NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection Review

May 18, 2018

NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection Review

NARS x Erdem released a beautiful collection of limited-edition pieces called NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers. I was lucky to receive the entire collection for review in a beautiful press box but when the package arrived all the powders were shattered! I ordered replacements and it’s taken me a while to get everything reviewed and swatched so I apologize for the delay. You can still find all the pieces although some things have sold out at a few retailers. All the colors are truly unique and I feel like everything is like a piece of art from the packaging and design. The vibe has more of a fall feel to me rather than spring or summer but the shades are still very wearable pieces that you can pull off right now. In the collection:

NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection review via The Beauty Look Book

Up first are the products for the face. The two NARS x Erdem blushes which I think are both just so beautiful! Loves Me Not is a pale lavender pink with finely milled shimmer. On my tan skin it’s almost like a sheer highlighter. It layers nicely with other colors or works to diffuse harsh lines. Loves Me is a warm strawberry pink shimmer. It’s fairly pigmented so I recommend using a fluffy brush to apply and layer. As a quick FYI these seem to be the items selling out the fastest so if you want to prioritize purchases, you might want to start there.

There is also a Multi-Use Highlighting Pencil called White Phox which is a pale white that flashes lavender/opal. It has a nice sheen when blended with a velvety matte finish. I like this on the eyes! (Swatches below, actual product photo of the pencil one section down.)

NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection Blushes Loves Me Not and Loves Me

NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection Blushes Loves Me Not and Loves Me

The Lip Powder Palette in Poison Rose was so interesting to me. I’ve never tried a lip powder and at first I thought they were mini blushes. The palette as a gorgeous peachy pink nude Lip Priming Balm (I wish this was available in full size). I was really skeptical about how these would work but it’s really a beautiful palette with stunning colors. I layered the powders on top of the balm and the result is a soft velvety matte lip look. Almost like a natural lipstick stain with a velvety finish. The other colors include Zira (metallic peach), Calypso (perfect mauve), Damask (magenta) and Ottoman (red).

NARS Poison Rose Lip Powder Palette Review

NARS Poison Rose Lip Powder Palette swatches

NARS Poison Rose Lip Powder Palette swatches

The two NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Eyeshadow Palettes have excellent pigment, texture and lasting power. They’re soft and easy to blend. I gravitated towards the softer version Fleur Fatale which has a shimmering ivory, shimmering grey taupe, soft dove grey blue shimmer, soft matte grey-brown, shimmering mauve tan, shimmery wine plum. The other option Night Garden has a shimmering oyster, deep forest green shimmer, bright yellow shimmer, deep matte brown, shimmery navy and dark charcoal. In a beauty world where we seem to be bombarded with warm orange shadows it’s nice and refreshing for us cool-toned neutral lovers to have something else to wear that’s new! (I still love the NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette for a warmish kind of palette.)

NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Eyeshadow Palettes Fleur Fatale and Night Garden

NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Eyeshadow Palettes Fleur Fatale and Night Garden swatches

Last but not least are the NARS x Erdem Lipsticks which surprised me. At first glance they did not seem like wearable colors for my complexion. Some of them are sheer in finish which makes them look different in the tube than what you see on the face. I love all of the colors except for one. Shades include:

  • Moon Orchid which is a sheer soft pink
  • Carnal Carnation which has a sheer bright pink finish
  • Voodoo Lily is almost clear but gives me a nude lip but better mauve
  • Larkspur is a sheer magenta mauve, pulls pinkish on me
  • Wild Flower is the only color I did not like, it’s a sheer deep purple that applied patchy
  • Bloodflower is a pigmented blood red

Texture is soft and easy to apply. I’ve found that some NARS lipsticks in the regular formula irritated my lips in the past, I am not sure if they changed the ingredients but I had no issue with these. I’ve been able to wear the Audacious lipstick formula without any issue, but at some point in the past the regular lipstick formula changed and I started getting swollen irritated lips. With these no allergic reaction, yay! I was also able to wear last year’s NARS Orgasm lipstick with issue as well. As with most sheers lasting power is going to be average/medium. I found these comfortable and non-drying.

NARS x Erdem Strange Flower Lipsticks Moon Flower, Carnal Carnation, Voodoo Lily, Larkspur, Wild Flower and Bloodflower

NARS x Erdem Strange Flower Lipsticks Moon Flower, Carnal Carnation, Voodoo Lily, Larkspur, Wild Flower and Bloodflower swatches

NARS x Erdem Strange Flower Lipsticks Moon Flower, Carnal Carnation, Voodoo Lily, Larkspur, Wild Flower and Bloodflower swatches

A quick note on the Blotting Papers, I found them nice and handy to have in my bag. They do work well to blot shine and oil without leaving any powdery white film like some do. At the end of the day I’m still a loyal fan of the ones from Tatcha but the NARS packaging is really pretty.

NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection review

NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection review via The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line beautiful! The winners to me are the Fleur Fatale Palette, Moon Orchid Lipstick, Poison Flower Lip Powder Palette and both Loves Me and Loves Me Not Blushes. To me these are gorgeous edgy colors that are on trend but not so trendy that I can’t wear them for everyday.

