Neutral eyeshadow sets are all over the place lately, with a string of must-have collections popping up from most high street and premium brands. The NARS set, named after a classic Bridget Bardot film, features some of their best neutrals. From the long lasting formulation to fabulously tantalising product names, NARS is one of those great beauty brands worth investing in, whether you’re a full-blown make-up junkie, or prefer to go au naturel. Exclusive to Space NK in the UK, it’s available online and in store from 18th February.
Six sultry shades
And God Created Woman features six classic shades from the NARS repertoire, including Alhambra, Bellisima, Kalahari, Galapagos, Coconut Grove, and Night Clubbing. The first three feature pinkish, lighter shades – Alhambra is a shimmery metallic rose gold, and a great accent for perking up eyes. Belissima is a lot more neutral – but combined with the gold-hued tints of Kalahari, they make an ideal set for creating a neutral, elegant everyday look.
For richer, darker shades, NARS have included firm favourites Galapagos and Night Clubbing. Described as “bitter chocolate infused with gold”, you can get a pretty good idea of its rich, smooth, creamy feel, with enough of a metallic accent without being overwhelmingly glittery. Night Clubbing is a super-dark shimmery black – brilliant for day use as a subtle accent, or a dramatic look for night.
Like most NARS formulations, these are long lasting and hard-wearing. I’ve managed over 6-8 hours of wear without any creases appearing. While the darker shades have a tendency to fade somewhat, by using a good primer, they really can last all day, without smudging or losing colour. Handily, the set includes a smudgeproof eyeshadow base, and No3 Eye Shader Brush – for easy and fuss-free application. The primer is particularly fantastic – deepening colour intensity as well as lasting power, it really delivers what it promises.
NARS have selected a great choice of colours for this set, and shows that neutral definitely doesn’t mean boring. With something for virtually all occasions and skin types, it’s got a look for everyone – you can create a subtle, elegant style for day, or a sexy smoky eye for night.
A perfect gift set
This set is an ideal travel companion, combining versatile colours, tools and just the right size. The six palettes are tiny, it’s true – but being richly pigmented, they will last a long time. The credit card-sized set comes in the typically rubberized NARS packaging – yes, this means smudgy fingerprint marks on the case, but personally, I love the soft, matte black look – so much more appealing than the typical high gloss make up packaging! While the brush isn’t the best, at a pinch, it’s fairly decent and again, adds to the handy travel-companion aspect.
It’s also well timed for Mother’s Day, and I think it makes a lovely gift for women of all ages. Combining smart presentation, great colour choices and long lasting wear, this limited edition set is bound to be a huge hit – so grab it while you can!Google+