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Milk, dark or white chocolate exclusively made by Nars anyone? The NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette has all three!

Hello beautiful people! Happy Monday! I hope April started nicely for you all? It certainly did for me, as London has been mostly sunny since the start of April! Can’t complain when the north of Europe gets bright; life is good. On another note, do you like chocolate? I *LOVE* it. And I love anything that bears a chocolate-related name (yes, Too Faced, I’m dreaming about you right now), or reminds me of chocolate colours etc. And that’s exactly what the new NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette made me think when I saw it. It’s a paradise for golden-brown lovers! But let’s have a closer look at this palette and you’ll see what I mean.

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

The NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette packaging is similar to the two Unfiltered Blush Palettes released earlier this year (still available here and reviewed here): the lid is super shiny! But, I have to admit, I love a gold shine, hence I love the packaging even more this time. It’s very reflective and pretty.

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette close up on packaging

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

And it all gets even better when you open the palette! There are 12 different eyeshadows arranged in four columns. Mostly warm beiges, golds or browns- pure eye-candy, assuming you’re into shades like these!

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette open packaging close up

The NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette leans warm in a beautiful way

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette open close up to the eyeshadows

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette – the mirror is good size too!

It’s when I lay my hands on eyeshadows like these that I get spoilt and set high expectations for everything else! The NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette comes with twelve buttery soft and super pigmented eyeshadows. They all blend like a dream and they give you endless combination possibilities! You will find both mattes and shimmers, but more importantly the mattes can be used as a base, transition or outer corner shades. You can, therefore, create many looks with this palette alone, it’s that versatile. Well done Nars!

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette close up

The NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette has matte and satin shades

To add to that, I personally appreciate the chocolate hues in the NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette. It *mostly* leans warm with its red/orange browns and golds, but there are a couple of cooler-toned browns too, so that no one is left disappointed. There is also a matte black (lineeeeer!) and a *gorgeous* silver. I think that silver (Splendor) is my favourite shade – it actually has a bit of olive green or gold in there. Just gorgeous!

You can “read” this palette vertically, so you get four columns of three eyeshadows: a light shade at the top (base or highlighter), a more medium shade in the middle (transition colour) and a dark shade at the bottom (liner or outer corner). I don’t follow this pattern and play around with the palette, but it’s helpful if you’re in a rush and cannot be so creative due to time restrictions. As I hadn’t noticed the afore-mentioned set up of the eyeshadows inside the palette, I swatched them row by row (horizontally) for you. I hope the swatches are helpful!

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette close up on the eyeshadows

A closer look at the shades included in the NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

Top Row, left to right:

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette swatches on hand close up

Newbury Street (satin), Windsor (matte), Privilege (satin) and Dover (matte)

Middle Row, left to right:

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette swatches close up on hand

Foix (matte), Castlle (matte), Alnwick (satin), Beaumaris (satin)

Bottom Row, left to right:

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette swatches close up on hand

Splendor (satin), Versailles (satin), Montaillou (matte), Reale (matte)

Last but not least, these eyeshadows last a good 5 hours on me without a primer. That’s very good considering I have oily lids. With primer they don’t crease until removed. The colour pay off is brilliant and stays so during the day over primer too. This is consistent with most Nars eyeshadows anyway.

I created the following look combining Splendor, Versailles and Montaillou:

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette on closed eyelids

Outer corner: Montaillou
Middle of the lid: Splendor
Inner corner: Versailles

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette on eyes close up

And here’s what this looks like with the eyes open

And this is the whole look:

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette look

Me wearing the NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

As far as the rest of my make-up is concerned, I’m wearing the Bobbi Brow Art Stick Liquid Lip in Pink Heather (reviewed here) and the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in Love Glow. In my lower waterline, only, I have the Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner in Earthquake (reviewed here). My mascara is Le Volume de Chanel, which I’m loving right now. I ran out of my Marc Jacobs mascara but this is doing a great job till I purchase another. This make-up lasted well all day and the eyes were looking fresh till I removed the eyeshadow (Nars primer used underneath).

