Captivated by Alluring Aquatics

The weather is finally heating up, and so is MAC,  since launching their best collection in recent history, Alluring Aquatics.  The internet has been buzzing with anticipation since the collection was leaked early this year.  You will be lured in with a vast array of products that are bound to make waves with most everyone.  The collection features, 2 bronzers, 2 extra dimension bronzers, 2 extra dimension blushes, 6 extra dimension eye shadows, 5 lipsticks, and 5 lip glasses.  They also have a few brushes, a makeup bag, and liners, but I did not opt for any of those items.

The colors and products are amazing, but truth be told, the packaging is what knocked this collection out of the park.  Yes, the products themselves are amazing, but I can’t even with the packaging.  As you know, MAC’s normal packaging is sleek, black, and nice, but let’s face it, not the most exciting.  The packaging for the Alluring Aquatics collection is an eye popping teal, complete with raised water droplets dispersed on the package.  It is phenomenal.  It most definitely is alluring as the title suggests, and looks as though it would adorn a gorgeous mermaid’s vanity. Aside from the packaging, which I quite honestly can’t get enough of, the colors are bronzy and shimmery in nature.  They will transform you into a sea goddess, and add a lovely skin kissed glow to your skin.

Let’s start out with the bronzer.  The color that I selected is Aphrodite’s shell, and it is a lovely extra dimension bronzer.  It is a“golden bronze with a touch of fine shimmer.”  I think it adds the perfect glow to my pale skin.  I will warn you that unless you are fair, this most likely won’t show up on you.  I am Casper’s second cousin, so it is a good match for me.  In all seriousness though, It is subtle, but very pretty, and I would recommend it to other’s with similar skin tones.  I would go with delphic, which is another extra dimension bronzer, if you have a medium complexion.  There weren’t any colors really in the collection that I personally think would show up on dark complexions.  I also think that Aphrodite’s shell could moonlight as a pretty eyeshadow, and possibly a highlighter on those with darker skin.

I was so excited to order the blush, Seduced at Sea, as it is a peachy neutral, but they accidentally shipped the wrong color, Sea me, Hear me.  It is a a more mauvey color akin to Rockateur by benefit.  I had no plans of buying both, because although they look quite different in the pan, once on the cheeks, I have heard they look quite similar.  Nordstrom is correcting their mistake, and sending the proper color, so I will end up with both.  I am a fanatic though, so I am as pleased as punch to add both to my collection.  For the average Joe-sy, I would recommend going for Seduced at Sea if you have a lighter skin tone, and Sea me, Hear me, if you have darker skin.  It is not necessary to get both, as they are very similar.  They swatch like a dream, are silky smooth, and are very buildable.  They will both add that sun kissed look to your cheeks that is essential for summer.

I picked up three lipsticks from this collection, Pet me please, Enchanted one, and Mystical.  Pet me please is a ” light shimmering mauve [with a Frost finish].”  I don’t usually go with frost finishes, but this has a bronzy glow to it.  I know it is not for everyone, but it is something unique that I am glad to add to my collection.  Enchanted one is one of my favorites, and it is a “mid-tone neutral pink [with a Matte finish].”  It is one of those your lips, but better colors.  I like adding a gloss, Water Deities , from this collection over it, and they look gorgeous together.  The last lipstick that I purchased, Mystical, is a “mid-tone creamy rose [with a Cremesheen finish].”  Mystical is another nice color, and something that I normally wouldn’t pick out, but I am glad to have it.  I tend to normally stick to pink pinks, and nudes.

I got the lip glass in Water Deities, and it is marketed as a “light bronzy pink.”  This is an absolutely gorgeous color that can be worn on it’s own, or worn over a multitude of lipsticks.  I wasn’t planning on purchasing this either, but once I saw it in person, I couldn’t turn it down.

