NARS Smokey Eye Kit

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NARS Gifting for Fall 2014 includes the beautiful Smokey Eye Kit, the NARSissist’s most-coveted everyday essentials for eyes. Ready to wear—anytime, every place.  I am a neutral junkie and even though I have 2 of these shades already  I think this is a very necessary kit.  It has a travel brush, a mini liner and this gorgeous compact with 3 shades inside.  Essentially it is the basics of what you need for travel and quite compact.

NARS Narcissist Smokey Eye Kit

The compact contains Madrague I, Bali and Mekong. Madrague I is a matte cream, Bali is neutral matte medium taupe, Mekong is an expresso infused with gold micro glitters.

nars smokey eye kit

This kit includes a mini version of the Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto. It is a rich and creamy black pencil that glides on smooth with all the pigmentation in the world and stays there.  This is actually the first chance I have had to play with a NARS eyeliner and I think that it is just everything.  I also love the shape of the tip.  I wish it would stay like that forever because it is truly perfection.nars via veneto pencil

The last item in this set is a travel size of their #43 Wide Contour Eyeshadow brush.  It is the go-to artist essential that does it all: tap, blend, or sweep shadow with ease. Angled doe foot shape allows for all-over or precise application.nars travel size 43 brush

These shades are so beautiful together.  I don’t think I would have ever paired Bali with Mekong on my own.  Maybe I would, but I never have in the past.

nars smokey eye swatches

nars smokey eye kit arm swatches

Now it is time for some compare and contrast.  I do not have Madrague I from any other palette or single so I can’t compare that one for you.  I can only explain that this one is fabulous.  The texture is soft and smooth and for it to be a cream it is extremely pigmented.

nars smokey eye comparisons

Bali is one of those shades that is perfect to sweep all over your lids and just wear on its own for a subtle smokey eye.  Swatched on my finger tips they look very similar.  The texture in the Smokey Eye Kit is actually slightly softer and smoother, but that could be because the 9944 Best palette is quite old now and the texture could have changed.

nars bali comparison

NARS Mekong also looks identical while swatched on the fingers.  The single is actually softer an the Smokey Eye Palette but only by a little bit.

nars mekong comparison

So all swatched out on my arm side by side you can see real differences.  The Bali in the 9944 palette is less dark and a touch cooler in tone.  It also appears that the Mekong in the Smokey Eye Palette is less warm than the single.  So perhaps these shades were altered slightly to make them more agreeable?  More neutral…

nars smokey eye comparison swatches

nars smokey eye look 2

nars smokey eye look

Overall, the NARS Smokey Eye Kit is beautiful and you will get use out of it whether you are brand new with makeup or are a pro.  These shades are staples in my routine and have been for yours.  This kit will retail for $59 at (July 15th) and all other boutiques and department stores (like Sephora) starting August 1st.

Tell me in the comments below: What is your favorite eye look?  Do you prefer smokey eyes?  Washes of color?  I want to know!

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  • Ashliegh

    I’m like you – all about the neutrals! I love a great smokey eye created with taupe/brown shades! This palette looks gorgeous! I haven’t tried anything from Nars yet!

  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    This is a fantastic smoky kit!

  • Justina

    I’m trying to decide between this and the God Created Woman kit!

  • Phyrra

    You know I love smokey eyes!

  • beautybymissl

    Lovely look and great palette!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Yes I love me some smokey eyes. Frugal me says I enough of makeup haul but my Never-satisfied- alter ego is winning!

  • jamie @makeuplifelove

    This palette looks amazing. OMG I do love a great smokey eye and this one with the brown looks phenomenal. Beautiful!

  • Nidia Doherty

    WOW. Ok, the top eye look is everything. What a gorgeous look! I want this now.

  • Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    It looks like a gorgeous set, all the kinds of colours I love.

  • Glamour-Zine

    I want that palette so bad!

  • Jessica W

    This is such a great palette! Mekong is so woah!!!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    It’s a beautiful palette! No wonder you had to have it :)

  • Kim Porter

    I only own, I believe, one NARS eyeshadow… I think I need to pick up the smokey eye kit! LOVE IT!

  • Sheila Arkee

    I’m totally digging these colors – gorgeous!

  • loveforlacquer

    LOVING this little kit!

  • BeautyJudy

    Ok I love this. I love the soft eye you did with it! Shades like Mekong always intimidate me but I love how you’ve shown it in a very wearable and nonscary way for someone like me!

  • Sheila Arkee

    Beautiful colors and beautiful looks!

  • Shipra Taneja

    Want this SO bad! <3

  • Amber

    The pics turned out gorgeous!! Thank you for the comparisons! I love the soft eye you did. :)

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Thats so beautiful. I want that palette!

  • cindyprimebeauty

    NARS makes such great palettes!

  • Mai

    For $59, you get a pretty great deal! I do find it interesting to see the subtle differences between the regular shades and the shades you get in the palette

  • Melody Robinson Wright

    Great comparisons of the singles to the palette. I have this also and I can’t wait to play with it!

  • Citizens of Beauty

    They are almost identical. I want that palette!