25 January 2015

NARS palettes, worth the hype?

A picture of NARS eyeshadow palettes


NARS is one of my favourite high-end brands and whenever they release a new limited edition palette, I'm like a magpie to something shiny. I simply cannot resist! But after one too many impulse buys, and a lot of money thrown away for very expensive palettes, do I really think NARS limited edition palettes are worth the hype?

A picture of NARS Narsissist eyeshadow palette
A picture of NARS Ride Up To The Moon, And God Created the Woman and Fairy's Kiss eyeshadow palettes


I am the worst for buying limited edition products on impulse, and that's been the case for every single one of my NARS palettes. Usually I'm pretty careful when buying makeup - I read reviews, do my research, check out swatches and if I can get to it in person, go and swatch it for myself. I am not by heart the type to throw money at expensive products on impulse without knowing that product will be worth the cash first. Yet with every one of my NARS palettes, I've been completely swept up in the hype and ordered them (sometimes even pre-ordering), without a clue about even what the products will look like on my skin! 

The first three limited edition NARS palettes I added to my stash were all quite petite, each housing six shades with a handy compact mirror. I'll admit, when they arrived I was pretty taken aback by how small they were and how small the shades were - when I pay upwards of £30 per palette, I expect the shades to be of pretty decent size but all of the shades in the 6-pan palettes are pretty small. That said, I'm yet to finish an eyeshadow palette so I suppose the size of each shade doesn't really matter (has anyone else ever completely finished a palette?).

And God Created the Woman was the first palette to join my stash, and a palette which completely took the beauty scene by storm! It sold out almost instantly, and any time it came back in stock it was gone within hours again. This is one popular palette! There's no denying it's a stunning palette, every shade housed inside is utterly beautiful as well as highly pigmented and an ease to use. It's a dreamy creation that has easily found its way into my 'favourites' pile time and time again (full review here).

Next to find their way into my beauty stash was Ride Up To The Moon and Fairy's Kiss, which were both released at the same time, and I couldn't resist the urge of either. Ride Up To The Moon is one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes ever, and I love Fairy's Kiss too - although that gets a lot less use as I need to get more confident with the more purple/lavender tones many of the shades have. Some of the shades in Ride Up To The Moon are my go-to shades for autumn and winter makeup looks, and I'm completely besotted with it (full review here).

The most recent limited edition NARS palette I added to my collection was the Narsissist palette, one which I've actually seen get pretty mixed reviews. It seems like NARS fans either loved or hated this one - personally? I adore it. Almost three times the size of the 6-pan palettes, the Narsisissist palette houses 15 shadows ranging from light neutrals to smouldering darks. A couple of the shades aren't as pigmented as I'm used to with NARS palettes (mainly a couple of the paler shades), but other than that it's just as beautiful as the other NARS palettes in my stash and perfect for a variety of looks (full review here).

Yes, NARS limited edition palettes can be eye-watering expensive at times, but I don't regret a single one. I like products of high-quality which last and make themselves worth the high price tag, and NARS palettes do exactly that. The colour pay-off, the ease of application and how effortless they are to blend as well as the longevity? All spot on. The shade combinations in the palettes are always dreamy and I'm a sucker for NARS packaging. Do I think NARS limited edition products are absolute must-haves? No, they're an indulgent treat and there's a huge variety of budget-friendly palettes out there which are just as good. But I love each and every one of my NARS palettes - and I suspect they won't be the last of limited edition palettes to join my beauty stash.

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  1. I don't own any NARS products but these palettes do look gorgeous! I've never finished a palette completely either.

    UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I sometimes get a couple of shades down to the pan, but other than that it seems finishing a palette is an impossible task! xo

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  2. I've always wanted a Nars eyeshadow palette and this has spurred me on even more! The only thing I own from Nars is the Albatross highlighter and I use that pretty much every single day and I still haven't hit pan after 18 months! I believe their products are worth the hype after reading so many great reviews and I'm drooling at your collection right now! I will definitely have to try these eyeshadows out this year.
    Great post!

    Brogan xx

    broganjay.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think a lot of the shades in these palettes are limited to the palettes, but a few might be part of the permanent line :) Let me know if you give any NARS eyeshadows a try! xo

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  3. I've only started buying Nars products the last few month, I've always put it off beforehand cause there is no shops near me that sell it. But now I have I think I will be also joining you being an impulse buyer for their palettes, they're such good quality. Ride up to the moon looks lovely, sad I missed it x

    Through New Eyes | Beauty Blog

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    1. Sometimes impulse buys are the best kind of buys :) xo

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  4. Just got my first palette this Christmas just gone, am definitely loving it! x

    http://lauratalksout.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I absolutely adore the Narsissist palette. It wasn't love at first sight, but I bought it on impulse and forced myself to use it until I figured it out!

