When Shimmery Blue NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Creases, It’s So Wrong

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Hello, serious! 🙂


It’s funny to me that NARS chose to call their new Soft Touch Shadow Pencil from the spring 2012 collection a name like Dark Rite ($24), unless they meant it as a question.

Dark, right? Even though it’s not. But at least that would leave the door open for a different answer, LOL! — one more fitting of such a shimmery, enchanting blue.

First time I saw the name, I thought, rainy Sundays and elevator muzak, and pictured a slow, sad ride down an elevator at 2 a.m. on my way home from working as a pawn for the man.

Yup, been there, done that.

But then I saw the color, and this Dark Rite is not at all like that. It’s more like high school graduation — when everyone throws their blue caps way up into the air, or like those desktop wallpapers of scenic sapphire oceans that come with a new computer.

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‘Course, as much as I like the color, I think the pencil is a tad high maintenance for me. I’m lazy, after all, and it starts to crease very soon after application, even when I apply it atop the mother of all eyeshadow primers, NARS Pro-Prime.

The effect’s kinda cool, I guess, if you’re striving for that glossy, messy rock-n-roll look like Kesha, but I can’t pull it off. On me, I think it just looks weird and wrong.


I also tried wearing it as a base, and when I did it fared pretty well when I applied powder shadows on top. I cross-pollinated brands and gave it a whirl with MAC Freshwater, a vivid, shimmery blue, and really liked the result.

When it comes to Dark Rite all by itself, though, I do love the color, but for $24, I want something that I’m sure I’ll be able to wear on its own.

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

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Nichole Clark says:

    Haha, Karen you are so funny! When I saw the name it made me think of something sinister or free masons gone bad {ha} because of the spelling of rite. The color is beautiful…too bad it’s so high maintenance.

    • Karen says:

      Haha! The free masons. 🙂 THAT’s what the name was reminding me of. I couldn’t place it at first, but that makes perfect sense. Like something from a Dan Brown book. “The woman was wearing Dark Rite as she performed the… Wait.”

  2. Soo says:

    I’ve never read the term “cross-pollinated” used with makeup brands before XD
    so disappointing that this color creases! I love blues and this hue looks gorgeous.
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  3. Neeraj says:

    Sorry but I am so disappointed with this product. They could have done a better formula……If this product is made for creasing and travelling all around the place then it scores 100/100 otherwise its not even 0/100..
    A big mistake by brand like Nars.
    Have you tried layering it over MAC Paint pot especially on Delft or Blackground… I loved the intensity of the color though!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Neeraj,

      Agreed. The creasing is a problem, but my problem is that I really love the color, and I also think it performs adequately as a base for powder shadows. That’s why I can’t call it a complete flop.

      Haven’t tried it over a MAC Paint pot yet, but that’s a good idea.

  4. Nina says:

    awww it sucks that it creases! the color is so lovely, but i dont want to deal w/ creasing! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi, Nina. That’s probably a safe bet. Unless you’re willing to work with it and go through a period of trial and error to find ways to work around the creasing, there are easier fish to fry out there, if you know what I mean.

      Did you do anything fun last night? We watched a ton of TV last night. I’m still loving that Survivors show with El Hub’s twin in it, haha! We watched four episodes last night. I don’t know what I’m gonna do when we watch the last one (we’re on the 8th of 12 episodes before it got cancelled).

      • Nina says:

        i stayed in while the hubs went out w/ his friend. i watched SNL (harry potter!) … and found a movie on IFC called Blindness. i had read the book and was so into the movie!

        zomg @ el hubs’ twin … thats awesomeee! 🙂

  5. Adrienne says:

    *phew* that’s one NARS product I don’t have to add to my wish list!! Lol! My lids crease even the most crease-resistant of shadows, and can defy even the best primers out there, so I’m betting they’d eat right through this bad boy!

  6. B- is quite generous for this liner!
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    • artemis says:

      agree…it’s so bad 🙁 too bad for the color

      • Karen says:

        Hi, artemis. It is a very pretty color, and there just might be a way to make it work. Now, if it had been an icky shade of baby poo brown with cool blue tones in it, instead of a pretty sapphire blue, it would be a different story.

        What’s up in your neck of the woods? Have you been having a good weekend so far?

  7. tanveer says:

    They remind me of these Lakme eye pencils that were launched last year in India, I have these in a very similar blue & they had a similar issue with creasing 🙁
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  8. DalaLuz says:

    Gorgeous color indeed (and I’m not even that much into blue shades). Too bad it doesn’t remotely have the quality that should go with a $28 price tag in my not always so humble opinion. I really like how it looks on you, but really, a simple straight forward look like that should not have to require any maintenance at all. Thumbs down NARS!

  9. cncx says:

    I always find most Nars eye products crease like crazy. It is like you said- if smudgy is the goal, they’re great, but otherwise, meh.

  10. Marie says:

    Karen, you should be a tougher grader!

    • Karen says:

      Oh, but Marie, I can’t help myself! love the color. 🙁 It would be easier to be more strict with it if it wasn’t so pretty. I’m tempted to keep looking for ways to make it work, so I can’t call it a complete loss.

      We’ll see… I’m hoping that there’s a primer out there somewhere in the world that’s Dark Rite’s soul mate, LOL!

  11. Sunny says:

    It’s horrible how NARS put such a failure of a product on the market and expect people to pay 24 bucks for it! I’ll stick with Urban Decay pencils thank you very much.
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  12. Alix says:

    Maybe Quality Control was on vaca the week they released this??

  13. Bea says:

    Hey Karen, are all the NARS soft touch eyeshadow pencils like this because there are a couple of other pretty colours that I was looking at the other day but obviously if they all crease really bad, then I don’t to touch them with a bargepole.
    Great review though, at least I know to stear clear of this one 🙂

  14. Kristi says:

    Totally agree, pro-prime is the best primer ever. 🙂

  15. I just purchased this pencil! Too bad I hadn’t read your review first! ):
    The color is gorgeous, gorgeous, though.

    Perhaps though for $16 instead of $24, the Hello Kitty Charmmy Eyeshadow Stick in Kimono would be a good dupe?

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