It's quite a while since I bought a Nars eyeshadow palette - not for any particular reason as they release beautiful ranges every year but I just own so many palettes and last year, put myself on a 'palette ban' of sorts (I did ok - bought three in total over the 12 months, I think). Earlier this year, I did a massive cull and gave friends and teenage girls I know, a pile of makeup. This wasn't with the intention of replacing them at all but when I first saw the Nars Afterglow Palette, it really caught my eye and then when I saw Laura's post on the palette, that was it, I had to order it! Serendipitously, Space NK sent an email offering £10 off my next order so I took that as a sign and went ahead and ordered the palette! It's limited edition and sold out in a lot of places so if you want to get your hands on it, don't delay!
I adore the burnt orange packaging of both the palette and the box it comes in. The palette is heavy plastic and feels very sturdy (I much prefer this to the rubberised packaging of old, which was protective but got grubby so easily). Inside is a mirror and 12 stunning eyeshadows in matte and shimmer finishes and it truly is more stunning in the flesh than any photo will justify. If warm tones are not your thing, you will not want to buy this palette but I LOVE warm tones, which is why I wanted it immediately - it's not just another warm-toned palette as the shade combination makes it a little different from others on the market.
When I first used it, I remembered why I had fallen in love with Nars shadows previously - the texture is that over-used term when it comes to describing shadows - buttery. It really is divine and even more beautiful on the lids than in swatches. The mattes, in general, are as buttery as the shimmers/metallic although First Taste is slightly drier in texture but it's a base product so I don't mind too much.
|All swatches unedited. From top to bottom: Riding High, Push It, Mad Love, Crushed, Whipped, Hot Line, Shadow Hill, First Taste.|
The shade selection gives the perfect balance for both day and night looks (as shown in Laura's post here) - you literally do the most basic, neutral eye look, to a night out glam look (for whenever we get to go out again) to an Insta-glam look, including the pinks. If the pink scares you or you think that it will make you look ill, (always my worry with pink), it won't because you'll be wearing it with other shades.The same with the bright orange shades - they really make your eyes pop when worn with the right combination of mattes.
|Swatches unedited From top to bottom: Bayadere 1, Trouble, Deep Cut , Guayaquil.|
I love everything about this palette and have no regrets in buying it. I am looking forward to playing with it more when I'm going out more frequently after this lockdown is over and I have my first date outfit planned already that this palette will work perfectly with.
If you're on the lookout for a new palette that isn't just neutral and isn't too 'out there' at the same time - a nice balance of shades, you can't go wrong with this one. The only issue is that it's limited edition so if you want it, buy today! £56 from Space NK!
Does this look like your kind of palette? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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