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.
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.