NARSissist Loaded Palette: Review and Swatches


It’s no secret that I’m a NARSissist. NARS Cosmetics was one of the first high end brands I became interested in when my taste in makeup began to grow/change. Yes, it took a little while to be able to enjoy their products in the way that I wanted to but I’ve found this makes me appreciate my purchases that much more now. Okay. Enough of my back story (I like getting sentimental, you know?).


The first time I came across this palette, I used it on a friend of mine twice and I was impressed with how easily the shades blended. Loaded is not what I recommend for bright summer shades. If you’re into shimmery neutrals, then by all means this is for you. The palette could do with more matte transitional options and some shades do perform better than others; I’ve been having to turn to my blush (Liberte) for a warm blending colour because the light peach shade doesn’t show up on my eyes. Additionally, I’d totally appreciate if NARS had printed the shade names on the clear sheet instead of, “Are you a NARSissist?”, because it’s less than ideal to have to constantly look on the back of the package.


I’ve been using my MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer in NC45 as an eye primer, so I can’t speak to how these shadows will perform with other eye primers, e.g. Primer Potion by Urban Decay — I’ve found that sometimes this makes a real difference on my eyes. While these shadows do have a bit of fall out, that tends to happen with most shadows that feel creamy to the touch and are quite pigmented (with the exception of Make Up For Ever Artist shadows); nothing a little Prep and Prime Fix+ can’t help with.


The dark shades work very well so you definitely need to be mindful when applying these. The shade that appears white in the pan reminds me of their cheek highlight in Albatross — it looks white but blends out to a very light gold.


All in all, I’m impressed. Loaded allows me to create various looks, from a halo smokey eye  or something more summer ready, to olive toned lids or an everyday look with a light shade on the lids. Eyeshadows are not something I had explored by NARS previously as I focused mainly on their complexion and cheek products but I’ve found that these shadows last all day on the eyes, so if this is how it’s going to be, then let the exploration begin!




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