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. Guerlain Mythic (P, $59.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Light (P, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Nico (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery (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). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P) is cooler (80% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is better quality, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Contour (P) is cooler, lighter (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). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is cooler, more pigmented, more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #2 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Burberry London With Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery (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 First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Clyde (Light) (P) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is warmer, less shimmery (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). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Golden Sun (280) (P, $45.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). MAC Peachtwist (P, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Left) (LE) is warmer, less pigmented, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE) is brighter, lighter (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 lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $22.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush IV (LE) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.49) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is cooler, brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is brighter, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Morticia (Shade) (P) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Becca Dahlia (P, $34.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Fever (P, $22.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek Studio Palette Spring 2016
NARS Contour Blush – Highlighter Paloma Highlight
NARS Contour Blush – Contour Paloma Contour
NARS Powder Bronzer Laguna
Laguna
NARS Powder Blush Cheek Studio I
NARS Powder Blush Cheek Studio II
NARS Powder Blush Cheek Studio III
NARS Powder Blush Goulue
Goulue
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