NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

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NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette
NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette

Afterglow

NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette ($59.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a new, limited edition six-pan cheek palette that included three matte blushes, two shimmery blushes, and one highlighter. They were semi-opaque to opaque in coverage, fairly blendable, and longer-wearing, though they were a thinner, somewhat drier formula overall.

Ingredients

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NARS Breathless Powder Blush
NARS Breathless Powder Blush
NARS Breathless Powder Blush
NARS Breathless Powder Blush
NARS Breathless Powder Blush
NARS Breathless Powder Blush
NARS Breathless Powder Blush
NARS Breathless Powder Blush
NARS Breathless Powder Blush
NARS Breathless Powder Blush
NARS Breathless Powder Blush
NARS Breathless Powder Blush

Breathless

Breathless is a light-medium peach with warmer, more orange undertones and a metallic sheen. The powder was finely-milled, smooth, and blendable on bare skin, while yielding mostly opaque, buildable pigmentation in one layer. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading a bit.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. - $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS' blushes, since they've been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS' blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

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NARS Devotion Powder Blush
NARS Devotion Powder Blush
NARS Devotion Powder Blush
NARS Devotion Powder Blush
NARS Devotion Powder Blush
NARS Devotion Powder Blush
NARS Devotion Powder Blush
NARS Devotion Powder Blush
NARS Devotion Powder Blush
NARS Devotion Powder Blush
NARS Devotion Powder Blush
NARS Devotion Powder Blush

Devotion

Devotion is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented in a single layer, while the consistency was soft, lightly powdery but blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. - $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS' blushes, since they've been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS' blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

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NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush
NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush
NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush
NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush
NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush
NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush
NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush
NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush
NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush
NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush
NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush
NARS Exhibit A Powder Blush

Exhibit A

Exhibit A is a vivid, deep orange-red with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a slightly thinner, drier texture, though it had full color coverage in one layer–a little went a long way. The product could have been slightly more blendable in practice. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. - $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS' blushes, since they've been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS' blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

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NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush
NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush
NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush
NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush
NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush
NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush
NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush
NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush
NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush
NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush
NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush
NARS Liberte (2022) Powder Blush

Liberte (2022)

Liberte (2022) is a muted, medium-dark coral-orange with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. The blush had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation paired with a soft, lightly powdery texture that darkened and warmed up on my skin tone (looked pinker in the pan). This shade showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. - $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS' blushes, since they've been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS' blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

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NARS Flirt Powder Blush
NARS Flirt Powder Blush
NARS Flirt Powder Blush
NARS Flirt Powder Blush
NARS Flirt Powder Blush
NARS Flirt Powder Blush
NARS Flirt Powder Blush
NARS Flirt Powder Blush
NARS Flirt Powder Blush
NARS Flirt Powder Blush
NARS Flirt Powder Blush
NARS Flirt Powder Blush

Flirt

Flirt is a medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and cooler, fine lavender pearl. It had rich pigmentation that applied well to bare skin and diffused easily along the edges. The texture was thin, more emollient to the touch, and needed to be used with a denser brush to pick up product evenly. It lasted well for eight hours on me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. - $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS' blushes, since they've been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS' blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

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Z Avatar

*sigh* sometimes Nars’s blush formula contains silicones, sometimes it doesn’t. Not an issue if you don’t experience skin reactions to them…but I do and it sucks that some cheek palettes are free of them and some aren’t. You’d think with a brand’s offering the formula would be standard.

Cara Avatar

Silicone is non-comedogenic and allergies are very rare; what type of reaction do you experience? I have ultra sensitive, reactive and acne prone skin with occasional eczema flare ups (it’s as fun as it sounds) and I’m currently dealing with a reaction right now but can’t pinpoint the cause as I’m hypervigilant abt ingredients since I know what to avoid based upon past reactions.

Cara Avatar

I’m drowning in blush and holiday blush palettes, so I needed this like a hole in the head, especially as I bought the baked gelee holiday palette from Nars but this caught my eye immediately because it contains 5 blushes I can make work instead of the usual Nars cheek palette that includes at least 3 highlighters that are too dark for me. I kept resisting it’s siren song but I had a gift card burning a hole in my wallet so I broke down yesterday and ordered it. I’m glad it got a good review and although I’m vampire pale, I can usually make any blush work by applying a little or building. This addition now brings my cheek palette purchases to 3 since December and it joins the other one from Nars and the Patrick Ta holiday palette in my overflowing blush drawer. Guess it’s time for a declutter

Gretchen Avatar

I have this palette (and really love it). I have light/medium skin and Exhibit A pulls pinky on me rather than orange. It’s so funny how that works.

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