The gel texture of these is unique, closest to probably the Bobbi Brown cream shadows. It's pretty different from both the Mabelline Color Tattoos and Make Up Forever Aqua Cream. The packaging is a simple glass jar with normal rubberized NARS cap. Although the rubberized texture really attracts dirt and is difficult to clean, I do like that NARS always keeps their packaging very streamlined. No room for bulky jars and palettes around here!
I've been experimenting with these for a few weeks now and found that they work very well as a base. They have a slightly tacky texture on their own (not as bad as Bobbi brown but similar). They are also excellent as liners, great color payoff with one swipe. Lasting power is incredible as well, I included a photo below from when I was removing the swatches that I think really demonstrates this!