NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Well, I did it! After a lot of careful deliberation and online research, I decided to take the plunge and bought the NARSissist palette! I was hesitant because of the mixed reviews but upon using it and playing with it, I think it's actually a pretty good palette! :)

NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette

I remember myself swooning over the palette when I first saw press photos and let me tell you, the actual palette is even prettier in person! Not exactly a fan of the rubberized exterior but I do love the compact size! Very travel-friendly and the mirror inside is huge! :)

NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette

There are 15 eyeshadow shades in this “neutral” palette. All are best-selling permanent colors except Bad Behavior (Row 3, Column 3) which is a re-promoted limited edition color (I believe it was first appeared in the Guy Bourdin Holiday 2013 Collection). The colors are beautifully arranged from light (left) to dark (right) shades and from warm (top) to cool (bottom) tones and together with different finishes (matte, shimmer, glitter), I think the NARSissist is one versatile palette!

I'm going to review each color individually but before we get into that, I think it's worth mentioning that I really do believe this palette was designed to cater a wide variety of skin tones and eye makeup skills (this, I seriously lack!). There are everyday, work-appropriate colors as well as some dark, smokey shades that will take you from day to night looks. I also love the fact that you can create a variety of “nude” tones with this palette – bronze-y/coppery, brown, purple, taupe, or even gray – whatever your heart desires, it's got you covered.

In terms of texture and pigmentation, these shadows are a completely different formula than the buttery smooth and crazy pigmented Urban Decay eyeshadows. I don't think it's even fair to compare the two because they are almost like two very different things. If Urban Decay quality is your standards for eyeshadows, the NARSissist may not be the palette for you. But if you are on the lookout for something a little “drier” and firmer in formula with light to medium but buildable pigmentation, then I think the NARSissist may be just what you're looking for. :)

One last thing before we get into the actual review: I don't own any single or duo NARS eyeshadows so it's out of my knowledge to tell you if these perform any differently.  However, I do own the And God Created The Woman palette which also contains Coconut Grove, and while the NARSissist' Coconut Grove looks a little less pigmented in the pan, upon swatching, they have exactly the same texture and color payoff and I couldn't tell any difference between the two.

NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette (view larger)
Row 1: All About Eve I, Madrague II, Fez, Bali, and Coconut Grove
Row 2: Madrague I, Nepal, Ashes to Ashes, Brousse II, and Mekong
Row 3: Bellissima I, Lhasa, Bad Behavior, Dogon II, and Pandora II
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
Row 1: All About Eve I, Madrague II, Fez, Bali, and Coconut Grove
Row 2: Madrague I, Nepal, Ashes to Ashes, Brousse II, and Mekong
Row 3: Bellissima I, Lhasa, Bad Behavior, Dogon II, and Pandora II

Row 1: All About Eve I, Madrague II, Fez, Bali, and Coconut Grove

NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette<br />Row 1: All About Eve I, Madrague II, Fez, Bali, and Coconut Grove
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
Row 1: All About Eve I, Madrague II, Fez, Bali, and Coconut Grove
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette<br />Row 1: All About Eve I, Madrague II, Fez, Bali, and Coconut Grove
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
Row 1: All About Eve I, Madrague II, Fez, Bali, and Coconut Grove
  1. All About Eve I: flesh toned neutrals; shimmer
    Soft and smooth with a very sparkly finish! Good for a wash of color or highlight. Sheer pigmentation.
  2. Madrague II: caramel; matte
    Almost matches my skin tone. Pretty much disappears once sheered out. This would make a good base color. Sheer pigmentation.
  3. Fez: velvety cocoa with a strong hint of coppery bronze; metallic shimmer
    The oomph shade of the palette! Soft, buttery smooth. So easy to apply and blend. Excellent color payoff.
  4. Bali: neutral medium brown; matte
    A crease color that applies a little patchy and the texture feels dry. Decent color payoff, though.
  5. Coconut Grove: deep brown infused with gold flecks; matte
    The gold sparkles are barely detectable once blended. Fairly pigmented. A nice outer corner color if black is too bold for you.

