FOTD Featuring NARS Eyeshadow Duo in China Seas

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in China Seas

I must admit, when the NARS eyeshadow duo in China Seas landed on my desk, I was happy yet apprehensive. Happy because holy shizzballs, the colours are gorgeous! It’s just the sort of colour-blocking combination I love. On clothes and accessories.

As an eyeshadow duo, the colours are meant to be worn together. See, this is where I started to doubt the colour combination. How the heck do you wear them together? I’m not an expert in eyeshadow application and when I tried blending the colours on my eyelids, the eyeshadow ended up looking like bruises on my eyes. It wasn’t a good look at all. I had to experiment a few times to finally get the combination to work. Lots of cotton pads and eye makeup remover were involved. Including sore eyes from all that makeup removal.

After a few rounds, I finally settled upon a look that worked. I’m still using the two colours on my eyes but the two colours do not meet, which means no blending is needed. Phew!

What I did was apply the plum on my eyelids without reaching the crease and use the turquoise as an eyeliner on the lower lash line. Oh boy, did the two colours pop or what? :)

FOTD featuring NARS Eyeshadow Duo in China Seas Makeup Used
Makeup used:
Face: Rimmel BB Cream Matte, By Terry Ultra-Radiance Active Concealer
Eyes: NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base, NARS Eyeshadow Duo in China Seas* (NARS eyeshadow brush #15 sprayed with Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray* to apply the turquoise on the lower lashline), Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner*, Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume Mascara*
Brows: Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil
Lips: Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 338 Mirage*

FOTD featuring NARS Eyeshadow Duo in China Seas Makeup Used

I love the colour combination. By keeping the face fresh (no bronzer, no blush) and lips toned down, attention is drawn to the eyes. Of course, these eyeshadows can be worn on their own without needing each other but, hey, why not use them together, eh?

FOTD featuring NARS Eyeshadow Duo in China Seas Makeup Used

Lara from SwatchGirl did a great job in using the same eyeshadow duo. I really like how she used the turquoise in the inner corner of the eyes as a pop of colour amidst the plum. Something new for me to try! :)

How would you wear this colour combo? Would you be game on trying them on together?

Disclaimer: Products marked with * were provided for editorial consideration.

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10 comments… add one

  1. LeGeeque

    Some of these NARS duos are amazeballs. I’ve got Habanera from years ago and you’d never think the colour combination would work but it did. I love how you used the blue to line your eyes. Can you try a few more different looks with this? :D

    1. Tine

      The Habanera is a gorgeous, gorgeous colour combo. Didn’t think it would work either.
      Haha I’ll try. Couldn’t do the usual layering of colours. Not skilled enough to not make it look like I’ve been punched in the eyes. :P

  2. Allison

    What a smart solution! The two shades are pretty and great for spring and summer but not necessarily together. Using the turquoise as liner was brilliant. No I wouldn’t wear them together. I’d look like a baby nursery.

    1. Tine

      Thanks Allison. Yeah I’ll just be using it as a liner. Don’t know how to make them look good when blended. Need a lot more practice! :P

  3. Carina

    Great look! This is how I wore my China Seas, which I adore: http://softly.nothingspaces.com/2014/02/06/nars-spring-2014-high-seize-eyeshadow-duo-china-seas/

    I tend to layer NARS duos on top of each other, either as an all-over lid color or a transition gradient. :)

    1. Tine

      That’s stunning Carina! Very pretty and not at all bruise-y looking. I love it! :D

  4. gio

    What a challenging, but gorgeous, combination of colours! I love your solution, you look great!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Gio! :) x

  5. Beth and Beauty

    Beautiful look!!
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    1. Tine

      Aww thanks lovely! :) x

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