Makeup Play: Revisiting NARS Voulez Vous Palette

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Voulez Vous Jouer Avec Moi… Again?

Ever wonder what happens to products after bloggers review them? Yup, I do too. In my case, I’ve a few items I’ve reviewed, swatched and then tucked away for good that they haven’t seen a ray of sunlight for a while now. If makeup just come to life at night a la Toy Story, some of mine would be exchanging sad tales over a bottle of beer telling each other,”It’s okay, she’ll rediscover us againsoon… hopefully.” Or maybe something more along the lines of, “Stop buying stuff, darn it – you haven’t even abused us yet!“. By the grace of the Makeup Gods, I’ve heeded their non-existent cries for attention and abuse. This is mostly due to my no-buy that I’m glad did some major good. I’ve come to discover some of my forgotten, stashed-in-the-abyss-of-my-drawers makeup items that are in need of some TLC. For this entry, it’s the NARS Voulez Vous Palette I’ve reviewed last year and wasn’t so impressed with. 3 Just a refresher, I wasn’t totally pleased with this palette before because I found the eyeshadows lacking in pigmentation and intensity. And not only that, Rangoun (the dark shade) is so stiff and hard to blend. The names of the shades starting from the top left (clockwise) are:  Molokai, Antanarivo, Rangoun, Lhasa. So even if I found the shades beautiful and up my alley, especially Lhasa, I felt they needed too much work. This time, well… they’re still the same. But I used a new primer (a once-used hand-me-down from my momma), MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (which I forgot to include in the photos above), that did wonders for application and pigmentation.

Makeup Play with Voulez Vous

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I used all the shades in the palette, mainly Molokai on the inner half and Lhasa on the outer half with a bit of Rangoun for definiton on the outer-v. I only used Antanarivo for blending out harsh edges. I could say I like it better now applied on top of MAC Soft Ochre, not too dramatic but definitely not as sheer, patchy and just plain ugh-leh the first time I wore it. I also rediscovered MAC Betty Bright which I used on the puckers for this look. I felt that the eyes are quite neutral, soft and feminine so a pop of coral is very much welcome. On the cheeks, I used the NARS Dolce Vita which is on the right side of the palette. I experimented and used the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply and blend the blush and I actually like it! I know it’s ill-advised to use a buffing brush for blush because hello – clown cheeks, perhaps? But hey, it works for me just as long as I blend it like Beckham. Also, forgive the haphazard brows (I recently realized I’ve been laziest to do my brows, more than eye makeup now. Oh how times have changed). Do you love rediscovering old new stuff or what? 
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  1. Raven Ang
    January 7, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    To be honest I’m not much of an eyeshadow person. I’m more of the dramatic eyeliner and lashes + bold dark lip person. I’m content with my current palettes. But I recently went back to my NAKED Basics palette! After abusing my Pro Palette, I decided to give it a break and use my other ones. My dad actually doesn’t really like it when I wear eyeshadows. He says I look so grownoup and that I should stay his little girl. Haha!

    Btw, your skin looks extremely glowy and radiant in your pictures! Stunning!

  2. Nix Sayo
    January 7, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    I honestly don’t have much to “rediscover” since I don’t have that much makeup yet. Haha! But I do tend to disregard items I’m not pleased with. Sometimes, I give away. 🙂

  3. Iambrigitte
    January 7, 2014 / 4:02 pm

    Pretty! I love the look on you, neutral eyes paired with bright coral lips…perfect! I have Betty Bright too but as usual, i think my lips are made for nudes lang. Sniff. I’m also guilty of un-abused makeup heheh sometimes after using them once or twice, i move on na but lately i’ve been rediscovering my old stuff too. I’m still not back to working so i havent done any major shopping pa so i’m stuck with what i have hahaha.

  4. rhania escueta
    January 7, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    i love the lippie here hun =)

  5. January 7, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    Ahhh, favorite ko talaga Betty Bright, pero super tipid ko siya, lol. Love the eyes here, and I’m glad you got them to work better with the paint pot!

