This is the story of my NARS Pro Palettes and a few things I learnt while going through my collection.
I had the palettes purchased directly from NYC (big thanks to Julyen & Celeste) and they are very reasonably priced. I picked the smaller of the two sizes available… and let’s just say, I am very determined to keep all my stuff into the five palettes.
I had previously already depotted most of my sticky NARS blushes into a huge MUFE palette.. but like all makeup junkies.. it just seem like such a travesty to place NARS stuff into another brand of pro palette, and while I could easily put them into the generic (read: brand neutral) Z-palettes -they were a bit hard to get online. I guess it is fate that I am meant to wait, because in the past few months that I know that the NARS pro palettes are available, I know I have to get my hands on them somehow.
The palettes are very light and sturdy and comes with a magnetic base. There is no mirror inside to add extra weight, and the material is a solid cardbox type.. the NARS logo is huge and emblazoned on the outside and inside of the cover. The material has this ‘saffiano grainy’ finish if you know what I mean, and is easy to wipe clean – trust me, because in my arranging of the pans in the palette, some powder fell on to the palettes and I cleaned off all stains easily.
So, if you can get your hands on these pro palettes, and if you have own a ton of NARS stuff like I do, you can now transfer your collection into these palettes.
Now let’s talk about my depotting process and what I learnt during this whole business:
- I used the flatiron depotting method – it totally works for the smaller pans – blushes, single e/s, duo e/s. But not the bigger blushes. We will talk about the casualties in a bit. I won’t go into the details of how the flatiron method works, because there are a ton of such tutorials online that you can find.
- I was merciless ie, I tried to depot only the colours which I would use. This especially applies to the eyeshadows – some of the items from my collection were purchased many years ago when I was more adventurous with eye shadow colours – remember my NARS China Blue eyeshadow smokey eye tutorial? And a few other bold colours which I know would just take up space in my new pro palettes. So I have a stack of such colours which are now in my giveaway pile. They deserve better homes.
- There were casualties. I am not gonna lie, I had to toss a few products that died during the depotting. Manchurie duo, Rotende blush..they crack under the pressure, literally. I did not bother savaging these, as I still have a ton of other stuff to use. Though my heart saddened a bit at the moment I tossed Rotende away. It is beautitful and it is Limited Edition.
- Depotting means you can arrange the colours in a way that makes sense to you. I had fun re-arranging the duos – they are all over the place, not next to their ‘partners’ anymore.. but they look darn good in the palette.
- No more sticky pans. I am so happy to throw them away.
- Right now, I just have a couple of new items (when I say new, I mean they aren’t even launched yet) and some back ups which I won’t be depotting soon.
- Depotting saves you a lot of space. My NARS drawer can now breathe. The palettes are so sleek and flat!
- One nagging thought: Would I forget about using them now that they are in palettes? I have used up quite a few NARS blushes because they are in their pans and I just leave them around. Now that they are in palettes.. I am not too sure. I must continue to leave them somewhere accessible. Right now on heavy rotation for my cheeks is the World Domination palette from a couple of years back.
All in all, this has been a fun project, and I am glad that everything is organised and sorted out. It also got me purging stuff which I have been hanging on to, so that’s always a good thing.
I have another NARS entry, and EXCITING stuff coming up later this week. Stay tuned!
Hope this has been a fun read for you.
Thanks for reading!