I've had some time to play with the new NARS Eye Paints. Yes, I've been having fun. Lots of fun. NARS Eye Paints are cream eyeliner/eye shadow; I admit that I've mostly used them as liners (with the exception of Ubangi), but then again all three are intense and quite dark color, and NARS is going to offer the Eye Paints in more basic lid colors.
Some of the eye paints have a smooth cream finish that dries completely matte. Black Valley and Solomon Islands (the tropical waters one) are an example of that. There are several shimmery ones like Ubani, the stunning blabkened navy with blue shimmer. They can be blended and sheered within the first minute or so, or smoothed across the lid. The colors remain true to the jar and they stay put without smudging or budging. Ever. I do use a primer out of habit, but I have a feeling that it's not completely necessary in this case. The performance of these NARS Eye Paints is truly phenomenal.
NRS released a new angled liner brush for use with the Eye Paints. I don't have it, but I've applied the products successfully with other angled brushes I have (Smashbox, MAC), as well as with other eyeliner brushes (Bobbi Brown, Hakuhodo, Louise Young). It's all good. As far as application as an eye shadow, I mostly used my finger with a Paula Dorf brush for blending.
Bottom Line: as good as it gets (and looks).
NARS Eye Paints ($25 each) will be available from narscosmetics.com starting September 1. The products for this review were sent by PR.