I have read so many different reviews on this palette that makes me wonder if some women even know how to use makeup… anyway here are my thoughts.
All about eve – soft, neutral, so light that blends right into my skin tone. Great for all over base color or for the inner corner/ brow bone. Good pigmentation and easy to work with.
Madrague 2 – much lighter in the pan than when applied on skin. On me it shows up much darker, which surprised me. Great transition color for above the crease. Even though it’s matte it’s easy to work with (some NARS mattes are little bit tricky and takes time and patience to figure out the best way to apply them).
Fez– serious stunner. One of the best colors in the palette. In the swatch below I used only one swipe with the brush. Please note how much pigmentation it has, it is super opaque and almost feels creamy. My top 3 from this palette for sure.
Bali – super wearable, soft, easy to blend such a staple color. It has been on my wishlist for a while and I am glad it came with this palette. I love using shades like this one for the outer corner.
Coconut grove – next to MAC’s handwirtten the best matte brown eyeshadow I have ever tried. Very pigmented, can be used as an eyeliner too! I had no problem with application or blending. Matte texture but very “creamy” (what a wrong way to say it) meaning it is not dry or doesn’t have any fallout.
From the first row I did not have any of the colors. Bingo! I usually avoid NARS palettes because for example – I already have 6 out of 9 colors they put in a palette.
Madrague 1 – it is so sheer that I can’t see it being use for anything but highlighter. Which is ok, some of the colors have to be for that too. I had to make about 3 swipes with the brush to get anything to show up on my skin.
Nepal – very wearable soft pinkish color, great for all over the lid. Decent pigmentation, I won’t say it’s great but it’s not bad either.
Ashes to ashes – one of the most popular shades from NARS. It’s a nice taupey violet based brown. I can see this looking great on everyone. Good for a quick makeup all over the lid and with the eyeliner. Soft and wearable, office friendly. It could have been more pigmented. It does not have visible shimmer.
Brousse 2 – it is dark violet with some dark grey tones to it. No black in it really. It is on a drier side, and it takes couple of swipes to build the color. I think it compliments other colors in this row nicely.
Mekong – I do not see how this color fits into this row and an idea of taupey, rosey, violet colors. Mekong is dark chocolate brown infused with gold. Not that I am saying it has to be used with other colors from the row, but it’s an odd choice. I already have single of this one and it is very pigmented and great color for brown/bronzey neutral smokey eyes. When swatched just with finger you will notice gold shimmer more, but when blended with the brush shimmer mostly disappears and you end up with very dark brown.
Belissima 1– one of the worst NARS eyeshadows I’ve tried. I already reviewed it here. Color is mostly non existing , it just offers golden shimmer. It is ok over other eyeshadows to give some shimmer or maybe for the outer corner but I find it hard to work with. Layering layering, patting the color on…. too much work for my taste.
Lhasa – surprise number 2! I have swatched it a while ago and found that it’s too dry and not really pigmented so I skipped even though I liked the color. Liv from blushnglow liked it and I should have listened to her. I am so glad it came in this palette! Great pigment, soft, easy to blend one swipe and it’s completely opaque… I can go on and on how impressed I am with this color and it’s texture.
Bad behavior – I am surprised they put an eyeshadow that’s not from their regular line but Cinematic one – limited edition from Guy Bourdoin collection. I want to know how did I miss on Bad behavior?? How? I only got Mississippi mermaid which I loved. I wish all the NARS shadows have this specific texture. I am blown away by Bad behavior. It’s such a complex color – deep pewter but it has tiny shimmer that’s pink, silver, blue etc… Pictures don’t really do justice. I tried to capture but I am not sure how successful I was.
Dogon 2 – great for outer corner if you do not want to go with something as bold as black. Slightly dry texture, and sheer pigment but buildable. I have Dogon from the first release but do not use it often.
Pandora 2– great matte deep black. Very pigmented and easy to work with. Probably the best
matte black eyeshadow I have tried.