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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows that follow a purple/plum theme. This palette had more of a mix of finishes, rather than all frosts/metallics like The Starlet. For more in-depth commentary about the packaging, please see this post.  Three shades were noticeably powdery, which meant they were easy to blend, but sometimes they were prone to sheering out while blending.  It’s better than stiff, stubborn mattes/satins, but powderiness can sometimes be unforgiving on dry lids or harder to achieve the intensity one desires.  The lightest pink shade was the hardest to work with as it tended to disappear, but the magenta shade, while very powdery, was more workable.  The more shimmery shades in the palette were quite nice with good color payoff, soft and smooth textures, and no application issues.  When I wore the eyeshadows over primer, I had no wear issues, and when I wore them over bare lids, I noticed the light pink shade had faded by eight hours, while the rest of the shades only showed signs of fading after nine hours.

The Tease #1 is a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a pearly finish–slightly shimmery but not too frosted. It had fairly good color payoff and a soft texture. MAC Black Grape is more metallic, glittery. Dior Constellation #4 is warmer. theBalm All the Way Annie is darker. theBalm Lavish Latoya is cooler-toned. Urban Decay AC/DC is a touch lighter. MAC Dusty Desire is more violet. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #2 is a muted, cool-toned gray with a purple tint. It had a mostly matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, though it was soft and easy to blend, and had good pigmentation. Fyrinnae Agenda has a pink shimmer/sheen. NARS Flowers 2 #2 is a satin finish. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #3 is a pale, pastel pink that appears more white than pink on the skin. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was rather powdery, so it tended to blend out to oblivion on the skin. Dior Constellation #3 is pinker. MAC Dare to Bare is warmer. theBalm Matt Chung is more matte. NARS Douce France #1 is more matte. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #1 is lighter. Chanel Variation #1 is similar. Chanel Premier Regard #2 is more matte, pinker. bareMinerals Muse is lighter. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #4 is a pale, muted peach with beige tones and a soft golden sheen. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. Disney Scuttle is yellower. Urban Decay Skimp is more matte. MAC Sahara Dust is slightly more beige. MAC Nubile is darker, cream. MAC Hush is less shimmery. Chanel Eclosion #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #5 is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, high-shine finish. It had great pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. MAC Pinkluxe #2 is pinker, more metallic. theBalm Safe Bet Annette is slightly muted. MAC Love Power is a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #6 is a fuchsia-magenta with a matte finish. It had really rich color payoff, but the texture was noticeably powdery. It blends well but can sheer out if you are not careful. Sugarpill 2AM is similar. Urban Decay Infamous is shimmery. NARS Rebel #2 is lighter. MAC Power Boosted is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #7 is a warm-toned, burgundy-brown with red and violet micro-shimmer. It looked mostly burgundy applied, as the shimmer flakes away (didn’t seem to bind with the actual eyeshadow) and what was left is very subtle. Disney Master is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Enchanted #4 is deeper, browner, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Plush Shadow The Tease #4
The Tease #4
The Tease #4
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 The Tease (202)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet (204) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet (204) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet (204) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet (204) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows housed in a black, plastic palette with a very slim, curvy look. When the preview went on, I bought this palette and The Tease, because if they were going to do a good job, the metallics and browns of The Starlet would show the line in the best light, and if they were really, really phenomenal, the brand would not just excel at golds and bronzes but purples? I’d have a good idea about the overall quality of the brand. I’ll be reviewing The Tease soon, but this post is just about The Starlet. (As a preliminary morsel, The Tease is good but not as near-to flawless as The Starlet.)

Overall, it’s an excellent palette with rich color payoff, creamy, buttery textures (but the formula is powder!), and wears well. On bare lids, the eyeshadows lasted eight hours fairly well with very minor fading–and slight creasing after nine hours. Over primer (I used NARS Smudge Proof), I had no signs of wear after nine hours. What I noticed about this particular palette most was the texture, because nearly every shade was so buttery and smooth that they felt like creams, even to the touch. This made them incredibly easy to apply and intensely pigmented. They blended beautifully with each other and across the skin. For all it seemed like a warm-toned, almost earthy, palette, it’s not really. There are two cool-toned taupes, the bronze is only slightly warmed-up, even the gold has a dirty cast that gives it a tarnished appearance rather than a molten yellow-y hue, and then there’s a bright, metallic silver–distinctly cool-toned.

