New from Nars comes the limited edition Atomic Blonde Eye & Face Palette ($59 / 0.04 oz – 1.4 g x 4, 0.25 oz – 7 g x 2) and it is absolutely stunning. This is a multi-use palette for smoldering bronze eye and cheek looks and includes 4 eyeshadows, a highlighter, and a bronzer. The palette first launched exclusively to Sephora’s website but is now also available at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com.
The Atomic Blonde Eye & Face Palette has 6 total shades in a medium-sized mirrored compact. There are 4 eyeshadows, 1 bronzer, and 1 highlighter. The overall theme of the palette bears a perfect sunkissed, summery vibe with its warm bronze tones for the eyes and face.
The palette has a gorgeous warm range of neutral, everyday colors. The eyeshadows are all virtually shimmer-based and come in metallic, satin and glitter finishes. For the most part they have incredibly soft and smooth textures and great pigmentation that is effortlessly buildable. While the eyeshadows across the board are A+ quality, Kink is the exception. Kink has semi-sheer to light coverage but comes with rather large chunks of glitter that makes application a little challenging, not to mention the color experiences a bit of fallout throughout application as well as wear. I found I had the best luck when applying with a dense, damp brush using a patting motion over a tacky base. Other than Kink, the eyeshadows performed very well for me and last well over 8 hours.
For the cheeks there is Last Call and Unleashed. Last Call is a soft, peachy gold with excellent pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture that feels almost cream-like. It has a nice soft glow to it as opposed to an intense frost and looks beautiful on the skin. The powder is lightweight so it does not emphasize any pores or the skin’s natural texture. Longevity is good too, lasting 9 hours without fading. The Unleashed Bronzing Powder I have mixed feelings about. It has a stiff, dry texture that makes it difficult for the powder to apply and blend evenly. Pigmentation is semi-opaque yet buildable and has pretty good wear time, averaging well over 8 hours without any issues.
A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them
- Icon – is a warm, light champagne bronze with peachy undertones and has a metallic finish
- Isolde #2 – is a warm, medium to deep copper bronze with subtle brown undertones and has a metallic finish
- Kink – is a warm, medium to deep copper with orange/reddish undertones and has a glitter/semi- satin finish
- Galapagos – is a warm, deep brown flecked under gold and bronze pearl with yellow undertones and has a satin finish
- Last Call – is a warm, light gold with peach undertones and has a luminous finish
- Unleashed – is a warm, medium brown with rosy undertones and has a satin finish
Overall, the palette itself is super pretty and easy to use with nice, wearable colors. I have been very happy with its performance and love everything about it even though I’d like to change out two of the colors for something else formula-wise – however, I am able to make the palette work as is. The warm bronzey tone of the palette is right up my alley. Since Summer won’t end here in Las Vegas until at least mid-November somewhere I will get a lot of use out of it.
Did you pick up this palette yet? What are your thoughts?