The entire collection is limited-edition. Available online and in stores at NARS Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue.

P.S. Not related to this review, but I’m starting up my weekly giveaways again! Details on this page here.

NARS x Erdem collection provided courtesy of NARS for review. All the palettes repurchased by me.


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  • all that jae May 18, 2018 at 11:23 am

    All of these look amazing!!

  • Eileen May 18, 2018 at 11:57 am

    What a pretty garden collection. Unfortunately, the colors would not work particularly well for me, but that doesn’t stop me from saying, “Oooooo . . . How pretty!” The only piece I could imagine using would be the highlighting pencil in White Phox. Like you, I’d use it on the eyes. I think it would look quite alluring dabbed on the moveable eyelid to capture the light.

    As for the powder lipsticks, I’m not a fan. I tried Chanel’s iteration. I even got a brief tutorial about the best way to use it from a visiting national Chanel MA, but I just couldn’t get on board. I guess that’s one trick this old dog just can’t learn. LOL

  • inkchick May 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    That lip powder palette looks fab! I need to try that!

  • Anna May 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    This whole collection looks so beautiful — glad to hear it performs well too!

  • Laurence May 18, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    The whole collection is gorgeous. I just got the lip powder palette. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Andreea Cristi May 18, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    This colection is amazing

  • Collar Wilson May 18, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Hi, Sabrina. I don’t think that any of the lip colors would work for me but they look good on you!

  • Tessa May 18, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Usually I only go for the ‘mainstream’ packaging of brands but this collection really mesmerizes me! So original 🙂

  • teadivamuse May 18, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Never been a Nars fan. Just not attracted to the colors and can’t see using all the colors in their robust palettes. But that Damask is especially gorgeous on you!

  • ZoeHart May 18, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    I love the lipcolor voodoo lily and the lip palette. they look gorgeous on you!

  • Laura Schmaltz May 18, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I need those eye palettes – beautiful! If I didn’t have like a million blushes already I would consider those too. 😅

  • Anne Capitant May 18, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I really want to get the Night Garden palette (I haven’t seen one quite like it), the Larkspur lipstick and the White Phox highlighting pencil! Hopefully I’ll be able to budget for them and get a hold of them!

  • Shelleyeatz May 18, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    The eyeshadows look GORGEOUS! Finally it’s not all light shades that only work on lighter skin tones ;p

  • Zibbyz May 18, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    I prefer cool colors most, and love the fleur fatale palette.

  • Suzanne Lewinson May 18, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I got the Carnal Carnation and Loves me not blush. I think I have to go back for the highlighting pencil. It’s too pretty to pass up!

  • Jessica May 18, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    The Fleur Fatale eye palette looks gorgeous!

  • Tali May 18, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    This collection from nars is so pretty <3 @tahrerk56

  • Melissa Jennifer May 18, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    The colors are out of this world!

  • ♡ K | May 19, 2018 at 5:05 am

    love the lip palette

  • Bojana May 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I like Zira very much!

  • Gail A May 19, 2018 at 11:43 am

    The eyeshadow are gorgeous – tempted to buy them – great review.

  • MALINA CRISTESCU May 19, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    It is so nice to finally see some colors instead of always seeing neutral palettes and collections

  • Alysha Evans May 19, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Absolutely agree with some of the earlier comments – it’s so nice to see a change from the usual neutral color schemes. The eyeshadow palettes especially – they feel trendy, yet polished.

  • Camilla Romitelli May 19, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I love those lipstick colors for summer!

  • Calvin F. May 19, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Lovely colours, they are great!

  • Ashley B. May 19, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Zira looks GORGEOUS

  • DJ Johnson May 20, 2018 at 2:57 am

    Tha lip palette looks great on you! I want it 😁

  • Millie Robinson May 20, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    This collection is gorgeous!! Love the lip shades! x

    Millie |

  • Valerie Manke May 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Love this whole collection!

  • Daisy May 20, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    The blushes are just beautiful

  • Alisa May 21, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Beautiful colors!

  • Sangeeta May 21, 2018 at 6:56 am

    These are quite nicely pigmented for sheer lippies.

  • Sharon Macklin May 21, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Some beautiful colors. But…ever since Nars changed it’s policy about animal testing in order to do business in China, I haven’t purchased any of their products. I am not someone who is adamant about this, but changing a good policy to one not so good in order to increase business goes against my standards. Sad.

  • Lyse Davitt May 21, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Love all the lipstick shades and the packaging is beautiful.

  • Hurriya Burney May 23, 2018 at 9:13 am

    This looks very pretty. Your swatches of the Fleur Fatale palette look incredible. I also really like the lip powders. What an interesting idea.


  • Natalie Redman May 23, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Wow what a gorgeous collection!

  • Macblogster May 24, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I have little NARS make-up at home. I keep looking at new collections but I never buy anything new. This collection is very beautiful but it’s mainly the package which is stunning.
    Love your honest reviews.

  • Ellen Pompeo June 4, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Wow, that is really great lipstick collections also blushes is wonderful.

  • lawler || yvettemypet June 4, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    I know that Night Garden is too dark for me but, of course, I still want it. That is a stunning collection of colors. And the pigment is gorgeous. I was surprised at how well they swatched when I scrolled down.