NARSissist L'Amour, Toujours, L'Amour Eyeshadow palette review
Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea and now we’ve got the new, limited edition L’Amour, Toujours, L'Amour palette from NARS. Your bank balances might not thank you for it, but yes, you probably do need both. Honest.
L’Amour, Tourjours, L'Amour features twelve new shades, with a mix of day-to-day neutrals and a few stronger, smokier shades. Annoyingly, they haven’t given them proper shade names which I think is slightly disappointing, instead labelling them up with Roman Numerals from 1 to 12. Shades 1 to 4 are probably the ones that will get used the most – think soft barley whites, light golds and a deeper black shade. The second and third rows feature a mix of shades from a deep electric blue through to a beautiful bronze with a few greys and taupes thrown in for good measure.
I want to high five NARS for realising that we all hit pan on our favourite shades too easily, so the first four in the palette are much larger than the accent colours, ensuring you won’t run out of your base shades in a hurry. It’s the sort of thing more brands need to do *hopes Urban Decay are listening, please make Half Baked bigger in all of your palettes*.
There’s a good mix of matte and shimmer shades here and the formula is really, really impressive. I’ve tried a few single NARS shadows before and found them a little chalky, but these are buttery soft and intensely pigmented, especially the more shimmery shades – just use a reasonably dense shadow brush to make the most of the pigment and minimise any fall out. They also last well throughout the day, wearing for around 8 hours on me (without primer) before I noticed any obvious fading.
Predictably, my favourite combination is shade I all over the lid and socket, with coppery shade VI smudged across the lid and a little of II for a highlight in the corner of the eyes. I absolutely love the look of the deep blue they’ve included (shade X) – I’ll be working this into a bolder evening look at the weekend for something a little different.
Packaging-wise, it’s good to see a sturdy plastic shell, although the mirrored finish to the top does make it an absolute b*tch to keep clean from fingerprints. It’s also quite a big palette, so probably not one I’d want to lug around with me all day, but that might just be me as I’m lazy and like as light a bag as possible.
L’Amour, Toujours, L'Amour is available via the NARS website, John Lewis, Selfridges and other NARS stockists, priced £55. There’s also a new limited edition sculpting/blusher palette which looks rather lovely. Be warned, it does contain that old faithful Laguna, so might not be everyone’s cup of tea if you already have 27 in your collection like me, but safe to say, I suspect both of these palettes will be sell outs.
Do you like the look of the new eye shadow palette from NARS?
*contains PR samples
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