November 6, 2019

NARS Inferno Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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1 stars out of 5

NARS Inferno Eyeshadow Palette is a new NARSissist Palette ($59) that’s available for a limited time exclusively at Sephora. It happens to be one of the first Holiday palettes I purchased when they started popping late September.

This palette was particularly appealing to me because I loved the glittery red tones! Sadly, it’s completely rubbish and it’s not something you want to spend nearly $60 on.

NARS Inferno NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette contains 12 eyeshadows and comes in a glittery black compact. Each eyeshadow is 0.05 oz in size. The eyeshadows range in finish with glitter being the dominating the palette and shimmer and mattes coming in after. Three of the five glitters are super chunky pressed glitters. I took the initiative to contact NARS directly to ask if the palette is eye safe due because of the glitter as well as the fact that one shade uses Red 7 which is not approved for eye use by the FDA. I did this because the palette has absolutely no warnings about using the shades including the glitter on your eyes. I contacted them via e-mail and a day later received a reply stating the following:

“Thank you for contacting NARS Cosmetics.

All shades in the Inferno Eyeshadow Palette are formulated for use on the eyes.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions.”

Ok, so, that didn’t go so well. The moral of the story is please be careful using the shade Come to Me around your eyes if you’re sensitive or prone to irritation. And as always, be careful when using glitter around your eyes as it is dangerous. For my look using this palette I used Glitter Glue but even with that I felt like glitter was getting in my eyes and I got a bit worried about this and removed the look as I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it all night for fear it would irritate or even cut my eye. There’s some major fall out with the glitter so the potential for harm is here. Just practice safety when using these shades.

I do NOT like the fact that so many brands have been including unsafe eye glitter in their palettes lately. Colourpop, now NARS, and I’m sad to say my Tati Beauty Eyeshadow Palette arrived and also has glitter that is marked as being unsafe for eye use in the back. Sigh. Someone needs to just get back to the basics and do sparkly eye safe shades and forget the glitter.

NARS Inferno Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Keep On Dancing, Let It Whip, Rock Freak, I’m So Excited)

NARS Inferno Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Shame, Turn the Beat Around, Wishing on a Star, Love and Desire)

NARS Inferno Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Do It Right, Can You Feel It, Come To Me, Shake Your Body)

Sadly, my ranting about this palette is not over. The unsafe glitters and dyes aren’t the only problem. There’s also an issue of the fact that the eyeshadows are just awful. I fell in love with exactly one shade in this palette and that was Keep On Dancing! I’d buy this as a single shade should they ever introduced it. It’s a really nice light beige that works great as a base shade or if you’re doing a nude eye look. It’s soft, silky, applies easily, but does sheer out so building is required. Another shade that wasn’t TOO bad was I’m So Excited. It had a nice, smooth velvety texture and applied quite well. To bad all the shades didn’t have this formula!

The other shades, as New Yorkers would say, fuhgeddaboudit. The shades were dry and patchy during application and even a little stiff and difficult to pick up with a brush. The glitters are a big mess. The texture is very chunky and messy application is pretty much all you’re going to get here is major fall out during application. Finger application is key and glitter glue is important to keep the mess out of your eyes but even with glitter glue I felt like chunks were falling into my eyes.

I wish I had something great to say about the NARS Inferno Eyeshadow Palette but this was a big hot mess. I’m not even sure I’d recommend picking it up if it went on sale. The shade range is quite beautiful and festive for Holiday looks but the formula is a nightmare.

NARS Inferno Eyeshadow Palette is available now exclusively at Sephora.

If you own this palette I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on it!

Where to buy


NARS Inferno Eyeshadow Palette is a new, limited edition Holiday 2019 12-pan palette that’s available exclusively at Sephora for $59. I purchased this back in September when it first launched as I was excited about the sparkly red shades sadly, it does contain glitter shades as well as Red 7 dye which are deemed unsafe for eye use. I did contact NARS and asked because the palette has no warnings and was told by their customer service team the shades are all safe for eye use. However, I advise against that if you have sensitive eyes or eyes that irritated easily. As for everyone else, it’s very important that you use safety when using glitter near your eyes. I didn’t like the palette very much. There are only two shades I enjoyed but the rest were very, very dry and applied quite patchy! The glitters are very chunky, messy to use, and have fall put issues. All in all, this was a waste of $60!


  • Pretty shade range.


  • Chunky, messy glitter shades that may or may not be safe for eye use.
  • Dry, stiffer eyeshadows that applied patchy.
  • Messy, less than smooth application.


NARS Inferno Eyeshadow Palette might be appealing to those who work well with glitter but for everyone else you might find this one very messy!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Felicia Ferrick

    Thank you for this! I’m so glad I didn’t pick this one up. I’ve had my eye on it since it released but was holding back because I had just picked up the Nars palette that Ulta released a few months ago. You saved me some coin. When I got my Tati palette I thought of you when I saw that not safe for eye asterick on the back. Right after I had just finished saying I thought she of all people would have glitter safe eye shades. Lol. At least with hers there isn’t much of any fall out with or without glitter glue.

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure! I picked this up when it launched which was probably stupid! I should have waited a little while longer. There’s no warnings so I reached out and CS was all, “SURE! Go ahead it’s all eye safe” in reality, it isn’t if you have sensitive eyes. Plus glitter=very dangerous! Anyway, I could have maybe dealt with the glitter but the shadows are so stiff and dry sigh. I got my tati palette yesterday and I was going to email you but I’ve been swamped because I was going to say “DAMN GLITTER!” lol! I’m sad with all these pressed glitter palettes lately. WTF! When I heard Seed Beauty I instantly though, yup, prob not eye safe. Such a shame because Tati is so well known you think she’d have wanted something better for her fans. I didn’t use it yet but I will say it’s gorgeous (glitters aside)! I REALLY like the shade range in the palette and I think I’ll get a lot of use out of it but still, GLITTER WHY THOUGH! lol!

      • kjh

        Idk Tati was Seed. No big surprise. A fully safe eye glitter would get the Nobel prize for m/u. NARS holiday, esp this palette has really annoyed me. It’s one thing to mfg things that are on trend, but this feels totally exploitative. Even if you don’t count their flagrant disregard for safety, AND SAY IT’S FINE, the swatches kind of suck, and there’s nothing new brought to the table, with even more chances to injure your eyes.

  • Colleen

    Wanted this so badly, got it and hated it. Sadly, I had already ditched the packaging and couldn’t return. It went in the garbage and was a waste all around ☹️

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m so sorry to hear it. That sucks! I’m a crappy returner so right now it’s just sitting in one of my vanity drawers. I do like the beige shade so maybe that’ll stick around with me but the other stuff is kinda crap!

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure! yeah I’m sad about it because the color scheme is so nice!

  • Stacy

    OK channel my Saturday Night Live character voice when I say ” Ewww”. What’s up with NARS lately? These colors are nothing special and something we can find elsewhere in safer formulas I am sure.

    Is it just me about the glitter? Who wants that? You can get gorgeous, safe shimmers- just do those.

    Oh well…. Not like there isn’t other makeup out there.

  • CL

    It’s going to take some lawsuits to get these manufacturers to clean up their act.