Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette

A Trio of Shades for a Fading Smoky Eye

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.42 oz.) features a variation on Warhol’s Self Portrait (1967) painting. This palette is described as “black, white, and silver.” It is the second of three palettes, and it will be available at department and specialty stores, NARS’ boutiques, and narscosmetics.com on November 1st (so you have some time to think about it, to the say least!).

Each of the Self Portrait palettes has a black overspray, which will disappear quickly. I recommend taking a large powder brush (I used MAC’s 134) to brush back and forth, up and down, to get the majority off. Now, I say that with the expectation that you’d actually like to use the colors in the palette. Assuming you only intended to keep it as a collectible, then I’d recommend not using it much and would say to avoid the silver-white to maintain the facial structure/details.

The first shade is a brown-based soft black that’s a bit dry, somewhat stiff, but it’s not nearly as difficult to use as the black shade in Self Portrait 1–even though they look exactly the same in color. The color payoff is noticeably sheer but such an improvement from the first that you’re almost impressed by comparison. As I mentioned in the previous review, there are numerous matte black eyeshadows that are comparable; finding the intensity you’re looking for is very personal. Brands like Urban Decay, Inglot, Make Up For Ever, and Sugarpill all make excellent rich blacks.

The second shade is a bright silver-tinted white with a frosted, metallic finish. It’s a bit sheer, but it has decent to good color payoff. The texture is soft, mostly smooth, and a little powdery. MAC Misty is slightly darker. MAC Filament is a smidgen darker. It is also a lot like the silver-white in NARS Flowers 1 (and 2 and 3). Buxom Sheepdog is similar.

The third shade is a medium silver-shimmered gray with a pearly sheen. The texture is on the drier side, and the color payoff is decent, though there it is not fully opaque. Chanel Furtif is similar. MAC Electra is more metallic. Inglot #448 is more silver.

From initial swatching, I had higher hopes for this palette, but I encountered some application and wear problems.  All three shades were prone to fading after six hours, both with and without a primer (photos show the look with primer, which was slightly better but still rather unruly).  The silver-white shade separated somewhat, while the gray shade faded more evenly.  The black hue faded quite a bit after being applied, though it was more blendable than the black shadow in the first palette.  The gray and silver-white shades were powdery.  I’d recommend applying your eye makeup first, and then cleaning up and applying your foundation afterward, with this particular palette.

The Glossover


Self Portrait 2

I wish this wore better and wasn't so powdery--it could have made for an easy, classic smoky eye. I think they had a good mix of finishes (matte, satin, frost) and wide range of colors (almost white to black), so you could have played with the intensity and drama of the smoky eye quite a bit.











Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches!

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $55.00 (November 1st).

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

16 thoughts on “NARS Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Elizabeth

    I quite like the look of this, but the quality you are getting for the outrageous price is so not worth it.

  2. Nicoco Chanel

    That brown-black is a really nice colour, but nothing would make me touch the disaster that is this collection. There are better dupes available!

  3. Jennifer

    It’s the only thing I want to get from Andy Warhol collection.

    Can you compare the silver shade to Okinawa trio eyeshadow(also silver side), Lhasa, Vent glace(right side) and Paris(the left side)??
    Are these darker than it??

  4. This is an awesome looking palette!

  5. Jane

    despite the bad reviews, most of the nars collection looks really nice on you!

  6. “Art is what you can get away with”

    …Well, that certainly explains the majority of the items from this collection.

  7. blueraccoon

    Again, the photo of them on your eye is just…it looks very powdery and faded. Wow. I’m really disappointed.

  8. The shades all seem quite dupable. This whole collection is one big PASS!

  9. Joni

    If I liked Andy Warhol, I’d definitely get some of these and just keep them. I get the feeling the quality is so low because they’re really not made to be used.

  10. This particular palette of colours is so easily dupeable and so the letdown here isn’t quite as severe. You could do this look with thousands of other higher quality products. Pass.