NARS Ondine


100 reviews

79% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$$


Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Other

Eyes: Hazel

The texture is soft and pigmentation is good with a single pass, but you can also build the color with additional applications. NARS describes Ondine as "plum with shimmer." It is not bold, but nonetheless a pretty shadow. However, I did have to work with NARS Ondine to find the best looks for me.

If I wear Ondine on my eyelids, over only NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, it looks muddy and makes me look tired. Not a desirable look at all! Nonetheless, after some work, I found three ways to wear Ondine.

(1) Ondine on the lid, over a wash of NARS Pearl Beach cream eye shadow.
(2) MAC Dazzlelight eye shadow on the lid below the crease; Ondine in the crease; a mix of MAC Blackberry and MAC Shadowy Lady eye shadows to deepen the crease (optional); and MAC Vanilla eye shadow to blend and highlight.
(3) NARS Nymphea eye shadow on the lid below the crease; Ondine in the crease; either a mix of MAC Blackberry and MAC Shadowy Lady eye shadows to deepen the crease or NARS New York eye shadow to deepen the crease (optional); and MAC Pink Opal to blend and highlight.

The second and third options are my favorite looks. I feel as though these looks bring out more of the plum in Ondine and eliminate any muddiness.

I included a photo to comparing Ondine to other eye shadows. (All of these eye shadows have been swatched over bare skin.) From left to right, the eye shadows are:

(1) MAC Illegal Cargo (lighter and more purple than Ondine);
(2) MAC Shale (grayer than Ondine);
(3) NARS Ondine;
(4) NARS Ashes to Ashes (browner, with a hint of violet); and
(5) NARS Lhasa.(lavendar gray, most similar to MAC Shale).

I also included a photo demonstrating how Ondine looks (from left to right):

(1) NARS Ondine over MAC Painterly;
(2) NARS Ondine on bare skin; and
(3) NARS Ondine over NARS Pearl Beach Cream Eye Shadow.

Would I buy Ondine again? Yes, I would. However, I don't anticipate running out anytime soon. After two years, the eye shadow does have a noticeable dent in it, but I still have a lot left.

on 10/19/2013 11:21:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

guzel ama sanki biraz kullandikca taslasti

on 4/7/2012 11:35:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Other

Eyes: Brown

Love the color! It is a purplish taupey color with gold flecks. It does have a lot of fall out though, so be sure to tap off your brush before applying. I use this for my lower lash line and it just makes my brown eyes POP!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

In the pan I absolutely love this...on my eyes, I only kind of love it. It's weird because swatched it's lovely--kind of purpley/brown with faint gold glitters--but on my eye the glitters reflect almost a reddish hue that makes the shadow look more reddish purple (if that makes any sense?) It still looks good, but it's not what I was looking for when I bought this. But, in keeping with tradition, I've never had a bad experience with Nars shadows. Ondine has the same amazing color payoff, texture and lasting power as all of the others, which is why it still gets a 4/5, even if the color does show up weird on me.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 11/28/2011 8:14:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Ondine is an amazing color. I love the way it shows up on my NW45 skin. It's hard to pinpoint what color it is.. purple, brown..

on 9/12/2011 6:47:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This looks awfully like Ashes to Ashes (which I've been lusting after for some time), also touted as a purplish brown. How do they differ? I would really appreciate your views, ladies.

on 7/17/2011 3:06:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I wish this would be a little more pigmented and a little less expensive, but overall I really like this eyeshadow. I have nothing like it on my collection: it's a taupy brown with fine microglitter that looks awesome over constructivist paint pot from mac, for a very subtle brown smoky eye.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 4/22/2011 7:13:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I'm pretty fair, but even on me, this purple brown is kind of too muddy to make that much of a difference to contour eyeshadow when it's straight from the pan.

It's good if you wet a soft liner brush and use it along the lashline, but then you gotta be careful how you pick out the colours or else you look really tired for the rest of the day and have your co-workers ask you why didn't get enough sleep last night. :S

on 3/12/2011 11:50:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I thought this was going to be in heavy rotation - a basic but better. I had to leave it. The colour looks like mud on my fair/medium complexion and though it is plummy, it does nothing for my blue eyes.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

IMHO, this shadow is the epitome of romantic femininity. It's so pretty and flattering on me, and it's easy to use with a variety of looks.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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