As an art history nerd with Pop Art being one of my favourite movements, I couldn't contain my excitement when NARS announced they'd be releasing an Andy Warhol Collection for Christmas 2012. However, when collection photos and product swatches started making its way online, I found myself rather underwhelmed by what was on offer. The only thing that really stood out to me was the authentic film canister of the Edie Gift Set. I really wanted it, but I told myself that if I didn't really like the products that it came with, I didn't need it. There is nothing that I buy that I really "need" though, and as I found myself single and heart broken the day after Christmas, I told myself, 'Fuck him', and decided a retail therapy pick me up was in order.
Film Star is the name given to the Pure Matte Lipstick, which is described as a "'60s nude pink". This lip colour looked so awful on me, I'm starting to wonder why I haven't thrown this straight in the bin yet! It looks even worse than concealer lips on me - I look like Shane Warne sporting his white zinc lips out on the cricket field. To me, there is no "pink" in the lip colour, it's more of a flesh tone that I don't see looking flattering on anyone's lips, even people with a paler complexion than me. Not only that, but it is so incredibly drying, it shows every crack in your lips. I wouldn't say my lips are dehydrated, but this product does take a lot of work to get looking good. Neither the colour or consistency of Film Star worked for me because I think if you're going to wear a nude lip, there needs to be some colour as to not totally conceal the lips and the finish needs to be much more hydrating.
In a more positive light, the Stylo Eyeliner in Carpates was a product I was super impressed with. This came to me as a surprise because I didn't think any eyeliner product could be better than my MAC Blacktrack Fluidline and 209 brush. This eyeliner pen, however, glides on the eyelids like a dream and the colour is so intense, there is no need to go over your line more than once. Even an eyeliner noob like me can get a nice even line and pointy flick using this. Once applied, this will not fade or smudge until you choose to remove it. Even when I rubbed my eyes, this did not budge!
The Blush Duo contains the blushes, Deep Throat and Amour. I'd heard many great things about Deep Throat and this blush definitely lives up to its name. It's a lovely peachy pink colour that reminds me a lot like Orgasm, but with far less shimmer. Simply because of the colour, I do prefer Deep Throat over Amour, which to me, is a matte berry shade. The colour payoff of both blushes is excellent and you can choose to swirl both these colours together or use them separately.
The last product in the set is an eyeshadow in the colour Edie. It's a cream colour with subtle shimmer that to be honest, I wasn't very impressed with. There is barely any colour payoff and the chalky consistency of the eyeshadow doesn't help either. Rather than use this as an all over lid colour that doesn't really look like anything, I use this as a subtle highlight above the eyebrows and to blend out eyeshadows. Like the Pure Matte Lipstick, I couldn't get this eyeshadow to work well on me.
Do I think this set was worth it just for the pretty film canister? No. Luckily for me though, I didn't pay full price as I bought it from eBay. To those who missed out, you're not missing out on much. As someone who adores both NARS and Andy Warhol, I'm disappointed the collection didn't live up to my expectations, but I did get an authentic film canister with a lovely picture of Edie Sedgwick on the cover and a pretty awesome eyeliner out of it.
I was feeling a little creative and decided to try out my own Edie Sedgwick makeup look using the products, minus the lipstick though. It isn't quite as undone as Edie's style was and I should've teased the roots of my hair, for a more '60s vibe, but never mind. I should've used fake eyelashes too, but I honestly suck at applying those. It's hard to get used to wearing a nude lip colour after switching to bolder lips, but it works well with lots of black on the eyes. What do you think? Did you buy anything from the NARS Andy Warhol Collection?
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