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NARS NARSissist Palette - Swatches & Review

Do you remember where you were when NARS announced the NARSissist Palette? Ah, I remember it like it was yesterday. Not really. I can't even remember what I did yesterday. I'm assuming I saw it and then proceeded to wipe the drool off my mouth. 

The NARSissist Palette includes 15 signature NARS eyeshadows. 

NARS NARSissist Palette

NARS NARSissist Palette

(From top left to right:)

  • All About Eve #1 - a flesh-toned neutral. It's a bit more yellow-toned than what the picture shows and it's definitely frosty. It applied opaque and smooth to work with.
  • Madrague #2 - a matte caramel. This is a fantastic transition shade to put in your crease. Opaque and nice to work with.
  • Fez - a velvety cocoa. I have no clue where they got that description as this is a nice copper-bronze. This shade was a dream to work with. Super soft, buttery and opaque.
  • Bali - a neutral. I would describe it as a matte taupe-y brown. Bali on my arm was horrible. It was patchy and would sheer away in seconds. Bali on my eyelid was completely different. It was pigmented and nice to work with. Go figure.
  • Coconut Grove - a deep brown infused with reflections. I have no clue what reflections they're talking about as this is a matte warm brown. Same issues with Bali. Sheer on the arm but pigmented on the eye. 
  • Madrague #1 - a matte cream. Definitely yellow-toned. It was a bit chalky on my arm but showed up better with primer. A bit stiff.
  • Nepal - a soft sheer rose. I would describe it as a nice rose gold with a frost finish. Another shade that was perfection to work with. Soft, buttery and opaque.
  • Ashes to Ashes - a shimmery violet based brown. Gorgeous color and great opacity. Smooth to work with. Buttery and soft.
  • Brousse #2 - a black violet. I would say it's more smokey than blackened. It was a tiny bit dry to work with but manageable. Pretty good pigmentation.
  • Mekong - an espresso infused with shimmer. It's more of a matte shade with some shimmer in it if that makes sense. Patchy on the arm but really nice on the eyelid.
  • Bellissima #1 - a shimmering beige with subtle glitter. When I swatched this on my arm, it barely showed up. On my fingers and eyes however, totally different story. It was pigmented and stunning. It's a bit powdery but workable.
  • Lhasa - a lavender grey. Another hard shade to swatch. On the arm, it was super patchy and hard to work with. A bit stiff. On the eye, it was pigmented and nice to work with.
  • Bad Behavior - a deep pewter. This is a grey with teal shimmer that refused to come out for swatches. I swear, it's there. Great color pay off on the eye and smooth to work with.
  • Dogon #2 - a charcoal. I thought it was a deep navy and actually had to recheck other's reviews to make sure. It's a navy with super subtle shimmer. On the arm and the eye, it was meh for me. Stiff to work with. 
  • Pandora #2 - a matte black. Another meh for me. It's black. It's patchy. It sheered away. 

Let me just say that these were the worst eyeshadows to swatch. Each shade on my arm was completely different than how they looked on my eyes. That's good news for people who don't go around wearing their eyeshadow on their arms. I've also come to the conclusion that all of these are way better when using primer underneath. Some eyeshadows you can get away with not using one but I think there's a drastic difference between using a primer with this palette and not using a primer. Go with a primer. 

(Lid: Lhasa | Crease: Madrague #2 | Outer Corner: Brousse #2 | Inner Corner: Bellissma #1 | Bottom Lid: Fez and Madrague #2)

There were some hits and some misses in this palette, for sure. I fell in love with Fez and Nepal. Bali, Coconut Grove and Pandora #2 didn't do anything for me. So, the million dollar question: Is it work $80? Yes and no. Yes, if you don't mind working with some shadows. I find that almost all of these are fine when you use a primer. No, if you don't like using primer or don't want to spend $80 on a palette that isn't perfection (I totally hear ya!). 

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  1. I agree, there were some hits and misses in this palette. I think if you like at least 5 shades in it, it's better than buying them individually.

  2. I am seriously craving this palette so it was so great to see someone do a full-out swatch of it. I am loving all of the same shimmery, light shadows that you loved!

    xo Kelly

  3. Obsessed with this palette. Such great colors and tons of options to do. Love it. The price not a fan. But overall its travel friendly and good options. But for sure bring some primer. Lol :)

  4. Looks like a great everyday palette.

  5. Pretty colors, but I wouldn't pay $80 for it.

  6. definitely hits & misses, but I still love it!

  7. That's one reason why I didn't purchase it, I could probably dish out $80, but only if the palette is perfection.

  8. I have so many of these shades in singles. I can't bring myself to purchase the palette. Great post!

  9. Doesn't seem to be one of Nars best hits.

  10. I am waffling on this one... I have had this in my bag and out several times. I just can't pull the trigger until I see it in person for myself. For the price, I just can't take a chance on it until I can see it with my own eyeballs. :)

  11. Sooo pretty but I can't justify another neutral palette splurge :O

  12. I skipped buying this palette, I have a lot to abuse still, haha!

  13. I love that NARS put this one together! I reach for it often when I don't have time to think... which is obviously quite a lot hah

  14. I've never tried NARS eyeshadows, so I was excited about this palette.. at first. Most reviews aren't completely glowing, though! Maybe I'll wait for a different palette. Great review - loved the part about not wearing the shadows on our arms. heh!


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