Now for the piece de resistance, the extra dimension eyeshadows.  I purchased all 6 of them, because this shadows are not only gorgeous, but have a stunning formula, and apply like a dream.  They blend easily, are pigmented, and have a gorgeous shimmer.  I was not disappointed in any of these shadows, and in fact, they went above and beyond my expectations.  The colors are as follows Soul Serenade, (“deep plum brown.”) Sea worship (“tarnished olive.”) Fathoms Deep ( “deep blue.”), Lorelei (“golden beige.”), Silver Sun (mid tone dirty sea foam green), and Legendary Lure ( “deep cerulean.”).  This colors are seriously stunning, and have to be my favorite thing in the collection.  MAC shadows are usually fantastic, but these, are just amazing.  I have applied these shadows both wet, and dry, and I just can’t get enough.  I like to spray my brush with some fix plus, and then dip into the shadow for a  more vibrant look.  I think reapply a dry layer on top, and the color payoff is phenomenal.

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Are you salivating yet?  I know I am, and they are all now part of my collection.  Dive right in, and try these beauties out for yourself. Some dream in color, but I dream in palettes.

 

Your’s Truly,

 

Politely Pink

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Blushing Beauties

If you are familiar with the makeup world, you have probably heard the buzz about the Ambient lighting blushes by Hourglass.  The release was very anticipated, and these blushes were sold out, when they were first released online.  They are back in stock, and flying off of the shelves.  It’s not just a regular blush, but a hybrid of a gorgeous blush color, mixed with an ambient lighting powder.  The various lighting effects from their highlighting line, are paired with gorgeous colors to create a blush fit for a queen.

When it comes to blushes, I admit that I am a junkie, but my absolute favorites are coral in nature.  This line has 6 colors to choose from, so I knew that one of the ones that I selected would have to be the coral color, Dim Infusion.  The coral is infused with Dim light to create a warmth to the face, and leaves an absolutely gorgeous glow.  I was deciding between Diffused Heat, and Luminous Flush, because I had heard that they swatted very similarly, and upon further inspection I found that t be true.  The second blush that I selected was Luminous Flush, which is a Champagne Rose infused with Luminous Light to almost give a candlelit glow effect.  Depending on the light it can have a pinky peachy hue that is absolutely gorgeous on the skin.

How did these blushes feel?  They were silky smooth, and not powdery at all.  The product was so finely milled, and when swatted on the skin or applied to the cheeks, it just glided on effortlessly.  I will say that the Dim Infusion is very pigmented on my pale skin, but I can see how it wouldn’t show up on darker skin tones well.  It is very buildible, so you have the option to build up the color.  I did not need a lot at all to see the gorgeous color on my cheeks.  The Luminous Flush on the other hand is very pigmented, as in I need to apply it with a light hand.  It would work on a variety of skin tones, even those with darker complexions.  I do not have to build color at all with the Luminous Flush, and like I said, I need to use a light hand.  They are  both gorgeous colors, and blend seamlessly into the skin.  They are not shimmery in the sense that they make your cheeks sparkle, but they provide a gorgeous glow to your skin.  Such a unique and gorgeous product.  After trying these two shades, I want more.  I simply cannot get enough.

The packing is beautiful as usual. They are packaged in sleek soft gold mirrored compact that just oozes luxury.

You can find these blushes at your local department store, or Sephora for $35.  I would absolutely recommend these blushes, and they will be a well loved product in my collection.

Here are some pictures of the blushes, and swatches on my hand as well.

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Dim Infusion                                                      Luminous Flush

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Dim Infusion and Luminous Flush

If you want to be a blushing beauty with a a lovely glow this Spring, run, do not, to your local Sephora to swatch these beauties.  If you have tried them, let me know what you think!

Some dream in color, but i dream in palettes.

Yours Truly,

Politely Pink

Spring forward with bright lipsticks

Are you tired of these cold snowy days, and trudging through the treacherous  ice and slush?  Longing for the sun, warm weather, and outdoor activities that don’t involve dressing up like the Michelin man?  Maybe it’s time to pack away the winter blues, and break out some fun lip colors.  Spring is right around the corner after all.

I am a total pink fanatic, and I couldn’t wait to try out some new fun lipstick shades.  I have a pretty vast lipstick collection that I am quite fond of, but picking up new products from Urban Decay, and Lime Crime were in order.  The new UD formula’s hit the shelves last year, and I had been eyeing Lime Crime for a while.  These lipsticks are not new on the market, but I didn’t own any in either line.  I will be reviewing 3 lipsticks from each collection, complete with swatches.

