NARS, we need to sit down and chat. For reals. I've been lusting after your Marie-Galante duo since seeing Liz of Cafe Makeup sport these colours back in April. It's June now and I returned this palette a day after buying it. Can you say D-I-S-A-P-P-O-I-N-T-E-D? Arabian Nights I let slide, but Marie-Galante was not what I expected. Shimmery purple and blue yes, but the colour payoff and texture was atrocious. I really had to dig into the pan, we're talking serious elbow grease usage!
Some bloggers seem to write sonnets of adoration for your shadow, but for me I'm considering to never buy another palette again. They're expensive, gritty to the touch (when glitter's involved), fall out is an issue and I think there's more hype than performance. Never Say Never, for me, was your saving grace. I kept the lip pencil, because it's a beautiful, berry-hued pink which dries matte. The one downside was I found it to be more drying than New Lover and Mexican Rose; I think it comes down to different formulas in order to obtain different finishes. It's nothing a little lip balm can't fix.
NARS blushes and lippies will continue to be a part of my collection, but you can keep the shadows.
The Bagful breakdown:
Total amount for NARS Velvet Lip Pencil and Eyeshadow Duo:
- $39.00 and $55.00 AUS - special thanks to Melbourne Central's Mecca Maxima for giving me a full refund.
Value for money spent (performance and quality):
- 8 out of 10 bags for Never Say Never and 1 out of 10 bags for Marie-Galante; the latter was a huge miss for me.
Likelihood to purchase again:
- Thakoon for NARS could get me to come around again. Will these be dropping in Australia soon?