The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette [Review, Photos & Swatches]
As what Matthew Macconaughey might say “Alright alright alright..” I know this review is about a month too late, but hey, better late than never right? I was scanning through all the product photos I shot over the last couple months and realised that I’m not quite happy with most of them. For the ones that pass my thorough scrutiny, I shall showcase them rather than let them go to waste!
I got dear Eliza to register for this palette on my behalf when I was sunbathing in Bali.. It was one palette I had been waiting for ever since I saw Sophia’s swatches when she attended the event back in December (I think).
As you know, I’m a huge fan of NARS cosmetics. I made no attempt to conceal that fact. It is the only brand (so far) that I can do a full face make up with. I even had a LOTD post here. The single item from NARS that I cannot stop buying are their blushes and lip pencils. I have so many of those but only 3 eyeshadows – one single (Lhasa), one duo (Brousse) and one limited edition palette (Hanamichi). So when this palette was launched, I knew I had to have it. It contains 15 shades, of which only 1 is limited edition.
I love that the palette is pretty compact for 15 colours, making it perfect for traveling with. Each colour contains 1g of product, which doesn’t sound like much, but if you saw my collection of eyeshadows, you would understand why 1g is more than enough for me, especially when I’ve never ever hit pan on any eyeshadows. I might get lucky with this palette!
When I first saw this palette, I thought it has a pretty good mix of neutral shades for day and night looks with a good mix of matte, shimmery and satin shades. After having used the palette for a while, I concluded this is one darn good smokey palette. If you like natural neutral shades, you might be slightly disappointed with this palette because the shades might end up looking more intense than you intended for your look.
All about Eve – A shimmery beige with a slight pink micro shimmers. This is quite a sheer shade which would be great for highlighting the brow bone.
Madrague II – A light taupe brown with a warm undertone. This would be the kind of shade that I like using as an all over eyeshadow base or transition colour. However, this shade matches my skin perfectly, to the point where it looks non-existent when applied. Colour pay-off was also slightly disappointing for this. Perhaps it’s because of the shade and my skin tone.
Fez – A copper bronze with micro shimmers. This is a very warm colour that is so beautiful.
Bali – A matte dark brown. This is by far the most buttery shade in the palette. So silky soft to the touch and easy to blend. It is a perfect colour to deepen the crease to create dimension to the eyes.
Coconut grove – A very dark warm matte brown. This is also very buttery to touch and swatch with pretty good colour payoff. However, this colour was quite patchy and difficult to blend.
Madrague I – A matte vanilla shade with yellow undertone. This has got pretty good colour payoff and will make a good brow bone highlight.
Nepal – A warm shimmery rose gold shade which wears more champagne on me as opposed to rose gold. This is pretty well pigmented and makes a lovely all over eyelid colour.
Ashes to ashes – A satin taupe shade with medium colour payoff. Not a colour that I would reach more even though I love taupes. Taupe and satin finish just don’t mix!
Brousse II – A deep plum colour that is dryer than most shades in this palette. This is very blendable and great for everyday smokey eyes.
Mekong – A dark brone with bronze and gold micro shimmers. This shade swatches very well since it is very pigmented and has good colour payoff. However, it is quite patchy when applied making it harder to blend.
Bellisima I – A very shimmery cream shade with gold flecks.
Lhasa – An ashy shimmery lilac taupe shade. This was the first NARS single eyeshadow I picked up from Australia eons ago, even before NARS was available in Singapore. Clearly, I love this shade 😉
Bad Behaviour – A shimmery grey shade with blue undertone. The colour payoff was good. This is a limited edition shade that was released part of the Guy Bourdin collection.
Dogon II – A deep Navy which looks shimmery on the palette but swatches almost matte and black. The colour payoff was medium and needs a bit of work to build up. It’s a pretty alternative for the usual black smokey eyes. I like using this to line the eyes.
Pandora II – A matte black. This looks the blackest and darkest in the palette but it has very sheer colour payoff which was so disappointing! I am always in search for a good matte black that is truly black and is not chalky. This shade does have a bit of fall out due to it’s dry texture.
On the whole, I think this is a decent palette to own, especially when you do not have any NARS eyeshadows or do not own any of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. Is it a must have? Probably not because although there are some colours that look fabulous, there are other neutral palettes out there that have colours which work even better together.
Having said that, $115 for 15 colours is quite a steal! Hope this was helpful for you in deciding your future NARS purchases. I shall try and create a few looks and attempt to use ALL the colours in this palette in my looks. Stay tuned for that!