Let’s start out with the Lime Crime lipsticks.  I have seen these all over youtube, and I have been lusting after them for a while.  Aside from the cutest packaging I have ever seen, they were said to be ultra smooth, and have fabulous pigmentation.  I just had to get my hands on them.  Lime Crime’s line has a lot of, well for lack of a better word, colors that are “out there.”  They have colors ranging from pinks, to yellow, green, blue, purple, orange, and black.  Yes, I said black.  While I am a makeup fanatic, I am not really interested in wearing a yellow lip.  I chose colors in the pink and coral family.

The three colors that I selected were Geradium, Countessa Flourescent, and Great Pink Planet.  I also wanted to pick up cult favorites in the shades Babette, and Coquette, but those are unavailable at this time.  The first shade, Geradium, is a gorgeous pink coral shade that will surely make you feel like you are among the blooming flowers, and trees.  The next shade, Countessa Flourescent is a bright pink, and then the third shade, Great Pink Planet, is a light pastel pink.  That is a nice variety, coral pink, bright pink, and pastel pink.

I found these lipsticks to be extremely opaque, and they went on very smoothly.  They are not at all drying, and have a vanilla like scent.  Another plus for this product is that they are 100% cruelty free, and are marketed as a vegan lipstick.  The packaging is the cutest lipstick packaging I have ever seen.  They are in a purple tube, complete with silver stars, and a unicorn.  How much cuter can you get?  They look adorable on my vanity, and would love to add a few more to my collection.  You cannot find these lipsticks  in Sephora or Ulta stores, but you can order online from limecrime.com, or from urban outfitters for $18 a piece.

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From left to right Great Pink Planet, Countessa Flourescent, and Geradium.  

The next three lipsticks I purchased were from Urban Decay.  The UD Revolution lipsticks have a creamy nourishing formula, which will leave your lips feeling hydrated.  I picked up the three shades Streak, Obsessed, and Turn on.  Obsessed is a bright baby pink,  Streak is a coral pink, and Turn on is a rosy pink.  They are packaged in a sleek gunmetal like tube, with “Urban Decay” embossed on one side.  The packaging is quite attractive, and definitely looks high-end to me.  I did not notice any particular smell at all upon opening the product, but you can almost see its hydrating properties, as it glistens.  The colors are gorgeous, and are also very pigmented.  They are velvety smooth, and honestly the most hydrating lipstick I have ever used.  The formula is just so smooth, and I will be purchasing more in the future.  You can find these at Sephora, Ulta, and urbandecay.com for $22. Urban Decay hits this one out of the park.

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From left to right Obsessed, Turn on, and Streak.  

I went ahead and swatched all 6 colors from both lines together, and upon further inspection, I picked similar shades in each line.  Totally not planned, but I am very drawn to pinks and corals.

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Overall, I am pleased with both lines, and I will be interested in purchasing more in the future.  Just looking at the vibrant colors, gets me excited for Spring.  I know one thing, I will be springing forward with well dressed lips, and so should you.

Some dream in color, but I dream in palettes.

Yours Truly,

Politely Pink

Top 10 Holy Grail Products

As a girl that is obsessed with makeup, I obviously don’t use the same products day in and and day out.  I have so many choices in my collection, that I could wear countless combinations without repeating anything for a VERY long time.  With that being said I do have “holy grail” products, or products that are my absolute faves, and I must have them in my collection at all times.  I would like to share some of these products with you to maybe give you some inspiration or ideas of products to try.  I love reading about other people’s holy grail products, because they always inspire me to try something different, and often times I find new products that I love that way.

