NARS Single Shadow Review~Strada~

4:02 PM

I have had this shadow for awhile, but I really tested it today. I love the color and have not seen anything like it.  On Sephora's website, Strada is described as "amethyst infused with gold" which is a spot on description. It swatches beautifully and has nice pigmentation.  The texture is also nice as the shadow is soft and smooth. But, this shadow does not stay on well. In fact, I would say it has the worst staying power of all of the eyeshadows I have tried. I used Stila's Prime Pot with it today, and by the time I got home, the shadow was pretty much gone on both eyes. I have used Stila's primer (and others) with different brands, and they did not fade anything like NARS. Even Wet-n-Wild shadows stay on a lot better. About 8 hours is the length of time I had it on, and it faded long before that. Bottom line, these shadows look gorgeous but they are underwhelming in that they just do not have any staying power. I have tried other NARS shadows and they all have this problem, but Strada is probably the worst. I will likely be exchanging this for the one NARS product I do love; their Illuminator in Copacabana.



Look at the color and pigment! So gorgeous and why I bought it, but very disappointing performance.

I took this when I got home, after 8 hours in class. I reapplied shadow on the left so you could get an idea of what it looks like applied. The right eye is what happened while I was in class..almost 100% gone :( I was pretty sad when I saw that.

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8 comments

  1. Have you tried Wet n Wild's eyeshadow in Kitten? It looks very similar to Strada, perhaps the golden shimmer is not as strong but better staying power.

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    1. I haven't seen that one yet in my local stores, but I will be on the look out for it or order it online. Thanks for suggesting it =)

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  2. Gah. It sucks when a shade is so beautiful and has so much promise from a finger swatch, but sucks in actual application.
    Thanks for the review, i'll be sure to ignore this one's siren call next time i'm in a Sephora! Haha!

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    1. I was a lot more upset about this than I really should have been, lol. I feel almost foolish for falling for it's sirens call myself, but if it can help others, it is worth it.

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  3. Wow that is such a bummer it didn't perform as it should have. :( It is gorgeous on your finger!! I find myself being overly upset with a product when it doesn't live up to hype,but you are right, your review will show up for everyone to see so they can see it! Thanks for posting this and I hope you find something that is 100% better than this product! <3 Angie

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    1. I am the same way. It is even worse when it happens with a high end brand. I did find a Wet n Wild shade that looks pretty similar, and I know they will last longer.

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