I have seen this NARS limited edition HANAMICHI eyeshadow since the holiday season last year but the price point was kind of steep (at $65usd) and thinking the colors are quite hard to pull off for regular use so at some point I have decided to skip...
But recently I received a $10 credit and I finally pulled the trigger (and no sales tax too)... who would not love a deal?
It comes with a box (inside is padded) and the presentation is very "NARS" like, meaning a minimalist approach.
The eyeshadow is housed inside a fabric sleeve and it comes with a hand-made wistera-spun brush
This brush is fun to look at but I think would be quite hard to use as the bristles are loosely packed and too soft.... it will be hard to use it for precise application:
The gem, HANAMICHI:
A closer look at the palette. I admit that most of the time when I see pretty inlays or designs in eyeshadows I get it for the patterns and not necessarily the function or color payoff...
But hey this is like a piece of art in itself:
The colors have mediocre pigmentation, not particularly smooth and some drugstore brands can perform better than these (with a friendlier price tag as well!) The white color can be used as highlights on the eyes or on the "C" curve, the black can be used as liner or filling in the brows. The gold on the other hand, is more like a ochre color that I would rarely use on any occasion.... And what I worry the most is the red.... How do I actually use it so I don't look being just punched in the eyes? This color is not suitable to be used as a blush anyhow...
I came up with this look, using red on the outer corner of my eyes:
Under setting sun, you can spot out the shimmers in the colors
Thoughts on HANAMICHI... this palette is more for collection only as the colors are not really practical.... and also a note on the golden ochre color, it seems to be softer than other colors and a big chunk already broke off from the palette after my first use on this palette (sad!) But to end this post, the day I create this look, I had a go with my hubby earlier the day (on some stupid cranky bo-bo).... so later when he saw me came out from the bedroom with this makeup on me, he asked:
"Is this the angry bird look for me?"