I’ve always wanted to get something from Nars. Maybe it’s just blogosphere hype or maybe it’s the super sleek black packaging, but there is just something about the brand that appeals to me. The only problem was deciding what to get. Should I invest in the much-loved Orgasm blush or the award-winning Laguna bronzer? In the end I decided to try both and invest in The Happening Pallette.
Blush & Bronzer
I have basically ignored Orgasm and Laguna because, being honest, everyone has reviewed these shades and I certainly could not do them any more justice. However, for those of you who are completely new to Nars, Orgasm is a subtle peachy pink shimmer and Laguna a soft bronzer, both perfect for nearly every skin tone. I’ve never been too taken with Orgasm, and still not WOW’ed to the extent of the blogger hype it has. If I pay that much for a product, I like it to be really pigmented, but on me, I need a lot of product for it to show. However, I’ve always used bad brushes, and not yet tried it with my Illamasqua Blush Up Brush so maybe I’ll understand the love. Also, when it comes to products that I know I will have to repurchase sooner or later, I try and stick within my limits (which is sensible). I’ve always been scared of falling in love with Nars, knowing full well that if I make Orgasm or Laguna my everyday go-to’s, I’ll be bankrupt. Needless to say I will be sticking to my Sleek Rose Gold blush and only using these one special occasions, for now.
Eye Shadow wise, the shade selection is perfect for my light blue eyes. Night Star (top left) is the perfect highlight for me, ‘a sheer peach with gold pearl’. The swatch is very similar to my skin tone but leaves a nice shimmer (NW25 in MAC). For a night smokey eye I use Gstaad (top right) as my base color, a ‘shimmering taupe’ with Kuala Lumpar (bottom left) in my crease, an extremely deep cranberry with gold hints. To add more intensity I use Coconut Grove, a deep brown with ‘golden shimmer’ as an accent color blended into the corner of my eye and just below my bottom lash line. These shades are so versatile and really do help to make this an essential traveling palette. Quality wise, they are high, yet not as high as I was expecting. I’ve heard NARS eye shadows can be a bit hit and miss with their formula, and while these blend easily and are pigmented, I’m still a MAC loyalist (Inglot get a shop up North!).
Overall I’m really pleased with my first Nars purchase. I got it with a 25% ASOS discount, so it was definitely worth it. This will be one of my travel essential and a must if I have to rush out after a lecture.
The Happening Palette is £45 from Nars
Have you tried this palette? Any recommendations for me to try next?