Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NARS 413 BLKR Eyeshadow Duo - Review, Swatches, Pictures

NARS 413 BLKR Eyeshadow Duo

When the NARS Fashion's Night Out ad copy was sent to me I knew right away that I needed to have the eyeshadow duo in my life.  Described as an Amethyst and a Black with Red Pearl I knew that my life would have no meaning in this entire universe if I didn't own such a thing of delicate beauty.

NARS 413 BLKR Eyeshadow Duo

I was very fortunate to get the eyeshadow duo sent to me from NARS and I must say I did do a little dance when I opened up the package.  Granted I do a little dance when I open up any mail addressed to me that isn't a bill, so consider the source.
NARS 413 BLKR Eyeshadow Duo

When I looked at the 413 BLKR Eyeshadow Duo palette I was instantly mesmerized by the sweet dusty purple mauve of the left side of the duo and the enchanting and seductive black with reddish purple-y pearl side on the right.  It was like oil and water. A delicate almost innocent looking light purple and a rough and tough gritty from years of hard livin' on the streets black.  (Life was so hard on the streets that the g had to be left out of the word "living".)

NARS 413 BLKR Eyeshadow Duo

Then it hit me.  I know exactly which Happy Days character would be the embodiment of this eyeshadow duo.  .....You mean to tell me you don't assign a character from a mid 1970's-mid 1980's TV sitcom to each and every one of your makeup items?  WTF is wrong with you?

Well The IDEAL embodiment of this eyeshadow duo is none other than Pinky Tuscadero! 

Pinky Tuscadero and Fonzie

Pinky Tuscadero, played by actress Roz Kelly, was the girlfriend of Fonzie from Happy Days.  Pinky was a traveling demolition derby driver who wore an all baby pink jumpsuit with a pink scarf at her neck.  She also did stunts on her pink motorcycle wearing white hot pants, a pin shirt tied at the waist and white leather go go boots.  She was KLASSY!  She was hard and soft at the same time.  Sweet and salty. She was the only woman who was woman enough to love and leave Fonzie's magical grip on the female species.  She was a strong woman character that was never really developed. (read= The actress and the producers didn't see eye to eye so they dropped her from the show and created a new character called "Leather Tuscadero" who was the unfortunate looking, younger sister of Pinky.) But I always liked Pinky better than Leather.


Anyway. The eyeshadow duo.

NARS 413 BLKR Eyeshadow Duo Left Side

The pigmentation on the Amethyst side is super. It's a great dusty purple that looks incredible on the eye.  It almost has a purple-y taupeness to it, but it's not really taupe at all. I just wish it was.  You know how I am about taupe.  The black side...well. That's not so great.
NARS 413 BLKR Eyeshadow Duo Right Side

Sure it swatches well, the red/purple glitter shows up real nice, but applying it with a brush and all the red glitter disappears and you are left with a kinda charcoal grey that can look patchy if you don't apply it correctly.  It's a disappointment.  I tried applying the black shadow with a damp brush and that looked better but when I had to blend, all the red glitter disappeared.  I'm not sure if this is a case of User Error (me) or Product Default (the shadow). I eventually used it wet as a liner and that looked awesome...but that's really not every one's cuppa tea.

NARS 413 BLKR Eyeshadow Duo Swatch

Do you NEED this?  No. Unless you are skilled at applying the black shadows with the colored pearl particles from NARS and making those colored particles really stand out on the eye, I would skip this.  As a shadow alone the back is just OK. There are better black shadows out there, there are also worse ones too, so it wouldn't be a crime to own this.  The Amethyst is STUNNING and owning this on its own would be almost worth it.  Now that I own this is my life complete?  No. I'm still searching for that perfect eyeshadow that will bring meaning to the universe.  You can purchase the 413 BLKR eyeshadow duo on the NARS website. It retails for$34 USD.

NARS 413 BLKR Eyeshadow Duo. Left side all over lid, Right side applied wet as a liner


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21 comments:

  1. I just love the Fonzie, he is one cool guy so I am gutted you don't love this duo. I have the BLKR single eyeshadow and the bright red gloss and love them on principle (even though I don't really like gloss).

    Thank you for the review, forewarned is forearmed!

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    1. Caveat Emptor. Maybe some people will like the fact that the black shadow side is really charcoal.

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    1. How do you wear it? I'm having problems getting the shimmer on the back side to show up?

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  3. Whenever I come across a NARS eyeshadow with glitter, I stay far far away. They are a challenge to work with because they don't stick to the skin well. I was told by a few people that the best way for it to look decent on the lid is to use a cream eyeshadow base. And that just isn't right! :(

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    1. Well certainly not a NARS creme eyeshadow base. LOL Sorry, but I am very very picky about creme eyeshadows and NARS are not one of the best out there

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    2. I'm totally with you on this. I'm afraid of NARS cream eye products because they crease like crazy - be it the pencil or palette version. NYX jumbo pencil & MAC paint pot does a better job.

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  4. Does the glitter really give that much trouble? Definitely pass then.

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    1. It's not so much trouble as it is just what it looks like one the eye is not what it looks like in the pan. That's disappointing.

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  5. The amethyst shade looks unique! Sort of wish NARS would have paired it with a different color though, as I have the Night Series palette & don't need another black-glitter shade, but it is convenient to have it there for use as liner :)

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    1. True. No reaching for a second product. Look down in the comments. Anonymopus suggests that NARS Ondine single is a close dupe!

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  6. I wonder if a sponge applicator would work better - really pack it on

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    1. That's what I was thinking. Maybe after blending I use a sponge applicator in certain sections. That might work.

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  7. From what I can tell from the swatches, the lighter shade reminds me alot of Ondine, and the darker one looks like Night Fever (which is less "finnicky" than this one seems). Ondine may be a bit "warmer", though, but for those interested only in the lighter shade, or are having a hard time procuring this duo, the two singles I mentioned may be worth a look.

    I find with the NARS "glittery" shades, a dense, flat shadow brush, or a concealer brush, help the color "stick" better when applied by "packing" it on.

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    1. I just want to add MAC pigment in Mauvement is also very similar to Ondine, so that may also be a good alternative to the lighter shade of this duo.

      Again, Ondine or Mauvement may noty be *exact* dupes, but I think they'll both yield a similar result.

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    2. EXCELLENT Suggestions! I think I'll finally have to break down and purchase Ondine (I was thinking about buying it earlier this week) I have MAC Mauvement and it is a tad too silvery and grey to mach the Duo, but good guess. Thanks for the help with the application techniques too!!

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  8. oh no! suzy quatro was pinky's little sister and she was super hot. damn, im bummed this black didnt read red on the eye. i got so excited when i saw the pic. :(

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    1. Seriously? She wasn't my style. The Female Mullet didn't do much for me. I did like her leather jumpsuit tho! :-)

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    2. she was a little butch, you are right!did you google what happened with Roz Kelly in her later years? good stuff!

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  9. I agree with you - Amethyst really is stunning! I have an long-discontinued shadow from VS that looks very similar and love it. Thanks for the honest review! :)

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