I know, I know, it's about time, right?! Like the rest of the beauty community, I seriously lost my marbles when I heard the smallest sliver of a rumor of this palette! It's no secret that NARS is my favorite brand. I don't own MANY products from them because, well, it's not exactly a student-budget-friendly brand, LOL! Having said that, the products I've had the pleasure to own or play with have been exceptionally amazing. I've always wanted to dive into their eyeshadows but I could never justify the price or the size. The size of the pan comapred to the price was actually quite good because the pans are HUGE but ... who needs THAT much of ONE shade? So when I saw that they were releasing this NARSissist Eye Shadow palette, featuring 15 shades from their line of singles and duos, I was sold, instantaneously!
I didn't want to review this as soon as I got it because that seems to be what a lot of people did which has resulted in a clusterfuck (oups :D) of mixed opinions. You either really love it or are severly disappointed with it. I, after having it and using it for about a month, have come to the conclusion that it is a magically magnificent palette, haha. Okay, with a not so magnificent price of $75. The price is steep. There's no skirting around it, because it's, well, yikes. I've done the math for you and it comes out to $5 a pan and each pan has .003 oz of product, which is still ACK. But beauty addicts are not concrete mathematicians and depending on how much we love something will reflect on wether or not we think it's worth the splurge. Does that make sense? Haha, I hope so.
Now that price and math is out of the way, the packaging. Simplistically and classically NARS with the rubberized black packagining. The palette is the same size as their One Night Stand blush palette. It comes equipped with a super handy and large mirror for make up on the go. The one gripe is that the packaging will get dirty and quick. Personally, I don't mind that because it shows the wear and love of a products, but if it bugs you that's something to note!
On to the shades themeselves! I'm absolutely in love with the left half of shadows and super intimidated by the right half of darker shades. The quality of the shadows varies throughout the palette, and honestly some of the darker colors are on the dry side, but they're still smooth when applied to the lid with a fluffy brush. The lighter shades and the more taupe ones are super smooth and more buttery My favorites are the first three in the top row and the second of each the middle and bottom row. Oh, another thing, I have no idea what these shadows are named except for Mekong. I know they have them on the NARS website, but I, for the life of me, can't tell which is which, which, (take three shots) well, sucks. The pigmentation is still great on a majority of them, as well as the lasting power. I've been super lazy lately and just not even bothering with primer and these pups stay on so well for a good 4 hours, up until I start rubbing at my eyeballs, haha. Over primer, forget about it- they'll last until you go to rremove your make up!
SO, all in all, I really think this is a stand out palette. I'm ecstatic to have it in my collection and it has been getting so much love from me. The price tag is a bit crazy, but what do you expect from NARS? If you're a fan of NARS eyeshadows and don't have any or just a few of them, this is a great way to try them out and have a whole collection in just one palette. Can you live without this palette? Absolutely, but if you can afford it and want, I say give it a go and see for yourself. It's a great palette with a variety of shades, tones, and finishes. It'll be great to travel with because of the large mirror, how compact it is and how versatile it can prove to be. I'd say it's better than the NAKED palettes, but that's an opinion I'm sure I'll be in the minority of having ;D