Why did I consider getting the NARS Hanamichi Eyeshadow Palette?
What a fantastic way to finish 2011 by reviewing this elegant and luxurious limited edition NARS eyeshadow palette. Just looking at it took my breath away. *sigh* I still remember when I touched it for the first time. How could I touch (and possibly ruin) such a delicate flower (no pun intended). I found about this palette a few months ago but resisted to get it, since it’s pricey. This is one of those palettes that I wondered what would I get this for? How am I going to use it? It looked intimidating at first, but as time went by I saw it over and over, and about a month ago I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did.
Where can you get it?
I got the NARS Hanamichi Eyeshadow Palette online at Nordstrom.com.
What did I find in the package?
You get a black box, inside of which comes the eyeshadow palette in a cute little black pouch. The palette and a small brush that measures 3.5″ long come inside this pouch. The palette doesn’t have a slot for the brush, which I think is why the pouch is for. The eyeshadow palette itself measures 3.5″ x 3″ and has 0.42 oz of product. That’s a lot of product! The palette also has a full size mirror.
Time to try them. What did they do for me?
I was blown away by the amazing quality. Wow, really wow! The powders are finely milled and very soft. So luxurious, I feel like I just won the lottery (do you think I’m impressed?) Why yes, yes I am. I can’t say enough about the quality. The pigmentation is way better than I had imagined. The white is a gorgeous pearl white with a soft shimmer. Beautiful as a cheek or brow bone highlighter. The red is more like a burgundy to me (or at least in my NC40 skin tone). It looks gorgeous in the cheeks as a blush. The gold is festive and pigmented, similar to Urban Decay’s Half Baked but the latter is more frosty, less of a true yellow gold.
The black color is the only one I’m not crazy about. It’s a matte black but I don’t think it’s super pigmented. It’s more pigmented than MAC Carbon but less than MakeupGeek Corrupt. It doesn’t make the palette less desirable, though. If you don’t have a good matte black, this will be just fine.
Another thing that amazed me was that this palette could be used for the cheeks as well. I’m all in favor of re-using products and trying to find new ways to use them. Eyeshadow that can double as a blush? Yes. The brush is interesting looking, and a good complement to the palette. It has a black string wrapped all around (which I’m hoping doesn’t come loose soon) and the shape of the bristles is perfect for getting in the crease. The brush is a multi tasker as well. I’m in awe.
Here are some pictures of the NARS Hanamichi Eyeshadow Palette:
What is the Verdict?
I never thought I was actually going to like the NARS Hanamichi Eyeshadow palette as much as I do. Granted, you only have 4 colors to work with and the red is not the most flattering color in my eyelids, BUT the red looks beautiful as a blush on my cheeks. A major drawback is the price tag, of course. At $65, it’s very expensive. However, it’s super good quality, so if you’re looking for something to treat yourself, this might be an option. Did I need this palette in my life? Probably not (and my wallet would have appreciated it). However, I’m so glad I splurged in this multi tasker!