Review & Swatches: NARS Duo Eyeshadow in “Exotic Dance”

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NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Exotic Dance

Availability: NARS
Price: $34.00

Company’s Description

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.

NARS’ Duo Eyeshadow in Exotic Dance contains a metallic white with a silver sheen and a metallic gold. Keep reading for photos, swatches, and my thoughts on the quality of this duo.


Packaging: 9/10

The NARS Duo Eyeshadow packaging is made of NARS’ classic rubberized black plastic and has a lid with a mirror inside that snaps shut. The outside of the packaging is a magnet for powder products, which makes it difficult to keep clean.

Quality: 7.5/10

On the left, Exotic Dance contains a semi-translucent, frosty white with a frost finish. On the right is a semi-translucent, pale, “dirty” gold with a frost finish. Both sides have decent but not great pigmentation. The formula is also a tad stiffer than other NARS shadows I’ve tested.

The formula lasted a shorter than average amount of time–about two and a half (2.5) hours before creasing over a bare lid and after about four (4) hours over primer. The colors also lost their vibrancy around the four (4) hour mark.

Ease of Use: 9/10

These colors are easy to use because of their semi-translucent quality. And, despite being a bit on the stiff side, they blend out well.

Price: 9/10

For $34.00 you get 0.14 ounces (4 grams) of shadow. NARS’ single shadows cost $24.00 and contain half the amount of product, so you are getting a good deal for your money by investing in the Duos.

Final Grade

NARS Duo Eyeshadow Box Packaging

NARS Duo Eyeshadow Packaging

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NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Exotic Dance

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NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Exotic Dance Swatches

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NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Exotic Dance Swatch

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NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Exotic Dance Swatch


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3 Responses to Review & Swatches: NARS Duo Eyeshadow in “Exotic Dance”

  1. EmmyJean says:

    The colors look nice, but the lack of staying power is a deal-breaker for me. Thanks for the review!

  2. Jenny says:

    I have yet to try NARS eyeshadows but this looks like a lovely duo.

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