  6. January 7, 2014 / 4:32 pm

    Huhuhu I envy the pink lippie. I can never pull it off. I’d look like Nicki Minaj on crack. Hahahaha. And that palette, my girlfriend was suppose to get me that one last Christmas because the The Happening palette got sold out and that’s the only palette left that was similar and then I was like, “nooooo sabi ni Shari di daw maganda eye shadows niyan” hahahahaha. And I’m such an eye shadow lover that I wouldn’t want to settle for anything that’s not of impeccable quality (ansabe haha). Love the look. Gorgeous as always <3

  7. January 7, 2014 / 4:39 pm

    i feel you – sometimes i am guilty of blogging about something then letting it slip my mind! i remember buying this palette back when it came out last year too, but i immediately returned it the next day because it really wasn’t what i expected.. somehow the colors and pigmentation just didn’t work for me. glad you found a way to make it work though!! 🙂

    rachel x

  8. January 7, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous look, Shari! Betty Bright looks so good on you! I never really wanted to try that one, but now I regret missing out on it 😉

  9. January 7, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    Betty Bright! 🙁 I wasn’t able to get it when it launched before 🙁 Now my heart still aches whenever I see one! It looks good on you, though, Ate Shari! Hrhrhr! Only a few people can rock that lippie 😉 And btw, do you think paying 1500 for Betty Bright is too much? Haha. Me and my problems. </3

  10. January 7, 2014 / 8:06 pm

    I too wonder about products after they’re reviewed. I amass so much and then forget about it completely. I just did a clean out and started giving some things to my mom. Too bad the experience with the palette was still lackluster.

  11. January 7, 2014 / 10:40 pm

    I can relate with the Toy Story 3 reference. Just used it on my most recent post too. Anyway, it’s disappointing when higher-end products perform like this. I bought the Bobbi and Katie palette by Bobbi Brown and it is just as you described this Nars palette. Good thing it’s the only neutral eyeshadow palette I have. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure I won’t use it.

  12. Coco
    January 8, 2014 / 3:55 am

    Betty Bright. What a torture. Echoing Emae’s thoughts. I tried to get it to no avail. I still love the shade xx

  13. January 8, 2014 / 8:09 am

    I also find the NARS The Happening Palette eyeshadows & blushes to be poor in pigmentation. I wonder why. :-/

  14. Nikki
    January 8, 2014 / 11:14 am

    I’m currently “rediscovering” a few of mine. If I see something I like online, I dive back into my stash to look for something similar just to curb the urge of shopping online.

  15. January 9, 2014 / 8:24 am

    i feel meh about nars shadows most of the time now too. i used to love them though. I think it is bc we are spoiled by burberry, etc!!

  16. January 9, 2014 / 1:27 pm

    I’m mostly on a “no buy” as well, and I’m enjoying using items that I have barely-touched, stashed away. I don’t own any nars palettes but always think they look beautiful, it’s too bad this one’s pigmentation is lacking. I like the look you created regardless

  17. January 9, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    Very soft versatile shades, not a palette I’d personally pick up as I like bolder shades with more crazy shimmer! I love the lippie on you, that shade is such a great soft pop!

  18. January 9, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    Glad you could find a way to make the eyeshadows work better with the Paint Pot! I love MAC Betty Bright on your lips – so pretty! NARS eyeshadows seem to be a bit hit and miss – I swatched some of the singles the other day and was quite blown away at the pigmentation. I have one of their eyeshadow palettes and while I love it, I have to say not every single one of the shades is impressively pigmented. I find in general the texture of their eyeshadows to be on the drier side, but on the lid they still work almost as well as more ‘buttery’, smoother and softer formulations.

  19. GummyVision
    January 11, 2014 / 4:22 am

    Looks beautiful, lady pants!!! I know you always say you aren’t good with eye application, but seriously your pics could fool me any day! Too bad about the texture of the shadows…do you think you’ll continue to use this palette?? Haven’t rediscovered any loves lately…ooooh wait I take that back…I do love my nars douceur blush!!! Only wish it had a better texture, because I find it stiff and a bit difficult to work with sometimes. Still looking for a dupe with better texture, but in the meantime I’ll still use it because it just works so well with so many looks and other colors!

  20. January 12, 2014 / 3:19 pm

    I don’t wear makeup often, so I actually own a lot of things I have yet to use! I should take a leaf out of your book and really just use my own things before buying more…

  21. January 31, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    Sorry to hear this palette isn’t great on it’s own — the color selection definitely catches the eye though 🙂 A lot of my eyeshadows *need* primer, too — whether for color intensity or just so they don’t stray. Too bad that eye makeup has to involve so many steps … primer, shadow, liner, mascara, etc!! I gotta figure out a way to cut down the routine in the morning 🙂

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