Sunday, November 6, 2011

The NARS Hanamichi Kabuki Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Hanamichi Kabuki Eyeshadow Palette Packaging
The NARS Hanamichi Kabuki Eyeshadow Palette is encased in a little pouch.

The NARS Hanamichi Kabuki Eyeshadow Palette comes with a Kabuki Eye Brush
I spied this beauty online a few weeks ago, and it literally took my breath away!  I don't know if I've ever seen such a beautiful eyeshadow palette!  

Made in Italy, the Hanamichi Palette is a limited edition 2011 holiday palette, available for $65, and it includes an eyeshadow brush and a mirror.

The NARS Hanamichi Kabuki Eyeshadow Palette in sunlight
Right now, this palette is still available from Nordstrom and from NARS EU
The NARS Hanamichi Kabuki Eyeshadow Palette up-close
Hanamichi is Japanese for "flower path", and the inspiration for this palette was the walkway that extends into the audience in a Kabuki dance/drama theatre. 

The elaborate makeup worn by some of the performers is highly stylized, and this is clearly reflected in the NARS Hanamichi Palette.
The NARS Hanamichi Kabuki Eyeshadow Palette - inspired by a Kabuki Theatre
NARS Kabuki Eye Brush up-close
NARS Kabuki Eye Brush
The NARS Kabuki Eye Brush is tiny, and I'm too afraid to use it!  The handle is hand-spun with wisteria, and the bristles are so short that I'm worried that I'll destroy the brush if I wash it!  Because of the size I don't know if it's going to be the most practical brush, so I'll save it for another day when I have more time to wash and test it.

Something that I don't like about this palette is that it does contain talc as the main ingredient.

NARS Hanamichi swatches

While NARS claims the eye shadows are "highly pigmented", I did not find this to be accurate.  I have certainly used very deeply pigmented eyeshadows that pack a punch, but here even the matte black eyeshadow is a little sheer.  

These eyeshadows are pretty though, and blend beautifully.  It's certainly not for everyone, but I love it.

- The Sassi Wench


Lilybeans said...

The palette is very nicely done. Very pretty.

TanishaLynne said...

That is gorgeous! I wouldn't want to use it. Its too pretty.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reviewing this!
I love, love, love this palette... It is so beautiful, you took amazing photos...

Pappetee said...

Thanks for the beautiful swatches! I purchased the palette and it looks prettier in person. I love how versatile it is as I can use the shades as blush (red), eyeshadow/eyeliner (black) and highlighter/shadows (gold and icy white). :-)

RD Robertson said...

Nice eyeshadow! I love to use branded eyeshadow.I wish to collect this eyeshadow immediately.