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Hi everyone! This post is long overdue as I`ve had this palette for almost two months, but since Sephora is having their 15% off sale from now until the 21st and this palette is STILL available in stores and on the website, this is as good a time as any to post up my thoughts on this product. This is the limited edition, Sephora exclusive NARS eye kit called And God Created the Woman, which retails for $59 but values at $105. What is included in the kit is a small 6-pan eyeshadow palette, a mini version of their #3 eyeshadow brush and a trial size of their popular smudgeproof eyeshadow primer. I have already given thoughts on the eyeshadow brush in my haul post, but I`ll summarize it here as not fitting my needs. The brush is very large and a bit too fluffy to work as a shader brush. In the end I gave my mom the brush but I don`t know what she uses it for. The smudgeproof primer is still being tested out, but so far I`m really liking it. The review today will be primarily for the eyeshadow kit, since that`s really what you`re paying for.
Price & Availability - $59 - ONLY available at Sephora and http://sephora.com - LIMITED EDITION
Shades & Finishes Top row (all of these shades are from various NARS eyeshadow duos, so the side of the duo is listed): - Alhambra (right): shimmery peachy champagne - Bellissima (right): matte light grey - Kalahari (left): pearly chocolate Bottom row (all of these shades are available as singles): - Galapagos: warm chocolate brown with gold flecks - Coconut Grove: matte medium dark brown - Night Clubbing: soft black with gold flecks
Packaging - standard NARS packaging with the rubbery black outside
Pros - travel friendly - mix of shimmers and mattes - colors are well coordinated - shades are nicely pigmented - compact has mirror, the set comes with the brush and primer which makes it even more travel friendly - shades apply smoothly and blend easily - last for several hours over primer
Neutrals - I`ve never been a fan of the NARS packaging because it gets dirty very easily - wasn`t a fan of the brush - might have some fall out with Galapagos or Night Clubbing because of the large flecks - no matte highlighting shade - textures of the shadows are a bit dry, but still workable
Cons - expensive - only available at Sephora or http://sephora.com - limited edition
Overall I`d like to think of this palette as the Naked palettes` more mature sister or cousin. A lot of the shimmery shades from UD are chock full of shimmer and sometimes you just want some subtly in your look. You can create all the neutral and smoky looks with this as you could with a Naked palette but it looks more polished because the finishes here are more subtle. This palette is absolutely worth it to me because I love neutrals and the quality here is pretty nice. Unfortunately the price is pretty steep, but the 15% off at Sephora this week will lessen the blow a little. If you order only this palette online you will already qualify for free shipping from Sephora. Thanks for reading! Have you tried this palette yet? What do you think of it? Or will you be ordering it with your Sephora discount? All images and content are my own. Please do not use or take without permission. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://seralina.blogspot.com/2012/02/blog-sale.html