  1. Moisturizer – This is a HUGE holy grail for me, because the first step to any successful makeup routine is good skin care.  I have very sensitive skin.  My skin is so sensitive that  I have gotten chemical burns from different face washes.  Yes, just face washes.  My skin is very dry, in addition to being sensitive, so a nice moisturizer that is delicate is a must for me.  The moisturizer I swear by, and will never stray from is Clinique’s Moisture Surge.  It is absolutely fabulous.  It gives my skin proper hydration, and is perfect for my delicate skin, and causes no skin reactions.  For anyone with dry/sensitive skin, I cannot recommend this moisturizer enough.  You can find it at your local department store, Sephora, or Ulta for around $37.00.  It lasts me awhile, and is well worth that price tag.  image
  2. Face Primer – This is a step that many years ago, I did not know existed, let alone, know that it made a difference. Primers are wonderful things that actually hold many benefits.  Firstly, they smooth out skin, reduce the appearance of pores, and even out your skin tone.  My biggest problem, aside from dryness, which I have taken care of with the moisturizer, is redness.  I can get blotchy red areas on my cheeks and around my nose.  Most of the time, it isn’t terrible, with my updated skin care routine, but it still exists.  Some people have large visible pores, and some primers cater to that. Primers can also just smooth out troubled skin, and even things up a bit.  Primers also can help fill in lines and wrinkles.  One of the greatest reasons for primers, as if that isn’t enough, is that it actually helps your foundation last longer throughout the day.  Of course you have to find the right formula for your skin, and it needs to work well with your foundation of choice, but when those things are right, the results are wonderful. My go to primer is Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer, in the green bottle.  This particular formula helps combat the redness.  The green offsets the troublesome redness, and gives your skin an overall even finish.  This product can also be found at your local department store, Sephora or Ulta for around $38.00.  You only need a little bit of this product, so it will last you a very long time.  You do not need much product to make a difference.  image
  3. Eye primer-  Eye primer serves a similar purpose, as it helps your shadow to not only stay all day, but prevents creasing, assists with discoloration and helps colors show up more vibrantly.  My go to for this is Urban Decay’s Eye shadow Primer Potion. This is another product that lasts me forever, because you only need a tiny tiny amount applied to each lid.  You can buy a big tube at Sephora, or Ulta for $20 or a small tube for $10.  image
  4. Foundation – There are several that I like, love even, but my most favorite Holy Grail foundation is Nars Sheer Glow.  This foundation is everything I want in a foundation.  It provides great coverage, is fairly light, and gives a dewy finish to my skin.  Like I mentioned previously, I have dry skin, so a formula that suits my skin best, is one that provides a dewy finish.  If your skin is oily, this is not the foundation for you, but for all of you girls with dry skin, try it, and you will never go back.  I use a very tiny amount, put it on the back of my hand, and dab my Sigma F80 Kabuki brush in it, and apply to my face.  It provides a flawless finish.  You can find Sheer Glow at Sephora, or your local Department store for around $45.  Again, worth the splurge.  image
  5. Blush –  I am a total blush junkie.  I have a huge blush collection, and I enjoy each and every one of them, but my all time favorite blush is MAC’s Melba.  When you look at it in the pan, it looks rather dull, but on the skin, it is absolutely stunning.  It is a matte peach, and I will always need this blush in my collection.  I am so far from hitting pan, but once I do, I will be picking this up again.  It is one of those colors that actually complements most skin tones, and looks good on people whether they have warm or cool undertones.  You can find this blush at your local MAC counter at a department store, or MAC.  It retails for $21.I also adore all of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blushes, especially Blissful.  I would venture to say that these are holy grail as well.  They can be found at Sephora or Ulta for $26  imageimageimageimageimage
  6. Mascara – Mascara is one of the things that I am always searching for the next best thing.  I have lots that I love, but one that I always come back to and need in my collection forever is Benefit’s They’re Real.  It is a waterproof formula that is actually not impossible to take off.  It also leaves my lashes long and thick.  You can purchase this from a department store, Sephora, or Ulta for $23.  image
  7. Bronzer- Again, I have a vast array of loves in this category, but my winner is Tarte’s Park Avenue Princess.  This bronzer has wonderful color payoff, goes on smoothly, lasts all day, and does not make you look like an Oompa Loompa. You can pick this up once again at your local Sephora or Ulta, and will run you about $29.  imageimageimage
  8. Highlighter – My absolute favorite highlighter is Dior’s Amber Diamond.  This is the most beautiful highlighter I have ever used, and I never want to be without it. It has a range of colors that you can use individually, or you can just use them all at once, which is what I do.  I take my brush, swirl it around all of the shades, and apply.  It has a champagne gold bronze shimmer, which complements both warm and cool skin tones alike.  I highly recommend this.  You can find this at your local department store or Sephora for $45.  imageimageimage
  9. Brows – I have two products that are my holy grail on my eyebrows, and they are both from different companies.  I am absolutely in love with Anastaisia’s Brow Wiz which retails for $21 at Sephora or Ulta.  I like to use the Brow Wiz in conjunction with Benefit’s Gimme Brow for $22.  You can also find this at Sephora, Ulta, or your local department store.  Gimme Brow is a brush on fiber gel, which is waterproof, and long wearing.  You can use this product alone, but I love to use it with the Brow Wiz.  You can have the perfect brows with these two products.  image
  10. Finishing Spray – MAC Fix +/ Mineralized Charged Water Skin Hydrating Mist.  I love them both, and they have multiple uses.  I use them on my face to set my makeup, and I also can spray it on a dry eyeshadow brush to apply shadows wet.  This will intensify the color, and really make the color stand out.  This product is another component of hydrating the face, and helps to set your makeup to last throughout the day.  I also apply the Mneralized Charged Water Skin Hydrating Mist on after moisturizer to help lock it in.  Both of these can be purchased at MAC stores, and your local department stores for $21 and $23 dollars.  image

