NARS Holiday 2019 Swatches - Eyeshadow Palettes

NARS Holiday 2019 Swatches - Eyeshadow Palettes
NARS Holiday 2019 Swatches - Eyeshadow Palettes

NARS x Studio 54 Collection is the brand’s 2019 holiday collection, which features a plethora of sets, kits, and palettes (seriously, it’s a lot!). Head over to our official launch post for details about release dates, where what products will be available, and so on. I’m working my way through editing photos and swatches today, so here’s the first set I have ready — the two eyeshadow palettes. Both are limited edition and retail for $59.

NARS has both palettes available now (most of NARS’ holiday debuted on their site this morning), Inferno is exclusive to Sephora, and you’ll find Hyped at Nordstrom now (but details say October 5th for specialty stores/retailer, usually means non-Sephora, non-Ulta).

Worth noting, the Inferno palette actually contains four shades that include plastic glitter, so those who are wary of pressed glitter products may want to give it a miss!


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Nancy T Avatar

I just don’t understand this ridiculous pressed glitter EYESHADOW trend. There will be people who get seriously hurt from using them, especially if they don’t know to use a sticky glitter primer and to wipe AWAY from their lashline when removing it. Even though I do know how to use these safely, I’m freaked out because I actually DID suffer a glitter in the eyeball incident as a toddler. That piece was likely tin. It was on a Christmas card that I had gotten ahold of, according to my mom. So yeah, I know about the pain and the issues afterwards with eyedrops and it having to be fished off of my cornea. This has me unnerved and very upset with these brands going in this irresponsible, reckless direction. Because some will likely lose some or all of their vision due to using pressed glitter eyeshadow. That shouldn’t be the case.

dzymzlzy Avatar

Turn the Beat Around is actually a really pretty glitter. Christine, you specified that the glitter is plastic, so what is cosmetic glitter usually made of? I know it’s not supposed to have sharp edges but that’s all I know.

Hyped makes me think of the Modern Renaissance palette.

Christine Avatar

I’m just calling out that it has actual cosmetic glitter in it, which is a new thing that brands have been putting into products more heavily in the last year. For example, inclusion of PET glitter typically results in a “not for the immediate eye area” warning (see ColourPop Pressed Glitter, MAC Glitters) but more brands are including it without any warning and/or marketing for eyes. So, historically, in the US, it hasn’t been permitted for use on the eyes but more brands are including it in their products even though there’s been no update/change to rules that I’ve seen!

There is biodegradable/eco glitter as some have concerns about environmental safety/impact (vs. eye safety).

LauraR Avatar

I completely agree. Nars eyeshadows have not been brought up to par with the high quality shadows offered in the current market (at all price points). They seem ambivalent about improving their formulas to compete and the brand isn’t keeping pace. It’s an easy pass.

Christine Avatar

The palette has an eye icon on the pack, and it is labeled ‘eyeshadow palette.’ I didn’t see any warning/notice but mine are press samples (they had retail packaging, e.g box, but since I didn’t buy them, I can’t confirm it’s 100% the same packaging as what you might buy!).

Beth Avatar

Seriously?? Plastic in eye products? I can’t imagine how that could be good for your vision. I didn’t realize it was a thing. I am going to have to be more careful of future purchases. Thanks for calling it to my attention. Good luck with testing, Brave Woman!

Christine Avatar

There are plastic derivatives/based ingredients that are allowed in cosmetics, but there’s been an influx in actual glitter particles being used in eye products when I haven’t seen any change (in the US) on those being allowed on the eyes, so that’s why I specifically mentioned it.

Jenny Avatar

So thankful for swatches! When I first saw the inferno palette I wanted it so bad bc the pans looked beautiful but seeing the swatches and true colors it looks so underwhelming. Easy pass now.

Genevieve Avatar

Plenty of colours here, but I think those glitter shades are going to be duds or difficult to apply. I just wish brands would stick to either shimmers or metallics for the glittery effects. They are so unsafe.
The swatches look pretty good. I think the first palette contains quite muted shades.
This is an enormous collection Christine, just take your time.

courtney Avatar

The first one looks pretty, albeit kind of weak. The second one with glitter is a definite no. Having 25% of a $12 colourpop palette be unusable isn’t a deal breaker, but it is for a $59 palette.

Tracy Avatar

Thank you for mentioning the plastic in the Inferno palette. As a contact lens wearer, I have enough trouble with “safe” fallout. This glitter is an eye injury waiting to happen.

Heather Avatar

Turn the beat around is pretty. The shade “shame” speaks for itself. I’m really surprised by the lack of gold, purple or greens in either palette. Neither screams retro disco fever.

Teresa Avatar

Hyped looks like a good all round palette. Definitely interested in seeing it in store. I’ve been looking for a travel palette with orangey and pinky crease colors, this may be the one.

Rachel R. Avatar

The palettes are pretty. I was pretty young during the disco and Studio 54 eras, but I don’t remember warm neutrals being a thing. I remember golds, bronzes, silvers, browns, purples, and blues on the eyes. (Correct me if I’m wrong.) The glitters totally fit, though. I think Inferno is closer to hitting the mark.

I’m glad they used plastic cosmetic glitter, as that is safer for the eyes than metal glitter. Still, it would be nice if NARS was transparent about whether they were eye-safe or not. Eye safe glitter is a special plastic, and has no sharp angles/points, if I remember correctly.

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