NARS Mesopotamia Eye PaintNARS Mesopotamia Eye Paint ($25) is a multi-use eye product that can be both used as a cream eyeshadow and an eyeliner. It provides high-impact pigment with a silky, weightless feel. It glides on the skin smoothly and quickly dries down to a budge-proof finish.
So, you've tried one gel/cream eyeliner and you think you've tried them all. Well, despite the similarities between different brands of gel eyeliners, the formulas can differ quite a bit. Some formulas are drier than others, some are creamier, some are budge-proof and some smudge to no end.
I don't ask for much when I'm looking for a good potted eyeliner. My only requests are that the formula is smooth so that it will provide clean lines, opaque color and that it won't smudge/fade or crumble after several hours of wear.
I love the texture of NARS Eye Paint. The formula is more of a gel than a cream, as it has quite a bit of slip to it. Because of the slippery texture, it's very ideal for smudging and creating a smoked out eye. As with many cream products, once you apply it to your lid, you have to smudge it quickly, otherwise it won't budge. I love that fact that it doesn't set so quick that you have to worry about it drying before you're finished working with it (such as MAKE UP FOREVER Aqua Creams). It really smokes out nicely with a blending or smudge brush, and the intensity can be built up with additional layers.
Mesopotamia is a very dark intense brown. I think it's a great color for every day and I actually most of the time prefer it over black as it works well with my warm coloring and has a softer look. I've actually been using it on my eyebrows as well. For the brows, a little goes a very long way and I only have to lightly touch the product with the tip of the brush to fill in one of my brows completely.
The lasting power is very good. I notice that when If I don't apply a base, I'll have some fading when used as an eyeshadow, but when applied as an eyeliner it lasts well throughout the day. On my brows, the color doesn't budge all day.
Swatches of NARS Mesopotamia Eye Paint
NARS Mesopotamia smudged and lined on my upper and lower lash line as well as applied to my eyebrows
In comparison to MAC Fluidlines, I find that the NARS smudges/blends a little easier (although it's hard to say since any new pot of eyeliner is usually very creamy.) I think both are equally as intense and equally long lasting, but if I had to choose one, I'd probably go with NARS as I find that it's a little more versatile.
Would I recommend? Yes! I think they are just so easy to use and you can create a beautiful eye look quickly. A bit expensive, so I won't be rushing to purchase every shade, but It's definitely a top pick right now.
- Multi-use product - You can use a fluffy brush and apply it all over your lid as an eyeshadow or eyeshadow base or you can apply it as an eyeliner. It can also be used to fill in the brows for brunettes.
- Ideal consistency for a gel liner - very smooth and creamy
- Super blendable and diffuses really well without caking, clumping or crumbling
- Very dark, bold color in a single pass