I have a double whammy for you today, as I have TWO new NARS palettes to show you! Both the new NARSissist palettes are inspired by the colours and products that proved most popular during Fashion Week, and this is apparently going to become a regular thing for each season, which is great, as it’s making fashionable colours and trends instantly easier to wear and access.
I absolutely love both these palettes as they’re a joy to use and easy to work with. I did find the formulas of the eyeshadows slightly chalkier than I’m used to with NARS shadows, but nothing terrible and certainly not bad enough to stop me using them. The colour selection in both palettes is absolutely stunning and I love how each palette contains mostly everyday shades with a wildcard or two thrown in for good measure. Both palettes come presented in a sturdy, mirror-finish case, with a decent-sized mirror inside too.
The eyeshadow palette is named NARSissist L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour which translates to “Love, Love Always”, which is kinda’ nice, don’t you think? The palette contains 12 shades, most of which lean a little cool and neutral, but there are a couple of surprises in there too, making this a great palette for trying something new without jumping too far outside of your comfort zone. The 12 shades are, starting from top left and working across in rows: Cream Bisque, Shimmering Pink Sand, Amethyst Ash (love that name!), Black Truffle, Golden Starlight, Sunburst Copper, Cafe Au Lait, Pistol Grey, Industrial Steel, Regal Blue, Shimmering Taupe Cashmere and finally Shimmering Liquorice. My favourite shades are Cafe Au Lait – as I love a mid, grey-leaning nude – and Shimmering Taupe Cashmere, which is one of those shades that you can wear as a single colour that will lift and brighten your eyes. I also love Sunburst Copper and Regal Blue for adding a flash of grown-up colour. The NARSissist L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette is £55 here – link.
Of the two, I think most people will prefer the eyeshadow palette, but I personally prefer the Cheek Studio as I just love a cheek palette! If you’re the same, the NARSissist Cheek Studio will make you very happy, as it’s a fabulous combination of every kind of cheek powder you could need; you get a contouring duo (Paloma), Laguna bronzer and four blushers – Icy Lilac, Sausalito Sunset, Shimmering Rose Peach and Fleshy Pink; I’m presuming that’s the name of the shades and not just colour descriptions! I find myself mostly reaching for Icy Lilac, but the selection is spot-on as there isn’t a shade here that I don’t love. I also really like the fact they all work together, so you can use more than one shade to create a more natural finish; for example, Icy Lilac as an all lover blush with Fleshy Pink more concentrated on the apples. The NARSissist Cheek Studio palette is £49 here – link.