Apr 232012

Nars Calabria Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil ($24) is a beautiful soft and complex deep purple.



Although the pencil and swatch appear to be a deep saturated purple, the color applies a little bit like Chanel Taupe Grise on my lid.

The difference is that, as a creamy pencil, Nars Calabria has much more of “sheen” to it. As a deep violet-taupe, it’s very flattering on pale skin tones. In fact, I absolutely love this color.

Other bloggers have observed that Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencils tend to crease. Temptalia’s review of Calabria found some creasing. I was hoping that would not be the case for me–my lids are not very oily.  I applied the pencil much more lightly than Christine at Temptalia, hoping that would do the trick. I tested the pencil for several days, both alone and over Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer. Without the primer, I found that the color tended to fade after 8-10 hours of wear. With the Nars eyeshadow primer as a base, I found color migrating into my lid crease.  It is something that I was able to easily sweep away once I noticed, however I thought you should know that I did experience this.  Bottom line–amazing color, but not as long-wearing as I would have liked. If anyone has any suggestions for making these pencils last longer, I’m happy to try them out because I really do love this color.

Nars sent this eye pencil to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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  4 Responses to “Nars Calabria Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Review”

  1. that’s a shame! I hate it when products crease like that. the colour looks like made for me, I love those kinda colours, I think it’s a perfect trio: liberte blush, Calabria and moscow lipstick. I hope nars will change the formula soon, because the colours are very nice.

  2. Can you share how you applied this pencil? I have bought one and am just using it along the lash line. How do you apply it to the lid? The colors that work for you also work for me. Thanks for posting!

  3. Ugh! I love the idea of the ease eyeshadow pencils create but most (except Laura Mercier) seem to crease. This color is fantastic too. If the NARS primer did not work, I am not sure anything will.

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