Review: NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte

Before I begin reviewing this, you must know that I absolutely love this brand. NARS is not just known for their iconic blushes and lipsticks but also their eyeliners. Since black is the norm for me, I wanted to try out different colours, especially a flesh tone or a white. If you’ve been following fashion runways, then you’ve noticed that white eyeliner has been on every model’s eyelids! This is used to make your eyes appear bigger than they are. Now white is pushing it for my skintone, so I opted to try a flesh tone instead. Rue Bonaparte (how Français is the name?) is the perfect flesh tone colour for my NC45 (MAC foundation) skin tone. Described as light almond, it is a beigy skin tone colour that looks natural and not harsh on most skin tones. At $28 (CDN), you are truly getting your money’s worth with this product! I won’t say this is a staple in my makeup drawer but it does do what it claims to do. This product can be found at Sephora, NARS counters at specialty department stores (Bloomingdale’s, Nordstorm’s, The Bay (Square 1/Sherway/Yorkdale/Toronto), Holt Renfrew).

How to use this: After you’ve done the usual eye makeup, line your water line on your lower lash line with this liner. Voila! You have bigger looking eyes!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x


  • Works for almost all skin tones (I’m a NC45 in MAC and this is super natural on my eyes)
  • Very blendable; can be used as a base on your eyelids if you want a bright colour to pop.
  • It doesn’t require a sharpener! (perhaps my biggest pro, all you have to do is twist the bottom for more product to rise); although it comes with a detachable sharpener (which to be honest, I haven’t used at all!)
  • Perfect for your waterline, doesn’t smudge easily; but if you want to blend, better to do it right after you apply; Long lasting…no kidding it lasts until you use makeup remover to remove it!


  • It’s highly expensive…but it is NARS…
  • The extra sharpener is kind of useless; if you are primarily going to use this for your waterline or lower lash line, then you don’t want a super sharp liner as it can hurt/damage your delicate eye area!
  • It is a bit dry; which is perfect for your waterline, but if you use it as anything else it can be over drying! (This is not a huge deal for me but it could be a big deal for someone with dry eyes)

Rating: 8/10 (I do think that the product does what it claims to do; the deductions are due to the sharpener, the fact that it can be a bit drying and you can find a cheaper alternative with a similar shade (Rimmel Scandaleyes in Nude!)



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