My only gripe would be about the packaging, as it’s not as luxe as it looks, and it’s not without flaws. On one hand, it looks nice as a sleek, glossy black compact, but for all of that, it is just a medium-weight plastic. It doesn’t hold fingerprints as badly as metal would, but some were visible. It comes in a thin, black cloth case, and it comes with a single sponge-tip applicator that’s stuck at the bottom of the black cloth case. Since the applicator doesn’t fit in the case, and you only get one, I would have preferred they didn’t include it (it just seems cheap). When you open the palette, there’s a thin piece of black plastic that covers all the eyeshadows that can be removed, and then there is a mirror that spans the length of the interior side of the upper portion of the palette. The palette, technically, opens by pressing the metal tab in the middle along the side, but I was easily able to pop it open by getting my nail between the two halves of the palette. The mechanism for releasing the palette is too readily released, and it would easily open up in a makeup bag if it jostled around enough. The hinge, though, does take more pressure to actually fully open the palette, so if it does happen to get opened up, it should only open up partially (a few millimeters) rather than spring open.

Each eyeshadow is just over 0.03 oz. in weight, and the average full-sized eyeshadow is around 0.05 oz. Most palettes at this price point from other designer brands (like Dior and Chanel) also retail for $59 or so and come with about the same amount of product. Marc Jacobs Beauty has positioned themselves as a designer/high-end brand, not as pricey as a true luxury brand (like Tom Ford), nor as an affordable range.

The Starlet #1 is a muted, mauvey-taupe with a very subtle golden shimmer and a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture was smooth and soft. Dior Constellation #5 is less metallic, darker. theBalm rem is purpler, darker. NARS 413 BLKR #1 is lighter, less metallic. MAC Hypnotizing is a touch darker. MAC Smoky Mauve is pinker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #2 is a light peach-beige with copper flecks of shimmer and a rich, frosted and metallic finish. It had warm undertones, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to apply. It looks much darker in the pan, but I think the metallic finish is what makes it appear so much lighter applied. MAC Summer Honey is slightly lighter. MAC Warming Heart is darker. MAC Summer Haze is darker. bareMinerals Custom Made is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #3 is a medium-dark, chocolate brown with subtle warm undertones and a sprinkling of very fine gold shimmer. It had excellent pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. Urban Decay Bewitch is less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is more golden. MAC Friendly is warmer. Urban Decay Snakebite is similar. MAC Havana is warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #4 is a brightened, orange copper with a frosted, metallic finish. The color intensity is fantastic with fully opaque color in a single stroke, and the texture is very, very creamy and rich in feel. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is less frosted. NARS California is darker, browner. MAC Star Myth is less frosted. MAC Mythology is browner, darker. MAC Brash is similar. bareMinerals Bragging Rights is more orange. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #5 is a tarnished, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It is not a true yellow gold; there’s a dirtiness to it–a muted quality that keeps it from being a really honey gold. It had great color payoff and a smooth texture. Sephora French Riviera is yellower, less metallic. Urban Decay Spell #1 is darker. Urban Decay Blitz is more muted. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. MAC Gorgeous Gold is lighter, less metallic. Chanel Topkapi #4 is warmer. Make Up For Ever #11 is a cream product, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #6 is a light-medium silver with a smooth, metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation, and applied very evenly and smoothly. Maybelline Cool Crush is a cream product. Urban Decay Oz #2 is darker. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is slightly darker. Lancome Style Section is similar, slightly less metallic. Buxom Chihuahua is similar but a cream product. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #7 is a darkened taupe with a subtle, warm-toned brown base but a cooler gray shimmer/sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth–not quite as creamy as the other shades but still nice. MAC Bossa Blue is less shimmery. Disney Midnight Hour is darker. theBalm Selfish is similar. Urban Decay Armor is darker, grayer. Urban Decay Mushroom is grayer. Giorgio Armani #4 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 The Starlet (204)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl (Heart Shaped, Studded Kiss)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) comes in twelve shades, and during Sephora’s preview sale, I bought two shades. It’s supposed to be “an effervescent, plumping lipgloss with ultimate shine” that comes in both full coverage and sheer coverage shades. My guess is that shades in the 200s are full coverage, while shades in the 300 range are sheer.

