Who needs another warm toned palette? Me! Yes, I can never seem to get enough of those warm toned looks (note to self, write a full blog post on my favorite warm toned eyeshadow palettes). Ladies and gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure, I present to you …. (drumroll) … the Nars Loaded Palette in all it’s glory.
I’m a recent convert to Nars, having always been a Mac girl myself, but after attending the Mecca Maxima Opening and spotting this bad boy, I jumped into the Nars brand with a bang. You know it’s got to be good when you’re wandering around the shop trying to buy something (come on, it was the OPENING of Mecca!) and just not seeing anything – and when the assistant comes up and you explain what you want (something that shows up on my skintone and has warm tones – see? I’m not that fussy!) and they lower they voice to say “come with me” and lead you to the back. Hushed whispers …. “this is the Nars Loaded palette” … cue angels singing.
I mean, look at these colours! But I digress, let’s get back to the usual programme.
The palette is sturdy – super sturdy, but not too chunky to carry around. It’s hard-wearing and as you can see from the pic above it has a full mirror on the top! The image is the reflection of my ceiling lol. When you open the palette you’ll see that you have a good sized, good quality mirror and 12 eyeshadows. Having experienced a few palettes recently that have flimsy packaging, or packaging that marks really easily, or is just too big to carry around, I appreciate this size and robustness of this one.
This eyeshadow comes with 12 eyeshadows. I know that often when you’re buying a palette you’ll often get a few duds, or in the case of some of the bigger palettes – sometimes half of them are duds! With this palette I can confidently say that all of these colours work well and you’ll use all of the colours.
While this palette is mainly warm toned, you’ll also see that you can create a cool toned look easily with this as well. It’s a great balance of colours and also mattes and shimmers (which you’ll see in the swatches below). The formula is buttery and it is incredibly pigmented. I’m a little heavy handed with the eyeshadow. This is because my medium deep skintone sometimes needs a slightly heavier hand to get some shadows to show. Do not make that mistake with this one. If you’re not careful, you’ll be rocking a deep dark smokey eye when all you wanted was a simple daytime look!
Newbury Street: A shimmery white highlight colour – perfect for under the browbone and in the inner corner.
Windsor: A bone coloured matte – I use this to set my eye primer and to use as a lid colour for a very natural look.
Priviledge: A shimmery true gold – this packs a lot of punch!
Dover: A cooler toned brown matte.
Foix: A light peach toned matte – this is a great colour to smoke out your crease and add extra dimension to a warm toned crease colour like the one below.
Castille: The rock star of this palette, the perfect warm toned matte that I seem to want more and more of.
Alnwick: A deep coppery brown shimmer that pops like you wouldn’t believe on the lids – especially in a spotlight eyeshadow look.
Beaumaris: A deep brown shimmer – perfect for a deep dark smokey eye.
Splendor: The perfect taupe shimmer.
Versailles: A bronze shimmer that has a lot of dimension – think ’70’s bronzey vibes.
Montaillou: A deep darm brown matte – so pigmented that you just need a whisper. Don’t mess with this colour – she means business!
Reale: Black black black.
Nars Loaded Palette Swatches – taken inside
Nars Loaded Palette Swatches – taken outside in natural light
The Nars Loaded Palette is beautiful. If you need a palette that is going to take you anywhere from day to night, this is it. While not known for their eyeshadows in the past, Nars really stepped up their game with this one. They’ve recently launched other palettes with the same formula that have had great reviews, so they’re onto something! This palette was limited edition so fingers crossed that you can still get your hands on it. I’m sure that Nars will re-release this one though because it’s amazing and so many people love it. I bought mine for NZ$95 – a pretty purchase, but worth it. Note, I did buy this months ago, then wore it to test all of the colours, then life re-prioritised a few things for me – don’t you love it when it does that? Apologies it’s taken a while to get to a review.
Anyway my loves, hope you enjoy. Here’s a cool toned look I wore recently (because I’m sure you’re getting a bit sick of my warm toned ones lol).