Day 16 of ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty Fall 2016…
NARS cheek palettes are a great way to have NARS in your life, without having to pay $30 for each blush (OUCH!). When I saw that NARS was releasing the ‘Blame it on NARS’ cheek palette during the Nordstrom Semi-annual Sale, I definitely took notice. It was hard not to, look at the stunning packaging.
Pop, highlight and sculpt your cheeks with four products in cult-favorite shades by NARS. The palette is paired with a mini Kabuki Ita Brush for turning cheeks.
- Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love (0.14 oz.)
- Blush in Day Dream (0.14 oz.)
- Blush in New Attitude (0.14 oz.)
- Bronzing Powder in Casino (0.15 oz.)
- Travel-size Ita Kabuki Brush
Nars does an amazing job with packaging, never wasting space. The mirror is as big as it can be and the pans are spaced tightly to keep palette size as small as possible. This palette is the same length and width of the Virtual Domination palette, but is slighter thicker (most likely to accommodate the brush).
The palette is $59 and includes one highlighting powder, one bronzing powder, two blushes and a travel brush. The brush is the key difference between this palette and the Virtual Domination palette, which had a fifth pan instead of a brush. Personally, I prefer more product over a brush I’ll likely never use, but even with only four pans this palette is still a great value. A full size NARS blush is 0.16 oz and is $30 and a full size bronzing powder is 0.28 oz and is $39. Each blush and the highlighting powder are 0.14 oz and the bronzing powder is 0.15 oz, so three pans are nearly full size and one is over half of full size.
Another thing to note is that there are no repeats from the Virtual Domination palette. NARS tends to always default to their cult-favorite bronzing powder Laguna, in most of their palettes and value sets so I was happy to see they chose Casino this time around. While it appears insanely dark, it applies much lighter allowing it to be built up to the desired color. Both Virtual Domination and the Narsissist lip and cheek set included lighter colored highlighters so I was very pleased to see a more subtle, skin-toned highlighter, Satellite of Love. This highlighting powder is the perfect shade for summertime, when we tend to have tans (real or fake), because it will give a subtle glow. The palette includes one shimmering blush (Day Dream) and one matte blush (New Attitude), both are pink shades but Day Dream is warm-toned and New Attitude is more cool-toned. Both blushes seem to be exclusive to this palette because I haven’t seen them available as singles.
Now for some swatches…
The highlighting powder was amazing, really perfect for summer. The bronzing powder was nice but surprised me by applying much more shimmery than it appeared in the pan. It’s still lovely but definitely meant just for bronzing and not for contouring. The shimmery blush, Day Dream, swatched slightly coral-pink than just pink, and the amount of shimmer was minimal. It’s a beautiful shade. My least favorite in the palette was New Attitude. It was powdery and very pigmented, both common problems with matte blushes, so apply with caution.
While I would probably reach for the Virtual Domination palette over this palette most of the time, I would still recommend getting this palette. It’s a $160 value for just $59 and yes, that’s still expensive, but if you planned on trying out Nars products, palettes are the way to go. If you’re interested in getting this palette you can purchase it at Nordstrom.
What are your thoughts on this palette? Let me know.