One of the perks of being a Sephora VIB Rouge is the free custom makeover at Sephora which normally costs $50 (i.e. you purchase $50 worth of products at Sephora after your makeover). It is definitely a great perk to use when I’m trying to make up my mind about new products to hit the market, and see whether it is worth purchasing or not. One of such cases is the NARSNARSissist Eyeshadow Palette ($85, available here).
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The NARSNARSissist Eyeshadow Palette has received a lot of hypes particularly because of how much value is in the palette – 15 NARS eyeshadow for $85. That works out to be $5.67 per eyeshadow (0.03 oz, about 43% of the actual size) compared to how much the singles cost ($28 for 0.07 oz). Mathematically, this palette is worth around $180 (or $175 based on Sephora’s estimate).
My experience with NARS have been a lot of hits and misses: I don’t like the foundations very much, and the blushes are far too shimmery for my taste. As far as the “good”, I’ve had good luck with my very first eyeshadow duo (NARSCheyenne Eyeshadow Duo) which was discontinued. Online reviews of this palette seems mixed: some people say it didn’t live up to the NARS standard (i.e. the eyeshadows were poorly pigmented and chalky) but I think this palette begs a very important question: do I really need another neutral eyeshadow palette?
I went in for the makeover and asked specifically for the makeup artist to use the NARSNARSissist Eyeshadow Palette. Initially I wanted a smokey look, but her take was very neutral/day-time smokey eye. She used the following shades: All About Eve I (flesh toned neutrals) all over the lid and brow bone, and a combination of Lhasa (lavender grey), Pandora II (matte black) on the crease. She seemed to have a hard time picking up the colour with her brush so the application was sheer despite having the Urban DecayEyeshadow primer underneath. The colours lean cooler-toned than I’m comfortable with using, but that may be my personal bias/preference towards warmer shades of grey, taupes, and browns.
FOTD ft. NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette.
- Face: CHANEL Perfection Lumiere Foundation in 20 Beige, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Make Up For Ever HD Blush in #335
- Eyes: NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette All About Eve I (flesh toned neutrals) and Lhasa (lavender grey), Pandora II (matte black); Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero, and Benefit They’re Real Mascara
- Lips: Nivea lip balm
I don’t think I’m convinced; Cooler-toned shades is something I can overlook, but poor pigmentation, and chalkiness for this price are such a deal-breaker especially when there are alternatives (i.e. Naked palettes) which excel in the aforementioned areas without sacrificing colour variety.
Now it’s your turn! Is the NARSNARSissist Eyeshadow Palette worth all the hype and price? Any particular eyeshadow favourites from NARS that you think is worth checking out?
That’s excellent recommendations – thank you! I have not had the opportunity to try out many of NARS’ eyeshadows so having some recommendations to guide the process is valuable!
For that sort of money I would definitely go for the Naked palette!
I agree with that! Lots more options with the 3 palettes to choose from ????
Hmm, I actually like the harder texture of NARS eyeshadows. I didn’t feel that way before but I’m going through this “sheer yet clear pigmentation” phase.
I can see why UD NAKEDs would be better option for many others, though. I myself don’t want to buy this big palette mostly because I already own some of the shades and I like smaller palettes better. ????
I never really appreciated the whole sheer thing before, but your comment along with a couple of posts I read recently talked about that barely there makeup with these kind of eyeshadows. Thanks for sharing that perspective – the next time I go in store, I’ll be sure to give it another try ????
I’m on the fence about this palette. I love the colour range, but have heard there are some inconsistencies with the quality of the shadows themselves. Would definitely opt for the UD Naked palettes instead!
I thought it was another one of those hit/miss batches but coming from NARS that’s almost unacceptable, particularly with the price point! It makes getting the Urban Decay Naked palettes so much cheaper!
Whoah, between you disliking this palette and another friend of mine loving this palette…it’s a confusing mix. People either love or hate this palette, eh? The price point is still something I can’t get past (SERIOUSLY????!), and I feel you regarding how shimmery some of the NARS blushes are! (Which is why I haven’t bought anything from the regular line yet, just limited edition blushes..becAUSE HOLY HECKS IS ORGASM SHIMMERY) I think we’re all just used to how soft and pigmented UD’s and Two Faced’s shadows are.
This is one great palette !
I’ve always wanted Nars shadows! I find it a very good brand!
Great post Stephanie! I honestly don’t think this Nars palette is worth it either. With so many different options out there, such as the Lorac Pro, and the various Naked palettes, that actually are really great palettes this one seems to be such a disappointment. After reading so many bad versus good reviews, I also decided this palette is not necessary for me. Just people saying the eyeshadows don’t live up to the Nars standard is enough for me to pass. I also have had some hit/misses with Nars but a few of my favorite eyeshadow duo’s are Brousse, Cordura, and Earth Angel to name a few. The night series such as Night Porter are a disappointment to me because they are so hard to get it to show up on your lids, it’s more prettier in the pan lol. One of my favorite single eyeshadows is Ashes to Ashes, that one has been compared to a cult favorite Mac Satin Taupe.