NARS NARSissist Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette caused a big splash about six months ago. So, naturally, I am writing about it now. You’re welcome.
This is by far the most expensive palette I own. I have never spent over $50 on a palette before, but when this released, I grabbed it without even hesitating. I had a 10% off VIB welcome code at the time, so I used that to help soften the blow.
Was it worth it?
Well, for starters, this palette is all kinds of gorgeous. The sleek design, the mirrored front, the geometric lines embossed on each shadow… It looks sophisticated and edgy. Big points for packaging.
Swatches L to R: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra, Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax. Top swatched dry, bottom swatched wet with a bit of water.
The big hoopla over these is that you can use them wet or dry. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard this claim from pretty much every cosmetic company on the planet, so I don’t know why NARS marketed theirs to be so innovative. I’m not knocking them, but it’s like saying “Our lipsticks can be used as cream blushes too!” Not exactly groundbreaking.
That being said, I do think the colors are beautiful, and the palette is well-edited. The colors play with each other well, and there are a few jewel-toned shadows that keep this from being yet another neutral collection. In fact, I find it’s a rather all-inclusive palette, and whenever I use it, I don’t feel the need to reach for anything else.
I’ve used it a fair number of times since I bought it, and I almost always use the shadows wet. They take on a metallic sheen that absolutely GLEAMS on the lids, and it’s quite unlike any other shadow I own.
The palette comes with a short handled NARS #49 wet/dry eyeshadow brush. It’s actually quite a good brush; it has just the right balance of density (to pack on color) and fluffiness (to blend out the edges). Usually brushes included in palettes are pretty crappy, and I’m happy to say this isn’t the case here. I like to use this brush with the shadows, although that’s more due to my laziness than anything else.
I finally took pictures of a look I did with this palette recently. It was before I dyed my hair red, but let’s not beat that dead horse about my timeliness, eh?
I rarely bring my lower lash line eyeliner all the way in to the corner because it closes off my already small eyes, but with a bright blue like this, it kinda looks weird. Thoughts? Should I have brought the blue all the way in? Feedback welcome!!
It was hard for me to capture the way the eyeshadows glow when applied wet. It was more metallic in person.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle liquid foundation – Chestnut Milk Parfait
Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach (not pictured)
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini (not pictured)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Flawless Face Powder – Adagio
NYX blush – Taupe
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush – Mood Exposure
Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphonous
NARS NARSissist Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette (Himalia all over the lid, Subra in the outer corner, Giove on the lower lash line)
e.l.f. cream eyeliner in black
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Deviant
Urban Decay Subversion mascara primer
Urban Decay Perversion mascara
NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Rikugien
Final thoughts: I really like this palette, and I’m glad to have it in my collection. However, I don’t think it’s a must-have. It’s a treat yo’self type of thing. You can still get it at Sephora, online and in stores.