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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Top Row, left to right:
Middle Row, left to right:
Bottom Row, left to right:
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:
And this is the whole look:
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!
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?