NARS Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette Review

June 29, 2017

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette Review | The Beauty Look Book

By now the NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette ($59 for 12 x 0.04 oz/ 1.4 g, made in USA) is old news but with this one I say better late than never. It’s a limited-edition eyeshadow palette that launched in the spring back in March. My first thoughts were that the colors would be too warm and dark for my taste – but every single time I went to Sephora (which was quite often) I couldn’t help but give it another look. This went on for months and I finally decided to cave and buy it. Overall it’s one of the darkest and warmest palettes I own but the pigment and texture is by far the best one I’ve tried in a long time, definitely one of the best from NARS.

NARS Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette | The Beauty Look Book

The palette has a mix of mattes and shimmers. The mattes are incredibly soft and smooth. To date the best matte palettes I own are the Urban Decay Naked Basics and Naked2 Basics (both swatched here). The mattes in this palette are just as good but with warmer colors. Colors have a really good mix of light, medium and dark. The entire second row has colors I thought would be too warm for me but since I’m tan right now I find they work perfectly, especially when layered with the other shades in the palette.

Pigment is excellent for all the colors, except one. Montaillou (bottom brown matte) is the only one that goes on chalky with a regular eyeshadow brush. For me this one is best applied with a detail brush as a smokey line.

It comes in a sturdy mirrored compact with a gold mirrored lid on top (looks just like the packaging). The only complaint I have is that these lids show all the fingerprints, but it’s not a deal breaker and the packaging is actually really quite nice.

Colors and swatches:

  • Newbury Street is a pale white gold shimmer
  • Windsor is a matte cream, it’s perfect to even out my lids
  • Privilege is a shimmering gold
  • Dover is a matte taupe
  • Foix is a matte warm beige
  • Castille is a matte warm brown
  • Alnwick is a shimmering auburn
  • Beaumaris is a shimmering cool brown
  • Splendor is a metallic silvery taupe
  • Versailles is a shimmering bronze
  • Montaillou is a matte bark brown
  • Reale is a deep shimmering black

NARS Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette | The Beauty Look Book


NARS Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette | The Beauty Look Book

Quick look with Windsor, Privilege, Castille, Versailles,ย Montaillou layered and blended. Foundation is MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC37. On the cheeks is NARS Orgasm Blush. On the lips is Bite Beauty Meringue Amuse Bouche with NARS Sweet Revenge Lip Gloss on top.

NARS Loaded Eyeshadow Palette | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line love and I’m glad I bought it. It’s one of the best warm smokey palettes I’ve tried and one that will definitely be wearable year round. At $59 I feel it’s reasonably priced for a luxury palette. 100% worth the splurge and one I find every color one I would wear (even the warm ones!).

You can find the NARSissist Loaded Palette at most counters now. I bought mine at Sephora. Also available at NARS, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Have you tried this one yet? What’s your favorite warm smokey eyeshadow palette to date?

P.S. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is approaching and the catalog has been released! A sneak peek at some of the Beauty Exclusives on this page here. There will be a really cute NARS mini multiple set! Will be updating as I find out more information.

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  • Candice Petersen June 29, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Oh wow this is one gorgeous palette

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • Ana Marta Samuel June 29, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Looks lovely on you! I’m glad you liked it. I love mine and use it very often!

    • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Thank you Ana ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy to hear you get a lot of use out of yours as well!

  • Carolina Pereira June 29, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Gorgeous palette! Loved your look!

  • Millie Robinson June 29, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Oh my gosh, I love the shades!! x

    Millie |

    • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:28 am

      It’s a surprisingly great one – surprise for me b/c of the warm colors, but still wearable!

  • Suzanna June 29, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I too suspected it might be too warm and I didn’t bother to try it, but it looks fantastic on you so back to Sephora I head. I have recently switched to warmer shades, often with reddish-brown tones, and this has become a new fave eye look for me. I am also going to drag out my old Orgasm blush and start using it again.

    • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Thank you Suzanna – I really don’t like orange/reds for eyes but this one is wearable for me. I do suspect it may be because I’m darker/more tan now though.

  • smart minds June 29, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the very useful post as always! Would you recommend a good eye brush for this palette? I always struggle to find the right tools, would highly appreciate your feedback! Thank you and congratulations on the amazing blog,


    • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Thanks Maria – I really like the MAC 239 and 217. I also adore Wayne Goss brushes. Brush post to follow soon because a lot of my readers have been asking for an update (I think it’s been 2-3 years since my last one!).

  • Courtney Gardiner June 29, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I keep adding this to my basket online but never buying it, I’m so undecided. Like I LOVE it, and I really want it…but I don’t NEED it and I have 60 other palettes that look similar. The struggle!

    Courtney | Lashes and Luxe

    • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:31 am

      I’d say save your $$ for something different! Fall is just around the corner and if you already own similar options then it will just be a dupe … just my two cents but I totally get the struggle!

  • Olivia June 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I’ve also been eyeing this palette since it came out and you’ve convinced me that I neeeeeed it. Do you find there’s substantial overlap with the matte shades in the UD Naked2 Basics palette?

    • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Hi Olivia – I feel that Naked2 Basics is a LOT cooler toned.

  • Swingtime June 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I think I’ll pass on the palette, but the look you did is gorgeous! And thank you so much for the Nordstrom sale info. I’ll start saving now!

    • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Glad to save you $$ on this one – but yes, so much to look forward for the Nordstrom sale!

  • Ashley Laughlin July 1, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    such a pretty palette!

  • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I agree Grace! Dreamy indeed.

  • Alyssa Marron July 6, 2017 at 11:07 am

    This palette has been my go-to for all eyeshadow looks since it came out. So worth the money

  • Jenna July 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    This palette looks beautiful. I’m trying to decide on a new palette to buy and I’m adding this to my list. Thanks for the review/swatches!