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NARS Marie-Galante Eyeshadow Duo Review and Swatches

I love iridescent colors. I love beautiful pinks, purples and blues. So I was very excited when I had the opportunity to try out the NARS Marie-Galante eyeshadow duo. Marie-Galante is officially described as an iridescent orchid and regal blue.

The Website Claims:
Modern, unique, sometimes unexpected color combinations of eyeshadow shades. Worn alone or together, all Duo Eyeshadow shades feature micro-fine powders that are highly pigminted, longwearing and crease resistant. Color glides on smoothly, evenly and blends effortlessly. The effects can be subtle or smoldering — the options are endless. The NARS Marie-Galante eyeshadow duo has a rich, bright color for a summer smoky eye.

Talc, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Tricaprylin, Ceresin, Aqua (Water), Lanolin (Lanolin Alchohol), Lecithin, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), May Contain (+/-): Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Carmine (CI 75470) (CI 75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163) (CI 77163), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000) (CI 77000), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090) (CI 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)

$34.00 for .15 oz.

Marie-Galante is named for the Caribbean Island in the Guadeloupean Archipelago. The NARS artists recommend it for an unexpected smoky eye.

The top section of each swatch is bare skin. The bottom section of each swatch is on Meow Light Primer. I also did one swipe of color at the bottom. I did my best to capture the gorgeous iridescence of these two shades.

As others have mentioned, the finish is very similar to the Urban Decay Stardust shadows, which I like a lot! The orchid is very sheer. It reminds me a bit of UD Asphyxia. It’s got some gorgeous blues sparkles to it. The blue side seems to be on a sheer black base and it has blue sparkles and from certain angles a blue-violet sheen.

Both of the colors in this duo are sheer. Compared to my other NARS eyeshadow duos, the pigmentation is lacking. However, you can compensate for that by using a colored base, such as Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean or another colored base. I do think that on a black colored base, this would make for a fun smoky eye.

For a luxe eyeshadow duo, this wasn’t up to the quality that I’ve had with my other NARS eyeshadow duos, which is why they got a 3.5 rating.


Product sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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    • gothchiq

      Uff da, not much opacity at all. :/ That is not what I expect of this company.

    • Marta

      I don’t like that Nars describes them as “bright”. They aren’t. Other than that, they look like the’d be fun to play with! UD’s Flipside has that sheer iridescent finish as well, but I still love it to give other colors a blue glow, or as a highlighter.

    • http://www.outinapout.com Jessica Allison

      I only have a few shades of Nars shadows, and I hate to say, I’ve always been disappointed. For the price, and reputation, I expect a better formulated shadow. The shades I have (Rated R duo and a discontinued single called Cancan) all appear bright in the pan, less so on the eyes…but my main gripe is how they fade. I’m literally not even done applying the look before I have to touch up the color to regain vibrancy. Such a shame!

    • Quinctia

      This was the first Nars duo that really excited me, but the pigmentation just isn’t there. :(

    • Melody

      Hmmm…idk how I feel about this duo. Thanks for slowing down my lemming haha ;). The sparkle is lovely and sometimes I dig sheer color washes but idk. The blue at least would look better if it were more pigmented.