Sometimes you feel like you’ve been waiting for something for ages, and those ‘Coming Soon…’ posts DO NOT help. NARS put up a picture of their new eye palette which was due to be launched soon, and that soon finally came last week. At the moment, it’s out of stock on the NARS website, so I feel very lucky to have got one.
I only have one other NARS eye palette – And God Invented The Woman, which I over-used at the beginning and started hitting pan so haven’t used it in a while. If you haven’t tried NARS eyeshadows before, then you should know that they are very very good. The metallics have a lovely finish, and the mattes are really blendable so they’re great for every day.
The Loaded Palette is an eyeshadow palette with 12 shades which has summer written all over it. The shadows are very pigmented and offer a velvety texture which is great for the bronze goddess in everyone. There’s a couple of golden shades there as well as some darker ones which will be ideal for the evenings. If I was going to Ibiza this year – this palette would be the only one I’d be taking with me – it’s got everything!
NARS products always come in sleek, sturdy packaging and this palette doesn’t disappoint. My rather poor photos don’t do it justice – it’s a fabulous metallic gold that’s like a gold bar really – reflective and shiny and true to what’s inside! The palettes are a good size and fit nicely in a handbag, and will look great on your dressing table. I’m going to try and not take this out of the house too much as this will scratch easily I’m sure!
(First row, left – right)
Newbury Street – A white gold, frost-finish eyeshadow with a strong finish.
Windsor – A neutral beige shade, matte finish which makes a great base colour. Needs to be built up a little bit.
Privilege – A warm yellow gold with a frost finish. Would probably apply better wet to get the best coverage.
Dover – A matte medium brown which is an excellent crease shade.
(Second row, left-right)
Foix – A matte peach (almost orange) shade which will make a great day base or with some pigment on top for evening.
Castille – A tan shade which complements Foix really well and blends really easily.
Alnwick – A stunning shade of copper which has a velvet finish and blends really well.
Beaumaris – A warm dark brown with a shimmer finish and applies like a dream.
(Third row, left-right)
Splendor – A rich taupe with a frost finish, lovely with the lighter shades or as a base.
Versailles – A frost bronze which has a gorgeous rich texture.
Montaillou – A matte, black/brown which needs a bit of work to blend well but has great colour pay-off.
Reale – A metallic, velvet black which has plenty of shimmer.
Palettes are a great way to invest in multiple shadows at once, and whilst the price tag can be a bit scary (£55…), you will get a lot of use out of the palette. I’m quite happy to pay for something that I’ll get a lot of use out of, and I knew I would with this palette before seeing it. There are so many great colour combinations that it’s going to be great for summer.
What did anger me about price however was the P&P price. It’s free if you spend over £50 (easy to do with NARS), but otherwise it’s £7 for standard delivery. That’s a lot. It means it will never be worth buying single items or even 2/3 smaller items from NARS because you’ll be spending a fortune in postage. What’s worse, is that it took over a week to arrive, and whilst there were some bank holidays, I’d have expected better if I’m honest. Next Day delivery was £9 and I definitely wasn’t going to pay that. So many other companies offer free delivery as standard or over £30 which is a much better deal, and they certainly don’t take over a week to arrive. It’s a minor thing, but means I won’t be putting regular orders in to NARS, I’ll have to pick my moments.
NARS have brought out an amazing palette here. If you love golden shades, you’ll love this and you’ll find plenty of looks to see you through summer. If you’re looking to invest in a good quality palette, I’d recommend this and the cheek ones too. A good one to add to your wishlist – I reckon you’ll be able to pick this up on ASOS soon and make the most of a discount code. If you know anyone heading to the US soon, ask them to pick one up for you as it’ll probably be around £46 there!
What do you think of this palette? Would you buy one ready for summer? Hit me up with your thoughts!