Monday, September 3rd, 2012

NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Another Flower Blossoms and Fades

NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.45 oz.) features three shades, which are described as “white and heather blue against a shimmering lavender grey background and black overspray.”

The first shade is a bright silver-white with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but it was a bit powdery. It is exactly the same shade that is in all three palettes, so note that you will have overlap if you were to purchase all three of at least two colors (the silver-white and gray-ish purple); the finishes of the third palette are slightly more metallic. There are several similar shades, including MAC Crystal Avalanche (slightly cooler-toned), Buxom Sheepdog, Maybelline Too Cool (a bit cool-toned and more metallic in finish), theBalm Sassy, MAC Forgery (has a grittier texture), and theBalm Tempting Tara.

The shade in the background (which has the black powder overlay) is a gray-ish purple with a pearled finish. This shade is exactly the same in all three palettes, though it seems more metallic in finish in the third palette. The pigmentation was decent, but it was powdery and on the sheerer side. Urban Decay AC/DC is similar but more pigmented and less subdued. theBalm Matt Patel is darker, grayer. NARS Charade is matte and has less gray in it. MAC Joy & Laughter is a smidgen grayer. MAC Winterized is a touch darker.

The third shade in this palette is a blue-toned icy lavender with a satiny sheen. It had disappointing color payoff, as it was on the sheerer side, but the texture was also stiff and dry, which made applying it more difficult. MAC Blue Orbit is similar but a smidgen darker. MAC Water & Ice is less blue-based. MAC Beautiful Iris is less blue-hued. MAC Digit is lighter.

I would skip this palette and pick up one of the other two, because this only has three shades and two of them overlap with the other ones. (Though, I recommend none, as none of them have high enough quality to merit a purchase.)  This palette was a nightmare to apply and looked horrific after a mere six hours (both over and without primer, but the photo is over a primer, showcasing the best it looked).  The silver shade faded and separated, while the purple shade required a lot of packing to get decent color payoff, but it was hard to blend and faded unevenly.  The gray-purple shade almost disappeared entirely after six hours.

The Glossover


Flowers 2

The quality is completely lacking here; not just in pigmentation and texture, but the actual wear was surprisingly awful. Whether used over bare lids or over NARS' own primer, the eyeshadows wore away well before the six hour mark.











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NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette (6 hours of wear over primer)

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Sephora, $55.00 (October 1st).

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See individual shade review! :)

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19 thoughts on “NARS Flowers 2 Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. cydoniac


  2. D? Wow… Sucks, because this is one beautiful-looking palette. I really love the pattern. Maybe it’s one of those “only to look at” products.

  3. It looks so cute, and for the hefty price it should be better quality than that. I generally stay away from NARS unless its their lipsticks. I’ve tried their normal shadows before and find them to be just filled with glitter thats much too large or the pigmentation doesn’t exceed my expectations. I figure I can get better eyeshadows for cheaper. I don’t like their blushes either, I’m a Smashbox Blush Rush girl!

  4. Kafka

    ROFL. A D+. I think these terrible reviews are going to be so much fun. I’m almost tempted to make sandwiches and cookies, and have everyone come to the picnic while watching the trainwreck. 😉 Also, the sub-headings to these reviews are cracking me up, though I think this palette deserved the “All the Flowers Fall Away” title instead given just HOW bad it is! BTW, thanks to insomnia and fatigue, I initially read that Warhol quote as “You need to let the little things that ordinarily BONE you suddenly thrill you”….. Heh.

  5. The blue in particular looks terrible!

  6. blueraccoon

    Wow, that wear picture is kind of…pathetic. NARS, what were you thinking?

  7. you’ll end up looking like a drag queen, and the price isn’t attractive either, i’ll kindly pass

  8. This is so pathetic! NARS ought to be ashamed!

  9. Too bad about the wear and pigmentation. All 3 shades are just so lovely…