These are not all of my products, but these are certainly some of my favorites.  I did not mention eye shadows, concealers, lipsticks, lip products, or liners, simply because I have too many favorites to pick just one holy grail.  Sure, I certainly have favorites, but lots of favorites.  This list is just my top 10 Holy Grail products.  If you would like an in depth review or any of the above, please let me know.  I will also be sharing my favorites in these other categories, and expand on other products in the categories above in future posts, so stay tuned.

I would also like to add a weekly question and answer segment, so if you have any specific make up questions, product recommendations, how to’s or what not, please submit those to me.  You can leave a comment in this post, email me at apalettepassion@gmail.com, or ask me on instagram or twitter as well.  I will be adding those buttons to my page, but in the meantime, you can do a search for me, apalettepassion.  Thank you for all of your support, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Some dream in color, but I dream in palettes.

Your’s Truly,

Politely Pink

The Palette Tag

There is  tag post going around the make up blogging and YouTube world that has you answer 10 questions with the palette that you think most describes the one in your collection.  You aren’t supposed to use palettes that are created by you, like MAC or a z palette, but ones that you can buy ready-made.  You should also not use the same palette for an answer in multiple questions.  I will say that this was a tough one, because I have SO MANY palettes.  These are only 10 of my many palettes, but some of my favorites.

  1. Best Packaging  For the best packaging, I am going to give that award to one of my newest palettes, Too Faced “Chocolate bar”  I love the tin packaging, because it is super durable, and the palette is just an all around win.  It is super cute, and looks every bit like a chocolate bar.  imageimage
  2. Best Color Payoff  This was a really tough question.  I have so many I want to put here, but I don’t want to either duplicate, or have multiple answers.  I am going to go with the first “Naked Palette” by Urban Decay, because the color payoff is simply fantastic.  imageimage
  3. Most Versatile  For the most versatile, I picked “Naked 2”.  I just absolutely adore it, and it is one of my favs.  There are so many looks you can create with it, even though it is a nude palette.  imageimage
  4. Best for Traveling  Naked basics”, because it is such a cute little palette, that is perfect for travel.  Let’s be honest though, this is never the only palette I will take anywhere.  haha  imageimage
  5. Biggest Regret  Well I don’t really regret any, because I am a palette collector, but if I had to pick one it would be Tarte “The Starlet “(their 2011 holiday) just because it is so big and bulky.  I don’t think I have used it either.  The packaging is pretty, but honestly is tucked away in a drawer.  It is huge. You definitely can’t travel with it, and it’s just not the most convenient to use, but it is pretty nonetheless.    imageimage
  6. Best Color Names  For this one, Too Faced wins again with it’s “My Favorite Things Palette”.  With names like Whiskers on Kittens, Cream Colored Ponies, and Moon on Their Wings, how can it not win?  imageimageimageimage
  7. Least Used  I think Tarte’s “Carried Away Palette“, simply because I haven’t used it yet.  I am the Palette Queen, so I have so so many, and I forget what I have.  I need to rotate them.    imageimage
  8. Most Used Another tough one, there are so many, but I will say Smashbox “Heatwave Palette”.  I absolutely love this palette.  It is so amazing, and the shadows can be used either wet or dry.  imageimage
  9. Most Loved  “Lorac Pro” I think is my winner for most love.  It could win any of these categories aside from least used, and biggest regret.  This palette is high quality, and just amazing.  If I could only have one palette, oh god that is a total nightmare, this would be the palette.    imageimage
  10. Desert Island  I will stick with the desert island theme and go with Sigma “The Resort Palette”.  I love this palette, and would be perfect for an island paradise.  I would totally rock these bold pigmented colors on the beach.    imageimage

