NARS Skin Deep: Pizazz On Your Face

nars skin deep palette

I’m not sure that “pizazz on your face” is a phrase that should be uttered in polite company, but there you go. Another cracking title from me. And another eyeshadow palette! They seem to be like buses – none for ages and then loads that you like come along at once. First Becca’s Ombre Nudes (see post here) and then this delightful spangle-show from NARS, the Skin Deep Palette. 

(I said “loads” of palettes and then mentioned just two: don’t worry, I have a few more to show you in the near future. Not that the world particularly needs more eyeshadow palettes – if you’re anything like me you’ll still have one from 2003 lurking about in the back of your drawer, proof that one mega-palette would probably last you a lifetime – but variety is the spice of life, etc etc…)

Becca Ombre Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Now you may remember me raving about the Becca Ombre Nudes palette; a slimline case containing five neutral shadows that are greigey in tone and completely matte in finish, it’s an actual marvel for when you want to create some eye contour or smokiness but want to do it in the most subtle way possible. It’s like no-eyeshadow eyeshadow – it’s the eye equivalent of a complexion enhancer. You can shade in lid creases where before there were none, you can lift eye corners that previously seemed determinedly down-turned, you can add definition to the lashline that’s so soft it’s barely detectable.

Read my review of the Becca Ombre Nudes

But there’s only so much continuous matte flatness I want in my life – it’s useful, it’s inarguably chic, but sometimes I want a bit more pizazz on my face. (Not a euphemism.) Especially with summer just around the corner, I want a touch more depth to my eye makeup, a richness that matte shadows somehow can’t quite give me. I want a hint of sparkle and the sort of fine, low-key shimmer that will brighten my face and make my eyes look more awake.

NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette

Now I’m not about to launch into a post about the world’s spangliest shadows – this isn’t about to go all D-I-S-C-O on you: it’s just that I’ve found a palette that pretends to be neutrals (bravo! my personal safety zone!) but is, in fact, a deeply-pigmented array of rich, burnished mattes and shimmer-spiked soft metals.

NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette

This is the NARS Skin Deep Paletteand it’s a different kettle of fish to the Ombre Nudes altogether. Only some of the shades are matte, for a start, and there’s a greater shadow selection in terms of depth and undertone. But what Skin Deep does have in common with the Ombre Nudes is that it’s relatively non-scary, it’s decidedly grown-up and – most importantly – it’s easy to work into an everyday makeup routine.

NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette

Actually, it’s easy to work into any makeup routine – whether you’re all for creating a barely-there look or you like to step it up to a proper Instaglam smokey eye there’s pretty much everything you need. Apart from a rainbow of colour. But for me that’s a massive bonus – when do I ever use electric blue or magenta or lime green?

nars skin deep palette

There are dozens and dozens of neutral palettes out there in the worldwide beauty bazaar, but I love that the NARS one packs in some fun too, so that it’s not just about contouring and shading and creating a look that’s almost undetectable. I mean you can do that undetectable au naturel thing with the Skin Deep palette, but the added metallic and shimmer shadows leave the door open for endless party looks too. (I say party looks, for me they are do-my-makeup-for-an-hour-then-stay-at-home-watching-Netflix looks. Or do-my-makeup-for-an-hour-then-clean-up-cat-sick-in-the-utility-room looks.)

NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette

But the thing about this palette that has really grabbed me, enough to write a post about a palette, again, is the level of pigmentation in the shadows. It’s show-stopping. I haven’t used NARS shadows in a while, so I don’t know whether they’ve developed something new in the past few years, but the quality is noticeably amazing. So vivid, so deep, it’s like painting rather than doing makeup.

NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette

I’ve just done some Googling on the pigment thing (should probably try and retain the notion of professionalism when it comes to my research methods but – ultimately – why lie?) and apparently NARS use something called Pigment Powder Suspension Technology. A phrase you would never want to have to repeat whilst three sheets to the wind. The pigment is suspended in a “liquid binding system” which makes the shadow long-lasting and the colours vibrant. So now you know.

nars skin deep palette review

And what of this marvellous selection of suit-all shades? Well, there are ten shadows altogether with a variety of cool, warm and neutral undertones and the shadows come in three different finishes – six mattes, three shimmers and one slightly more outré metallic (the coppery shadow).

NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette

The paler shimmers work brilliantly as highlights (centre of the lid, inner corner of the eye, beneath the brow) and the cooler toned mattes apparently also double as brow fillers, should you find yourself without a dedicated brow powder. (I personally think that only one of the shadows would work on brows, the larger matte in the top right hand corner, but correct me if you’ve used any of the other shades and think differently!)

NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette

Let me know if you’d like to see this palette in a video, perhaps with a few ways to use it – I could do the same for the Becca if it would be helpful. If you’d like more info on the shades then you can find it at Space NK here* – it’s £56 and limited edition.

(Temporary update: at time of writing, Space NK have quite a lovely GWP promotion running. That’s if you’re about to wang a load of cash on beauty stuffSpend £185 or more and get the GWP for free. It is worth over £400 and includes a monogrammed/personalised pouch/clutch bag from Coach as well as fine skincare morsels such as the Kate Somerville Vitamin C and Retinol serum. More details online here*.)

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  1. vishal gawai
    May 28, 2019 / 10:59 am

    Amazing Article
    Thank You For Sharing Such amazing tips.

  2. May 26, 2019 / 8:07 am

    Browns are definatley the colour for me they make your eyes look bigger and deeper,Beautiful look on you

  3. Sarah
    May 14, 2019 / 1:31 am

    Yes! I just bought it but have no idea how to use it :/

  4. Veronika
    May 10, 2019 / 9:00 pm

    I would love to see a video for this!

  5. Bliss
    May 9, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    Remind us where your earrings are from…

    • May 9, 2019 / 11:01 pm

      Those ones are Isabella Townsley x

  6. May 9, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    The pics you posted of you wearing the shadows makes these palettes even more drool-worthy! I’ve put myself on a palette ban recently but these are definitely tempting!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  7. NettieF
    May 9, 2019 / 3:05 pm

    Yes eye videos please

      • Helen
        June 12, 2019 / 7:28 pm

        I’d definitely love a video using these please!

  8. Sue
    May 9, 2019 / 9:17 am

    I love bright colours and collect anything that shimmers like a demented magpie. Buying neutrals bores me – I just can’t feel excited about another set of sludgy browns. I am currently contentedly finger swatching the gorgeous J* Blue Blood, acquired in a moment of madness, or elaborately painting just one eye before wiping it off – cos I am about to clean/go to work/sleep for a 1000 years. However, do I wear the pretty eyeshadows that are all glistening and shimmering away in their palettes? Why no, I’m not wearing anything exciting. Another swipe of CT’s Vintage Vamp as usual. Having said that, I am eyeing up another Pat McGrath…

  9. Tina R
    May 9, 2019 / 9:16 am

    Am I the only one who at first glance read that as ‘Pizza on your face?!’ :)

  10. Katie
    May 9, 2019 / 6:52 am

    yes, please do a video with this palette. Palettes are always drawing me in, but then sort of stump me.

  11. May 8, 2019 / 10:35 am

    These are the exact eyeshadows that I´d need to do makeup looks for the rest of my life, but still I keep the colors in my collection. Once in a blue moon I use them and spend the rest of the day scared by my reflection in the mirror…

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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