This palette by NARS is a beautiful, neutral shadow selection. It can be very daytime and office friendly but can most certainly be taken up a notch for nighttime wear. The packaging is so luxe. Gold mirrored front and black heavy duty plastic for the bottom half and inside. There’s also a nice sized mirror inside as well. This retails for $59 US and is available on the NARS website as well as Sephora. The pan size of each of the 12 shades is 0.004oz for anyone interested in that tid bit. Ok now enough with the boring info and onto the actual product!
I am the type of girl who lives for a nice neutral eye but with pops of shimmer, so this was clearly a “no brained” buy for me. To be honest there aren’t really any shades in here I haven’t seen before or have in my collection. But they are all very pretty and they do perform wonderfully. My two personal favorites, and probably the MOST unique of the shades are Alnwick (3rd row from left, middle shade) and Beaumaris (last row, middle shade) Alnwick is a warm reddish brown copper shade with a shimmer finish. Beaumaris is a warm chocolate brown also with a shimmer finish. There is a nice mix of shimmer, satins and matte and metallic shades in this palette which I always prefer because it always for a much wide range of looks and makes it simpler for let’s say travel where you can create an entire look with just one palette. Just a personal preference. The rest of the shades are as follows: Newbury Street is white pearly color with gold and has a shimmer finish, Windsor is a warm toned beige with a matte finish ( clutch transition shade guys and dolls) Privilege is a peachy gold tone with a metallic finish, Dover is a cool toned neutral brown with a matte finish, Foix is a peachy color with a matte finish (also a great transition color), Castille is a burnt umber brown shade with a matte finish, Splender is a bronzer pewter shade with a shimmer finish, Versailles is a warm bronze shade with a shimmer finish, Montaillou is a deep dark brown with a matte finish, and lastly Reale is a rich black shade with a satin finish.
All the colors perfomed well and blended nicely. I found that with the shimmers and metallics a light hand was necessary because they were a bit more powdery and left a fall out. BUT this was easily remedied with a light touch and just building the color up. The mattes in this palette were by far my favorites. They were smooth and buttery and easily blended. All the the colors had great pigmentation. I think these are totally worth the price. It’s a great neutral palette that can appeal and look great on tons of different skin colors. I would recommend a primer of course, (my favorite is Smashbox Photo Finish 24 hour Shadow Primer). But honestly they held up without one. I am just lucky enough to not have oily skin/eyelids. I really liked this one from NARS. I generally find all their products to be amazing. So if this looks like shades you could use in your kit or collection or if you are just needing a neutral palette I say pick this up. It is limited edition so keep that in mind. What do you think? Is his something you would pick up? If you want to se what it looks like on the eyes, let me know. I will HAPPILY do a look. (Any excuse to play with makeup!) I hope this helps if you were on the fence about purchasing. Also I think I am going to write about the new Jouer Rose Gold Collection next, but I am more than open to suggestions. Let me know if there is is something YOU want to know about. I will always do my best. I have a huge collection and am always picking up the newest launches. Well that’s it for me, ladies and gents! See you on the flip side!