The formula is slick, not too thin or too thick, and feels comfortable on. There’s a cooling sensation that’s more minty-fresh than bee-stung (and I’m fairly reactive–not in a good way–to lip plumping); I always feel like I’ve just brushed my teeth after I’ve applied either shade. There is a sweet, fruity scent (maybe grape?) that I know some won’t like, but I can’t detect scent once applied, just in the tube and on the wand. The applicator is a flexible doe-foot wand that’s slightly indented in the middle and hugs the curve of the lip well. It has a very high-shine finish that gives lips a very plump, full look from the get-go.

After an hour or so of wear, there is the tiniest grit of the sparkle if I really press my lips together, but I don’t really notice the texture of the shimmer until three or four hours into the wear. It’s completely non-tacky when applied, but after three or so hours of wear, it does have some tackiness. Both shades were nicely hydrating each time I wore them.

All in all, a nice formula–not the best but good–and I’m curious to see how the creams work out when the line launches fully on August 9th. The only thing I didn’t like was that the sparkle had a noticeable texture while worn at times.

Heart Shaped (308) is described as a “shimmering baby pink.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with pale golden shimmer. It has warm undertones and semi-sheer color coverage. This shade wore three hours on me, which is slightly below average. Revlon Pango Peach is warmer, less pink. Revlon Papaya is more opaque, less shimmery. Guerlain Frizzy Mango is similar. See comparison swatches.

Studded Kiss (310) is described as a “shimmering berry lavender.” It’s a fuchsia-shimmered berry-red with cool undertones. It applied fairly evenly, though it does settle into lips (but it’s not very noticeable from a normal viewing distance, only if you have your nose to the mirror), and has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, as it was somewhat buildable. This shade wore well for four hours. Urban Decay Big Bang is purpler. Urban Decay Adrenaline is brighter. NARS Penny Arcade is less shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation is similar but less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl Heart Shaped (308)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl Studded Kiss (310)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Pressed Pigments (Fall 2013)

MAC Black Grape Pressed Pigment
MAC Black Grape Pressed Pigment

MAC Pressed Pigments ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) are back for fall with a few limited edition shades, some repromotes, and then a few permanent additions to the existing shade range. The formula is described as “an intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish.” It can be applied dry for a sheerer, high-shine finish or applied on damp skin for a more dramatic, wet look.

The Pressed Pigments are incredibly pretty with their sparkling, light-reflecting ways. They’re seductive at a glance for anyone who gets excited about all things shimmering and glimmering. If you use an adhesive base and don’t mind some fall out, they’re an interesting product you may fall in love with (these seem to very much be a love it or hate it kind of product). Applied dry, the fall out is never-ending and horrendous. In the past when I’ve tested, my eyes have been irritated throughout the day when I’ve worn these without some sort of extra base/adhesive product to minimize the fall out.

That being said, I wore Vanilla Diamond (inner lid), Summer Honey (middle of lid), Pink Pepper (outer lid), and Damson (outer crease) yesterday. There was fall out during application, which is as expected, and is the reason I would apply these first, then foundation, so you can really clean up underneath the eyes. I applied all four shades damp with MAC’s 249 brush to the lid, and after eight hours, there was noticeable fall out, but the sparkle used in the those four shades was much finer than previous shades in the range (though there has always been some variance), so it didn’t look like big bits of glitter (that can sometimes look like dirt, when it’s not catching the light). My eye didn’t feel all that irritated either, which was a very, very happy surprise, so all in all, I would definitely say there was less fall out than previous shades I’ve tried. So yes, I think these are improved–to a degree–with the fineness of the shimmer/sparkle used as well as the texture. These all felt creamy and slightly wet, but if you nick at them, they dislodge like a powder product. The biggest improvement was that, generally, you didn’t need to crush up the product as much to get it to smooth out on the skin.

If you’re not into fussy eyeshadows, adhesive bases, and the like, I would continue to skip these. If you already own an adhesive base like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, Too Faced Glitter Glue, etc., and you love yourself some glittery fun, you may want to consider trying a shade or two. I’ll be testing these a bit more over the next few days (the other four shades, specifically, as well as trying a few over an adhesive base). They just don’t work well on their own due to major fall out. There’s definitely a part of me that loves these. I swatch them and go, “ooh, ahh!” and then I wear them, and I’m always less impressed.