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    1. Well I'm glad you stuck at it and now love it :) xo

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  6. These palettes look amazing! They all look like colours I would use!

    Tsui
    www.fashionganache.co.uk

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    1. NARS really know what shades to put together to create the perfect palette :) xo

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  7. The And God Created The Woman palette looks stunning! I'm still yet to get my hands on a NARS palette but they all look gorgeous :) x
    Elise @ Elise Dopson

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  8. Wow the colors in the pallets are so beautiful! The colors is perfect!

    http://byus2you.blogspot.dk

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  9. I'm really wanting to add a bit more NARS into my collection, I have a few products from them and I'm completely smitten - I think next up is going to be a palette! Thanks for sharing this post, it was definitely interesting to read!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

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    1. Thank you Heather, I'm glad you found my post an interesting read! I hope you get to add the perfect palette to your NARS collection soon :) xo

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  10. I have the Nars pleasures of paris palette and I love it, although I don't use it as much as I should x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. I think I missed that one, curious to see what it looks like now :) xo

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  11. Thank you for confirming the fact that I definitely need a NARS palette. I've been eyeing them for so long, especially And God Created The Woman - though I really like the look of that green in Ride Up To The Moon... Ugh, I want them all!
    Ivory Avenue

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    1. That green is the main reason Ride Up To The Moon is one of my favourite palettes, it's beautiful! xo

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  12. I've not tried any NARS eyeshadows before, all of these palettes look beautiful! I definitely need to treat myself to one :)

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin' | youtube

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    1. The quality of NARS shadows is amazing! Can't recommend them enough :) xo

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  13. I've only tried NARS face products such as the NARS skin flow foundation and the creamy concealer sticks and a few of their lipsticks. But the palettes look amazing :)
    XO Janina
    http://janinafran.blogspot.ca

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    1. I unfortunately don't seem to get along with their base products, but I adore their cheek and lip products (as well as their shadows, of course!) xo

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  14. I have not tried any NARS palettes before but I really want to some time in the future. The price does put me off when I think I could get 3 palettes from a budget brand for just one from NARS! I do have a NARS lipstick though which I adore so I'm sure it's only a matter of time :) x

    Brenda BusyBee

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    1. There are some lovely budget palettes out there, but for me the quality is never 100% there! I love NARS lip products :) xo

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  15. I'm slowly falling in love with the look of NARS products, and this has only enhanced that! And God Created the Woman looks like such a beautiful palette that I need to get my hands on, but unfortunately nowhere near me stocks NARS products :( I will have to make a trip to London or something to get my mitts on some decent NARS

    babbleswithbeth.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Do you have a Space NK near you? As they stock NARS :) xo

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  16. I'm still dreaming about that green on the Ride Up to the Moon palette...it's so, so beautiful!! I would have loved to have picked that palette up and the And God Created Woman palette - both are so pretty!

    I've got my eye on the Dual Intensity Palette at the moment and am still deciding whether to treat myself to that when it hits Space NK!

    www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's a pretty dreamy green! (See what I did there? ;) lol) I'm also in two minds about the Dual Intensity palette, mainly because I'm yet to swatch any of the permanent Dual Intensity range so I'm not sure if I'll like the finish or not! xo

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  17. NARS palettes are amazing, i love them!
    xprincessjas | ♥

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    1. Me too! :) Which is your favourite? xo

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  18. I haven't got any Nars products, but would absolute love to purchase some of the palettes and the foundations! Thanks for the reviews!

    http://itslolll.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You're welcome Loriana, glad you liked my review! Let me know if you end up adding any NARS products to your stash :) xo

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  19. I don't wear eyehadow everyday, so I probably won't be starting a NARS collection... they do look gorgeous, and I know are amazing quality.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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    1. I'm an eyeshadow obsessive, I can't do my makeup without doing my eyes! :) xo

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  20. Ride Up to the Moon looks so stunning! I always miss their limited edition releases as I need time to consider such an expensive purchase xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced

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    1. I wish I was so cautious ha! It's a beauty of a palette that one! xo

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  21. the NARsissist palette was what got me into NARS eyeshadows, they're stunning! i really want to pick up the new palette they've come out with.

    brooke | brooke elise beauty

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    1. Me too, although having never tried any of the Dual Intensity shadows, I'm currently in two minds! Do you think you'll invest?

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  22. Fantastic review! Rise To The Moon looks gorgeous! I love that green. x
    lipstickandlightening.blogspot.ie

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    1. It's a beautiful, beautiful shade! My favourite :) Thanks lovely, really glad you enjoyed my review xo

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