Take me back to Hawaii NARS Kauai

 Poipu Beach at sunset

Poipu Beach at sunset

The warm setting sun tickled my frizzy hair as the waves lapped at my feet. The culmination of these feeling emanated from Kauai when I first cracked open the compact last week.

How can two colours conjure up memories from one of my top holidays? Look to the pan -- Gold Lame and Iridescent Smokey Orchid are akin to the sand, sun and surf.

Believe me, I could wax on poetically about NARS Kauai and Kaua'i, for that matter, for hours.

 NARS Kauai

NARS Kauai

In order of importance, I bought this particular palette for:

  • The colour combination - my hazel peepers really sparkle 
  • The name

While I do love NARS' blush and lipstick formulas, the eyeshadow is something I've really had a love/hate relationship with.. love the colours, hate the quality. Then again, a makeup artist alluded to the fact Francois reformulated his eyeshadows.

And I now believe her!

 Talk about pigmented! And this is post dry swatching

Talk about pigmented! And this is post dry swatching

 Swatches of NARS Kauai without flash

Swatches of NARS Kauai without flash

 Swatches of NARS Kauai with flash

Swatches of NARS Kauai with flash

 Look 1: Daytime

Look 1: Daytime

 Gilded lids and a matte base for the smallest amount of added depth

Gilded lids and a matte base for the smallest amount of added depth

 Look 2: Nighttime 

Look 2: Nighttime 

 Purple and gold unite

Purple and gold unite

NARS Kauai's finely milled formula refuses to budge, crease, fade or fallout. Telling attributes of a high performing eyeshadow.

I have yet to try applying these wet, but it'll be the first thing I do this morning.

Can't afford a trip to Hawaii? NARS Kauai will most certainly transport you on the cheap.

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo:

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 10 out of 10 bags — I could see myself hitting the pan very quickly. Time to buy a back-up! Scratch that! It's a permanent addition!!

Would another purchase be on the horizon?:

  • NARS Matte Multiples should be launching in Australia on 1 April. Get at me, Laos.