NARSissist L’amour Toujours Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and First Impressions

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New for spring, the NARSissist L’amour Toujours Eyeshadow Palette ($59, available now at NARS boutiques and the NARS website; coming Feb. 1 to NARS counters)

Today I learned a valuable life lesson from the new $59 NARSissist L’amour Toujours Eyeshadow Palette ($59), and it was this: ’tis better to drink the blueberry smoothie — the one you made for yourself as a healthy snack — after you’ve taken pictures of yourself wearing a new eyeshadow palette, as opposed to before.

(Lest you end up with pics of yourself with a blue tongue and teeth!)


Just as an FYI, you know, in case you ever find yourself in that particular situation. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wearing the NARSissist L’amour Toujours Eyeshadow Palette on my lids

So, I took L’amour Toujours, a new NARS palette for spring, for a test drive around the block today (well…more like around my condo after I got back from seeing a nutritionist who assured me that I can have “a very small amount” of sweets here and there! Life is grand!).


The quick and dirty deets…

  • Limited edition
  • Available now at NARS boutiques and NARS website and coming Feb. 1 to NARS counters
  • 12 powder shadows, none of which, I believe, have been previously released (but I’ll have to double check that). Four are mattes, and eight are shimmers.
  • The mattes, and the names are numerical, which is a little tricky, include “I” (which is a sheer cream bisque), “IV” (a semi-sheer black truffle), “VII” (a cool-toned medium brown) and “X” (a regal blue).
  • Of the shimmers, there’s “II” (a shimmery pink sand), “III” (a neutral medium brown), “V” (a shimmery golden beige), “VI” (a shimmery copper), “VII” (a shimmery pistol gray), “IX” (a shimmery grayish blue), “XI” (a shimmery taupe) and “XII” (a shimmery blackened licorice).

And some quick first impressions…

  • When I popped the matte cool-toned medium brown (VII) in my crease, the shimmery pink sand (II) on my lids, the matte regal blue (X) in the outer corner, the matte black (IV) on my upper lash lines and the shimmery pistol gray (VIII) on my lower lash lines, I found that the shadows blend together beautifully. I do see a little fallout with the black shade, though…
  • Um…Roman numerals for eyeshadow names? That’s very confusing for some reason!
  • So far I like the combination and variety of warm and cool-toned colors. I also like how smooth they feel on my skin. They don’t feel heavy or look powdery either. I also lake how deep and rich most of the shades are, especially VII, VIII and X.
  • So far, however, I am not crazy about the sheer matte light beige or black, which are sheerer than I’d like, and I have to build them up to see them in swatches. I also feel like I’ve seen a group of colors just like these from NARS before…
  • Jury’s still out on whether I can recommend this palette with the gusto of a marching band and a ticker-tape parade, but it’s nice enough, I guess, and I can definitely see myself doing a number of neutral looks with it.

    I think I’ll have to use it a few more times to get a better sense of its value and gauge its flexibility.

Now, swatches!

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From the left: I, II, III and IV

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IX, X, XI and XII

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Ditte K. says:

    You look awesome, miss Karen, and so does the swatches! Definitely a drool worthy palette ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jessica says:

    well you know me…The blue! I love the blue! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. Lily says:

    I can’t wait to see what gorgeous looks you create with them.
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  4. Lulle says:

    I think it looks good overall, but the shades are easily dupable. Nice but not a must-have maybe?
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  5. Rachel R. says:

    Not my kind of colors, but the shimmers look pretty. The blue looks kind of patchy, though. I’ll be passing on this one.

  6. It’s not that I don’t like the palette, but most of the shades don’t really stand out for me, so it’s an easy pass for me. That sixth shade looks supah dupah pretty though.
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  7. I don’t get overexcited about palettes in general, and to be honest, the colors in this one don’t stand out to me.
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  8. Fran says:

    My guess is that this palette appeals more to us cooler-toned folks, although the mattes do look a bit weak. But to me, shade I looks like a good my-skin-but-better base shade, VII like an almost perfect crease/transition shade, II and V would go on the inner portion of my lid and IV, VIII, IX, XI, and XII would go in the outer corner. X, that matte blue, does look a little hard to work with, and VI is a pop of bright warm color when I’m looking for a little more drama… it’s one of the rare palettes that I could use on its own, not having to bring in shades from other palettes. Of course, there are a lot of dupe-able neutrals, but that doesn’t usually seem to hold people back. I think people aren’t sure about the cooler overall temperature here, but I love it.

  9. Amber says:

    I’m really digging those shimmer shades! I like the mix of warm and cool in this palette too. Thanks for the swatches and eye look Karen! I might have to pick this up… ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  10. Bella says:

    Blah, blah, meh. Big disappointment from Nars. Ugly colours and subpar formula. Seriously.

  11. Erin says:

    I felt 50/50 on this one so I’ll probably skip it.
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  12. Kwmechelle says:

    Me no love it ๐Ÿ™ Ah well, pennies saved (for other makeup!).

  13. Erika says:

    Holy cow, you are GLOWING! Gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚

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