Second Time Around with the NARSissist Palette

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Should I Walk By Again?

What to do with a $70 palette you didn’t fall in love with at first sight (and try)? Well, I couldn’t find it in my heart to sell it – that’s the thing with makeup. Once you crack open that packaging and use it, bam. Instant depreciation. Doesn’t matter if you’ve only swiped it ever so gently once or twice – there’s no way you’ll be able to justify selling it at its original value (I mean you can, but who’d buy it if they can get a sealed, unused one instead?). Unless it’s limited edition and unavailable anywhere else. Unlike designer bags or shoes that you can sell so close to their original price even if you’ve used them daily for the past x years but have taken care of them as if they were born out of your womb. They’re even passed down from generation to generation with some even appreciating in value. But makeup? Umm, tell me again why I shell out $$$ for this shit.   Going back, my answer to the question I posed above is – try a second time and force yourself to fall in love with it (!!!). Kidding. But if you really don’t, then let go of the thing and swallow the fact that you hafta sell it (or give it away for free! you choose), even for half the price you bought it for. The question then is — will I be swallowing that painful truth for this NARSissist palette?  narsissist eyeshadow palette

The Verdict X Tries After

So I used this palette countless times over the course of 3 months — and I’ve to share that I may have fallen in love with it. It wasn’t love at first sight. It wasn’t The Fault in Our Stars the-way-you-sleep kind of love where you fall “slowly, but all at once”. It was more of the really slow kind of love — each day you see him, you tell yourself “I really don’t like him, but let’s see what he’s got to give anyway“. And then day by day, as you see his efforts and his genuine intentions — you slowly, brick by brick, tear down that wall you built. At the last brick, you realize you’ve liked him all along. You just carried too many pre-conceived notions to realize it. I know right. What the hell is going on here. I swear, I’m not speaking from experience, haha. Anyway, that’s what I felt with this palette. Day by day, the more I used it — the more I realized it’s not as bad as I initially thought. Granted, it has its weaknesses — dry and patchy, etc. But I find the other shades that aren’t are still very usable despite of it. Heck, even the dry shades are usable if I’m not so fussy for that day to work in more effort than the usual. I’ve just been spoiled by my previous NARS lovers (duos, to be specific) that are perfectly buttery and creamy smooth that I expected the same from this one. But you can’t have it all, right? With the duos, you get less variety but great quality. With this palette, you get a HUGE assortment but less than stellar quality. But less than stellar quality doesn’t mean it has to be friendzoned instantly. I mean, even the (real) person you love has their weaknesses. But you focus on each other’s positives instead and even cultivate those traits so that the two of you can grow into a more loving and more pleasant relationship. narslovecover5c And that’s what I resolve to do with this NARSissist palette. Focus on its beautiful shades that I can’t deny loving and just not stress myself with its weaker shades (hell, don’t use them girl if you don’t like them). So there. I wish I could’ve been a more diligent blogger and photographed all the other instances I used this palette. But I’m not. Sigh. Here’s one look I managed to take a photo of, though. Again, because I’m such a gooood beauty blogger, I forgot which shades I used here. My guess would be Nepal (soft sheer rose), Brousse II (shimmery blackened violet metallic) and Mekong (espresso infused with gold). narsissist palettenarslovecover6bnarslovecover7bnarslovecover3

Final Thoughts

I guess what I’m saying here ladies is open up your hearts and minds more than the usual because you never know… the love of your lives may have been in front of you all along but you were too stubborn and preoccupied with other worldly matters to realize it. Haha. Seriously though, sometimes we’ve played with so many beauty products, we’ve set such high standards that we fail to appreciate the simpler yet still equally functional items that cross our way. But then again.. we don’t just pick $70 off an apple tree. P.S. – Thank you for all the wonderful comments and feedback on my first Youtube video. AHHHHHH!!! I felt like doing cartwheels while reading them. Seriously, my next video will be those cartwheels. THANKS GUYS!!
Any beauty products you had similar experiences with? Didn’t like the first time but grew to love as you used them more?
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  1. July 8, 2014 / 11:49 am

    Grrrr, I know what you mean about depreciation and it’s REALLY bad with makeup!!This is why I have yet to purchase the Narcissist palette. I have SO many like it or similar and I’m afraid I won’t love it. I don’t absolutely love my Naked palettes so I think I need to, as you say, ‘open heart and mind’ to them. Thank you for the tips- looks like I need to revisit some things in my stash.

    • July 18, 2014 / 8:19 pm

      I think as time passes, our makeup preferences change (and so do our skills!) so I’m sure there are products we initially dismissed that given a second try, we can actually make them work! 😉 And yes, the depreciation sucks!

