I think of two things when I hold the new NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette in my paw…
The first one is awesomeness, as in the state of being awesome.
The second one is Greek mythology.
Remember Narcissus? He was the guy so enamored with his reflection in a pool of water that he couldn’t leave it, and eventually, um, he died.
Seriously, dude? You couldn’t even take a break from admiring yourself to at least eat some fruit??
Anyway, I remember reading that story for the first time in fourth grade, which was during the height of my Greek mythology phase, and thinking, “Wow…Narcissus must’ve been really, REALLY cute. I bet he looked like Michael J. Fox.” LOL!
Not gonna lie, I could spend hours cooing at this palette like I’m Narcissus at that pond. “Oh, sweet palette… You’re such a gorgeous palette. Yes you are! I lurve you sooo much.”
Essentially, it’s the brand’s version of a neutral/Naked palette, and holla! — it’s kind of amazing.
NARSissist (NARS∙is∙sist) (n.) – lives by her own rules, not afraid to express herself in every look, mood or attitude. Effortlessly captivating with a bottomless makeup bag.
NARS Cosmetics introduces the NARSissist Eye Palette, named for and inspired by the brand’s devoted fans and cult followers, this inaugural palette will set the stage for future NARSissist products to come.
— NARS PR
The limited edition palette plays like a compilation of NARS No. 1 hits. Most of its 15 powder eyeshadows hail from the NARS single eyeshadows permanent line, while a handful of them appear in NARS permanent eyeshadow duos.
There is also one formerly limited edition shade, Bad Behavior, a deep pewter from the Guy Bourdin holiday 2013 collection.
The whole enchilada: 15 shades
- All About Eve I: a flesh-toned neutral (permanent)
- Ashes to Ashes: a shimmery violet-based brown (permanent)
- Fez: a velvety cocoa (permanent)
- Bad Behavior: a deep pewter (limited edition; this is the one from the Guy Bourdin holiday collection)
- Bali: a neutral matte brown (permanent)
- Brousse II: a shimmery blackened violet (permanent)
- Coconut Grove: a deep brown infused with reflective particles (permanent)
- Dogon II: a charcoal black (permanent)
- Madrague I: a matte cream (permanent)
- Madrague II: a matte caramel (permanent)
- Belissima I: a shimmering beige with subtle glitter (permanent)
- Mekong: an espresso infused with gold (permanent)
- Lhasa: a lavender grey (permanent)
- Pandora II: a matte black (permanent)
- Nepal: a soft, sheer rose (permanent)
Nepal! Lhasa! Coconut Grove! The darker shade from the Dogon duo! OMG! I can’t even…
If I were ever to make a list of my end-all, be-all, must-have NARS eyeshadows, so many of these colors would make the cut. It is literally (OK, figuratively) my NARS eyeshadow palette dream come true.
It’s loaded with good-to-have starter basics (beige, brown, caramel and black shades in both matte and shimmery finishes), but it doesn’t stop there. It also has a ton of sexier stuff for smokey eyes, like moody blackened violets, burnished browns and bronzes flecked with glimmering gold, and stormy shimmer grays and pewters.
You could do dozens — maybe hundreds — of different looks with this selection of shades, and most guys/gals should be able to wear it.
I get the feeling that NARS wanted to make something with broad appeal, something able to work well for a wide range of skin tones and people. Nothing here leans too warm or cool, and there’s a nice balance of light, medium and dark shades.
That’s all well and good, but my favorite colors here are the unusual transition shades — you know, the in-between colors that bridge the gap between lighter and darker shades. Rather than just a bunch of boring browns, these are complex shades, like shimmery rose Nepal and lavender grey Lhasa. Both are great as all-over washes on the lids or as ways to put little twists on smokey eyes.
As far as performance, these tow the NARS line, which is to say, they’re good. Just what I expect from the brand — a solid 12-14 hour wear time, plenty o’ pigment, finely-milled powders and a smooth formula that almost blend itself.
I do have to say, though, that with a couple of the darkest shades (matte black Pandora II comes to mind), I notice some very minimal fallout, but I think if you’re careful to dilute your brush first, you’ll be fine.
So who’s an ideal candidate for this palette?
Well, if you’re a long-term NARS acolyte with an extensive collection, you may not need it (need vs. want), or may already have many of the shades (14 of 15 are from the permanent line).
But for everyone else — LOL!
Specifically, if you’re new to NARS, or if you’ve been wanting a really good travel (or otherwise) palette packed with plenty of NARS must-have neutrals all in one place, you might want to jump. And sooner than later, because I would not be surprised if this sold out quickly.
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and coming January 15 to narscosmetics.com, and February 1 to NARS boutiques and counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,