Today I'm back with more NARS goodies! Of all the items I received in my goodie bag, these two are my favorites because we all know how much I love doing dark smokey eye looks! One is a cream eyeshadow stick and the other is a black eyeliner. I am completely smitten with one of these two items but you'll have to find out in my review below which one it is! :)
NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Reykjavik and Kohliner in Minorque
Here are the pictures of both products side by side for comparison. The Velvet Shadow Stick is a cream eyeshadow in a semi-chubby stick format. The Kohliner is a creamy eyeliner in a skinny, twist-up pencil form. Both are convenient to use, highly portable, and come in a signature NARS' all-black ensemble with a color-coded end (for the Velvet Shadow Stick).
NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Reykjavik
The Velvet Shadow Stick has a round and slightly large tip so it takes no time to apply it all over the eyelid. For use as an eyeliner, I recommend picking it up with a liner brush for more precision and control. Reykjavik swatches a deep, blackened gray when layered but can be smudged/sheered out to a pale gray. The texture is extremely smooth and yes, velvety. It never tugs or drags on my lid which is a huge plus in my book. It smudges and blends well but I recommend using a brush to do so as fingers tend to make the application patchy and uneven. The formula gives you plenty of time to play with before setting to a gorgeous velvety finish.
Color-wise, it is incredibly pigmented and opaque and you probably won't need more than a couple of layers to achieve a nice dark base for your powder eyeshadow. I didn't have much success using it alone on my bare lid as it creased within a couple of hours. It performed better over a primer but would still crease eventually. I find that the only way to get Reykjavik to stay on my lid is to follow with a powder eyeshadow, which is a recommended usage by the brand anyway. Reykjavik really helps enhance the vibrancy of my eyeshadow as well as prolong its wear time. I may sometimes still see minor creasing at the end of the night but for the most part, setting with powder eyeshadow does help increase the adherence and longevity considerably.
Kohliner in Minorque
Now this, is a product I absolutely recommend! NARS Kohliner has a skinny tip which makes it effortless to create a thick or thin line across the lid. You can even do a winged liner look with it, just follow with a precision Q-tip to shape and clean up (as I did in the eye look below). The liner is twist-able but not retractable so only dispense enough for what you need at a time!
Minorque is a deep black color with a true matte finish. Its creamy (but not too creamy) formula allows for a smooth glide along the lash lines and waterlines without skipping, pulling, or causing irritation. It is smudge-able but you must do so quickly as it sets within seconds. I'm absolutely happy with its rich and saturated color payoff as it goes on opaque in one pass. The most impressive thing about Minorque, though, is its incredible wear time. It just won't move once it sets! I've worn it from morning until night on many occasions and it's never failed me. I can even use it to tightline (so my upper lashes appear fuller and thicker) and it never budges! Most black pencil eyeliners smudge and transfer onto my lower waterline but that's not the case with Minorque. It stays put where you put it only!
The eye look
In this eye look, I used NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base to prime then applied the Reykjavik Velvet Shadow Stick all over the lid. I blended out the color just a little bit with a flat shader brush using gentle tapping motions. Next, I set the look with a light dusting of Sycorax from the NARS NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette (review) and finished with the Minorque Kohliner along the upper and lower lash lines. I extended the wing out to show you just how jet black Minorque is! :)
All in all, I think the Velvet Shadow Stick is a nice-to-have but only if you don't mind setting it with powder eyeshadows. The Kohliner, on the other hand, is the item I highly recommend for its impressive color payoff and wear time. I know I'll be repurchasing Minorque for as long as they make it because it's hard for me to find an intense black pencil liner that lasts all day as a tightliner. Here's to hoping that NARS will release more colors soon in the near future!
Disclosure: Both NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Reykjavik and Kohliner in Minorque were provided by NARS Thailand free of charge for review consideration. All opinions expressed herein are honest and my own.