NARS certainly are guiding me towards bankruptcy with all their new launches but when palettes are as pretty as their Gifting Collection I can quickly forgive and forget. Newly launched and exclusive to the House of Fraser (but still available on the NARS site should House of Fraser sell out) is two new six pan eyeshadow palettes that most beauty junkies will find hard to pass up. If you are a fan of pink and purple shades then your next purchase may well be NARS Fairy Kiss Palette but if like myself your make-up affections run more neutral you may want to invest in the NARS Ride Up to the Moon Eyeshadow Palette...I know I did.
What can I possibly say about NARS packaging that hasn't be said or typed a hundred times over?
Nothing! However for those new to the brand you should note that the company uses a rubberised matte black casing style that can get fairly grubby quickly - the good news is that it does wipe clean fairly easily and that the point of the rubber is to absorb shock from bumps and bangs preventing the product from shattering. That of course is up for debate but on the plus side all their products come complete with a mirror.
As mentioned above with the NARS Gifting Collection there is two palettes to pick and choose from each with six fairly small eyeshadow pans - not so small that you can not fit a brush into them nor a fingertip but a lot dinkier in size (1g to be precise) compared to a typical solo eyeshadow. The Ride Up to the Moon Eyeshadow Palette features five neutral shades (four shimmer, one matte) and one surprise pop of colour in a deep jungle green (shimmer). Although not a neutral shade the green is somewhat muted, more black than anything and works really well with the other shades within the palette most notably the bright golden shade. Annoyingly the shades have not be named on the back of the palette nor the packaging but I should warn that firm fans of NARS eyeshadows may well have some of the shades featured as only one is limited edition.
Argentina (L.E) - Light pale gold, neutral in tone with a soft well pigmented formula.
Isolde - A bright metallic amber shade - very similar to MAC Amber Lights. Same formula as above.
Night Porter - A deep metallic jungle green that can reflect more black than green in some lights. Slightly drier than the other formulas and can pull a little chalky despite being a metallic formulation.
Biarritz - A yellow based matte cream, a little stark but a great soft, well pigmented formula.
Fez - A bright yellow based cocoa brown, truly gorgeous with a soft well pigmented formula.
Cordura - More of a glitter based shade than metallic and as a result a little dry, best described I would deem this to be a darkest brown with tiny golden flecks of glitter.
Yes I like this palette and on the whole I can not fault the formulation of the shades but I do wish that NARS Ride Up to the Moon featured six new and/or limited edition shades rather than 5 permanent shades alongside one special release. As with most eye shadows I do recommend using a primer with this kit (funnily enough NARS do a great one) to prolong the wear of the product, typically speaking with a primer NARS shadows tend to stay put for close to 9/10 hours on my oily lids and around 6 hours without a primer.
NARS Ride Up to the Moon Eyeshadow Palette £32 via House of Fraser - link
and the NARS website - link