My first makeup brand love was NARS. After reading through countless blogs and reviews, the first items I bought for myself on intentional trips to the makeup counter were an eyeshadow trio (Ramatuelle), a lipstick from their sheer range (Vendanges), and of course, the ever-famous blush in Orgasm. All are still favorites, so I’m patting myself on the back for those awesome purchases.
Fast forward to today, and I’ve flirted with a lot of new products. This blog doesn’t get a lot of NARS love just because I got them prior to starting this blog. From time to time, though, I will get an itch that only NARS can scratch, and a particular instance of this was when the Spring 2013 palettes came out.
Introducing the And God Created the Woman Set! I got suckered in because of the awesome name, but I got it because it’s a beautiful neutral palette with such a great value (you’ll see why).
The Spring Gifting Collection (?) for 2013 has two palettes, if I’m not mistaken. The other palette is called “The Happening,” and it has a pretty nice neutral quad, too, as well as a blush pan in Orgasm, and a bronzer in Laguna. I actually wanted that as well, but I didn’t want another Orgasm blush since I haven’t hit pan on mine yet. So, I got this one instead. Also, as I said, the name is awesome.
The set comes with a six-pan neutral palette, an eye shader brush (no. 3), and a sample size of their Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow base, which is amazing in itself.
The colors and some hopefully accurate descriptions:
- Alhambra — shimmery pale champagne, great for a highlight or a very light wash on the lid
- Belissima — matte neutral-cool taupe
- Kalahari — shimmery pale cool gold with shifts of peach and pink, depending on the light
- Galapagos — matte chocolate brown base shot through with copper and gold flecks
- Coconut Grove — matte neutral brown with a bit of dark grey
- Night Clubbing — matte black base with a smattering of olive and gold fine glitter, and a really unfortunate name
I think all the shades are available in their permanent line, either in duos or as singles, but I don’t have any of these shades yet. So, if you don’t have them either, it’s a nice little neutral sampler pack from NARS.
Swatches, clockwise from top left: Alhambra, Bellisima, Kalahari, Night Clubbing, Coconut Grove, Galapagos
The texture is amazing, as can be expected from NARS eyeshadows. Though Night Clubbing and Galapagos seem to have an overwhelming amount of glitter, bordering on Cullen territory, they are actually quite nice on the eye and catch a little bit of the light here and there.
Ugh, I totally love the name. I’m just lucky that the product is awesome. Imagine if it sucked and I just bought it for the name!
If you’re not familiar with NARS compacts, the texture is a bit like rubberized plastic. It’s really beautiful. When it’s clean.
This is the brush, which is the number 3 brush. It’s quite big. The bristles look like that because I had just cleaned it. It’s an alright brush, nothing special. I prefer my MAC 239, even though it’s a lot smaller. This fits the NARS Palette pans quite nicely, though.
This is the sample size of the primer, next to the full sized primer. NARS’ eye primer is one of my favorites. It is also preferred by Ingrid of Miss Glamorazzi (on YT) and Christine of Temptalia.
For the first look, here is my over-powered face. 😦 It’s the same bunch of pictures I posted for my Pearlmatte Powder review, but I darkened it a bit because it looks so bad next to the other look down below.
I have on Kalahari (lid and browbone), Galapagos (liner) & Coconut Grove (crease).
For this other look, which I wore today, here is my attempt at an attention-hungry cat-eye wing thing.
On my lids (up to the browbone), I have Alhambra. Over the ‘mobile’ lid (under the crease), I have Bellisima, and on the crease, I have Coconut Grove. I think I smudged a bit of Galapagos on the lower lashline, and used Rich Coffee from the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes to line my waterline.
I’ve also included some size comparisons to their other compacts, just so you can see how small it is. I think a great number of people were surprised at the size, but I quite like it a lot. It’s easier to travel with than some of the other palettes I own. I think this would actually be quite useful to bring along if you go on holiday and don’t want to bring a whole traincase with you because, well, who does that?
L-R: NARS Duo in Habanera, NARS Trio in Delphes, NARS And God Created the Woman palette
If you notice, the pans in this palette are smaller than the duos and trios. They remind me of the size of theBalm’s Nude ‘Tude Palette pan sizes. I think they’re a pretty good size.
Here is is with a NARS blush thrown into the mix (the grotty one). They’re actually just all the same size, but you know, the more you know and all that jazz.
VERDICT: Awesome neutral palette, in a variety and size great for traveling. Brush and primer are a plus, and easy to take along. Pro-tip: keep the box, as it has nice sections for all of the components of the set.
How much? $59.
Will I repurchase? It’s limited edition, so I doubt I will be able to still find it when I run out of the shadows. Thankfully, the shades are all available permanently (top three as duos, the bottom three as singles), so I can just pick a favorite.
Where to get? I got mine from Sephora, but it is also available on Space NK.