1. Nars x Erdem Poison Rose Lip Powder Palette, £35,
2. Nars x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection Eyeshadow Palette in Night Garden, £35,
3. Nars x Erdem Blush in Love Me Not,
After a successful collaboration with H&M and notoriously dressing some of the dreamiest A-listers, from Keira Knightley to Kate Middleton, fashion designer Erdem’s new collaboration with Nars is one that has been on every fashion and beauty addict's lips since it debuted at London Fashion Week. With packaging so beautiful the range could pass off as decor rather than an actual beauty product, we just had to try the products to see if they lived up to their looks.
Fair with combination skin that likes to keep life exciting by blessing me with perfect pores one week and a beast of a breakout the next. Currently showcasing a paler than paper complexion, making bronzer my best friend.
WHAT I USUALLY LOOK FOR IN MAKEUP:
A bold lip is one of my everyday makeup essentials so I am always on the hunt to find a new and interesting shade to spice up my makeup routine. Long-wear is a MUST, because I rarely touch-up.
After once being told purple shadow would bring out the green in my eyes, I’ve been on an interesting trail to find the perfect wine, plum & lavender trio – not an easy quest, apparently.
NARS X ERDEM COLLABORATION REVIEW
As someone who already swoons over the OG matte black NARS packaging, I could have never have predicted that they would outdo themselves, but this collaboration has created something truly special.
As soon as I set eyes on the romantic, dusky blue products, I was in love and didn't think I could fall any deeper until I opened each product to find beautiful floral cover sheets protecting the product. They really are an Instagrammable dream.
It was almost too much to touch, BUT in the name of beauty, I got stuck in.
1. Nars x Erdem Poison Rose Lip Powder Palette
Lip powders are very on trend right now, but I was yet to try one for myself. And in all honesty, if it wasn’t for this review, I'm not sure I ever would have. To me, ‘lip powder’ sets off alarm bells of dry, patchy, and just messy! But after using this one, I can safely say that this was not the case.
On opening the palette, I was instantly drawn to the shade ‘Calypso’, which is my ideal all-over lip colour. I started off by applying the ‘Lip Priming Balm’ (which can totally be used alone as a tinted gloss) and then patted in ‘Calypso’, using a brush to perfect my lip shape.
I instantly fell in love with this combo. The gloss meant my lips still felt moisturised, but the pigment in the powder held such a beautiful plum-wine shade, which survived a day full of coffee breaks. Also, to my surprise, the powder glided like a total dream, completely even and smooth.
Due to this success, I gained the confidence to play around a bit more and decided to highlight the middle of my lips with ‘Zira’ - the shimmery rose gold shade.
This added a beautiful natural shine to the lips whenever hit with light, which I would definitely recommend if you're all about that glow.
Out of curiosity, I did try applying the powder on its own. My attempt proved there is a reason for the primer, as it wasn't the most pleasant texture to slide on solo, and I preferred the end result when the gloss was underneath.
BUT to rectify the situation, I applied the gloss on top of the powder and this created a completely different look when reversed. Doing it in this order meant I got the same beautiful plum-wine shade, but with a gloss rather than a matte finish. Two looks for one? Yes please!
2. Nars x Erdem Eyeshadow Palette in Night Garden
The shades in this palette immediately scream 'YES'; so wearable, so youthful and ‘Holly Hock’ looked like it could be the plum shade my green eyes had been searching for.
First, I applied ‘Mythos’ to my brow bone and inner corner of my eye, proving to be the perfect highlight shade. Then I applied ‘Belladonna’ into the crease, which blended out beautifully.
I finished off with ‘Holly Hock’, smoked out into the outer corners (which had beautiful pink undertones), and popped a spot of ‘Thistle’ on the middle of my eyelid using my finger.
I could honestly wear this combo every day; it's easy to apply and so easy to dress up or down, for day or night.
And Nars, if you're listening, purr-lease release 'Holly Hocks' as a single shade. I need it.
3. Nars x Erdem Blush in Loves Me Not
At first glance, this blush looked quite dull to me. I thought it looked more like a highlighter than something that would bring warmth to my face.
However, once applied to the apple of my cheeks, I was pleasantly surprised by the natural-looking pink and healthy glow it gave me; subtle, but very appropriate for spring and summer.
It's a really buildable shade, so you can work it up for a full glam or just sweep it on lightly for those no-makeup makeup days.
It’s the kind of blush you can pass off as being your own natural flush.
This collaboration is a match made in luxury heaven.
Beautiful packaging? Check. Beautiful products? Check.
It even has me on the lip powder bandwagon! Spring has finally sprung with strange flowers.
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