NARS Unsung Heroes: Night Star Eyeshadow

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It’s holiday party time! — but if you’re a busy gal with too many emails to answer and a to-do list longer than your arm, getting ready to party may be the last thing on your mind. If it is, perhaps NARS Night Star Eyeshadow can help.


Now, you know me when it comes to wearing color on my eyes — I love it! But I also like the versatility of neutral shades, and that’s the side of me that $23 Night Star excites. An eyeshadow single in the NARS permanent line, it’s a sheer peach with a golden glitter kick — a perfect pick for office parties this time of year.

When I want to brighten my lids and give a golden sparkle to my eyes, this is the color I grab.

I realize that it’s not easy to gauge how the glitter captures the light in the pics (I tried!), but I think the shade is much more sparkly in person than it appears here. This is one of NARS’ quieter colors, and because of that it probably won’t appeal to everyone, but if you have a thing for sheer neutrals with flecks of mid-volume golden glitter, give NARS Night Star a try.

I’ve heard from some makeup lovers who have issues with fallout while wearing Night Star, and I’ve experienced it, too. I get my best results with it when I wear it atop a very sticky primer, like a MAC Paint Pot (Soft Ochre’s my fave to wear with this shade), and apply it by patting the shadow on my lids with a finger, instead of a brush.

And then if a little glitter does happen to go astray, it’s usually isolated to the tops of my cheeks, luckily looking like a highlighter that I purposefully placed. πŸ™‚

In Detective Stabler news…

First, good morning and happy Tuesday, beauty lover. πŸ™‚ Second, be still my beating heart! There’s talk of Christopher Meloni, former Law & Order SVU hottie Detective Stabler, being courted by HBO to star in True Blood.


Um, are you kidding me!? Please let it be! Whoever came up with this idea deserves a big hug and a medal.

I could see Chris taking on the role of a blood-boiling vamp. Homeboy would rock a set of fangs! I know that I’d gladly offer him a vein (well…).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. The eyeshadow looks great on you! I have it too and I love it. And I haven’t noticed any fallout!

  2. Karen, do you remember when Detective Stabler (meloni) was the bad guy in the hbo show OZ? Am i the only person that watched that show years ago. You look so pretty in this pic. Love it.

  3. Trisha says:

    You look beautiful! Although, when I heard “Night Star” I didn’t expect beige. Blue, yes. Dark blue, definitely. Not beige, by that name.
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  4. Jenn Staz says:

    Hahaha the fangs on that guy! Love it.
    This NARS color is really pretty. Thanks for letting me know about the fallout, but I think it’s worth it too. Neutral singles get overlooked too often.
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  5. S. says:

    Love this shade!

  6. Laura says:

    Thanks Karen. This looks like exactly the sort of shade I would wear! Do you know how this compares to the Alhambra duo? It’s a daily staple that i use to help me look awake!

  7. Nina says:

    i love Night Star … it gets used and abused often!

  8. Nina says:

    Nars night star is such a tongue-twister that I can’t even read it! πŸ˜€ But the shade is really lovely.

  9. Alison says:

    LOL! Love detective stabler. No doubt whoever genius came up with that idea deserves a medal!

  10. Kim says:

    Look at you! If you’re ever thinking “hey, which eyeshadow is going to make me look really young, alert and super-well-rested”, grab that Night Star, sister! You look fabulous!

    In other NARS related news, I was putting on my blush the other day and was like “I didn’t know there was any silver glitter in Orgasm. Oh, wait, there’s not. That’s the pan.” HAHA! I hope you’re having a good week so far. I like the idea of CM and True Blood and agree that he’d be a great, charming-yet-violent vamp.

    • Karen says:

      I was actually going to email you about this color if I didn’t “see” you today. I know you love your glitter! πŸ˜€

      BTW, congrats on hitting the pan on Orgasm. That’s exciting! I take it it’s your everyday cheek color?

      As for Det. Stabler, you pretty much summed up what he does best — ” charming-yet-violent.”

      • Kim says:

        I’m definitely going to check it out since ’tis the season for glitter. I’m planning to be on vacation from the 19th – 2nd so I should have time to so some makeup shopping (and visit more often)! πŸ™‚

        Yes, it’s my everyday blush – I’m so glad you turned me on to it!!

        How was El Hub’s party??

  11. Carrie Ann says:

    I think I need this eye shadow. I don’t even mind a little fallout because, like you said, it usually lands on the tops of your cheeks where it’s very flattering.

  12. Chris25 says:

    If Karen likes it, it goes on my shopping list!

  13. gio says:

    That’s a lovely shade but not something I would wear really. I prefer brighter colors. It looks beautiful on you, though.
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  14. Em says:

    Karen, you look beautiful in the picture!!! And also, although I’d love to see stabler on True Blood I want him back in SVU! no one yells the truth out of a criminal better!

  15. megan says:

    That e/s looks great on you! Love the picture of Det Stabler….ur fo funny Karen:)

  16. Ruchita says:

    What a pretty color! I am definitely adding this to my makeup wish list.

  17. Marian says:

    I love Night Star. I’ve had it for many years.

  18. Anna says:

    This is one of my favorite shades. It looks amazing with blue eyes. I do get a ton of fallout though, so thanks for the tip about the paint pots!

  19. Barbara says:

    You look amazing in that picture! The hair, lip color, earrings, jacket, and of course, eye shadow! Really beautiful. I totally want to check out this shade now.

  20. Jen says:

    I love the colour of Night Star. It looks like a good go-to shadow.

    I love your jacket! The ruffled collar is pretty!

  21. Caro says:

    This colour is GORGEOUS!!! Unluckily i can’t afford nars products because here in europe they are so pricey πŸ™ but i am thinking about splurging on the “orgasm” blush… πŸ™‚ anyways, i love reading your blog!!! Great pictures, great swatches and fun to read!!! <3

  22. Mina says:

    Karen, I’m totally in love with your look in this photos. Could you pretty please list the blush and lipstick colors you are wearing?

  23. Jenna says:

    Your skin is looking divine here, woman!

  24. Erika says:

    So pretty! I would also like to know what else you used to create this look?

  25. Summer says:

    Agree with Erika! Can you please let us know what blush and lip you are wearing in this photo? So pretty!!!

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