luz Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Luz Eyeshadow (2018)

Luz

Luz is a pale white gold with subtle, warm undertones and a bright, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was opaque, while the consistency was more loosely pressed in the pan, so it was somewhat powdery in the pan, but it applied evenly to my skin and had minimal fallout. It blended out easily along the edges and appeared more “melted” after a couple of minutes. It stayed on well for eight hours before I noticed any fading.

Top DupesFormula Overview
MAC Nylon (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar).Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar).NABLA Cosmetics Immaculate (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar).Persona Sassy (PiP, ) is more muted (95% similar).NARS Newbury Street (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).MAC What’s the Pointilism (PiP, $17.00) is darker (95% similar).Becca Chardonnay (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar).Kat Von D Thunderstruck (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).Anastasia Soft Gold (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.04 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “rich, high-impact color” that is “lightweight” and has “increased blendability.” Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks “melted” on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS’ eyeshadows for years and didn’t change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

NARS Duendo Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Duendo Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Duendo Eyeshadow (2018)NARS Duendo Eyeshadow (2018)

Duendo

Duendo is a muted, rosy bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, cream-like texture that felt rich and dense without actually being thick on my lid. The eyeshadow applied beautifully with smooth, lit-from-within kind of glow when blended out. It wore well for eight hours on me before it started to fade.

Top DupesFormula Overview
NARS Rigel (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty Cause a Fuss (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 06 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Makeup Geek Elegance (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).YSL Paris #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).City Color Yas! (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).KKW Beauty West (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Rose Gold (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar).Sephora Mystic Queen (330) (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar).NARS Basic Instinct (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.04 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “rich, high-impact color” that is “lightweight” and has “increased blendability.” Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks “melted” on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS’ eyeshadows for years and didn’t change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

NARS Niebla Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Niebla Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Niebla Eyeshadow (2018)NARS Niebla Eyeshadow (2018)

Niebla

Niebla is a light, rosy taupe with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, while the consistency was smooth, lightly creamy, and blendable without being too dense or too thick on my lid. It lasted beautifully for eight hours on me before it started to fade visibly.

Top DupesFormula Overview
Sephora Geode (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar).NARS Mojave #1 (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Thought Bubble (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Laura Mercier Intense Amethyst (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Anastasia Pink Champagne (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).Sydney Grace Peace (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Urban Decay Toasted (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).Anastasia Dazzling (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).NABLA Cosmetics Entropy (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.04 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “rich, high-impact color” that is “lightweight” and has “increased blendability.” Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks “melted” on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS’ eyeshadows for years and didn’t change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

NARS Amanecer Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Amanecer Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Amanecer Eyeshadow (2018)NARS Amanecer Eyeshadow (2018)

Amanecer

Amanecer is a light peach with strong, warm yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single layer with a soft, lightly powdery texture that “melted” when applied to my lid and had a very pretty, smooth sheen that was flattering to any lid texture. The eyeshadow blended out well and stayed on nicely for eight hours on me.

Top DupesFormula Overview
Colour Pop The Cancer (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar).Ciate Dainty (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar).Sephora + Pantone Universe Café Crème (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar).Sephora Enchant (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar).Stila Sandstone (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar).Colour Pop Pep Talk (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).MAC Indian Moon (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Alchemy (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Too Faced Silk Teddy (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Sephora Tulle (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.04 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “rich, high-impact color” that is “lightweight” and has “increased blendability.” Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks “melted” on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS’ eyeshadows for years and didn’t change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

NARS Cielo Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Cielo Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Cielo Eyeshadow (2018)NARS Cielo Eyeshadow (2018)

Cielo

Cielo is a light, golden taupe with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. Most of the sparkles seemed to disappear by the time the product was applied and blended out on my lid, so it didn’t seem to have additional fallout during wear. The consistency was soft, smooth, and lightly creamy, which made for each application of opaque coverage but it had a few larger flecks that made it look a little patchy along the edge at certain angles–something I find happens with creamier metallic finishes that look great in person but in still photos can look less blended. It wore well for eight hours on me before it started to fade noticeably.

Top DupesFormula Overview
Urban Decay Acoustic (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar).MAC Fairy Land (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).Chanel Apparence (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Colour Pop Kaleidoscope (PiP, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Pat McGrath Platinize (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).NARS Oleander (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Too Faced Rich Girl (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).Viseart Bijoux Royal #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).Smashbox Platinum (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.04 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “rich, high-impact color” that is “lightweight” and has “increased blendability.” Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks “melted” on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS’ eyeshadows for years and didn’t change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

NARS Oscura Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Oscura Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Oscura Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Oscura Eyeshadow (2018)NARS Oscura Eyeshadow (2018)

Oscura

Oscura is a muted, medium-dark navy blue with cool undertones and a sparkly finish. The texture was drier and more firmly-pressed in the pan compared to the other five shades in the palette, and it yielded semi-opaque coverage on my lid. There was moderate fallout during application, and it was hard to diffuse and blend out the edge seamlessly. It could work decently as a lid shade or smudged against the lash line, but it just didn’t have the blendability for crease/transition placement. This shade lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed fading.

Top DupesFormula Overview
MAC Iris Eyes (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).MAC Bleuluxe #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Too Faced Head Over Heels (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Anastasia Star Blue (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty Free Bird (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).NABLA Cosmetics Baltic (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar).Colour Pop Illusional (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).Chanel Tisse Jazz #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.04 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “rich, high-impact color” that is “lightweight” and has “increased blendability.” Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks “melted” on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS’ eyeshadows for years and didn’t change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

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