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I know, I know… Another review of this palette! Sorry, but I simply had to share my thoughts on this one. I was stubbornly convinced that it was just another overhyped product. I first saw it on The Sunday Girl blog and immediately knew I wanted to get it. However, I started to get second thoughts after a while. I’ve always wanted to own NARS eyeshadows, but this palette is really expensive! It’s $59 for six eyeshadows. It doesn’t seem that bad considering it’s almost $10 per eyeshadow (which is great for high-end eyeshadows) plus you get a Smudge Proof Primer and a brush… but the catch is you get very little product. You get 0.03 oz of each eyeshadow color. Regular NARS singles and duos come with 0.07 oz of eyeshadow. To put it in perspective: the Urban Decay Naked palette has 12 colors (twice as much eyeshadows!), you get more product at 0.05 oz each, it also includes a primer and a brush, and it’s $9 cheaper. Anyways, I think I’ve made my point. 😛 Long story short, after swatching it at Sephora on three separate occasions, I caved in.
The quality of the eyeshadows does not disappoint. The palette is limited edition but it includes some permanent shades. The formula seems to be the same as the one for permanent products: smooth texture, great blendability, and insane color payoff. I fell in love with Coconut Grove, it’s super rich and doesn’t need any layering.
That’s what I love the most about this palette. It includes some shimmery eyeshadows but for the most part they look matte. I feel like it’s my ideal travel palette color and texture wise. The colors are a good mix of warm and cool neutrals. What keeps it from being a bland or repetitive neutral palette are colors like Galapagos (chocolate brown with gold shimmer) and Night Clubbing (black with gold shimmer). The shimmers are more noticeable in person.
If you were on the fence about this palette, I think you should get it. One con would be that if you already own NARS eyeshadows, you may find this palette has too many repeats. Especially since Alhambra, Galapagos, and Coconut Grove are some of NARS’s most popular shades. However, if you’re just getting into NARS eyeshadows this palette is perfect because it includes some of their best-sellers.
P.S. I’m not too crazy about the brush it comes with, but I regard it as a freebie so it’s not much of a loss. Let me know of you own this palette! What are your thoughts on it?
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