When a new makeup palette falls on my lap it needs some serious testing. Today is the turn of the Limited Edition Nars palette in collaboration with Sarah Moon. So let’s see if this palette is worth the money?
First things first, this palette is beautiful to look at. The sleek sturdy packaging with the frosted high-quality plastic, the big mirror and the detailed artistic Photograph taken by Sarah Moon is a true piece of art. Although the case is a bit bulky than the usual palettes we currently see on the market, this palm-sized palette is truly very comfortable to hold.
When you open the palette you will find 6 eyeshadows, two blushes, and a highlighter. In total you get 6 x 0.07 oz/ 2.07 ml Eye shadow and 3 x 0.12 oz/ 3.54 ml Blush. Exclusive to Sephora, this baby retails for $69.
The dual-intensity formula allows you to work with these shadows in both wet and dry mode… wet for more impactful looks … dry for more toned down sheer finishes.
The color selection is (for my taste) ideal. A good combination between gray and brown toned shades (mainly in cool undertones) with a nice base shade and a crease / transition shade, as well as, a highlighter shade, round this palette up for a complete eye look.
The blushes are also stunning. You can either use them individually or combine them together in order to give your cheeks a subtle hint of color. My top favorite is the highlighter, which gives you a natural, ‘glow from within’ look and makes it perfect for everyday use.
In terms of application…!? Now, here comes the tricky part…! The eyeshadows are tipping more towards a dryer formula, meaning that if you are more used to the Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadows or Too Faced formulas you will most likely not love those, at least not immediately. Although pigmented, one needs to work with these shadows. Blending is not as smooth as with some other formulas but when done right and with good tools the results are beautiful. I also noticed some fallout when using them dry, so it would be best to do the eyes first. All in all, if you are in a hurry and want to create a quick morning look, this would most likely not be your first choice.
The blushes and the highlighter, applied much easier and my makeup did last all day without loosing pigmentation.
In addition to the dryness of the formula, comes also the fact that all shades are hardly pressed into the individual compartments. Once I had the first layers removed, I found that the eye shadows, the blushers, and the highlighter got easier to work with and blended better. All in all, I do like this palette and I don’t regret buying it.
Prep your eyes with an eyeshadow primer.
Step 1 – Apply with a flat brush shade (IV) all over the lid in order to create a neutral base.
Step 2 – Apply shade (V) into crease with a crease brush.
Step 3 – Apply shade (VI) with a pencil brush into the outer corner and blend towards the crease.
Step 4 – Apply Highlighter (I) in inner corner with a small brush or your finger.
Step 5 – Apply shade (I) under your browbone
Add eyeliner and two coats of mascara and voilà… you are done!
You can repeat the same steps with a wet brush for a more intense look.
So that’s it from my side, for now, Beautyowls. Let me know if you did also pick up this palette and what your thoughts are on the comments section below. If you don’t have this palette yet, would you be picking it up?
I hope that you found this review helpful.
Till next time…
xoxo from Zürich,
Something from color theory: DID YOU KNOW! That each person sees, translates and feels color differently. Imagine!!!