Back in the beginning of November I told you all about the NARS Modern Kabuki Holiday 2011 collection. Part of the NARS Modern Kabuki Holiday 2011 release was the Hanamichi Kabuki-Inspired Eyeshadow Palette. Translated from the Japanese Hanamichi means “flower path”. It is a Kabuki theater walkway that extends into the audience from the stage. This "path" was the inspiration for Francois Nars for this eyeshadow palette. It features a Kabuki-themed design and is accompanied by a mini Kabuki Eye Brush. The colors are reminiscent of shades found in Kabuki theater: an icy white background with flowers in rich shimmering deep rose and gold and matte black.
I am a Limited Edition Ho.. If you say it's Limited Edition (LE) the item instantly becomes more attractive to me. Now I am proud to say that LE MAC items don't do it for me any more (Thank Goodness!) but every so often I fall in love with a LE item that I have no business owning. The NARS Hanamichi Kabuki-Inspired Eyeshadow Palette is one of those items.
Now let me get something clear. This palette is expertly crafted. The look and feel of the palette exude luxury. The quality of the shadows are impeccable. The pigmentation in the red and gold shadows is excellent, the white is a beautiful pearl and the black, while matte, is very rich. The red shadow can also be used as a blush with the white or gold as a highlight for the cheeks. It's a multi-tasking for sure! The Kabuki brush is expertly made. The packaging exquisite. In fact there is nothing about this palette this isn't worth every penny I paid for it.
The problem is IO error. If you are a techie (specifically int he Help Desk Arena) you know that an IO error is. IO error means "Idiot Operator Error" In other words. There is nothing wrong with the hardware (The eyeshadow palette) it's the operator (me) that has no idea how to use it. I am an IO. I have no idea how to apply the colors of this palette in a flattering way so as to look like I know what I'm doing. I'm a big fan of instructions. I like to RTFM. (Read the F**KING Manual). I like to get an idea from the manufacturers what the intended application is for the product I purchase. I'm also not that creative when it comes to eyeshadow. I'm a base, crease, highlight kinda gal. So when I'm presented with colors where I'm not sure what is what I am confuzzled. I asked on Twitter a few times but so far no response from the NARS twitter gal...and that's no fault of her own...she's bombarded with questions all day long. It's got to be impossible to answer every one of them. I tried looking for inspiration on other blogs but the examples I was shown were not that clear or applied in a way that I just couldn't do for my eye shape.
So why did I buy this? Well a few reasons. The LE factor as mentioned above. And the colors. Believe t or not I'm a big fan of red shadow. I don't really wear it because I have yet to figure out how to wear it, but I am drawn to it like a moth to flame. I love the stark contrast of red and black and gold and white. I love the theatrics of the Kabuki. I thought I could borrow from some of the masks I had seen. Sadly my limited skills in application coupled with my limited patience resulted in a look that was more clownish than Kabuki. I'm going to keep trying to figure out something...unless you all have any ideas.
Do you NEED this? Of course not. Unless you are skilled with application and don't mind using a palette that is a work of art on its own. That was the hardest thing for me to do...swatch this palette. But I purchased it with the intent to actually use it. If you want to get it because it's just pretty to look at, feel free...but if you get it to use it, better know HOW to use it before you shell out the cash for it. You can purchase this palette for $65 USD from NARS, Nordstrom (where I got it) and other retailers.
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