nars loaded eyeshadow palette

April 1, 2017  |  Face of the Day, NARS, Product Reviews  |  No Comments

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already know that I wasted no time at all in stress-testing NARS’ new Loaded Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2017 by packing it – and very little else – for my recent trip to Bangkok.

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The second I got it, this palette struck me as something that could really be THE perfect travel palette for me. Not only did it have a huge mirror, but within its 12 eyeshadows there seemed to be colours that could easily stand in for other products: matte browns for brows, a peach and a rusty red for blush, a tan and a taupe for bronzer and contour, and even a warm white shimmer shade for highlighter. Here are some swatches so you can see what I mean.

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I know that NARS shadows in general tend to be on the drier end of the spectrum, so I was pleasantly surprised by the textures of this palette. The mattes are pigmented but not powdery (they don’t kick up nearly as much dust as my Modern Renaissance palette) and the metallics – especially Splendor and Versailles – were very smooth and rich.

I found that the mattes felt stiff to the touch when I swatched them, but performed beautifully when applied to my lids with a fluffy eyeshadow brush, so in my opinion this is one of those palettes you need to use to appreciate. I’d also like to say that I’ve read some not-great reviews directed at the mattes in this palette and am kind of perplexed. I personally haven’t experienced patchiness, and haven’t had any trouble working with them. And while the paler matte shades are quite sheer, they’re clearly designed to be transition/blending colours which always look better when built up in layers. In fact, if I had to find fault with any shade, it would actually be Newbury Street for not having same buttery texture as Splendor/Versailles.

Here’s a FOTD using the NARS Loaded Eyeshadow Palette for a full face look. I’m wearing Alnwick, Privilege, Castille and Montaillou on my eyes, Foix as blush, Newbury Street as highlighter and I used Montaillou to darken my brows. On my lips, I’m wearing NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound which by the way has been in heavy rotation since I bought it earlier this year. It’s such a gorgeous rosy shade, and it’s complimented just about every eye look I’ve tried it with!

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My final verdict? After testing this palette extensively, I absolutely love it. I’ve been reaching for it constantly and – to loop back to my original point of this review and FOTD – am happy to report that it passes the travel test with flying colours. It can indeed replace many other products and therefore cut the bulk and weight of your travel makeup bag significantly.

That said, one needs to keep in mind that these powders were designed to be eyeshadows. The dense, pigmented textures reflect their true purpose and therefore require a bit of finessing when used on the face as blush/bronzer/highlighter. If you do want to use them in lieu of face colour, I recommend using them over a smooth, well-powdered base and building colour slowly with fluffy brushes to avoid patchiness. I’ve had great results with this technique and had no regrets at all leaving all my powder products at home on my last trip!

Pricing & Availability: NARS Loaded Eyeshadow Palette (SGD$90) available from April at all NARS counters. Limited edition.

 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

fotd: nars indes galantes

November 5, 2016  |  Face of the Day, NARS  |  2 Comments

At first glance, NARS Indes Galantes seemed like bit of an odd colour combo. It threw me until I actually tried it on my lids, at which point I realised how pretty and duochrome-y the combined effect of the shadows was. I’m wearing it here in a tulip placement, with the gunmetal shade all over my lid and the plummy brown shade in the inner and outer corners and through the crease.

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You can see swatches of this post, where I reviewed the NARS x Sarah Moon collection. Though the matte shade is a little drier than I’d like, it was still very pigmented and blendable on top of being an absolutely gorgeous colour. I was initially going to pair the look with one of the new Moon Matte lipsticks, but it felt a bit dramatic for the day of construction errands I had planned so I went with NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Playpen instead. Full product details are below.

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Face: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted  Moisturizer in Finland, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX03, Koh Gen Maifanshi Natural Lighting Powder // Cheeks: NARS Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette // Eyes: NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Indes Galantes, Make Up For Ever Excessive Las Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Aquabrow in #30 // Lips: NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Playpen

 
 

Some of the products in this post were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand(s) or their PR team(s). This post contains affiliate links.

nars x sarah moon holiday 2016

November 5, 2016  |  NARS, New Launches, Product Reviews  |  2 Comments

I briefly mentioned the NARS x Sarah Moon collection a couple weeks ago on Instagram, but it’s just so pretty that I wanted to put up all the rest of my photos from the media preview last month as well as some swatches I’d taken. The preview party was hosted in an art gallery, which was the perfect venue to display large-scale prints of Sarah Moon’s photographs as well as the makeup itself.

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I think all attendees would agree that the gifting sets stole the show. The lucite box sets especially were like little art pieces themselves! I didn’t get a good shot of them at the gallery, but here’s a group shot with my Get Real Lip and Eye Set, featuring a tube of Black Moon Audacious Mascara as well as 2 limited edition mini Audacious lipsticks in Leslie and Bette (swatches below):

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The other lucite box set on display was the Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret, featuring 8 mini Audacious lipsticks in (L-R) Sarah, Anita, Marlene, Rita, Olivia, Sandra, Charlotte and Bette.

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Other gifting sets included the Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

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…the Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette which includes 4 neutral eyeshadows and a Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto..

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…two Cheek/Lip Palettes in Recurring Dare (behind) and True Story (in front, swatched below) which each contained 3 blush shades, a highlighter and a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil…

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…and a mini Velvet Lip Glide Coffret that includes 3 limited edition shades (Chez Claude, Plato’s, No 675) as well as 3 permanent ones (Bound, Unspeakable, Toy).

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If you’re not into sets or palettes, there are also individual items from this collection: eyeshadow duos, nail polish, blush, falsies, kohliner and Moon Matte lipsticks, all of which are limited edition.

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I was most intrigued by the Moon Matte Lipsticks, which are fomula-wise entirely new to NARS. These are probably the most matte-matte bullet lipsticks I’ve tested in a long time that weren’t horribly drying and uncomfortable to wear. They’ve been getting great reviews from other bloggers too, so I hope NARS makes this formula permanent one day! Currently, there are only 4 colours available – 3 shades of red and 1 brownish-nude.

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The other standout amongst the collection’s individual items was the Indes Galantes eyeshadow duo. Both duos are beautiful, with Quai Des Brumes having the prettier and more complex shimmer shade (in my opinion), but Indes Galantes takes the cake for overall being the more unusual/creative colour pairing. They’re swatched here alongside the 2 limited edition Sarah Moon Blushes in Isadora and Impudique.

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And lastly, if I had to choose between all the sets, I would probably pick the Velvet Lip Glide Coffret because I’m so in love with the ones I already own! Hope this was helpful to anyone looking for more information on the collection. I’d love to hear what you’ve tried/are eyeing up from it, now that everything is finally available in stores.

 
 
 
Some of the products in this post were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand(s) or their PR team(s). This post contains affiliate links.