Before I went away a few weeks ago, I paid a visit to the Nars counter. The second I saw their new trio (Limited Edition) Arabian Nights my heart went BOOM CHICKA BOOM BOOM.
Because it had a few elements I really love when it comes to make up.
Black – Check. Glitters – Check. Soft Textures – Check.
Only when I got home did I think, huh – how do I use this wildly impractical palette?
So Arabian Nights goes like this:
It is not for the faint hearted, it is not for people who want a natural look. Why dry and blend a palette like this out? Wear it strong, baby!
From left to right, all three shadows have a black base – shade 1 has rose coloured glitter, shade 2 has purple infused glitter and shade 2 has silver glitters.
The pigment is as soft as BUTTA, and I mean fake I can’t believe it’s not butter, which is way softer than real butter. Shade 3 is the lest creamy, it is actually quite grainy.
When swatched directly on to the fingers, you can see how rich and pigmented the shades are:
The first 2 are gorgeous!
However when swatched on the hand perhaps, there is a more of a realistic look at the finish. The black sticks and the glitter doesn’t adhere as well. You need to really pat it in to get the high glitter finish and ideally use a sticky primer or cream shadow. Obviously they are all samey, so I see this as a really full on smoky party eye OR an eyeliner palette. It has to be used with other colours, really.
I think I paid £33 for this trio- I have no regrets, it’s limited edition and these kinds of shades to excite me. Having said that its not everyones cup of tea, but I like how bold it is and the textures are better, I think, than most of the Night Series shadows even if it still takes some work getting the glitter to stick.
Would you buy this?