Hello everyone, how are you all? I’ve had a few classes back at uni now and it’s fair to say that everyone’s feeling the pressure. My normal coping mechanisms include eating (mostly healthy food, but plenty of it), complaining about stress with my fellow third-years, and having fun with my make-up. One of the products that’s been helping me attempt to look like I have my shit together is the NARS Steven Klein Dead of Summer Eyeshadow Palette.
I’d had Dead of Summer on my wishlist for a long time. Like many of you, I’m a sucker for an eyeshadow palette, and like many of you, I tend to gravitate towards the same kind of shades (for me, that’s neutrals with the odd gold or copper colour). So when I see something that’s different but still totally wearable, I get more than a little bit excited.
Dead of Summer is a sexy, boxy, beast of a palette and contains four Dual Intensity eyeshadows (Studly, Stag Film, Subra, and Blackmail) and a Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner, which is soft enough not to drag but still firm enough to create a defined line (I do like to use something a little thicker for the waterline, though). Studly is a light golden shade, ideal for brightening the inner corner of the eye, and Stag Film is a shimmery nude with the tiniest pink-mauve hint — wearable enough for day but still different enough to be interesting.
For some reason Subra photographs as quite a copper shade, even though it looks quite cranberry in real life, but it’s actually a deep violet shade. Blackmail is a very dark grey that’s perfect for smoking up almost any eyeshadow look. I wore a blend of the two of them for a night out at the end of last year and I was really impressed — the shadow stayed put all night and didn’t smudge once. This is something I want and need from all my make-up.
As long-lasting and buttery as these shadows are, they’re not as pigmented as I was expecting. It takes quite a while to build up the colour, which I guess is a good thing when you’re dealing with darker shades like Blackmail, but I’m definitely more of a one-wash kinda girl. You can amplify the colour by using a damp brush to apply it, but that makes the shadow more difficult to blend. Dead of Summer is a beautiful palette but it does require some patience, so think carefully before you spend your money.
The NARS Steven Klein Dead of Summer Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette is available for a limited time, priced £29. Have you tried anything from the Steven Klein collection? What do you think of these shades? Let me know in the comments!
Note: Although NARS was a cruelty-free brand at the time of writing, they have since decided to sell their products in China as of June 2017 and therefore are no longer cruelty-free.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.