Black Grape is described as a “deep aubergine with multi-pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, silver-shimmered purple with plummy-mauve undertones. The base is lightly warmed-up, while the shimmer is cooler-toned, which gives it an overall cooler color. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and applied damp, it is mostly opaque. The consistency isn’t chunky, but this is not the finest shimmer of the new shades. theBalm Lavish Latoya is less shimmery. Milani Purr-fect Purple is less shimmery, slightly lighter. MAC Grand Galaxy is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Encore is similar in color but not as sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is permanent.)

Damson is described as a “deep brown with gold pearl.” It has a plummy-brown base color with a muted, golden bronze shimmer/pearl that gives it a warmer, golden bronze coloring overall. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. Blended out, it looks more and more plum and less and less bronze. MAC Smokeluxe #3 is darker but very similar. Urban Decay Nevermind is similar to the golden bronze coloring but doesn’t have a plum tone to it at all. MAC Universal Appeal when applied sheer actually looks similar, as it is a mix of brown and plum, but applied wet it is much more plum. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Lime Ice is described as a “seafoam green.” It’s a pale, lightly yellowed green with a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was very sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-sheer. The consistency of this one was chunkier, more like past Pressed Pigments, so I would expect this to be more prone to fall out. It doesn’t smooth out as nicely and should be “crushed” with an applicator (whether fingers or brush or something else). Chanel Delicatesse #1 is darker, less metallic. MAC Fresh & Mint #1 is darker. MAC Lucky in Love is less warm-toned, darker. MAC Zestful is warmer. Lancome Fashion Forward is less sparkly. Chanel Promesse #4 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Sensational is less sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Moth is described as a “mauve with silver pearl.” It’s a soft, muted pink-mauve with a frosted, metallic finish. The consistency is slightly chunky/gritty, and it is quite sheer applied dry and then semi-sheer applied damp. MAC Tendersmoke is much darker, as is MAC Circa Plum. See comparison swatches. (This shade is permanent.)

Pink Pepper is described as a “deep coral with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, coral-orange with a gold sparkle and metallic finish. This was one of the more pigmented shades in the bunch; still semi-sheer applied dry, but mostly opaque applied damp. MAC Caribbean is darker, more orange. L’Oreal Cherie Merie is darker, more orange, less sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Rock Candy is described as a “mid-tone fuchsia.” It’s a light-medium pink with a very frosted, glittery finish. This was the chunkiest shade out of the new shades that I tried. It seemed to have faint yellow undertones. It applied semi-sheer dry and then more opaque damp, but it does really need to be buffed, pressed, and worked into skin to get a smoother look. MAC Pinkluxe #2 is similar, not as bright. MAC Supersweet #2 is cooler-toned in the base color. MAC Cheryl Chic is less sparkly, a bit lighter. MAC Love Power is lighter, cream. MAC Rose Light is more muted. See comparison swatches. (This shade is permanent.)

Summer Honey is described as a “pastel coral.” More like a soft, peachy-beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It is very sheer applied dry and then semi-sheer applied damp. This one had finer shimmer/sparkle. MAC Pastelluxe #2 is more golden and metallic. Disney Midnight Hour #2 is darker, less sparkly. Urban Decay Sellout is a smidgen lighter. NARS Delphes #1 is less sparkly. MAC Light Touch is more beige, lighter. Chanel Raffinement #2 is less sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Vanilla Diamond is described as a “warm yellow beige.” It’s a pale, champagne with subtle warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It was sheer applied dry, and then semi-sheer applied damp. It has a finer sparkle/shimmer compared to the formula overall. MAC Smokeluxe #1 is smoother. Disney Sea Shells is more opaque. MAC Dazzlelight is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Bone is similar. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

* Note: Midnight is another new (and permanent) shade that is listed as “coming soon” online, so I haven’t been able to purchase it. I will review it when I am able to do so.

MAC Pressed Pigment Black Grape
Black Grape
Black Grape
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
MAC Pressed Pigment Damson
Damson
Damson
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
MAC Pressed Pigment Lime Ice
Lime Ice
Lime Ice
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
5
Longevity
3
Application
61%
Total
MAC Pressed Pigment Moth
Moth
Moth
6
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
5
Longevity
3
Application
62%
Total
MAC Pressed Pigment Pink Pepper
Pink Pepper
Pink Pepper
6
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
MAC Pressed Pigment Rock Candy
Rock Candy
Rock Candy
5
Product
10
Pigmentation
5
Texture
5
Longevity
3
Application
62%
Total
MAC Pressed Pigment Summer Honey
Summer Honey
Summer Honey
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
MAC Pressed Pigment Vanilla Diamond
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette
NARS Soulshine Blush Palette

