FOTD Nars Pandora for Smokey Eyes

February 29, 2012

This is another post requested by my readers – A FOTD of dark smokey eyes paired with pale blush and lips. I hardly wear smokey eyes so I thought that was such a good idea for me to practice. I wanted to wear black eye shadows, and the Nars Pandora Duo Eye Shadow was the first one that came to my mind. I bought this duo many years ago when I was in the Nars phase, but had never worn them yet! So I am giving this duo a road test today.


Pandora contains a matte black shade and a shimmery white shade, and it is regarded as one of the most iconic Nars duos (along with Rated R) to be collected. Surprisingly, it is not as difficult to wear as I thought. Both the black and white shades apply smoothly and evenly, and are easy to blend. It is very densely packed so I didn’t experience any fall out with this product using a fluffy blending brush (MAC 217).


Face: I wanted my base makeup to look sheer and natural, so I opted for the Sunday Riley Tinted Moisturizer, and the Bobbi Brown Corrector for under eyes concealing. Then I set my makeup with the Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder.

Cheeks: A few swipes of Chanel Joues Contraste in Narcisse.

Eyes: Since Pandora is matte and can look flat on the eyes, I first used the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill 13 Noifa for a sheer wash of color over the eye socket. This is my go-to product for quick  smokey eyes – it blends out beautifully with MAC 217 and the shimmer straight away creates a multi-dimensional layered effect without the need of applying 4 and 5 different shades! I then applied the black shade of Pandora starting from the lash line into the crease for a more dramatic effect. The white shade was added  under the brow bone to highlight.

Brows: They were done when preparing this eye brow tutorial, though this post shows the nose contour (step 5) better.

Lips: Applied with the Shiseido Sheer Gloss Lipstick in Doll Pink which is my favorite pale pink lipstick, then MAC Creme Sheen Glass in Partial Pink was layered on top. They go perfectly together!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria February 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

great look, Rei! so fresh!
i think it looks even better when you have a ponytail 🙂


Reika February 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

Thank you Maria. You are so sweet!


Walls February 29, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Too pretty for words! Love the overall look, plus the ponytail for good measure. By the way, I bought a Sunday Riley eyeshadow and it’s arriving next week — can’t wait!


Reika March 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Cool how exciting! What shade did you get?


Walls March 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I got Cloud Cover. All the colours look gorgeous, though!


Chel March 1, 2012 at 3:27 am

Chanel Narcisse is my ultimate favorite blush!


Reika March 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Agree, it’s my favorite chanel blush 🙂


chel March 3, 2012 at 2:54 am

Do you have the US or Euro version? Mine’s Euro. Have not tried US, but am really loving the Euro – so much that I have backup! 🙂


Reika March 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I have the Euro version as well. For e/s I prefer US version whereas for blushes I like the euro version!


chel March 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

me too! I don’t understand why people like the US version – Euro Narcisse is a lot more glowy and prettier!

Celina March 1, 2012 at 5:46 am

Beautiful as always, I really love the ponytail on you 🙂


Reika March 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thank you 🙂


Lisa March 1, 2012 at 7:18 am

stunning! you look gorgeous, thanks for this fotd. Wish you could do videos too 🙂 thanks again.


Reika March 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I thought about doing videos one day..but I am totally clueless about how to make videos at the moment 😛


joyce (bronzerbunny) March 2, 2012 at 3:35 am

what a gorgeous look! great job 🙂 glad you had good luck with your nars shadow, despite not having used it for so long!


Reika March 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Thank you Joyce! Nars was the brand that got me hooked on collecting makeup 🙂


Janice March 2, 2012 at 3:38 am

Absolutely beautiful!! Love the smokey look, I’ve personally usually stay away from them since I don’t think it flattens my looks but I might give it another try. ^^


Reika March 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thanks Janice 🙂 I I used to shy away from smokey eyes as well, it takes time to find the right combination of colors that work for you!


Jacqueline March 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

I have been a stalker of your blog for months now 🙂 I just want to say I love all your fotds, they always look so polished. This is so pretty!


Reika March 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Thank you so much for your kind comment Jacqueline 🙂


Beauty Box March 3, 2012 at 2:49 am

It does look like a hard palette to work with but you did such a lovely grey smokey eye…Your makeup is flawless as always!


Tina March 3, 2012 at 6:43 am

Such a beautiful look!!! I’m tempted to duplicate this using Chanel Platine and Black Star!!! Well done!!!



Jess March 5, 2012 at 12:26 am

I love you with smokey eyes, Reika! It adds even more depth to your eyes! I really like how you balanced out the more dramatic eyes with the very soft pink colors on your cheeks and lips! <3


Jamie March 10, 2012 at 7:05 am

love the shadow and the blusher!
I found your blog while I’m searching the reviews of some japanese cosmetics. So happy that there are other girls who have passion about cosmetics- especially Asian cosmetics. I always love to try many many cosmetics which all of my friends never understand. They don’t understand why I have to have different blush colors like pink, coral, beige, and orange :/


Cindy March 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

Hi Reika,
I love how glowy and flawless your skin looks these days 🙂 Do you use a serum at all, or is it just good genes? LOL

Cindy x


PuchiLovesFashion March 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

WOWW you look amazing! I guess i was right that pale face and smokey eyes will be gorgeous on you !! you should do this often 🙂


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