NARS IGNITED EYESHADOW PALETTE REVIEW & SWATCHES
When I first started doing my makeup about 14 years ago, I quickly went from dabbling in light brown eyeshadow to doing my entire eyes with one single eyeshadow: a dark, DARK black with silver sparkles. And yes, in case you’re wondering, it was as dramatic as it sounds. But as I entered my 20’s, I quickly realized that I looked more like I had been punched in the face than like I was wearing anything even remotely appropriate for daytime.
So I went back to browns and coppers, now able to do a beautiful smokey eye that I completed with a sharp, long line of eyeliner. Over the years, I added some colour to my arsenal, and the first colour I ever gravitated towards was purple. I have dark brown eyes, and I feel like for some reason, purple makes them pop? Maybe I’m crazy, but I really like the look of a purple smokey eye on me.
I’m also wildly obsessed with eyeshadow palettes (it’s a problem…) so when I saw the gorgeous Ignited palette by Nars, I knew I was going to end up buying it. Which I did (obviously) - during the Sephora VIB sale a few weeks ago. To be 100% honest, I hesitated a long time before buying it, because the reviews on the Sephora website were so-so. It’s not dramatic, it actually has 3.5 stars (out of 5) but when I read the reviews, it seemed like everyone that gave it a bad review cited the same reasons: Colours aren’t pigmented, they’re patchy, they don’t blend well and they don’t last on the eye… In a nutshell, people make it seem like a dud. And since I usually buy all my makeup online, I felt a little hesitant to buy a $60 palette that didn’t seem to be that good…
But when I happened to shoot right next to a Sephora during the VIB sale, I decided to go in there and swatch it for myself, and I’M SO GLAD I DID!!!
In my opinion, it’s an amazing palette. Is it the palette you should use if you want to do drag makeup? Definitely not. But if you’re looking for a gorgeous purple or pink smokey eye, a natural look or a glittery eye, this palette is insanely beautiful… And super versatile.
I love that there are 3 matte shades that can be used as a transition colour, one light beige and 2 darker ones (a cold-toned and a warm-toned one). So no matter what your skin-tone is, there’s a transition shade for you in there.
All the other shades have different levels of sparkle and glitter. One shade has a subtle pearly finish (St-Paul-De-Vence I), 2 shades have metallic finish (Supernova and Fired Up) and the other 6 shades are all filled with amazingly beautiful fine glitter, including one duo-chrome shade that’s a beautiful purple with blue glitter (Fuse).
The lightest glittery shade (Light Up) looks absolutely gorgeous as a brow and inner corner highlight, and the darkest shade (Pointe Noir) can be used to add a bit of drama and darken any other shade for a more intense look.
Aside from the 3 transition shades, 3 shades are pink, 3 are purple, and 3 are an in-between that can be used to compliment both pink and purple. In my opinion, the colour-story is amazing and there’s a lot to do with it. Since I’m also a huge fan of sparkles, I love that all the shades aside from 3 are sparkly.
Now about the negative reviews I read online, I just want to address a few things…
About pigmentation: As I mentioned above, this isn’t drag makeup. It’s not the type of product that gives off a super thick, pigmented swatch. That being said, it’s a buildable shadow that looks beautiful on the eye. I personally don’t mind that at all, because it allows me to create a more natural look if I want to, but I can still build it up for a more dramatic look. Really, it’s a win-win.
On a side note, I feel like a lot of beauty brands have been creating shadows that swatch really well and super pigmented because that’s what most people base their judgment on on the internet… But truth is, swatches don’t actually matter. I personally doesn’t know anyone that wears eyeshadow on their hand, applied with their finger. What matters is how the shadows look on the eyes, applied with a brush. Because that’s how you get eyeshadow to blend. So even if a shadow looks patchy and poorly pigmented on a swatch, it might look amazing on the eye.
About the shades being patchy and not blending well: I personally did not have a problem at all with the way any of these eyeshadows blended. They’re all super creamy, even the glittery ones, which is rare. I thought that they blended beautifully and I was able to create really beautiful looks the both times I used the palette.
I also want to mention that there’s a bit of kickback in the pan, but nothing major or bothersome to me. It’s definitely one of the best palettes I’ve tried in terms of kickback. Same for the fallout under the eyes during application, it was pretty minimal. Since I usually leave setting powder under my eyes while I do my eyeshadow anyways, this really doesn’t bother me at all.
About the fact that they don’t last long: Once again, I did not observe that. When I swatched it for these pictures, I noticed that the swatches were easy to wipe off with just water. And if we’re real, sometimes, eyeshadow swatches are SO hard to wash off, I have to rub my leg raw - Yes, I do swatches on my thigh, since there’s more space and no annoying veins, lol.
So at first, I also thought they wouldn’t last on the eye, but they did, from morning to night. I don’t have particularly dry or oily eyelids, and I don’t use eyeshadow primer or concealer on my lids either. Take it for what it’s worth, I know everyone’s skin is different, but my experience vs the review makes me wonder if these people actually wore the eyeshadows on their eyes or if they based their entire review on swatches.
Safe to say, I really like this palette and I’m glad I got it. I have nothing negative to say about it, and I love how the shades are super flattering and meant for every skin-tone.
have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comment section below, and let me know if you would like to see some looks with this palette.
If you have this palette and create a look using it, post it on Instagram and tag me @thehungarianbrunette so I can repost it on my stories.
Love you guys,