Yes, I do apologize that I've been on a bit of a hiatus. I've been settling into domestic life and setting up my makeup room (yes, I need a room to contain the madness!). This review has been pending for 2 months, but I'm happy to report that this only means I can tell you definitively that I'm still using the stuff post-review period. Especially, the palette.
So, let's jump in with both feet!
As with all Nars products, they're always so beautifully packaged that they're a work of art in themselves. By all means, judge this book by its cover because it only gets better!
[The Joy of What Lies Within]
Do you get that shiver of sheer pleasure when you crack open new makeup? Even years after my addiction of hoarding makeup began, I still do. There's nothing quite like the heady feel of Nars' sleek lines and smooth, rubberized packaging that fits perfectly in your hands...Quite the rush, indeed!
[Nars' Eye Opening Act Collection]
I am all too aware that the palette will lure you all in. First of all, it was smaller than I expected. It's got 6 pans of eyeshadow, and it fits more than comfortably in my hand. It's just slightly larger than my palm, but it doesn't stinge on product at all!
[Inoubliable Coup D'Oeil Eye Shadow Palette (RM190)]
To be perfectly honest, when I got my hands on this palette, my first reaction was, "Oh..." because they looked like colours I already had in my collection, and it didn't look particularly exciting.
Then I swatched it. I fell...hard!
[Left to Right: Dalliance, Pyla, Sidi Bou Said]
[Left to Right: Pandora I, Luberon, Pandora II]
None of the shades were anything short of pure pigment and buttery smooth, leaving me swooning. Not only do they swatch in a manner that belies how benign they look in the pan, but they are incredibly pigmented! These swatches are scarcely more than a quick swipe, which should give you an idea! Nars never disappoints!
Next up is a product I wasn't expecting to enjoy as much as I do.
[Nars' Illuminating Multiple in St. Lucia (RM145)]
Nars Multiples are the best invention ever. They're products that can be used all over the face: Cheeks, eyes, lips, etc. This particular variant is a little more limited in its uses in that it's an illuminator.
As you can see, it has a very pretty sheen to it. I was expecting it to be too shiny on the face, but it's a slightly drier texture than their regular multiples so it provides the perfect amount of illumination without the horrible disco ball look some illuminators/highlighters provide. Further, because it is of a slightly drier texture, it doesn't make me look greasy! Score!
This collection was filled with goodies for the eyes, and I couldn't be happier!
Nars' cream eyeshadows come in stick form and are called velvet sticks. I got my hands on two extremely versatile shades: Purple and Black.
[Velvet Shadow Sticks (RM98 each)]
[Velvet Shadow Sticks in Nunavut (Purple) and Flibuste (Black)]
They're so incredibly pigmented that I couldn't be happier, and I may actually need to acquire more of them. The black is just a flat, regular shade, but the purple is this beautiful plum-my shade that I still can't get over!
Now, how about some pictures of the products in action? Let's kick things off with the base, i.e. the illuminator
(Excuse the issue with the top pic as the Sun was not co-operating!)
I used the illuminator on the tops of my cheekbones, feathered out from the middle of my forehead, down my nose, over my cupid's bow and on my chin. You can see that it truly does provide a very subtle bit of illumination that works wonderfully!
And, of course, the velvet shadow sticks!
[Velvet Shadow Stick in Nunavut - Blended Out]
[Velvet Shadow Stick in Flibuste - Applied and Blended Lightly in the Outer-V]
I would suggest using an eye primer with the velvet sticks though as they will crease throughout the day without one.
And for good measure, a bit of a smokey eye using the shades in the palette!
[All Smoked Out]
And a more neutral eye:
And a similar look, with purple, instead of black in the outer-v!
This collection is definitely one to get your hands out. It's been out in Malaysia since January, and it's worth checking out!