Sep 292012
 

Fall 2012 is bringing a nascent trend toward light, shimmery nude eyeshadows and deep black liner. We saw this concept brought to life in Le Metier de Beaute’s Nouvelle Vague palette, as well as in MAC for Marilyn collection.  Unlike the neutral palettes we see in every line, this trend has a high contrast between the shimmery nude shades and the liner. My investment in this trend (so far) are two new Dior Luminous Graphic Eye Palettes–Dior Ivory Glow and Dior Nude Glow ($48 each).

I expected the Dior Nude Glow trio eyeshadow to resemble NARS All About Eve duo, a staple that includes a near-matte nude and a shimmery nude.

However, Dior Nude Glow has no matte nude. Rather, the palette has a softly shimmered nude, and a translucent fairy sparkle shade. The translucent shade reminded me of a daytime-friendly, wearable version of MAC Reflects in Gold. It doesn’t have nearly the drama, but it is definitely something one could wear to an in-office meeting or presentation where one comes within handshake distance of one’s peers. The liner is a powder that applies beautifully with my Laura Mercier smudge brush over my Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.

 The Dior Luminous Graphic eyeshadow in Nude Glow performs at an excellent level. The liner is deep and pigmented, the colors give the lids a pearly nude soft pearly texture. Gorgeous. As I got onto a flight, this was the one eyeshadow palette I grabbed. I’ve worn it for a few days over my Laura Mercier Eye Basic and got excellent performance.

Dior Luminous Graphic eyeshadow in Ivory Glow gives a more dramatic effect. Like Nude Glow, Ivory Glow has a shimmery opaque shade and a translucent shade of tiny fairy sparkle, and a deep black powder liner.

The white is slightly warm, leaning a touch gold:

Because of the contrast between the liner and palette shades, this is a lovely evening palette. Those with lighter skin tones and a light touch with their eyeshadow brush might find some daytime friendly looks as well.

Swatches:

Another:

Bottom line, I thought these were a simple concept that is beautifully executed. They are unusual, on trend, and yet still neutral and wearable. Although Dior has not caught my eye for several months, I found these irresistible. Having passed on Le Metier’s version, and unable to get MAC’s Marilyn eyeshadows due to the high demand, I was glad that I found these Dior’s Luminous Graphic. I understand from reading Allura’s reviews of the MAC’s Marilyn eyeshadows that these Dior will be more to my taste, style and liking. As I say, the Dior Nude Glow is an everyday staple for me, so it was a good investment.

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Sep 262012
 

Nars Andy Warhol Collection includes three portrait-themed palettes, based on Warhol’s 1967 Self Portrait. There have been about forty of these identified, these silk-screened works were made in various sizes and color combinations. Each of the three Nars Andy Warhol have a version of this self-portrait over sprayed over three eyeshadow colors. Like the Flowers palettes, these are very large 0.42 ounce size–much larger than a typical Nars blush or eyeshadow duo.

I must admit that although I’ve seen many beauty products with a women’s cameo (Lauderee, Guerlain and MAC Barbie to name a few), I’ve never opened a compact with a man’s portrait. This “pop cameo” is entirely new. For those who engage with Warhol’s art, it’s an intriguing concept. And just as Warhol suggested that fame is fleeting–after all, we’re only famous for 15 minutes–in this palette the Warhol image brushes away quickly with just a few brushstrokes, leaving only the blocks of color behind.

A fresh palette:

After playing: 

Nars Andy Warhol Self Portrait 1 uses combinations of two colors–deep blue and green–with black for an accent liner color.

Like the Flowers palettes, these include Andy Warhol inscription on the mirror:

The three colors, all of which are matte colors, can be mixed and blended to vary the colors.

I found the colors quite soft, bordering on sheer. I was impressed that Makeup for Life was able to create this vibrant look by packing on the color.

NARS Andy Warhol Portait 2 was my favorite of this portrait series. This includes shimmering cream and silver, with a generous amount of black.

Closer, you can see how beautifully executed the overspray is:

The mirror inscription:

 

 

I found the texture of this palette far different than the other two–it was quite pigmented, easy to use and very easy to use. Swatches:

The Nars Andy Warhol Portrait 3 was a combination of  gently pigmented matte light brick and heather blue, with a deeper brown brick as the liner color.

