NARS Eye Paint in Iskandar Review and Swatches

Eye paint.  It just sounds cool.  Eyeshadow, eye base, eyelinereye paint!

NARS Eye Paint Iskandar

Half of the shades from this newly released line are matte and the other half glitter.  I’m leaning towards the five glitter shades because I prefer the shades and depth.  I recently purchased Iskandar and love the uniqueness of the shade in my own collection.  Where some people might say that Corcovado Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (Spring 2013) was a huge fail, Iskandar Eye Paint is an even bigger win.

NARS Eye Paint Iskandar swatch

Applying Eye Paint is easy with fingers and I feel it is also faster than using a brush.  However using a brush gives much more precision, especially at the inner part of the eyelid.  The texture has a lot of slip and requires building up in thin layers (as does any creme or liquid product) for the most even application.  I use a flat synthetic concealer brush for spot placement and my finger for all over the lid.

Wearing NARS Eye Paint Iskandar Profile

This is a perfect on-trend shade for fall.  There are a lot of eye combinations lately of gold, green, and smoky deep browns.  Iskandar wears well as the color on the inner area of the lid and as a base under a green shadow in this combination.

Wearing NARS Eye Paint Iskandar

The next shade I’m hoping to buy is Snake Eyes.  I saw it in person recently at The Makeup Show Orlando and it is unbelievably complex.  Are you planning to try NARS Eye Paints?  What about the yellow-gold eyeshadow trend?


Price: $25.00

Availability: NARS, Sephora, bluemercury

Summary: NARS Eye Paint in Iskandar is a versatile and on-trend shade this fall.  While it takes time to build an even application, once Iskandar sets it stays put all day.  The price and size runs similar to gel/creme liners rather than eyeshadows.  I recommend Iskandar for those looking to try an unconventional shade as it is more yellow than the average gold eyeshadow.

10am Beauty Approved?: Yes

Disclosure: This product was purchased with my own money.

  • Natalie

    I love this eye paint! The gold eye trend is lovely, and I am definitely going to participate. I’m scoping out the purple, Tatar.

    • Alison M

      I tried doing just Iskandar all over my lid. Wasn’t feelin’ it. But I love it at the inner corner and as a base. And I think Tatar makes a gorgeous liner!

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    Gorgeousness! You look so beautiful – this is a great look on you!

    • Alison M

      <3 Thanks, Kristen! What are your favorite shades to use with this eyeshadow shape?

      • Kristen / Glambunctious

        Purples! Though I’ve taken a break from purples throughout the summer, I’m starting to yearn for them once again. I love the Tarina Tarantino Fantastical Jewel Shadow Palette because it contains a taupe and a champagne for blending along with a plum and a brighter lilac.

  • NotSoFrivolous

    This looks gorgeous! When they initially launched, I don’t know why I wasn’t particularly interested in them but as more pictures and reviews start coming out, I might just have to pick up a couple. Snake Eyes and Tatar, and now Iskandar is the list!

    • Alison M

      I didn’t pay much attention either….but NARS definitely created a group of interesting shades and your choices are just lovely.

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