Quick Review: NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette on Dark Skin

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Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.

It’s holiday time and that of course means more glitz and glitter for both fashion and beauty. NARS is launching their contribution to the glamorous season through a limited-edition lineup of 12 blazing eyeshadows in a versatile range of matte, shimmer, and glitter finishes to fuel your desire for endless expressions that is set to launch exclusively on the Sephora mobile app on November 28th. I received the NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette for review consideration and gave her a run.

Here’s some official info from the press release:

Tempt with illumination. Captivate with color. Set off seduction with a Get switched on.


•Micronized powder provides improved wear and feel.
•Formula can be used as an eyeshadow or liner, applied wet or dry.

•Formula provides a high-pigment, high-shine finish.
•Ultrafine blends of shimmer, glitter and pearl reflect light for eye-catching effects.

•Long-wearing, crease-resistant colors can be applied sheer or layered for more dramatic effects.

SHADES (top to bottom, left to right):
HAMMAMET I, matte beige
ST-PAUL-DE-VENCE I, shimmering nectarine
LIGHT UP, sparkling pink pear
lATOMIC, sparkling bubblegum pink
SOPHIA, matte rich cool brown
SUPERNOVA, metallic coral with pink
IN HEAT, sparkling magenta
IGNITION, sparkling rose
NOUMÉA, matte sienna
FIRED UP, metallic rust
FUSE, sparkling purple with blue
PONTE NOIR, sparkling eggplant with pink

Price: $59

Available November 28, 2018 EXCLUSIVELY on Sephora mobile app. Available November 29, 2018 on Sephora.com, in NARS Boutiques and on narscosmetics.com

This palette has pretty much most of the things one tends to look for in a palette: beautiful packaging, great quality shadows, portability, and it can work within many of the palettes you already own since it’s mostly a shimmery/glittery palette.

But I don’t love it. Quality-wise it’s great, but I’m not a fan of these shades in these formulas. It’s giving me daytime space galaxy vibes—which believe it or not, I’m not really into…lol. I think if these were deeper shades and had more of a balance of mattes and shimmer, I’d be more into it. I’m also not a fan of the few very warm matte shades—again, the quality is amazing, I’m not loving the colors *for me*.

You have to treat the shimmer, glitter, and pearl effect shades a little differently than you might other shadows. You may want to spritz your makeup brush with a little water or something like MAC Fix + to get it to adhere better and show up more vibrantly. Dip your brush in these and then make sure you tap off any excess to avoid fallout if you use them dry. You might also get better results using your fingers to apply some shades.

Bottom line: NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette is a great quality palette, but it will boil down to how much you like the colors and textures in this palette.

Price and where to buy: $59. Available November 28, 2018 EXCLUSIVELY on Sephora mobile app. Available November 29, 2018 on Sephora.com, in NARS Boutiques and on narscosmetics.com.

Will you be getting the NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette? Tell me in the comments!

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

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