NARS Bijoux 16-Pan Eyeshadow Palette is a new, limited edition holiday release that is the brand’s “biggest” palette yet. The palette contained 10 more shimmery shades and six more matte shades, so it was shimmer heavy. Three of the shimmers were high-sparkle and better suited for someone who likes to apply their sparkly shades with a fingertip and/or with an adhesive base/spray as they could give fallout. The majority of the eyeshadows were semi-opaque to opaque, blendable, and lasted an average of eight hours.
Under Your Skin
Under Your Skin is a very light taupe with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The consistency was almost cream-like, dense and a little thicker, but it picked up readily with a dry brush and applied evenly to bare skin. It had rich pigmentation that stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.
Devotion is a bright, medium-dark copper with strong, warm orange undertones and lighter flecks of gold and copper sparkle throughout. The base was more translucent, so the semi-opaque coverage was definitely coming from the amount of sparkle in this shade. There was fallout when working with it dry, so I would recommend using it with a dampened brush and/or an adhesive base (like a setting spray) to help keep it in place over time and minimize fallout when initially applying it, too. It wore well for eight hours with some fallout over time.
Copycat is a bright, rosy bronze with soft, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had rich color coverage with a smooth, almost cream-like texture that picked up beautifully with a dry brush and adhered evenly on my skin. This shade lasted nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.
NARS Fuel the Fire Eyeshadow (2018)
Fuel the Fire
Fuel the Fire is a sparkling, darker reddish-copper with flecks of lighter gold and pink sparkle throughout. The base seemed more translucent, and it was chocked full of sparkle/shimmer, which was where most of the opacity came from. There was some slip and glide in the formula, which helped more of the product apply onto the lid with little fallout, especially when applied with a fingertip, but there was some fallout over time. It stayed on decently for eight hours with noticeable fallout over time–a lot less than you’d expect but enough that I think fixing it would be preferred!
Do It Again
Do It Again is a bright, yellowy pale gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out well. The texture was soft, almost cream-like, and a little thicker, but it wasn’t too firmly-pressed into the pan, so it still picked up readily with a dry brush. It wore nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.
NARS Limelight Eyeshadow (2018)
Limelight is a light-medium copper base with a heavy dose of sparkle that shifted from warmer pink to peach to yellowy gold. It seemed like a weaker multichrome, and it is the same type of shift I’ve seen from a few brands this holiday season that seem to lean toward making multichromes more mainstream. The texture was incredibly cream-like and almost left a dent behind when pressed with a fingertip as a result, and this added slip made it best applied with a firm, flat brush or a fingertip to press it firmly against the lid. It had opaque pigmentation and applied similarly dry as well as wet, though it was smoother in thickness when applied with a fingertip. It stayed on well for eight hours with light fallout over time.
Pandemonium is a light-medium, pinky-purple with warm undertones and flecks of sparkle over a more frosted finish. It had a drier, stiffer texture that was difficult to pick up product with using a dry brush. I’d recommend using a dampened brush, which improved adhesion, opacity, and evenness during application. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that lasted decently for seven and a half hours on me.
Thrill Seeker is a medium, olive green with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was slightly thinner, so it wasn’t quite as blendable as it could have been. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.
Dirty Deeds is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It applied darker than it appeared in the pan, and it seemed to turn a little warmer, too. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being too dry or too thin. It had opaque color coverage that stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.
On Fire is a muted, darker orange with warm undertones and a pearl sheen. The texture was smooth to the touch, firmer but not stiff to work with, and sat well on bare skin. It had opaque pigmentation that lasted well for eight hours before fading a bit.
Get Hot is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink-red with a semi-matte finish. It had rich color coverage with a smooth, lightly emollient texture that had some glide and no powderiness, but it felt a touch firmer in the pan than most of the brand’s matte eyeshadows do so a heavier hand might be necessary. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.
Midnight Rider is deep forest green with subtle, warm undertones and cooler, fine emerald green pearl throughout. The eyeshadow had intense color payoff paired with a smooth consistency that wasn’t too firmly nor too loosely-pressed into the pan, so it wasn’t powdery but didn’t require a heavy hand to pick up. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.
Idolized is a rich, coppery brown with moderate, warm undertones and an intense, metallic finish. The eyeshadow had opaque color coverage that adhered well to bare skin and looked almost “melted” as it was so seamless and easy to blend out. The texture was lightly creamy, denser without being too thick or too firmly-pressed into the pan. It lasted well for eight hours before fading noticeably.
Go Deep is a darker, coppery-brown with muted, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smooth, almost velvety, and blendable with full color payoff that wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.
Girl Gang is a deep, plummy brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff paired with a soft, velvety texture that was slightly thin but not in a way that impeded application. The eyeshadow applied evenly and blended out well, and it could be built up to be fully opaque if desired. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.
Powerhouse is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had opaque color coverage that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even laydown of product. The texture was soft, smooth, and more firmly-pressed into the pan, though it wasn’t stiff to work with. This shade lasted well for eight hours before fading visibly.