NARS Andy Warhol Flowers 1 Eyeshadow Palette – review, swatches & looks

Paint a self-portrait with the NARS Andy Warhol Flowers 1 palette

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“If you can convince yourself that you look fabulous, you can save yourself the trouble of primping.”
~ Andy Warhol

“Andy Warhol met the most beautiful people, but for him anybody could be a beauty if they felt that way.”
~ Francois Nars

If I could meet any two famous people, living or dead, I think I’d pick Francois Nars and Andy Warhol. I love the quality and pigmentation of NARS products, as well as the range of colors; and I greatly admire Warhol’s creativity and representation of his subjects, particularly in his silkscreen prints. While both men are fabulous as separate individuals, I think it would be especially amazing to meet them both at the same time, to work together with them on a project and delve into their minds.

Both men had/have so much talent, and across multiple types of artistic media; both dearly loved their pet dogs and incorporated them into their work; and both of them firmly believed, in spite of being in industries saturated with superficiality, that beauty has more to do with one’s attitude and outlook than with one’s physical features. Rather than just creating or capturing a pretty face, each of them strove to bring out the unique characteristics of their models, creating evocative works that captured the complexity of each individual.

Unfortunately, it will never be possible to have them both in the same room collaborating. But NARS has come up with the next best thing – an Andy Warhol inspired collectionicon. It’s incredibly fitting that a cosmetic company known for being modern, audacious, and iconic would create a makeup collection that pays homage to an artist known for the same qualities.

The Limited Edition NARS Andy Warhol collection features a 29 piece collection (six of which are exclusively available at Sephora). It features a range of color products, including lip gloss, nail color, eyeshadow palettes, eyeliner pencil, and eyeshadow pencils, influenced by the hues in Warhol’s art.

I received the NARS Andy Warhol Flowers 1 Eyeshadow Paletteicon ($55) to test, a Sephora exclusive product. The palette is housed in traditional NARS rubberized packaging, but with silver lettering on the front, and the Andy Warhol “stamp,” instead of the usual white lettering.

The inside mirror features the Andy Warhol quote at the top of this post, etched into the glass. The palette is also quite a bit larger than other NARS products, as it contains a total weight of 0.45 oz of product. Flowers 1 features five different shades of satin/shimmer-finish eye shadows:

White – A bright white frost, almost metallic, with a slightly chunkier texture. The most pigmented shade of the five.

Gold – A bright yellow gold. To get the truest color, try pressing the color onto lids rather than sweeping.

Lavender Gray – A purple-tinged taupe and a lovely neutral to help tie together the other colors.

Brown Rose – An interesting rusty brownish-red that has just the right amount of shimmer.

Dark Lavender- Very sheer violet purple. The least pigmented in this palette.

The black overspray replicates Warhol’s famous silkscreen print of poppies. It’s a thin layer that comes off easily.

Flowers 1 Palette – White, Gold, Dark Lavender, Brown Rose and Lavender Gray

The colors in this palette are bold and don’t “go” together in a traditional sense. If you like your palettes to be monochromatic, the NARS Andy Warhol palettes in Flowers 2 and Flowers 3 will be more to your liking. This palette definitely makes a statement, but it can also be toned down.

A closer look – White, Gold and Dark Lavender

Dark Lavender, Brown Rose and Lavender Gray

If you’ve been hesitating to buy this palette because of the bright colors, be reassured that the colors tend to be on the sheer side but can be built up with the help of a primer. I tried several different primers with this palette, and found that they all seemed to perform about the same in terms of enhancing the shadow.

Let’s take a look at this palette in action:

Finally, a note on the unique flowered layout of this palette – I found that each area of color is large enough that it is easy to pick up color with your standard sized eyeshadow brush. Additionally, the bright hues stayed bright – I didn’t notice much fading during the day either, which is a plus.

All in all, with its limited edition packaging, creative palette design, and bold, bright colors, the NARS Andy Warhol Flowers 1 Eyeshadow Paletteicon is sure to please the artist inside of you.

Readers – Are you inspired by this palette? Are you going to use it on your self-portrait?

Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.

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6 Comments

  1. Avatar of Stef Andrews
    Stef Andrews

    In the 80’s Warhol was just the epiome of cool for me. He was for a lot of people since the 60’s really. But 80’s Warhol – Debbie Harry, Nick Rhodes, Interview Magazine – was my favorite era Warhol.

    I love this palette. True, I wish the shadows were more pigmented, though @lipglossandspandex – you’ve created a beautiful, subtle look with it. But it’s just the look of the shadows that I fell for. If I had any self control, I’d keep it just to pet it!

    I really love the Brown Rose shade too. Swatching that, and Lavender Grey, they both had such beautiful shimmer. And it’s an unusual color.
    Stef recently posted..tarte fantastic foursome Amazonian Clay blush enthusiast set – review, photos & swatches

  2. Avatar of lyssachelle
    lyssachelle

    Oh my goodness, this is BEAUTIFUL! I kept admiring the palette and thinking that while it was gorgeous, I didn’t think the colors worked for me until I got to the application pictures and BAM! @lipglossandspandex, you look beautiful! The look you created is great, it just makes your eyes pop!
    I might have to rethink my initial thoughts on this palette and see it in person; NARS has such great quality eye shadows and after this review, I think it might be worth it.
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  3. Avatar of lipglossandspandex
    lipglossandspandex

    Thanks, everyone! This palette is a lot more wearable and sheer than it looks, which may disappoint some who are looking for NARS/Warhol’s signature bright and bold colors. But it’s good news for those who might have been intimidated by the way the colors look in the pan :) Still, the main draw of this palette is undeniably how beautiful it looks before it’s used. I felt so bad mussing it up–like I was actually destroying a real Warhol print!
    lipglossandspandex recently posted..Urban Decay Black Palette: a shade of black for every occasion

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