Although the overspray has a touch of duochrome shimmer, the underlying shades are matte.

I found that Portrait 3 was a bit difficult to build up a strong color–applied with normal brush pressure, you will get an effect similar to this:

I loved the unusual combination of these bricks with the heather blue. However, I found that the lighter brick was a bit tricky for me to pull off. Over my Laura Mercier Eye Basic used as a base, I found that these colors–although softly pigmented–did last all day. The inscription on the mirror of Portrait 3:

The Nars Andy Warhol palettes come packed with information for those unfamiliar with both makeup color placement and Andy Warhol’s art. Here’s a color look suggestion card for Portrait 3:

There is a multi-page booklet that points out some of the background influences of the collection:

Overall, my strong preference from these three is Portrait 2. It has, by far, my favorite texture and highly wearable colors. Of all six Nars Andy Warhol eyeshadow palettes, my favorite is Flowers 3.

Nars provided these palettes to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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Sep 232012
 

Liz in Andy Warhol Style
Made with D.I.Y. Pop/ Warhol app for iPad

As promised, here is a quick swatch comparison of the background taupe and the highlight whites from all three NARS Andy Warhol Flowers palettes. To my eye, they all look the same. Any differences that you see are likely attributable to slight differences in brush pressure, lighting or the like. In sun:

 In shade:

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Sep 222012
 

My favorite product from the Nars Andy Warhol Collection is the Flowers 3 palette, a shimmery combination of taupe, two medium browns, a deep brown and a shimmery white.  An overview of the format of this palette is here, in my review of Flowers 1. Here is the review of Flowers 2.

If I were to choose one single item to purchase from the items that I’ve tried (which do not include the kits), it is Flowers 3. These shadows are a shimmery neutral lover’s dream. I’ve worn this for about a week, and was still exploring the combinations that I could make. This palette’s Warhol inscription: “All is pretty.” 

Swatches (from left to right) 1) background taupe; 2) white flower; 3 & 4) both medium shimmery flowers; and 5) the deep brown flower:

Here, Liz used all three colors (but just a touch of the white in the inner corner), and used Nars Andy Warhol Soft Touch eye pencil in Heat under her lower lashline. She also used a standard black liner (Giorgio Armani) on her inner waterline:

Same look, different angle:

A full look, same combination of Flowers 3 and Heat, together with Chanel Rouge Allure Intense in Seduisante.

Overall, I found the texture excellent, and the palette very easy to use to achieve a beautiful look. Definitely my favorite of the Nars Andy Warhol Flowers format, and possibly my favorite palette of the collection.

Nars Cosmetics sent Flowers 3 and Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil in Heat to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review.

 

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Sep 202012
 

Nars Andy Warhol Eyeshadow Palette in Flowers 2 ($55) follows the same format as the Flowers 1 palette from this series (reviewed here), so I won’t repeat. All shades in this Flowers 2 palette–the white, the periwinkle blue, and the background taupe, are softly shimmered (the white sort of glows).

The whites and the blue flowers each have a twin in this palette–I could not detect any significant differences between the two whites or the two blues. I sort of loved the soft ethereal blue in this palette. It’s a soft blue with a fair amount of gray and a touch of purple, which works well with the taupe and cool white of the rest of the palette. The blue reminds me of the color added to gas–a modern yet somehow retro color. The overall theme is cool toned, which looks softly dramatic on my warm skin tone.

The Andy Warhol inscription on the palette’s mirror is “You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.” Swatches:

One more set of swatches:

I swatched the taupe background first, then both white flowers, then both blue flowers for completeness. Overall, I’ve enjoyed this unusual palette.  I love the background taupe and the lavender blue, and the white is quite smooth and workable. Those with deeper toned eyes and cool skin tones are likely to love this palette as well. After I review my favorite palette from this collection (Flowers 3), I’ll post a picture comparing the taupes and whites of all three Flowers palettes.

My experiments with the longevity of the Nars Andy Warhol Eyeshadow palettes is continuing. Today I wore one of the Portrait palettes (review upcoming) over a Laura Mercier Eye Base and got beautiful all-day wear.

Nars sent the products used in this review without charge to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review. 

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