Better Beauty Buys: Pop Art Meets Makeup

by December 26, 2012
filed under Style

My favorite beauty product from over the holidays is a NARS: Andy Warhol – Debbie Eye and Cheek Palette, available at Sephora for $75.00, and in my mind worth the price. I received it as an early Christmas present at the beginning of December from a good friend who both knew my love of makeup and NARS products, as well as my love of art and Andy Warhol bright pop art colors. My favorite thing about this NARS palette is the holiday sparkle.

The makeup palette comes with 4 colors of eye shadow – sparkling turquoise, white shimmer, starry black and twinkling purple. It also comes with a light skin colored highlighter in a brilliant cream shade and a shimmering pink champagne blush. The compact comes packed in a NARS box which slides off and the palette sits in a rubbery foam-like material giving this gift the feel of elegance. On a mirror on the compact are words spoken by Andy Warhol: ” I always say, one’s company, two’s a crowd and three’s a party,” so you know this is the perfect compact for a party or a day you just feel like looking bold and colorful. NARS includes “get the look” instructions with the compact as follows:

1. Prepare the eye area with Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base.
2. Apply the Sparkling Turquoise to the lid and blend up towards the base of the brown bone and blend towards the outer corner of the eye.
3. Highlight the inner corner of the eye and the brow bone with the white shimmer.
4. Softly sweep the twinkling purple along the lower lash line.
5. Line the lash lines with starry black applied with a tapered brush. Extend outward and connect upper and lower lines. Artist tip: dampen brush bristles for a precise effect.
6. Define the cheeks with the shimmering pink champagne.
7. Highlight the temples, forehead, and bridge of the nose with the brilliant cream shade.

I loved this product! My only two complaints is that the highlighter is the same color as my pale skin so although the sparkle shows up, the shade of brilliant cream does not show up as well as it could. My second complaint is more of a preference. Rather than use black eye shadow and a tapered brush to line my eyes, I prefer black liquid black liner at the top of my eye and black eye liner pencil at the bottom, so the black is a rather useless color to me. My third complaint would be that, $75.00 is an awful lot of money to pay for a makeup palette even though I love it and it was a gift. I give this product 4 out of 5 stars and recommend you at least check it out at your local Sephora.

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