NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette (Spring 2016) Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette
NARS Cheek Studio Blush Palette

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).

Paloma Highlight is a pale beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was sheer, chalky, powdery, and looked all those things on the skin. It’s harder to tell the wear on a shade like this on my skin tone, but based on how powdery the skin looked in the area I applied it, it seemed to wear about six hours. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Light (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paloma Contour is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm rosy tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency that was hard to blend out or build-up in coverage. It wore for six and a half hours on me. NARS Gienah Highlight (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P) is cooler (80% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is more shimmery, lighter, better quality (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This version was firmer, sheerer, and harder to blend on the skin than many others that I have tried. It is similar in color, but the performance is sub-par. It lasted for seven hours on me. Too Faced Spice (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is darker (95% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #2 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio I is a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a dusting of gold shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily like a matte blush on the skin as the shimmer is fine, and as it is buffed into the skin, the finish is less flat-looking. The texture was lightly powdery but blendable, and the color lasted for seven hours. Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $62.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio II is a light-medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too loose in the pan. The color applied well and lasted for eight hours. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cheek Studio III is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dry texture that applied decently but needed some extra love to blend the color out evenly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Goulue is a medium-dark, berry rose with subtle, cooler undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me. This shade was released previously, and it is presently available as an individual shade for VIB Rouges at Sephora. Milani Red Vino (P, $8.49) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Becca Dahlia (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
76%
NARS Contour Blush – Highlighter Paloma Highlight
F
Product
6
Pigmentation
5
Texture
4
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
56%
NARS Contour Blush – Contour Paloma Contour
D+
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
67%
NARS Powder Blush Cheek Studio II
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
NARS Powder Blush Cheek Studio III
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
80%

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