Hello, everyone, from this beautiful piece of beauty. (I mean the palette, obvs.) Where do I even begin? I mentioned it before, but I’ve been hankering for these palettes since the dawn of time (at least, in my beauty blog history anyway…) and I didn’t cave until now. I first saw Wiji with the Medieval Palette, which was on my original radar~ and then a long time after that, I saw Bea with the Celeste e Verde Palette.
And I suppose I kicked into major KID MODE because all I could see in my brain after a couple of months was “GIMME GIMME GIMME.” Now, I think this is an achievement that I actually only got ONE palette, when I wanted all four of them—yes, even the one with 3 different tones of white. I had a primal attraction to this one, the Post-Impressionism Palette, and I’ve no idea why.
Just kidding, I have a clue. This one only has two lip shades, whereas the other two have four and Aether has 1 lip shade but 3 white eyeshadows. Process of elimination, I guess. But really, this one really called out 2 me. Ahem.
So, this one has two lip shades there, up top: Scarlet Oak a warm, orange-toned red, and Velvet Noise, which is a deep purple. The rest of the squares are eyeshadows. The yellow (Acid) and purple (Thunder) shades are satin finish eyeshadows, whereas everything else on that other square is a matte. Storm is a deep blue-green, Hudson Green is a medium moss green, Midnight is a deep midnight blue, and Poison Oak is a blackened deep green. The Post-Impressionism Collection was created by New York-based makeup artist, Sam Addington, in collaboration with photographer/filmmaker Erik Madigan Heck. His abstract, vibrant landscapes of the Hudson River Valley inspired this kickass modern collection. So freaking beautiful, I can’t even. This is made from “the lush depth in nature’s chromatic seasonal palette of saturated warm red hues, intense blues, and vivacious greens offset by lustrous yellow and purple.”
“For the collaboration, Heck, whose client list includes the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Valentino Couture, headed up to the Hudson River Valley to photograph landscapes with Polaroid 59 film, and played with heating and cooling techniques that yielded highly saturated, Impressionistic colors.” (source)
See, this is the kind of thing that gets me. Like now, more than ever, I really want that Aether palette, even though I have a hunch that it’s not going to work out for me, at all. The ideas behind these things are what get me (and my money) so much. Anyway, these finger-swatch really really nicely.
But they look really bad, when swatched on the hand! I mean, ouch, right? This was done without primer, and I have never worn eyeshadow without eye primer ever since I discovered it—mostly to avoid drama and disappointment. On the eyes, this is great:
I mean, love. I do love this thing. I think this would be great to bring along on short trips, one week max. I feel like it’s going to be battered at the end of a really extended vacation, and I’m mostly scared for the contamination of the lip products. It has a plastic lid that covers the lip product part and protects the lipsticks from the matte shadows, but the lid also encases the shadows in with the satin shadows. So, it’s not really much protection from those particular shades.
Anyway, I’m just so in love with this palette. Pardon my Filipino, but kinikilig talaga ako. I love shit like this. I love it when makeup companies have a really thoughtful collection or collaboration or packaging. I mean, I think this has been pretty obvious, but that’s my weakness, my Achilles Heel, my cause of bankruptcy. Honestly, wearing the colors in this palette makes me feel cool. And that’s what I’m after from palettes… not that it can make me feel cool, but that it elicits this strong a reaction from me. Objectively, it’s just makeup, but I love the fact that there is actual thought behind it… that it was made because something else that’s beautiful—in this case, landscapes of the Hudson River Valley, of all things—exists.
Ahem. I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be hounding all the Barney’s branches I “run into” on vacation. I don’t think you can expect anything less from me, sadly.
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