The Nars/ Andy Warhol collection has released three large eyeshadow palettes in the style of Warhol’s flowers silkscreens (example above). I find this concept so ingenious. The themes of Warhol’s other work are tastefully integrated into the packaging. The themes and colors are edgy and current. This review is for the Nars Andy Warhol Flowers 1 ($55).
Evoking Andy Warhol’s use of silver throughout his work (and his “Silver Factory” studio where he lived and worked), the outside packaging is silver. Also, the lettering on the palettes is silver (rather than the traditional white).
Also, these palettes are huge— much larger than the traditional NARS blush or eyeshadow duo’s.
When I first opened this palette, I had a few simultaneous thoughts–first, Andy Warhol’s Flowers!!! Because, the graphics really are that good. The coloring is complex, tonal and has a silkscreened appearance. There’s some seriously beautiful work done. Even if you buy nothing from the collection, if you can get a good look at a freshly-opened palette it is worth the trouble to see it.
My other thought was–oh look–etching on the mirror! On the inside mirror is a little Andy Warhol saying. It reminds me of the little Francois Nars sayings that come on little black cards in some products, except this is permanently etched so you can see it every time you use it. This particular one says “If you can convince yourself that you look fabulous, you can save yourself the trouble of primping.” So I decided that I did look fabulous (so do you, gorgeous!), but I primped anyway. By the way, the black is an overspray on this palette–it gently falls away with a brushstroke or two.
The next thought was….look at alllll that taupe. I was in absolute taupe heaven. As I said, these pans are large and the flower background is pretty, shimmery slightly purple taupe color. So much beautiful taupe in the pan, you could practically take a bath in it. Swatches, taupe on the far left:
And finally, I was worried that the palette would be too bright for me to carry off. Like surgeons, Liz and I got to work–how could we make this palette look good on neutral-lovers? Liz did a nice job for her part–she put the taupe all over the lid. Then she put the white in her inner corner. Then she washed the purple sheerly as a wash over much of the taupe. She then added the silver Nars Andy Warhol Soft Touch Pencil in Silver Factory under her lower lash line. She’s using a black liner on her lower waterline only.
The taupe is a nice smooth, shimmery soft shadow. Love. The purple can be sheered (as you see it here), or applied a bit more densely. If you want it as vibrant as you see it in the pan, you’ll want to add a colored base. The white is a sparkly white. It’s not the most finely milled white that I have, but I suspect its meant to be that way. Nars knows how to finely mill a powder. Perhaps a Warhol Superstar would go for something bolder, and this white delivers that. You can apply it in a messy way by adding more layers of white to make it more edgy if you like (we kept it subtle).
You can see that the color in Liz’s upper lid is just slightly washed with the purple shade.
In contrast, today I did a full eye as suggested on the card enclosed with the palette. Although this look is outside my comfort zone, I wanted to test the vibrancy and longevity of the shadows:
I applied the yellow color and purple primarily. I applied them over a dab of Edward Bess Platinum Concealer. I found that I couldn’t get a true-to-pan yellow or purple in a few swipes, but in truth I was a bit relieved (those are quite bright for me). One would really need to build it up to reach that very bright, saturated color and probably use a colored base (I don’t own bases in those colors).
To my relief, the colors were wearable because they didn’t easily build up as bright as they are in the pan. Used as individual colors, these delivered more than enough yellow and purple for me. They were a pretty combination–a bit like an iris. They have a very pretty sheen. Even in warm, humid weather I had the same color after 8 hours as when I started. I’ve been wearing the Nars Andy Warhol Flowers 3 palette all week, and I’ve had very good luck with that one too. Today, I went out to buy a Laura Mercier Eye Basic primer to do a little more stability research on these, I’ll post the results with the later palette reviews. Truthfully, I strongly prefer blending the colors together (the brick brown shade is gorgeous), and using the purple as a soft was as Liz did. But you might wish to wear the colors that emphasize these strong colors.
Nars sent the products used in this review without charge to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review.