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Until recently eyeshadow palettes were a fairly terrifying prospect for me. I took one look at all those gorgeous pigmented shades of creamy matte, shimmer or metallic shadow and all but ran in the opposite direction, not knowing where to start. Not to mention the myriad of terminology – cut crease, transition shade, blownout, tight lining – these words have meant I’ve stayed quite comfortably in the understated nude section of the eyeshadow world. I think I’m probably not the only one!
Recently, I have tried to tackle my fear through the many wonderful online tutorials on YouTube and now feel like I could have a go at applying something to my lids that wasn’t resolutely nude or brown, and that’s where the small but perfectly formed NARS Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow palette comes in.
What to look for in an eyeshadow palette
A good eyeshadow palette is an investment, finding one with the array of colours and finishes to suit your every mood and outfit change is a game changer. If like me you’re a novice then using a palette that has complimentary shades of light, medium and dark of the same colour group, perhaps in an array of finishes such as shimmer or matte, can help you develop a cohesive eye look. For the braver and more experienced out there using a palette with 16 brightly coloured shades presents a fun challenge to create the most stunning eye looks.
Finding a palette with highly pigmented blendable shadows is a must to ensure a smooth transition of your eyeshadow. Some metallic shadows can be hard to smooth on evenly or can ‘fall out’ onto your cheeks even with the best eyelid primer in place. Conversely matt shadows can sometimes lack in pigmentation or be hard to transfer successfully to your lids. Look for palettes which contain highly pigmented creamy shades, and / or shimmering metallics that blend together, otherwise you may end up using just one or two favourites from a large palette
The NARS Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette
The new NARS Orgasm palette is a limited edition, travel sized palette, containing 6 pretty pink toned shades of shimmery metallic and velvety matte, all based around the iconic NARS Orgasm Glow blush. Small enough to fit in your handbag this pint-sized palette is gorgeously summery and contains universally flattering shades of soft champagne, bright pink and shimmery coral.
According to NARS the shadows are long wearing, ultra blendable and buildable and can be used wet or dry. The shades are Danger Girl, a bright coral pink; Pattaya, a metallic copper; Maximum Pleasure, a soft slightly shimmery coral peach; Wild One, a metallic pink with hints of gold; Full Moon, a shimmery champagne colour; and Seduced which is the darkest of them all in a reddish copper with a slight sparkle.
Firstly, the packaging is a bit flimsier than the usual NARS offerings, made of thin matte plastic, and is smaller than I was expecting – roughly the size of a credit card. However, that does mean it is perfect for popping in your handbag and although small there is still enough eyeshadow in each palette for a good few uses. The tiny mirror is probably not quite big enough to actually apply any of the shades but still good addition to check your makeup quickly while out and about.
The shadows themselves are all gorgeous colours which tie together really nicely, with a good mix of metallic and matte, light and dark. My favourites were Full Moon and Wild one which can be worn together for a really pretty and subtle day time eye look.
I found almost all the shades were best applied damp to ensure they lasted, the metallic shades in particular felt like they needed to be applied with a damp brush to get adhesion. Pattaya in particular had quite a lot of fall out when applied dry, this reduced a bit when it was applied with a damp brush. Using a damp brush with both Seduced and Wild One significantly increased the pigment and resulted in gorgeously vivid eyelids. The shade Maximum Pleasure is the least impressive of the 6 shades in my opinion, when applied straight from the palette with a dry brush it was fairly opaque and uninspiring. All of the shades will benefit from a good primer underneath to ensure staying power.
From a cost point of view, at £25, this is a good option to dip your toes in the eyeshadow palette waters. Although the lower cost, in comparison to other NARS palettes, is reflected in the amount of product you get, it’s still good value for the range and quality of the shades. Overall the NARS Mini Orgasm palette is very pretty and wearable – perfect for the summer months.