When Nars announced their Loaded eyeshadow palette, I cannot tell you how excited I was. There is just something about bronzes and golds on the eyes which excites me no end. And this palette has a really great mix of colors with some oranges and browns thrown in as well, and seemed like the perfect eyeshadow palette for everyday or a night out that I just had to have it. Paired with new gorgeous packaging of Nars products and I was sold !

The NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow palette is very sleek and has a mirrored front, which looks amazing and also doesn’t catch fingerprints like other Nars products, so that is definitely a massive improvement. It has 12 eyeshadows, ranging from lighter brow bone highlight shades to bronze and smoky brown shades.

The Bling Factor - Nars Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

Nars Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

Fun fact, I actually got this palette a while ago, and I had the swatches done more than a month ago. But somehow never really got to write up a review on it, probably because I was away, and a bit busy with other newer releases. But, my attention returned to this palette, after a recent change in policy at Nars, which I will touch upon at the end of the post.

From Sephora,

What it is:
An irresistible, limited-edition palette of 12 velvety shadows for rich eye looks with high pigment and high payoff.

What it does:
This eyeshadow palette is filled with 12 must-have neutrals in a just-released, sensorial eyeshadow formula that’s designed to impart your richest looks yet. Curated with a full lineup of essential shades—from creamy nudes to decadent darks in matte and shimmering finishes—this potent spectrum also features both cool and warm toned neutrals for ultimate versatility.

The NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette is specially curated by NARS artists to provide the most flattering range of neutral eyeshadows for all skin ones. Encased in an ultra-chic, mirrored palette, it packs a portable arsenal of next-level neutrals that transform your look from day to night—soft to smoldering—right in the palm of your hand.

This set contains:
– 12 x 0.04 oz/ 1.4 g Eyeshadow in Newbury Street (white gold shimmer), Windsor (warm beige matte), Privilege (gold metallic), Dover (neutral brown matte), Foix (peach matte), Castille (umber brown matte), Alnwick (copper shimmer), Beaumaris (chocolate brown shimmer), Splendor (pewter sparkle), Versailles (bronze shimmer), Montaillou (dark brown matte), Reale (black satin)

What else you need to know:
All 12 limited-edition eyeshadows are NARS’ highest pigment, highest payoff yet. Its botanical infusion of pomegranate seed oil, vitamin E, and gingko biloba extract—known to help smooth skin—creates the perfect base for effortless blending, while delivering rich, saturated color. The result: looks loaded with decadent dimension with a smooth finish.

“The best way to charm someone is with direct eye contact, so having the right eye makeup is crucial.”—François Nars, Founder and Creative Director

The Bling Factor - Nars Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

Nars Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

So the palette has 12 eyeshadows with a mirror included in the palette, and this palette is a warm eyeshadow lovers dream. It is not as sparkly or warm as the Natasha Denona palette (reviewed here), but it is quite warm themed. And you can create a very light, daytime look and take to a really smoky night time look as well.

The Bling Factor - Nars Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

Nars Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

The palette has a beautiful mix of shimmers, satin and mattes. And none of them have given me any trouble, none of them are patchy. They wear long, and are quite pigmented. It is also the perfect size for travel, and is sturdy enough to be popped into your bag for any touch ups or changing up your look for the day (which I do all the time).

The Bling Factor - Nars Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

Nars Loaded Eyeshadow Palette Swatches. From wrist out – Newbury Street, Windsor, Privilege, Dover, Foix, Castille, Alnwick, Beaumaris, Splendor, Versailles, Montaillou and Reale.

I think that if you are someone who is into the orange eyeshadow trend, but do not want to go the full route, instead prefer muted hues, then this would be a great choice, as the shades are not too bold or overwhelming and are quite wearable. I also feel like the price is perfect, it is expected price point for Nars.

Recently, Nars also have changed their stance from cruelty free to NOT cruelty free. As someone who *tries* to not buy most of the non cruelty free brands, it was quite a blow when one of my favorite cruelty free brands changed sides, I was disappointed quite a bit. Nars was one of the brands that I looked to for dupes, simpler because of they sheer range of colors and finishes. But now, I will have to look more to other brands.

You can find the Nars Loaded eyeshadow palette at Sephora here. Overall thoughts, I like this palette and do think it is something to look into if you like the shades in it. What do you think ? Did/do you like this ? Or is it a pass?




  1. June 29, 2017 / 08:30

    Seeing the 2 orange shades in the middle made me scared of this palette, but it actually looks beautiful! I love your swatches. I am not someone who specifically tries to buy cruelty-free, but this move really bothers me. I think NARS had been setting a good example, and now I worry other brands will revert as well. Beautiful review girl!!

    Jenn │ Beauty by Jelly Bean

    • June 29, 2017 / 09:23

      Thank you Jenn ! The colors are all more muted and I think that’s what makes this palette really effortless. I really do want to use as many cruelty free products as possible, but I do buy other brands. My main issue with this is their lack of actually owning up to it by themselves first, because they know a majority of their customers do shop Nars because it is cruelty free. They only bothered to respond when so many people voiced their concern. Probably have to be thankful that they responded at the least, but that’s such a low standard to meet.

      I’m honestly not sure if I want to buy any more Nars products, I’m undecided. But like you said, it certainly does not bode well for the beauty industry.

      Hope you have a great end to the work week and get some time off to pamper yourself gorgeous ! Xx

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