NARS Summer Solstice 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette is a new, limited edition warm-toned color story that featured two matte shades and seven shimmer shades (which varied from softer, pearl-like sheen to higher sparkle). Most of the eyeshadows were pigmented, blendable, and wore well, though there were a few shades that worked better with a dampened brush or a fingertip or were prone a bit of fallout either during application or during wear.
Delirium is a light copper with moderate, warm undertones–more of a copper, orange base paired with lighter, golden pearl throughout. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, which adhered evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The texture was soft, lightly creamy but not thick or too thin, which made it easy to apply and blend out. This shade stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.
Dune is a light-medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, smooth texture that was slightly thin but not difficult to work with or to apply to bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.
Morongo is a light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had opaque color payoff in a single pass, which applied evenly to bare skin with slight fallout during the initial application. The texture was smooth, lightly emollient, and pressed firmly enough not to be a sparkle-bomb. It stayed on well for eight hours with light fallout over time.
Seven Heaven is a very light brown with a hint of warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly and blended out well but didn’t build up from its initial coverage-level. The texture was soft, slightly powdery but not prone to fallout. This shade lasted nicely for seven and a half hours on me.
Oro Grande is a medium-dark bronze with warm, more orange undertones and a metallic sheen that looked almost “melted” when applied to bare skin. The eyeshadow was richly pigmented with a soft, smooth consistency that was thin but not difficult to pick up or to blend out. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.
Seduced is a light, golden copper with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. I’d recommend using this shade with a dampened brush or fingertip, which helped the sparkles to bind better with the base color and minimized fallout. Applied dry, there was light fallout during application–both in pressing it on and blending out the edges–as the texture was a touch drier than ideal. There were signs of fading and slight fallout after eight hours of wear.
Sunstorm is a light-medium, coppery red with warm undertones and flecks of pink and gold micro-sparkle. The consistency was slightly denser and a bit thick, so I’d recommend using a dampened brush to pick up product and be able to smooth it out more evenly and more easily on bare skin. It had opaque pigmentation that lasted well for eight hours before fading visibly.
Thar is a medium brown with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had mostly opaque color coverage that applied well to bare skin as it looked almost “melted” after a minute. The texture was more firmly-pressed into the pan and seemed slightly thin, but it picked up well with a dry brush and had great adhesion. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.
Indian Wells is a medium-dark red with strong, warm orange undertones and flecks of finer copper pearl throughout. It had a denser, more emollient consistency, so it tended to apply better with a fingertip or dampened brush. It worked decently with a dry brush really pressed and patted on, but the blending was more challenging with a dry brush. It had opaque pigmentation that lasted nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.