If you have any questions for me about these palettes, or would like to see a review on any of the individual palettes, please leave a comment and let me know.  I know these pictures show them in their used state, so they do have a bit of shadow on them.  They are very loved, as you can see.

Some dream of color, but I dream in palettes.

Yours Truly,

Politely Pink

Diorshow Fusion Mono Shadows

Just as Christian Dior suggests, beauty does require some zest.  Every woman deserves to have something  special,  something extraordinary,  in her makeup collection.  I believe in your makeup look, albeit daytime or evening, you should pick a feature to play up, and the other features should be subdued, or not competing.  If you are going with a bold lip, I would suggest a neutral eye, and cheek.  If you want glamorous eyes as your showcase, then go with a neutral or toned down lip and cheek.  Within those parameters, I think it is good to have a product in your collection that gives you that certain zest, that is luxurious.  I have the perfect product today for you if you want that special zest in your eye collection, and it is Dior’s Diorshow Fusion Mono shadows.

These shadows are sold individually at your local department store, or most Sephora locations for $30 a piece.  I know they are a bit pricey, but these shadows are the ultimate luxury, and you will not be disappointed.  I first heard of these shadows on youtube, and people raved about them.  I went and swatched some shades, with the intention of only purchasing one, and ended up taking 4, yes 4, home.  I don’t typically buy a lot of single shadows, since I am a palette girl, and figure that I get a better bang for my buck that way.  Don’t get me wrong, I do have several singles, but I rarely ever purchase that way anymore.  These shadows blew my mind though.  They are not a powder, but they are a mixture between a creme and a gel.

These shadows blend and perform like a dream, and have amazing color pigmentation.  Most of the shadows, and all of the ones I have are very shimmery, but they did just release a few matte colors.  If you don’t like shimmer these aren’t for you, but if you do, wow, they are amazing.  The color is also very buildable, so the coverage can be very opaque or sheer.  I just love them.  They also have good staying power, and I found them to last throughout the day.

These shadows would look just beautiful alone on the lid for a simple look, or you can use your favorite shadows and top them with one of these colors for a major pop.  The colors that I selected are Cosmos, which is a steely blue, Millenium, which is a bronzey pewter, Chimere, which is a rose gold color with a peachy pink base, and finally Meteore, which is a coppery gold color.  These shades are phenomenal.  Absolutely amazing, and definitely will that zest to your look.   I will enclose some swatches below, and a few pictures of the product itself.

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Of course as you might guess, I would definitely recommend these shadows.  They are so easy to work with, and are an absolute dream.  Add a little luxury and zest to your look with these fabulous shadows.  Have a wonderful Valentine’s day, and be sure to treat yourself.

Some dream in color, but I dream in palettes

Yours Truly,

Politely Pink

Narsissist Palette

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The term Narcissist can be defined by the following:

Someone in love with themselves.

