Fun fact about me – neutral toned eyeshadow palettes to me are essentially what kryptonite is to Superman – my biggest weakness! When I first saw the NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette (here), my immediate thought was: I must have it! Previous to this, the only NARS eyeshadow that I’ve ever owned, or tried for that matter, was the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Isolde (here) which I absolutely loved, so I thought why not give this larger palette a shot. I’m glad I did for a few reasons!
First off, the packaging is gorgeous, but most importantly, it’s travel friendly! When I go on trips, I take just one palette with me due to the following…
- It’s less space and weight in my luggage – I am one of those people who relates to the meme where when I’m at home, I wear the same outfit all the time, but when I go on vacation I have to pack 10 alternative outfits that I of course will never use, so I need all that extra space in my suitcase for unnecessary clothes!
- It makes it less confusing when I’m trying to decide on makeup looks when working with a limited wardrobe – when I’m on vacation, I like to spend my time exploring and being out of the hotel, so by limiting my options and bringing just one trusty eyeshadow palette with me, I find that it cuts down on my get-ready time.
- The less items that I take with me, the less items I have to worry about breaking en route. When packing, I always make sure that my makeup bag is well protected and surrounded by softer items (ding: added bonus to bringing along those 10 extra outfits), but somehow something usually tends to break, so I’d rather bring just one palette as opposed to a bunch of individual shadows.
(from left to right: ROW 1: Newbury Street, Windsor, Privilege, Dover ROW 2: Foix, Castille, Alnwick, Beaumaris ROW 3: Splendor, Versailles, Montaillou, Reale)
Secondly, just like the Isolde Duo Eyeshadow, the quality of NARS eyeshadows is impeccable. I’ve had this palette for about a month and a half now and I’ve made good use of it so far, and the main qualities that I hope for when purchasing any eyeshadows are met by this palette. The color payoff is top of the line, there is a mix of both matte and shimmery finishes, the shades blend like a dream, and lastly the ease of application is as smooth as buttah. If I were to caution you on one thing in terms of the quality, it would have to be that the shadows can have a bit of fall out, but as long as you tap the excess off the brush before applying to the lids, there should be no problem!
Lastly, in the realm of NARS eyeshadows, this is a bargain (again, in terms of NARS shadows). With this palette you get 12 different shades for $59.00 USD. The NARS duo eyeshadow option costs $36.00 USD, and each individual shadow will run you $26.00 USD. The shadows are so pigmented and a little goes a long way, therefore I don’t need much product to get great color payoff and because of that, I know the palette will last me a long time.
Let me know what some of your favorite eyeshadow palettes are and I hope you have a great start to your week!