Row 2: Madrague I, Nepal, Ashes to Ashes, Brousse II, and Mekong

NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette<br />Row 2: Madrague I, Nepal, Ashes to Ashes, Brousse II, and Mekong
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
Row 2: Madrague I, Nepal, Ashes to Ashes, Brousse II, and Mekong
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette<br />Row 2: Madrague I, Nepal, Ashes to Ashes, Brousse II, and Mekong
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
Row 2: Madrague I, Nepal, Ashes to Ashes, Brousse II, and Mekong
  1. Madrague I: vanilla cream; matte
    Soft but a little chalky. Matches my skin perfectly so it is a good base color for me. Very blendable with good pigmentation.
  2. Nepal: soft sheer rose; shimmer
    Gorgeous shade! Very beautiful rose gold. Soft, applies smoothly and blends well. Good color payoff. Great for inner corner and center of the lid.
  3. Ashes to Ashes: shimmery violet based brown/taupe; shimmer
    My favorite shade! Very similar texture to Nepal. Soft and easy to apply. Blends like a dream. Buildable color payoff.
  4. Brousse II: black violet; shimmer
    A nice sultry/smoky purple. A little dry in texture. Sheer pigmentation and you have to really build up the color.
  5. Mekong: espresso infused with gold flecks; glitter
    The sparkles are noticeable. A little dry but wow, such a stunning shade! Blendable and very pigmented.

Row 3: Bellissima I, Lhasa, Bad Behavior, Dogon II, and Pandora II

NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette<br />Row 3: Bellissima I, Lhasa, Bad Behavior, Dogon II, and Pandora II
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
Row 3: Bellissima I, Lhasa, Bad Behavior, Dogon II, and Pandora II
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette<br />Row 3: Bellissima I, Lhasa, Bad Behavior, Dogon II, and Pandora II
NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
Row 3: Bellissima I, Lhasa, Bad Behavior, Dogon II, and Pandora II
  1. Bellissima I: shimmering beige with subtle gold glitter; glitter
    This one is very glittery! Gorgeous shade but a little powdery to the touch. Very sheer. Good for highlight.
  2. Lhasa: lavender grey; shimmer
    My second favorite! Lovely purple-y taupe. Soft and smooth. Applies a little sheer but buildable.
  3. Bad Behavior: deep pewter; shimmer
    Buttery smooth. Swatched sort of sheer but applies almost opaque on the lid. Really nice color payoff.
  4. Dogon II: charcoal black; matte
    Translates to more navy blue on me. Looks quite shimmery in the pan but applies matte. Nicely pigmented and easy to blend.
  5. Pandora II: matte black; matte
    Soft but a little too dry. Doesn't turn out exactly black on me but is still a nice color to add depth. Fairly pigmented but sheers out so much once blended.

Eye look

I'm not very good at doing eye makeup! But here's my attempt to create a soft smokey eye. :) I applied Ashes to Ashes all over the lid and followed with Nepal in the center. I used Brousse II in the outer corner and line the outer half of lower lash line with Dogon II. I lined the upper lash line with Pandora II and used Bellissima I in the inner corner and brow bone.

Wearing NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
Wearing NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette

I did experience some fallout with the darker shades so definitely tap off the excess before applying. I also find applying over a cream base does bring out the color intensity a lot more so definitely give it a try if you are struggling with pigmentation.

The wear time of these shadows is excellent! I didn't expect this at all considering the texture. I wore my eye makeup over NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and it pretty much lasted the entire day (and into evening!).

The price is a little steep but you are paying for convenience here. A wonderful selection of neutrals in one super compact palette that will fit in any makeup bag. Not to mention the shade selection that will pretty much cover any neutral smoky eye makeup look you can ever think of creating. Advanced users may find the level of pigmentation on the sheer side but it can also be a good thing for people who are just getting into eye makeup or are not very skilled.