  2. Raven Ang
    July 8, 2014 / 5:20 pm

    Haven’t exactly felt that way about a product. The most frustratung feeling I’ve felt was when I really, really wanted something and when I got it I don’t want to use it because it’s so brand new and pretty. Frustrates me to no end!! 🙁

    Those brushes!! Want!!!! Where can I purchase them? And pwede be online? Hehe 🙂

    • July 18, 2014 / 8:23 pm

      I feel you, gurlfriend!! It pains me to use beautifully embossed items too! 🙁
      Really? wala ka pang naffeel na ganito? :)) Hihi. I guess I’m pretty fickle when it comes to makeup + super moody (hard to please/easy to please at times!) HAHA.

      The Artnet brushes I bought from Metro department store :)) So random. I saw them lang while I was renewing my passport.

  3. July 8, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    I have felt this way many times for certain lipsticks….I can so understand the feeling of liking oneself to certain expensive products 😛
    Smita | missprettypink

    • July 18, 2014 / 8:24 pm

      Oh yes, I’ve felt like this with lipsticks too! What lipsticks exactly, if I may ask?

  4. July 8, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    actually im having a simiar experience with the NarsxGuyBourdin cheek palette i bought last xmas. its LE and i barely used it so i can probably sell it for its org price. im not sure i want to but at the same time, the hwole palette just sits there…

    A Beautiful Zen

    • expatmuaddict
      July 18, 2014 / 11:35 pm

      Me too Jenn!!!! xxx

  5. July 8, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    I felt as if I was reading a love story;) on a serious note I felt the same with Tarte Cheek stain. I wanted to toss it but because I paid almost double I decided not to give up and slowly I’m liking it not yet in love with it.

    Shari, can’t wait for your second video.

  6. July 8, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    I’m glad you ended up falling in love with it! Absolutely love the look you came up with here 🙂

  7. July 9, 2014 / 12:09 am

    Love love your look!! The lip and cheek are just killing me! I love those nude shades on you and your base looks flawless!

  8. July 9, 2014 / 5:05 am

    Summer people would do anything to get hold of that Nars palette!! don’t say you doing love it!! :p lol! glad you do now 😉

  9. July 9, 2014 / 8:29 am

    My first palette with NARS is the “The Happening Palette”. The eyeshadows and blushes are dry too. But I still keep using it. Mahal eh.*hihi* I just use a stiffer brush to get the product.

  10. July 9, 2014 / 10:21 am

    When life gives you lemons Shari… lol. If I don’t like a product the first time I use it it generally sits there for a month or so then Ill give it another whirl. if I still don’t like it it sits there in my ever growing pile of dead makeup until one day 2 years later I realise the stuff is too old to even give away for free and then I throw it out. Moral of the story …don’t hold on to stuff you dont love lol ( except if you paid 70$ for it of course :p)

  11. July 9, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    Daaaaaaamn girl the metaphors in this post make me want to buy the NARSissist palette and slowly fall in love with it, heh 😛 Ah, Shari! I love the way you write!

  12. July 9, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    I was about to say, “kamooown, imma buy that palette from you gimme gimme” hahaha. And then I read on and, well, damn. Lol! I’m glad you loved this! It would be quite a shame to continue disliking a $70 worth of palette :p Anyhoo, I agree with Elaine. Luuuurve the way you write!! <3

  13. Michelle
    July 9, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    So pretty ! Especially your eyes !
    I’m still hesitating on this palet. I’m not sold about the packaging, spoiled by Guerlain >.<

  14. July 10, 2014 / 12:17 am

    Sounds like this palette grew on you in the best kind of way! Now that’s true love 🙂 And such a pretty look you created with it this time around 🙂

  15. July 10, 2014 / 1:25 am

    I’m having mixed emotions. I have a palette right now that I don’t like, and I feel like I’m punishing myself from forcing myself to use it. I’m not buying anything else to make sure it gets used. Kaso it is sucking the fun out of makeup application.

  16. July 12, 2014 / 1:13 am

    I’m glad you learned to love this Mommy S! I guess it’s all about managed expectations, huh? 😛 I’ve never changed my mind about something I didn’t like agad, but when I do, it’s usually ’cause I’m using it wrong (i.e. Ellana foundation!)

  17. Sharmaine Sun
    July 13, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    I would have to say Benefit’s Erase Paste. I was disappointed the first few times I tried it. But after sticking with it for a while and changing the way I apply it, I’ve grown to love it =)

  18. July 14, 2014 / 10:24 am

    Glad to know you’re finally loving this palette Shari. Fez and Nepal are my favorites.

  19. Katsy Faustino
    July 15, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    You’ve got me seriously wanting Gina coz it looks so great on you! And this palette, I shall take your advice and learn to love it as well! I think I need to use it more though

  20. Becoming Sleek
    July 15, 2014 / 11:01 pm

    I’m glad it worked for you in the end! I do have the same philosophy too of giving stuff a second chance, except of course when it breaks me out! Medyo unforgivable yung ganun, move on nalang!

  21. expatmuaddict
    July 18, 2014 / 11:34 pm

    I haven’t used mine for a while but I do really like it. Nars can generally do no wrong in my book xxx

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

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