A stunning, limited-edition eye and cheek palette featuring four new eye shadow shades and two new blush shades.
Pop star meets pop artist in NARS’ Debbie Harry Eye and Cheek Palette. Reinterpreting the glamour and grit of Debbie Harry’s downtown scene, this audacious palette of shimmering shadows and blushes was created exclusively for Sephora. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s use of Diamond Dust, this sultry spectrum sparkles with shimmer and micronized diamond powder.
This review is for the Debbie Harry Eye And Cheek Palette, which releases with NARS’ Andy Warhol collection. The palette includes the following products and shades:
- Eyeshadows: Twinkling Purple, Sparkling Turquoise, White Shimmer, Starry Black
- Blushes: Shimmering Pink Champagne and Brilliant Cream
This NARS palette’s packaging is made of NARS’ classic rubberized black plastic and has a lid with a mirror inside that snaps shut. The outside of the packaging is a magnet for powder products, which makes it difficult to keep clean. This palette not only has the NARS logo on the lid, but also has Andy Warhol’s signature.
I will start with the eye shadows. Each has decent, but not impressive pigmentation, with White Shimmer being the most crumbly and disappointing in pigmentation. None, except maybe Starry Black when it’s layered, has opaque color. That said, the brightness of the shades is decent, even if the finish isn’t as bold as you see in the pan.
All of the shades have noticeable silver shimmer particles in the pans. But the shimmer does not adhere at all to the skin, so you end up with virtually matte shades instead of shimmery ones. White Shimmer still has a subtle frosty finish, but that’s due to the underlying color, not the shimmer particles. The worst part is that the shimmer goes everywhere but where you apply the shadow. It gets all over the palette, around your eye and on the tops of your cheeks, in your lashes, on my camera… everywhere!
The wear time for these shades is also remarkably disappointing. I was amazed to see that, within half an hour of wearing the shadows over bare skin, the shades lost most of their vibrancy. The White Shimmer color became almost a clear eye shadow. Applied over primer, the vibrancy lasted for the first two (2) hours, but started to fade thereafter. The eye shadows started to crease after about three and a half (3.5) hours of wear.
The formula is dry in the pan, and produces a cloud of glitter. But the shadow applies onto the skin and blends out alright–better than you think it would after picking up the powder on your brush.
The Shimmering Pink Champagne blush suffers from the same negative qualities as the eye shadows–lower than average pigmentation, no shimmery finish despite having silver glitter particles in the pan, and a dry, stiff formula. This blush at least does not fade as significantly as the eye shadows did. I wore it for about four (4) hours before seeing fading. The shade is a nice, neutral, muted pink, but it requires a good three (3) to four (4) layers to see it noticeably on the skin.
By far, the stand-out part of this palette is the Brilliant Cream blush. It’s not really a blush, but rather a highlighter. Although it has the same silver shimmers in the pan as everything else does in this palette, and although those glitter particles also fall away from the skin, this highlighter shade still manages to leave a refined shimmer to the skin. The powder is dry and stiff, just like the other blush, but it applies over the skin decently and it isn’t difficult to get the luminizing quality to show up.
Ease of Use: 7/10
You absolutely must wear a primer underneath the eye shadows. You’ll also want a colored base if you want the shades to appear as vibrant on the skin as they do in the pan. The shadows blend out decently, but you will get fall-out, so apply them before applying your foundation.
The Shimmering Pink Champagne blush will require applying extra pressure on the pan to get the brush to pick up the stiff powder and will require several layers on the skin to get the pigment to show through.
The Brilliant Cream powder also requires putting more pressure than normal on the pan, but doesn’t require too much extra work in terms of layers or blending.
For $65.00 you get 0.12 ounces of eye shadow and 0.3 ounces of blush. Single NARS eye shadows cost $24.00 and contain 0.07 ounces. Single NARS blushes cost $28.00 and contain 0.16 ounces. You pay significantly less by buying these items together in one palette.
This sample was provided for consideration purposes by the brand or a PR company. Reviews are always honest and never paid for.