NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette (Spring 2016)

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette ($65.00 for 1.01 oz.) includes a highlighting/contour duo, bronzer, and four blushes. Three of the blushes are exclusive to the palette with one blush being part of an exclusive offering for Sephora VIB Rouge members (as a single). Strangely, the Paloma duo, which is available in the permanent range (see my original review here), was very chalky and clumpy in the palette–it felt smooth and soft to the touch, but it looked dry and chalky on the skin. I wish NARS (and other brands guilty of it) wouldn’t include one-size-fits-all contouring products; matte highlighters are also difficult to make inclusive (without the shimmer, it is hard to salvage one that really doesn’t work for one’s skin tone).

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NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette
NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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Introduction to NARS

Introduction to NARS Cosmetics

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Introduction to NARS Cosmetics

NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition neutral-hued duo for spring (January 15th at NARS, February 1st at all other retailers). It’s a nice set of shades that performs well, though they’re more dupable than not.

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NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Duo Eyeshadow Hammamet
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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NARS Instant Crush & Vida Loca Lipglosses

NARS Instant Crash Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering apricot.” It’s a light-medium peach with hints of warm, brown and fine white shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a light-to-medium-weight consistency that was mildly sticky but not thick or gluey. It didn’t appear streaky, but the color emphasized and sat in lip lines heavily, so it was less flattering worn alone. This shade wore for four hours on me. Sephora Cappuccino (02) (P, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ultimate Dish (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Perfect Nude (04) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Instant Crash Lipgloss

NARS Impassioned Blush

NARS Impassioned Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “rich orchid.” It’s a muted, light-medium rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. Burberry S/S15 Runway (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $9.50) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pink Cult (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Impassioned Blush