Tuesday, October 9, 2012

All Is Pretty: The NARS x Andy Warhol Flowers 3 Palette

The NARS x Andy Warhol collection is. just. awesome. Themed/inspired collections are almost always up my alley provided the theme is focused and the corresponding packaging is well executed. Due to my own love of conflating cosmetics with art, literature and history I often find myself getting absurdly excited about impending releases that combine my love of makeup with my love of other things.
"The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting." - Andy Warhol
When NARS announced their "collaboration" with Andy Warhol I was beyond thrilled. Given the wealth of inspiration art provides it's almost surprising to me that such a collection hasn't been released before. NARS has quite a well established personality as a brand that truly lends itself to a partnership with the art world ... lets hope such collections continue!

I'm impressed with just how much real Warhol art has made its way into this collection. Not only do we have colors inspired by his art, but also palettes printed with iconic imagery. Each shadow palette is a mini exhibition in and of itself complete with a "get the look" card showcasing the most Warhol inspired look one could create with the shadows in the corresponding palette, and a curated exhibition guide of sorts featuring many of Warhol's pieces alongside the other items in the collection available for purchase at Sephora.

In an effort to exercise self-restraint (despite the many temptations offered by the NARS x Andy Warhol collection) I settled on one item only: the shadow palette in Flowers 3. Considering the loud spirit of Warhol's oeuvre, I'm pleased NARS thought of their neutral loving devotes when creating this palette. Though NARS often has a larger number of limited edition pieces available than comparable collections by other brands, I suspect that Flowers 3 will be the first to sell out given it's wearability.

While products housed in compacts are still in the black, rubberized packaging now synonymous with NARS products the brand's name and "Andy Warhol" are emblazoned across the top in silver lettering.

Bringing myself to swatch Flowers 3 was absurdly difficult. While the flowers themselves do not have overspray on top, the black pattern atop the taupe that makes up the majority of the palette does rub away after one use. Though the shades are beautiful, I ultimately bought Flowers 3 for it's artistic value. Nevertheless, being forced to swatch it means that I'll also feel as though it's acceptable to use it on a day-to-day basis. (Please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this way?)

Flowers 3 contains a luminous pearlized white, a rich soft bronze, a deep chocolate brown and a purple based taupe. I've used the palette several times and I find the consistency of the shadows almost more smooth than many of the other NARS eye shadows I own. The shades blend like a dream and stand as well on their own as they do combined. 

My personal favorite is the taupe shade which stands out from many similar shadows I own. The Flowers 3 taupe is more based in periwinkle/soft purple than grey and really makes my green eyes pop when paired with mascara. 

It's the little things that make a themed collection shine. Any brand could select colors inspired by an artist or a historical figure, but NARS has truly impressed me with their attention to detail. From the quotes engraved on the mirrors in each compact to the sheer amount of Warhol art used, product names, colors, and originality the NARS x Andy Warhol collection has more than exceeded my expectations.

I believe the NARS x Andy Warhol Collection is exclusively available at Sephora. If you live in the United States and have had your eye on a few products, you're in luck as the Annual Friends & Family Sale is fast approaching (the starting date has been announced as October 18th). Try as I might, the Larger Than Life gloss in Candy Says is calling my name ...

Have you purchased any items from this collection? Which NARS x Andy Warhol product would you most like to try?