It’s funny you know, calling this post a “Preview” when there are already loads and loads of blog posts online about that eye palette that has everyone pinching pennies till they squeak! You know that palette don’t you? The one that makes you feel that little bit more ….narcissistic? ;)
WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!
Hold your horses ladies, don’t go rushing off to the NARS store just yet. You can’t buy this one locally yet. The Nars store here will only get their stocks in, in late April-May but if you’d like to get on their list, be sure to give them a call or drop by the store.
I was given a chance to take a look at the palette, have a quick makeover with it, and buy if it I wanted at a special weekend preview last week. Naturally I did. For the good of the blog, I say! At least that’s what I told myself and my quietly weeping wallet. “There, there… it’s for the blog!” Repeat that enough and I’d even start believing it :P
So I haven’t had the chance to play with it yet (It’s been an abominably long week! Can the weekend come already?) so I haven’t been able to get you swatches but I have some pictures of the palette and some very quick thoughts on this after some preliminary playing at the store. So, just to pacify you you know… hehe… I’ll have a proper review come up soon, before it’s available in store.
The NARSissist Eye Palette comes housed in a largish compact in the same material as the regular eyeshadow duos. The material remains a dust catcher which I know pisses people off but I’m not really bugged by that, more by the melting which I’m assured should not happen anymore but we’ll have to see I guess!
The palette houses 15 fairly neutral eyeshadow colours extracted from the various eyeshadow duos and singles. There is a fairly good mix of matte and satin shades which I was quite pleased with. I am starting to learn to like matte eyeshadow :)
Each shadow pan isn’t very large but I’d say it’s sufficient for most of our needs. Few of us will ever finish a whole large pan of shadow if we have a few to rotate with.
The eyeshadow colours aren’t labelled which is a bit of a pity. I’d have liked for the plastic insert to carry the names, even if they don’t print them, only because it makes it easier to identify. However, if you aren’t the sort who wants to talk about their eyeshadow colours, just use them, then it actually doesn’t matter at all LOL!
I can tell you however, that one colour that I absolutely adore is in this palette, and that’s the one in the bottom row, 2nd from right. It’s the right side of the limited edition Dogon duo which is absolute-freaking-ly gorgeous and a colour-shifting wonder! A blackened green that is just gorgeous on skin and shifts colours. Go see my earlier review! I don’t recognise the others but here’s a quick run down of what’s available in the palette.
Top Row L-R: All about Eve (Left side), Madrague (Right side), Fez, Bali, Coconut Grove
Middle Row L-R: Madrague (Left side), Nepal, Ashes to Ashes, Brousse (Right side), Mekong
Bottom Row L-R: Bellissima (Left side), Lhasa, Bad Behaviour, Dogon (Right side), Pandora (Right side)
The ones labelled right and left are from duos, others are single shades. Some were limited edition colours, some are permanent.
What does this tell you then?
Simply that if you already own a large number of NARS eyeshadow singles or eyeshadow duos, you probably don’t need this palette. You may already own most, if not all the colours. However, if you don’t own many NARS eyeshadows then this is a good way to get most of the popular shades in one handy compact. I don’t, so this was handy for me.
I quickly swatched the shadows at the store and like the few shadow duos I own, I find that they don’t fare as well when I use my fingers to swatch them. It feels dry to the touch and swatches a little sheer. It really needs brushes for these to work well IMO and when I use a brush with my shadows, they go on smoothly and well pigmented. I’d say to manage your expectations.
Reviews around the internet have been mixed. Some love it, some complain about it but I think it’s a lot to do with how you already feel about NARS shadows. If you already have one of the many neutral palettes out there, then this one’s just an expensive version. You will have 2 months to decide how you feel about it, and 2 months to save up for it :)
Here’s an approximate size of the palette held in the palm of my hand. It’s surprisingly quite large, but handy, with a handy large mirror. If you are the sort who wants to travel with palettes then you may like this. Or if you just like palettes then again you may like this.
But don’t just cave to the hype. Go in store when it’s out, and check it out for yourself. Or in the mean time, go to the store, play around with some of the colours available in the existing palettes and singles and decide if you like how it feels or how it wears.
Here’s an idea of how some of the colours look, applied by Janice, the makeup trainer in the NARS store at Pavilion KL :)
She used Fez all over, a bronzed brown, then applied Coconut Grove, a matte dark brown, on the outer corner and along the lash line, and Pandora, matte black, on the outermost corner to deepen. Lined with a black pencil. All colours were applied with a brush. I swatched these colours with fingers and I can tell you I wasn’t half as impressed. I took a brush to them and they looked a lot better. But then, it’s something I’ve come to expect from NARS eyeshadows. Their blushes are finger-swatch friendly but not their eyeshadows.
Are you already saving up for the NARSissist Eye Palette?
I’ll bring you swatches and more in depth thoughts once I’ve had a proper play with the palette. For now, these are my preliminary thoughts based on a preliminary view of the palette :) Are you already making that call to be put on the notification list when it’s available? ;)
NARS NARSissist Eye Palette Price: RM290 Availability: NARS store at Pavilion KL from end April-May 2014