09 March 2014

nars narsissist eye palette

I could no longer resist the NARS NARSissist Eye Palette ($79). NARS is one of my favorite brands and I've been slowly building my collection of their eye shadows which gets expensive at $25 for a single and $35 for a duo. When you look at it that way, $79 for 15 shades seems like a steal! I do have to agree with many reviews online though - the quality of the shadows is disappointing from a brand that we all know can do much better. The texture is not in line with many of the permanent versions of the colors. NARS could even be doing damage, if this palette was anyone's first experience with the brand they may not return.

However, that being said, I am still absolutely in love. Once the shadows are applied with primer you would never know that they were dry and powdery. They included the perfect variety of shades from light to dark, and the mid-range shades have a great variety from warm to cool toned. As usual, NARS really put a lot of thought into the layout of the shades in the palette. From left to right the shades go from light to dark, and from top to bottom they go warm to cool. The colors all pair together beautifully with very little thought. I've basically been using a lighter shade on the inner half, a medium dark shade on the outer half, and Madrague II to blend out the crease. I finish by adding highlight and darkening the outer corner as required depending on my mood. I really like the minimal packaging as well, they've kept it very compact and travel friendly. I've used this palette almost exclusively for the last two weeks, even using my new Color Tattoo's as bases for them which works like a dream.

Here's a list of the colors:

Top row: All About Eve I, Madrague II, Fez, Bali, Coconut Grove
Middle row: Madrague I, Nepal, Ashes to Ashes, Brousse II, Mekon
Bottom row: Bellissima I, Lhasa, Bad Behavior, Dogon II, Pandora II

My favorite shades are Fez & Ashes to Ashes. Least favorite shade is Bellissima I.

Swatches with primer:

Here is a look with Ashes to Ashes on the lid, Fez in the crease, Coconut Grove in the outer corner, Madrague #1 to highlight, and Pandora #2 as liner. (Clearly this is prior to under eye concealer...)