In today’s episode of The Annals of Awkward Phrasing…
Karen meets Kim at the diner after closing to discuss makeup and teh kittehs. “If you had a fluffy kitten for every time I wished for an eyeshadow palette that included a few mattes,” Karen exclaims, “you’d have enough cats to qualify as a full-blown CCL!”
LOL! Yes, I have no idea what I’m talking about… 🙂
The mattes were/are the main reason I got so stoked about the new $65 NARS Matte/Shimmer Palette. Four of its eight powder shadows are mattes, and the other four are shimmers.
After spending some one-on-one quality time with the palette over the past few days (it’s what I wore to dinner last night with El Hub for our anniversary!), I’m on the fence about it…
On the one hand, MATTES. It’s always nice to have them around, but these want to veer into patchy territory, especially if I over-blend. As long as I use a fluffy eye brush and some dexterity, and I don’t apply too much, they turn out looking smooth and silky, but if a stiff brush gets up in the mix, and/or I get aggressive with my blending, these mattes end up looking uneven and choppy.
They’re kind of fussy like that.
The shimmers, on the other hand, are more agreeable. They blend beautifully…but I wish they were shinier and had more pearl.
With both the mattes and shimmers, I do also notice a little fallout, but it’s nothing insurmountable. Just gotta remember to tap off any excess powder from your brush before applying.
The NARS Matte/Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette has been a tad tricky to use, but the different finishes and the beautiful, practical colors make it pretty flexible. You can definitely get where you need to go with it — that happy eyeshadow place where everything looks smooth and even and perfectly blended — but it may take a few tries and a while. That said, I think there are other palettes with mattes and shimmers that are a little easier to use (theBalm NUDE ‘tude comes to mind).
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora, and coming to NARS boutiques and the NARS website November 1
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,