We get pretty excited whenever NARS launches a new NARSissist palette, because, very often, the limited-edition gems end up being a new staple in our makeup bags (I’m still scraping out the last specks of a highlighter/blush/bronzer compact from the 2014 Cheek Kit—don’t judge me).
For spring, NARS is shifting its focus to our lids, with NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette, a new hand-sized compact packed with 12 next-level neutral powders. The top of the case is a reflective dark gold, with “NARSissist” printed boldy across it. Under the lid is a nice large mirror.
While there are dozens of nude palettes on the market right now, this one is special because it mixes in a couple metallic and ultra-dark shades so you can easily create dramatic nighttime looks too.
- Newbury Street: White gold (shimmer)
- Windsor: Warm beige (matte)
- Privilege: Gold (metallic)
- Dover: Neutral brown (matte)
- Foix: Peach (matte)
- Castille: Umber brown (matte)
- Alnwick: Copper (shimmer)
- Beaumars: Chocolate brown (shimmer)
- Splendor: Pewter (shimmer)
- Versailles: Bronze (shimmer)
- Montaillou: Dark brown (matte)
- Reale: Black (satin)
The mix of finishes really boosts the versatility of this palette. The matte neutrals allow for a very subtle smoky eye, which you can easily build on with the shimmers. My favourite shade in the palette is Alnwick, a rust/coppery shade that we’re seeing in more and more “nude” palettes. (If you’re skeptical of reddish tones on your lids, give it a shot—you’ll be surprised how nicely it blends while adding more pop than a standard brown would.)
One fair warning: The almost-creamy texture of these powders (especially the shimmers) might make a swatchaholic out of you. They are so smooth—I’m obsessed. (Check in a few years from now and I’ll probably again be using every last bit of these luxe shadows).
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