NARS Soulshine Blush Palette ($41.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of three shades that can be used individually or swirled together. Like Realm of the Senses, the texture of all three shades was very soft and finely-milled; almost buttery, but they were somewhat powdery. Luckily, they don’t look powdery on the skin and blend and sit well on the skin instead. Be careful what brush you use, though, as some will kick up quite a bit of excess powder, which is both messy and wasteful.  This palette is more pigmented than the other one, but fairer complexions may find this one requires more caution and care, as it is easy to over-do the color.  I wore the palette together (swirled as one shade) yesterday, and it had some minor signs of fading after eight hours of wear but hadn’t turned patchy or completely faded away.

Soulshine (Together) is a warm, brightened pink-coral with a golden shimmer. It very slightly emphasized pores due to the high shimmer finish.  It is more orange-toned compared to Realm of the Senses (Together), not as pink. Physicians Formula Warm is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair is less shimmery. Tom Ford Lovelust is more orange. NARS Deep Throat is less shimmery, slightly less warm. MAC Fleet Fast is similar. Dior Pink Glow is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #1 is a warm-toned, medium-dark pink with golden shimmer. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) is warmer, less pink. MAC Simmer is a bit darker. NARS Orgasm is lighter.  See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #2 is a warm-toned, golden-shimmered orange with a muted feel–not too bright. Based on the description of “sheer golden apricot,” my guess was this was supposed to be the highlighter shade in the palette, but it’s really not that sheer–it is quite buildable.  This shade did emphasize pores slightly. NARS Gina is more matte, more beige-based. MAC Warmth of Coral is lighter, brighter. MAC Blazing Haute is yellower. NARS Luster is more orange and golden shimmered–more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Soulshine #3 is a reddish-berry with gold sparkle. It’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way.  The sparkle seems to get worked into the skin, as it appeared more as a sheen than an all-out sparkle. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 is warmer, browner. NARS Oasis is darker, more muted, more plum. NARS Dolce Vita is more plum, less shimmery. NARS Outlaw is slightly pinker. Chanel Rouge is bolder, more berry-ish. See comparison swatches.

NARS Cheek Palette Soulshine
Soulshine
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NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette

NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette
NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette

NARS Realm of the Senses Blush Palette ($41.00 for 0.42 oz.) consists of three shades that can be used individually or swirled together. The texture is soft and very finely-milled–almost to the point where it can turn powdery. I recommend using your softest brush, as any brush with stiffer bristles will turn the surface quite powdery. This is especially key if you only want to use the shades individually. The beige-ish shade was the only one that had slightly sheer color payoff, while the other two shades (and then all three swirled together) had good color coverage. One shade in this palette is supposed to be a sheerer, highlighting shade, so that would account for the sheerness in the lighter beige shade here. I’ve been wearing them swirled together for six hours now, and the color is still going strong with no signs of fading. (I will update this post when I’ve wrapped up for the night!) Though there was powderiness in the pan/texture, it didn’t show up on the cheeks; the blushes were easy to blend and sat quite well on the skin without emphasizing pores.

The formula is supposed to be new, and I felt that it was after touching and playing with it. The texture is definitely denser, softer–almost creamier in a way–than NARS traditional powder blushes are. They also seemed more blendable (generally).

Realm of the Senses (Together) is a warm, pink-coral with golden shimmer and subtle golden sparkle. NARS Orgasm is lighter. MAC Simmer is slightly pinker. NARS Deep Throat is similar. NARS Amour is similar in color but is matte. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #1 is a warm-toned pink with subtle golden shimmer. NARS Orgasm is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Simmer is darker. theBalm Frat Boy is more matte. NARS Amour is darker, matte. MAC Flaming Chic is more muted, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #2 is a warm, reddish plum with a golden sheen. NARS Seduction is darker, more plum. NARS Lovejoy is browner, less plum. MAC Hidden Treasure is warmer, brighter. Illamasqua Allure is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Realm of the Senses #3 is a golden peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, champagne-gold sheen. This shade had the weakest color payoff with only semi-opaque coverage–it will be more like a highlighter for most skin tones. MAC Soft & Gentle is lighter, more champagne. MAC Bareness is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

NARS Cheek Palette Realm of the Senses
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