NARS Eye Paint in Soloman Islands: Swatch and Review

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Recently, Sephora has a special deal where rewards members could get 15% off their purchases. I stash gift cards for these purposes and had a $25 giftcard I decided to splurge with and got myself this NARS Eye Paint in Solomon Islands. I didn't intend to get it when I went in but I'd been eyeing the color for ages because it reminds me of a long discontinued MAC Fluidline in Blue Peep so I had to have it. I'm not even sure when I'll wear this out but it was too beautiful to resist.

nars eye paint soloman islands (3 of 3)

Where to Purchase: Sephora.com (affiliate link), Sephora stores, narscosmetics.com
Price: $25 for .08 oz of product. 
Do they test on animals?: The company does not.
Packaging: The Eye Paint comes in a glass pot with a plastic lid.

nars eye paint soloman islands (2 of 3)

Swatch: 

Described as a turquoise blue, it's bright enough to wear on its own as a pop of color. The photo was taken in natural daylight with no flash. Keep in mind that due to the matte finish, the eyeliner actually dries a shade or two darker than what's in the pot. It's still a beautiful bright blue though!


nars solomon islands swatch (1 of 1)

Formula: 


The eyeliner is described as having "multi-use application, 18-hour wear, highly-saturated, with a weightless gel texture that dries smoothly and quickly" 


It's incredibly pigmented and can be worn as an eyeshadow, eyeshadow base, and eyeliner. Solomon Islands dries down to a flat matte finish. I do think that Solomon Islands specifically is a firmer gel liner, it's not as squishy/soft as other brands but it's still very creamy. 


Due to the firmer texture, I don't have to be as cautious when applying it like I am with other squishy/softer gel liners (which have a tendency to transfer onto my eyelid if I'm not careful) because it sets faster. I would work a little quickly to blend the color out if you were planning on using it as an eyeshadow or eyeshadow base. It is smudgeproof about 30 seconds after application, it does dry smoothly and quickly. 


On the waterline, I got about four hours of good wear (it started disintegrating after that).


Wear time as as eyeliner was good if I wore a primer first. Without eyeshadow primer, the eyeliner started transferring onto my eyelid after three hours. With eyeshadow primer, the eyeliner stayed on strong for more than eight hours. My oily hooded eyeshape usually does a number on eyeliner with or without eye primer so I'm glad that it at least wears well with primer.


In Conclusion:


Compared to other gel eyeliners, it is expensive but the formula and range of colors (the olive green Mozambique and gray Transvaal) make it interesting enough that it's worth picking one up or at least swatching in store!


Disclaimer: I purchased the NARS Eye Paint myself. All opinions are my own. The link marked as an affiliate link gives me a commission based off your use of the link if you decided to make a purchase! The commission helps to support the costs of running the blog.

29 comments

  1. Oooo, I want that one. It's gorgeous.

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  2. I have Mozambique and Transvaal, like them very much!

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  3. This shade looks amazing! Very unusual.

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  4. I love these and I especially love this color :)

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  5. This is such a beautiful shade. Love that bright blue and that it dries to a matte. Very versitile and beautiful. Great post!!

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  6. holy moly that is intense! I love it!

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  7. Great pigmentation. I have oily lids so I'm always weary of gel liners!

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  8. That colour is amazing. It reminds me of the MUFE Aqua Eyes pot that is a very similar shade.

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  9. Oh, I wanted to see it on your eyes!!!! That color is just so summery HOT!

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  10. Holy - that is one bright liner - I LOVE IT!

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  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE that beautifully pigmented shade!

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  12. Sweet niblets - this is gorgeous!

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  13. I haven't tried any of Nars eye paints yet! This blue is soo pretty though!!

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  14. OMG, that is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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  15. Wow, that eyeliner looks amazing! The color is so vivid, and the texture looks really smooth!

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  16. Love the color, too bad you don't get as much wear time as I would hope you'd get for the price.

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  17. Omg the color! Wish it would last all day... 3 hours without primer is pretty weak!

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  18. That's a vibrant color ! It's pricey so I would expect great power lasting

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  19. That's a vibrant color! It's pricey so I would expect it would last all day

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  20. What a lovely shade! I have oily lids so I doubt if this will perform well

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  21. This is so pretty shade of blue!

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  22. WOW that is so pigmented! It's beautiful!

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  23. An absolutely bold and stunning blue! I love blues and love them on the eyes especially eyeliners to top off my black eyeliner! I'd totally wear that too!

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  24. This is so vivid! I love how blue it is. Great choice.

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  25. This is an incredibly pretty color! LOVE!
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