Swatch & Review: NARS, Take Me to Paramaribo (Limited Edition Eyeshadow Duo)

Hey everybody! If Mondays are always a little gloomy, I’m here to brighten up your day with my swatch and review of NARS Paramaribo. Please bear in mind that this is limited edition, but I just checked HQHair (where I got it from) and it’s still in stock. Don’t hesitate too much if you like what you see!

NARS Paramaribo is described as “metallic shades of brass and bronze,” but there is way more to these colors than what can be put in so few words! The lighter shade is what I would describe as a golden brass with a strong metallic finish. The best part? It flashes green! As long-time readers already know, anything that is gold or green makes me weak at the knees. Something that is gold AND green? YES PLEASE! I actually had the worst problems ever when I was trying to take swatch pictures of this shade. For some reason my camera is perfectly capable of picking the darker shade up, but not this one. After so many frustrating failed trials, I hope my photo somehow does it justice. I was a little worried the “burnished” quality of this shade will darken my eyes, but to my pleasant surprise it doesn’t! As you can see in my FOTD, it keeps my eyes awake and bright! The texture and pigmentation of this one are good (though not the best I’ve seen). I found that I needed to build it up a little on my lids, but it is true-to-pan and resistant!

The darker shade is a bronze with golden shimmer. I see some green in it, but it is one of those things that change quite a bit depending on your undertone. On some people I can barely detect green, while on others it’s much greener. The texture and pigmentation of this one are divine. It practically melts on my skin, and it makes a great crease shade because it is dark enough to define, but easy-to-blend so that it looks natural. I swatched another bronze shade I own next to it, which is Urban Decay Smog. However, Smog looks so much warmer it practically pulls mauve, which is something I didn’t expect!

Since Paramaribo is my first NARS eyeshadow duo, I am going to quickly go over the packaging. I like how sleek the black compact looks, and the rubbery feeling also feels interesting. I would normally never use the mirror, but it’s nice how a decently sized one is included. However, I can already tell it holds fingerprints and I’ve heard if any powder gets on it, it is impossible to clean it off. I wish NARS had taken a more practical approach, because a duo like this lasts forever, and it’s annoying to think it’ll just gather more and more dirt!

Bottom line: If gold/brass/bronze is your thing, you might want to get hold of Paramaribo while you still can. As far as I can tell both shades are unique enough, and they make an easy-to-use combination that I would wear all year round!

What do you think about Paramaribo? Do you own any NARS eyeshadows? Any recommendations?

Sunny xx

PS: NARS Eyeshadow Duos retail for 34 US dollars, and they are 29.80 euros plus free delivery on HQHair (there are 2 grams in each shade so it’s got significantly more product than most eyeshadows out there). I bought mine when I had a coupon code. Even if you’re not buying anything from HQHair right at this moment, I would suggest you subscribe to their newsletter so that you can be updated about the good deals that are going on!

PPS: Paramaribo is the capital and the biggest city of Suriname (located in South America). It is one of the few countries in which Dutch is spoken as an official language.

24 responses

    • Hey Teri! Think about it this way: each of these shades contains 0.5 gram more than a MAC one, and together the duo doesn’t cost much more! If you like both shades then it’s definitely not too bad πŸ™‚

  1. Oh dear. I love love, olive and khaki colors! Especially in eye shadow. I honestly was hoping that I wouldn’t love swatches of this… but now that I see your picture.. I want it!
    You know, I always hear complaints about NARS packaging but I’ve owned about 12 of their compacts and have never had an issue? I’ve found that any residue that gets on there can be easily wiped off with rubbing alcohol and a mircofibre cloth.

    • Haha, you’d better act soon! I know that Star Sailor is similar, but it doesn’t flash green so Paramaribo is still more unique in my humble opinion πŸ™‚

      Since it’s my first NARS duo I still have to see if I’ll have problems with the packaging in the long run, but thanks so much for the rubbing alcohol and microfibre cloth tip!

    • Hey Fancie, thanks for popping by! I checked out your blog and I enjoy it a lot! Nowadays it is possible to find drugstore products that excellent (I’m obsessed with some drugstore gems that I have acquired). These colors are fairly unique though, so I think the duo is a pretty good buy (especially if you’re going to use it often)!

      • Thank you for doing the same! I just started trying my luck with makeup so I’ve been literally scouring drug stores looking for some pretty cool products. I think I’m ready to put my big girl panties on && move on up to the high end world.

        I really like NARS products so far! I always catch reviews on the blushes but never any on the eyeshadows. Your post couldn’t have came at a better time for me!

      • Haha that’s a cute way of putting it! I personally do enjoy a mix of drugstore and high-end products πŸ™‚ This is my first NARS duo, but it’s probably not going to be the last one!

    • Hey Ste, thanks for popping by! You should try NARS. As far as I can tell not ALL of their products are stellar, but some perform really well! Too bad we don’t have counters here in Belgium so that we can try stuff out!

  2. the swatches and the overall look in the previous post look beautiful!
    (you look gorgeous. ^-^)
    just that i am almost sure these won’t look as great as they do on you. (sigh)
    i am not very farmilar with nars eyeshadows. i just have one and it is more like a eyeliner since the color is black with green shimmer. actually, this is my favorite powder eyeliner. πŸ™‚

    thanks for your in depth review. i always appreciate it! πŸ˜‰

    • Aww thanks so much Lena! You can wear stuff that I can’t though, like cooler taupes and grayish shades. They’ll just about never look right on me! Black with green shimmer sounds yum! I assume you’re talking about Night Porter?

    • Hey Natasha, thanks for swinging by and leaving a comment! I’m always super excited to be connected with other Belgian bloggers!

      These are glam! Who am I kidding, I’m going to call all gold eyeshadow glam, but seriously, these are pretty special because they have a lot of depth and complexity. Do consider getting the duo!

      • Yess I’ve been living here for 3.5 years now! If you’d like to know how to get all kinds of stuff that isn’t readily available here, I probably have a tip or two lol

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