The NP Set Red Carpet Set palette is one of two limited edition palettes being released on the 11th of March 2012. These palettes are designed to be an all-in-one palette for eyes lips and cheeks. The Red Carpet Set palette is the brighter and more colourful of the two palettes.
The products in this palette are a mixed bag when it comes to pigmentation.
White Gold and Gold are both quite richly pigmented, with a pleasant buttery texture. They are both prone to some fallout, but this can be minimised by applying them with a patting motion, rather than a sweeping motion.
Blue has a workable level of pigmentation. It works quite well to create a gentle wash of colour on your skin, but doesn’t lend itself to creating extreme looks.
Violet is very sheer. When applying the Violet eyeshadow onto my naked eyelid I struggled to get it to show up at all. If you have this palette and you want to get the most of of this particular eyeshadow, I strongly recommend applying it over a dark base. Cream eyeshadows, gel eyeliner, or even pencil eyeliner blended out would all work.
The blushes are without a doubt the rockstars of this palette. They are both insanely pigmented and require the very lightest touch. For day-time wear I would recommend buffing over the top of these with a fluffy powder brush and a little loose powder to dial-down the party on your cheeks.
Silver is a clear gloss with a generous amount of fine glitter. It is best suited to being applied in a dab in the centre of your lips to create a fuller-looking pout.
Tomato Red looks very va-va-voom in the pan, but when swatched it sheers out significantly. On lips it adds the faintest hint of an orange tint and gives that “I’ve been eating an ice-block” look.
Magenta is by far the most pigmented of the three glosses. I would describe the level of coverage offered by Magenta to be closer to a semi-sheer lipstick than to a lipgloss.
Mauve doesn’t really look mauve to me at all. Its a lovely extremely sheer brown with lashings of teal-blue microglitter. At first glance on the lips it looks like a super shiny gloss, but on closer inspection it is quite complex and interesting.
Ease of application:
You will need your own tools to apply the products in this palette as it doesn’t come with any brushes, sponges or other applicators (but you should probably be doing that anyway).
The powder products are all a little powdery, so I recommend using a patting motion rather than a sweeping motion to pick up the products on a brush.
Other than that, an easy and straightforward palette to use.
Anything else worth mentioning?:
What they say:
This glam-to-go palette is packed with beyond-beautiful shades for the eyes, cheeks and lips. All-you-need amazing! What’s in it for me: Ultra-soft and long-lasting textures glide across skin and lips with the greatest of ease.
Target, Big W, Terry White Chemist, Napoleon Perdis Concept Stores and NP Set Concept Stores.
I have been told by NP Set PR that these palettes will be launched on the 11th of March 2012, however I did see some at the NP Set Concept Store in Penrith Plaza earlier this week. If you’re interested in picking up this palette now, call ahead to your closest store and see if it’s in stock.