To inspire us even more, the NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette comes with two small booklets with looks that you can try. I find the drawings inside very cute and I’m going to have fun trying those once there is a bit more time!

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette booklets with looks

Nars suggests some looks you can create with the NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

All in all, if you are a fan of golden browns to the extend that I am, you will not regret investing in this palette. It’s golden perfection in a shiny case! Nars, I will always love you for making eyeshadows that blow my mind and foster my creativity, you’re so good at doing that!

The NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette is available exclusively in the Nars Boutique in Covent Garden and will also be available online in the UK soon. In the US, you can find it online on the official website already.

I hope you found this post helpful and let me know if you’re eyeing this palette. Do you love Nars eyeshadows as much as I do?

Speak soon!




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  1. Face to Curls April 3, 2017

    This is such a gorgeous eye shadows palette. I have my eyes on this and I have added it to my shopping list. I’m hoping to pick it up soon. I really love the eye look you created with it and I love the whole makeup look overall. Excellent review! x

    Ann-Marie |

  2. Shireen L. Platt April 3, 2017

    I really don’t need another eyeshadow palette but I am so tempted to pick this up. The shades are all right up my alley and I know I will get a lot of use out of this palette.

    • rougenapples April 4, 2017 — Post Author

      I cannot say you won’t find similar shades ever (although I love Splendor so much!), but if you like your golds and browns, this is a great palette. The quality is fantastic and I’m enjoying playing with it so much xx

  3. LindaLibraLoca April 4, 2017

    I don’t think I have ever tried a NARS eyeshadow, I think I only tried one of their blushes. And as much as I love these browns and golds, I have so many in my collection already I think I will pass.
    LindaLibraLoca recently posted…Retinol – Everything you need to know

    • rougenapples April 4, 2017 — Post Author

      If you have similar shades it makes sense. I just can’t resist more golds and browns, even if I’ve already got a lot 😊. X

  4. Astrid April 4, 2017

    Whoop Whoop! You got the palette too! So lucky you can swatch it beforehand! I’ve to always buy blind with NARS (hoping Sephora will change it soon).

    Need to try Splendor on the middle of the lid, it looks gorgeous on you. I think the color translates to a bit more silvery on me somehow.
    Astrid recently posted…An Honest Review of NARS Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette (vs Urban Decay Naked Palette)

  5. Amy April 4, 2017

    This palette looks SO nice! I really love the shades included. You look gorgeous too, I love the look you created. Your blog and Instagram make me want to get more Nars!

    Amy –

  6. rougenapples April 4, 2017 — Post Author

    Thank you Amy! It’s a beautiful palette, so you can’t easily go wrong with it xx

  7. Lulle April 6, 2017

    This is really a pretty palette of neutral shades. I’ve been very attracted to Nars’ latest launches. I might grab one of their new bronzers!
    Lulle recently posted…#FrenchFriday : New Dior Addict Lacquer Stick Review

  8. charlottaeve April 6, 2017

    Such a pretty palette. I’ve only tried NARS Concealer and their blush. I love the concealer but hated the blush – the color payoff was very poor :/ This sounds perfect though! And you look beautiful as always.

    x Charlotta

    • rougenapples April 8, 2017 — Post Author

      Oh that’s interesting! I think you must have been unlucky with the blush, as Nars blushes are normally quite pigmented… I love their eyeshadows and this palette doesn’t disappoint xx

  9. nancy April 6, 2017

    I’m loving the natural colours. never used Nars, but this palette looks amazing. x

  10. Valentina Chirico April 11, 2017

    Gosh this nude spectrum is awesome and extremely well pigmented, rich and warm!
    This Nars palette can become my go-to compact!
    Valentina Chirico recently posted…Pupa Lasting Color Glossy Nail Polish in 223 Pale Pink, review and swatches

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