I also think I really should stop writing because this review is getting way too long! :) My final conclusion is, it is a good neutral eye palette. If you have the means, the funds, and love neutral eye looks and palettes in general, I don't see why not.

Will you be getting this palette? :)

Purchase

US$79 at SephoraNordstrom

At NARS counters

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13 Comments

  • Oh my gosh you got it!!!!! I’m not much of an eyeshadow person but I would definitely get this if I had more ‘love’ for neutral brown-ish eyeshadows… (And also if the Naked 3 did not exist at all)

    My favourite colours are Madrague I, Nepal and Madrague II!

    The palette costs S$115 in Singapore, and paying S$7.66 per eyeshadow is not too bad of a deal! Plus it never hurts to have big sized mirrors when travelling! ;)

    • Who doesn’t have the love for neutral brown-ish shadows?!!! Rachelle, there’s something very wrong with you!! :D

      I think Madrague I, Nepal and Madrague II would actually make a really good eye look. I think I’ll try it, thanks! LOL

  • Hey Jaa, thanks so much for the review! Sometimes I think there are too many reviews out there about the same product, but in this case I really don’t think I have seen/read enough (especially as you said, the opinions are quite divided)!

    I am still torn. I don’t own much NARS at all, which means this palette would be great for me. The taupe-y shades in there are so pretty I could weep a little. However, I never ever use my big palettes for some reason, and I don’t want to waste the money just to have it sitting in my drawer unloved. Ahhh decisions, deicions…

    • LOL Sunny I totally know what you’re going through! I was like you the past few weeks debating whether I should get it. And here I am. :D

      I love palettes! And I don’t own any Nars single shadows so it seemed like a logical thing for me to get it. But if you don’t care for palettes then it’s probably be a good idea to pass (considering the hefty price tag especially!) :)

  • Ooooh! I am dead set on passing on this palette. I know you get so many shades but when you meld some of them together, they almost appear the same on the lids. I think with $79 bucks, I may just get myself a couple of Burberry singles or maybe even a Tom ford quad! The patchiness and gritty looking texture of these shadows in almost all the reviews I saw – makes it a definite pass for me :-)

    You look lovely though, jaa!! :-) you made the shadows work!

  • I have quite a few of these shadows already so the palette wasn’t a great deal for me but I checked it out at Sephora anyway and was surprised that several of the shadows (especially Lhasa, which is one of my all time favourite shadows) were of much poor quality than in the regular line. I would have expected better of Nars.

    • Oh wow, I didn’t have any singles to compare so I had no idea! I’ve read reviews on Sephora, though, where they say the palette gets “better with time”. Once the top layers wear off, the pigmentation becomes better. I’m not sure if this is true because I have not used mine extensively enough to confirm. I could try to scratch the surface but I don’t have the guts to ruin the pretty palette just yet!

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  • You look gorgeous! Your eyeshadows skills are looking pretty dang good, Jaa! I was so tempted by this but ended up refraining since I already own 3 of the shadows (Mekong, Nepal, and Lhasa) and I do tend to prefer creamier shadows like UD’s. Nepal is the bomb diggity for brightening up the eyes! I’ve been using that one a lot lately!

  • I caved and bought this palette last week, Jaa! I had to get it when I saw it in person at Sephora. I am not sure I’ll be keeping it, though. I’m going to give it some more time to try out but the shadows aren’t as high quality as I would expect for the high price tag. I’ll see what I can do with it, though, because I do love palettes and the colors are really gorgeous. Thank goodness for Sephora’s return policy, though, just in case :P

    • I think we have all been so spoiled with creamy UD shadows!

      I agree that the shadows in this palette should be a little creamier and more pigmented, especially for the $79 price tag! Ouch, I still cringe every time, haha!

      Sephora’s (and Nordstrom’s) return policy is the bomb!

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