 Excessive love or admiration of oneself. See Synonyms at conceit.
 A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.
Erotic pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one’s own body or self, especially as a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development.
The attribute of the human psyche characterized by admiration of oneself but within normal limits.
     My blog post today is not going to be about someone with excessive love or admiration for themselves, but I will be talking about a Narsissist instead.  Yes, I said Narsissist, not Narcissist.  The Narsissist is an eye shadow palette brought to us by the one and only Nars.     It has been one of my most anticipated palettes of the year, yes I know it is only February, but focus people.  Billed as a palette with 15 shades of neutral splendor, by a company with such fabulous products, of course I was on board.  It was pricey compared to most palettes at $79, but that is to be expected from Nars.  Most palettes by other companies think the Balm, Too Faced, Tarte, and Urban Decay, range, I would say, between $35-52.
     When I first saw the pictures leaked on the internet I was drooling, and I knew that I had to have this.  Of course I have just about every neutral palette known to man, but I need this nonetheless.  I do own several Nars products, but I didn’t own any of their eye shadows.  Most of these shades are ones in their regular line, and with their duos going for $35 a pop, this even for $79 is a steal.  There are 15 colors, with a mix of both matte and shimmers.
     I will say that when I first read some reviews, I was more than disappointed.  People who got their hands on the palette early gave a bunch of mixed reviews.  Some saying it was fabulous, and some saying it was horrible, and didn’t compare to the single shades.  I would not let that discourage me however, I still put in my iphone a reminder to order at midnight on February first, because I knew that this had to be mine.  I kept watching, and reading reviews, but they were no less confusing than when I started my research.  Some raved, and some ranted incessantly.
     I noticed a pattern though that put my mind at ease a bit.  People who owned the colors in single or duo forms were generally the ones ranting, because the colors did not match their old shadows.  Others who were delving into the Nars eye shadow world for the first time, were pleased and loved the palette just as well.  It gave me hope, that I might like it as well.
     I could not contain my excitement the day that UPS delivered my Sephora box.  I dug into it, and opened the palette immediately, and I gasped because it was even more gorgeous in person.
     The first time I swatched the shades, I will admit I was hesitant, because they weren’t coming off as the most pigmented in the world.  I continued to play with it, and funny how my love for it grew.  Keep in mind that I don’t own any singles or duos, so I have nothing to compare these colors to.  I think when you first swatch the shades there is some sort of film on them that doesn’t show the true color of the shades, because the more I played with it, the better the colors showed up.  The more pigmented they became.  They are smooth for the most part, and I rather enjoy them.  The range of neutrals is very nice, and I love the mix of both mattes and shimmers.  I think the color that is the least smooth would be the black, it was a bit chalky, and the color payoff wasn’t the best, but I am going to be honest, and say that is my least used color anyway.  Most of my palettes all have a black shade, and I rarely use them.  I realize to some, this is a deal breaker, but to me I am meh about it.
      These shades are very nice, especially on the eyes.  I think they are easy to work with, and I would most definitely recommend it to a friend.  I am going to tell you who I recommend this palette for, because I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to everyone.  If you are someone who owns many of these colors in the single and duo form, I would NOT recommend you getting this palette.  I think you will be disappointed, as the shades are not exactly the same as their counterpart in the palette.  If you are someone who is newly into makeup, and you want a little splurge to get the best bang for your buck on some neutrals, I would also NOT recommend this palette.  I think for those that are new to the makeup world $79 on a palette is too much, especially when you can get the Lorac Pro Palette, or even any of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes for much less.  I think those are a better starting point to delve into the high end makeup.
     I WOULD recommend this to fellow palette lovers.  I think this is a great palette, and I don’t regret it in the least.  I think I will get a lot of use out of it.  If you are someone who already has the basics, and you want to move into something more, and enter the world of Nars, I think that this is for you.  I could have bought these shades in duos, and would have spent a lot more, but now, I have them in a handy little palette.
      I know this review is a little confusing, because I love it, but would not recommend it for everyone.  Like I said, it depends on who you are and what your focus is.  I happen to love it, but I know that it is not for everyone.  I have a feeling most people reading this review are makeup addicts like myself, so most likely if you are reading, this palette is for you as well.
Some dream in color, but I dream in palettes
Yours Truly,
Politely Pink