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This little palette has turned out to be more versatile than I expected. NARS designed these mini voyageur palettes ($32)** to be small and convenient for travel. There are other versions but at least for the quartz color variation, the convenience also applies to some of the shades.
The names seem wrong, and it does seem that gold souk should be the bottom middle shade. But this is the order that is listed on the back of my palette. 🤔
- Deira (top left)
- Jordan (top middle)
- Alserkal (top right)
- Gold Souk (bottom left)
- Fontainebleau (bottom middle)
- Mulberry (bottom right)
For me, the first two shades might as well not be there. They are chunky, don’t apply well, and what you do manage to apply just falls all over your face. Maybe I’m missing something with the NARS topper shades. I’m not someone that wets my brush or uses glitter glue, so maybe that is the problem. I know I won’t start to do those things just to make these work, so I just don’t use them at all.
The other four shades, however, make this palette worth it for me. They all have enough pigment to stand on their own, but they can also be easily sheered out. They also are not overly metallic which not only makes them forgiving to eyelid texture but also makes them usable in the crease. You can see in the image below what the shades look like full opacity vs sheered out.
Swatches left to right:
- Gold Souk
Gold Souk, Fountainebleau, and Mulberry all make great one shadow looks. You can apply them all over the lid and they easily diffuse into the crease and it looks like you’ve used two shades. The shade Alserkal (top right in the palette, far left in the above swatches) is the only shade I would be careful with in the crease. It does have more noticeable mica particles when sheered out, but it does still work. Gold Souk (the deep purple, bottom left) is the closest thing to a matte in this palette. I’d describe it as a satin. It does have some shine to it, but it works well to build depth in the outer-v without looking too shiny.
All in all, if you are someone that loves having that matte transition shade, this won’t be for you. But if you like one shadow looks or don’t mind pulling in another eyeshadow, I really enjoy the formula and colors of MOST of this palette. I’ll have to reconsider future NARS purchases because of those topper shades.
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