Monday, September 3rd, 2012

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

And All the Flowers Fall Away

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.45 oz.) features four shades, which are described as “white, pink champagne, and dark brown 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’s the same color as the silver-white in the previous two palettes, though the finish seems more metallic and less powdery (but still powdery). 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 this palette–but more powdery. It was also a bit more pigmented in this palette. 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 is a medium-dark warm-toned amber brown with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, felt smooth and soft to the touch, and was not powdery. MAC Coil is darker, more copper. MAC Aurora is similar, slightly more matte. Bobbi Brown Champagne Truffle is similar. MAC Love Connection has more of a frost finish. Buxom Golden Retriever is a bit darker. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is more red-toned.

The last shade is a burgundy-brown with a satiny sheen–more brown than burgundy in coloring. This, too, had nice pigmentation and was fairly smooth and soft. It was a smidgen powdery but barely compared to some of the other shades in these palettes we’ve seen. theBalm Sexy is more burgundy. Estee Lauder Violet Underground is very similar, slightly redder. Bare Escentuals Most Requested is similar but slightly more burgundy.

Of the three Flowers’ palettes, I think this is the best one. It wore slightly better overall, and pigmentation isn’t a major problem with this palette. I don’t think it’s great, and it’s not something I could recommend purchasing. The way the silver-white and gray-purple wear and apply makes up over half the palette, so they bring the other two shades (which performed better) down.  Here, the gray-purple was powdery when used, and it had a tendency to fade compared to the other shades.

The Glossover


Flowers 3

I think if you're a big fan of NARS and Andy Warhol, then it might appeal as a collectible. I think if you're just concerned about the overall quality, then it's something I would skip over.











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NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette (8 Hours of Wear)

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Sephora, $55.00 (October 1st).

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See individual shade review! :)

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25 thoughts on “NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Jennifer

    About the 3rd and 4th shades, are they darker than Galapagos, Surabaya,Kalahari, Cordura or Key largo?
    Can you compare them to any kinds of NARS brown eyeshadows?

  2. Another Flowers palette and another not so great grade, it’s such a shame, don’t you think? Ah well, I’ll live… :-)

  3. Emily

    This was my favorite out of the three in the promo photo you posted, and I’m happy to see it’s actually the best in terms of quality. I don’t know if I’m going to shell out $55 for it, though. I have so many colors like this already! But it’s always hard for me to say no when a makeup company does a collection based around an artist or musician.

    • Maybe something else would appeal? Perhaps a gift set? I know the gloss set seems to come with a tin, which might be more memorable (but I don’t know if you like their gloss or gloss in general).

      • Maíra

        Oh, and it’s great they made the soup can in reference of Warhol’s work. But I really don’t like glosses, I think they should’ve made lipsticks for the collection.

  4. AnGeLwInGz

    That’s a bit of an odd color combo.

  5. Lee

    Why can’t NARS come up with a decent eyeshadow palette?

  6. Maíra

    I think this one is prettier than the other two. But as a Warhol fan, I’m really disappointed with the Flower palettes (and the Self portrait ones don’t look much better). Such a great idea and a so-so product! I’m looking forward to see the Debbie Harry palette review before I buy it – but I guess I have time to wait, I bet the collection will take forever to be available in Brazil!

  7. I love the colors in this pallette they seem a bit powdery tho and that can be hard to blend but you photo looks like you blended them well.

  8. Thanks for saving me $55. I wanted it because it’s so pretty but I don’t have money to toss out.

  9. Yeah, I thought there might be some problems with these flower palettes, so I decided early on that I would probably pass. A shame though

  10. Jade

    I had veeeeeeery low hopes for these as soon as I saw them, because all the other palettes I’ve seen like this, with all the colours combined in the same pan, seem to be poorer quality too. Have you found that in your reviewing experiences Christine?

  11. The colours in this palette are prettier than I expected, but the quality is not high enough for me to sink $55.00.

    • divinem (Melissa)

      ITA. Well, that’s that. I can scratch all the e/s palettes off my list. Christine is saving me a mint. Dammit, NARS! >:-|

  12. Although it looks cute it isn’t very practical