Princely Persia Eyeshadow Takes Lids for a Walk on the Orange Side: NARS Persia Single Eyeshadow

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NARS Persia Single Eyeshadow

NARS Persia Single Eyeshadow ($24)

Oh, NARS Persia…why do you make me think of goofy Jake Gyllenhaal running around the desert half-naked with greasy hair? Or remind me of the kitty who hawks boxes of grilled Fancy Feast?

(Ever notice how Persian cats get most of the best gigs for wet food ads?)


Tabs and his box of Fancy Feast

Now, I know why you remind me of MAC Brown Script, a matte, super soft and pigmented reddish, orangey brown.

Brown Script is one of my favorite eyeshadow colors, evah! I love wearing it in the crease, and Persia, a single from the new NARS spring 2013 collection, is like an orangey version.

Hella intense, like several of its siblings from the launch, Persia first struck me as a crease contouring color best for warm-toned gals (and guys), and yes, I think it’s awesome in that capacity, but it also exhibits brightening powers!

Wait — what?

Yup, like the new Bouthan Duo, even though Persia isn’t what I’d normally think of when I think of “eye-opening colors.”

When I apply it on my lids, draw a small amount up into the crease, and finish with a couple coats of mascara (followed by, perhaps, black eyeliner, if I’m feelin’ it), wow. Not bad. 🙂

I think I do look wider awake…

nars persia

Persia Single Eyeshadow ($24)

nars spring 2013 swatches

Swatches from the left: Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow, Mad Mad World Duo Eyeshadow, Persia Single Eyeshadow and Corcovado Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Persia Single Eyeshadow

One layer (!) of Persia on my lids

NARS Persia Single Eyeshadow


Being quite dark and intense, Persia may be a little easier for gals with medium and darker skin tones to wear, not that pale pretties shouldn’t also give it a try. Applying it with a fluffy, domed eyeshadow brush and a light touch should help.

OOH! — and I can’t wait to see it on blue-eyed babes (I love orangey shades on blue eyes!).

With a redonkulous amount of pigment, a texture like cotton candy, zero fallout and all-day wear time, Persia promises to be one of your next workhorse shades, babe. 🙂

PRICE: $24
AVAILABILITY: Available now at NARS counters and

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  1. Lorraine ER says:

    This looks more like a blush in the pan but it looks stunning on your eyes!
    I love it with the blue shirt, too.

    You should definitely wear this often 🙂

  2. Paddychat says:

    Gorgeous on you ! Très chic with golden earrings and navy shirt.
    It reminds me exhibit A or Liberty blushes ?!

  3. Marla says:

    Looks lovely on you, but I’m just not a fan of anything orangy on my face.

  4. Marina says:

    Oh dear, looks like I’ll have to get it. Like it even more than I though I would, very pretty!
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  5. Is there any color you can’t pull off?! 😛
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  6. KPrice says:

    That looks so good on you! I wish I was brave enough to try it.

  7. Jennifer says:

    I am not sure about this color…

  8. Agata says:

    I have blue eyes but I don’t think I could pull it off. I love orange/coral eyeshadows but this one seems too much. It looks great on you though.

  9. Alison M says:

    Persia is definitely one of those shades I find difficult to wear. I like the gold earrings and navy top you paired with it. Thanks for the tips on application, hopefully I can give a similar shade a try soon!
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  10. Jasmine says:

    Karen you look fab!!
    Now I want to give this color a try. 2 out 4 eyeshadows. Stop doing this to me! Lol.
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  11. This eye shadow color just took my breathe away!

  12. indoorkitty says:

    Kareeeen! Do you remember Saffron from the MAC Mickey Contractor collection aeons ago? How does this compare against that?

    Love the look on ya babe!

  13. Lenita says:

    Hi Karen,

    happy 2013! This is my first comment here for this year I think.

    Wow cool e/s; can double as a blush prolly, ya?

  14. shadowy lady says:

    I have to get it coz I’m Persian 😛 Though I’m light medium AND cool skintone (NW25) but I think it can rock it still

  15. Katherine G says:

    You really can pull off any color. Persia looks like a pretty one, and also looks like it could be tough to wear. I’d probably pair it with golds and browns,and maybe even purples! I would probably try it because I love funky colors, and I’m also not afraid of the reds (reds can make it look like I have pinkeye if it’s not quite the right shade).

  16. Kim says:

    This color is amazing. I’m afraid it might make me look like I’ve been watching Black Beauty (sob-fest), but it’s so awesome, I’ll have to swatch it! 🙂

  17. Anonne says:

    It looks like a great color. It looks a lot like Taos minus the shimmer. I generally use this look with Taos and some heavy black or brown liner.

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