NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/08

NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette

Angel Pride

NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette ($59.00) includes four limited edition blushes (Angel Pride I through IV) along with permanent shades Hot Sand (blush) and Laguna (bronzer). The palette itself contained quite a bit of product, so there’s no worry about it not being value-packed. My concern was that the texture of the palette throughout felt stiffer, thinner, and drier compared to most of NARS’ standalone powder blushes/bronzers. All but one shade (Angel Pride III) applied fairly well to my cheeks and were not difficult to blend out, but I was expecting a more refined texture from NARS.

01/03

NARS Angel Pride I Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride I Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride I Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride I Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride I Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride I Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride I Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride I Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride I Powder Blush

Angel Pride I

Angel Pride I is a soft, muted coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage, which was buildable to medium coverage with three to four layers. The consistency was chalky, slightly dry, and prone to sheering out on the skin so it was hard to apply it precisely and build up the color. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading noticeably.

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.

01/03

NARS Angel Pride II Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride II Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride II Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride II Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride II Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride II Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride II Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride II Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride II Powder Blush

Angel Pride II

Angel Pride II is a light-medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation that applied fairly evenly to bare skin and blended out without issues. The texture was thin, firmer in the pan, and required some jabbing with a dense blush brush to get product to come off of the surface. It lasted for just over seven hours on me.

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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01/03

NARS Angel Pride III Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride III Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride III Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride III Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride III Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride III Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride III Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride III Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride III Powder Blush

Angel Pride III

Angel Pride III is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a faint, golden pearl. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth consistency that seemed like it would work well on the skin. However, the powder seemed to melt onto the skin instantly and was very difficult to spread or diffuse once it landed. This shade did wear well, though, at eight and a half hours.

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.

01/03

NARS Angel Pride IV Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride IV Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride IV Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride IV Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride IV Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride IV Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride IV Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride IV Powder Blush
NARS Angel Pride IV Powder Blush

Angel Pride IV

Angel Pride IV is a dusty, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a lightly dusty, thin consistency that looked drier in the pan than it did on my cheeks (thankfully!). This shade lasted for seven hours before fading.

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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01/03

NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush
NARS Hot Sand Powder Blush

Hot Sand

Hot Sand is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. The consistency was soft, smooth, and easily blended out on the skin. It had good pigmentation that stayed on well for eight hours on me.

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.

01/11

NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder | Powder was scraped in order to get pigmentation to show up
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer

Laguna

Laguna is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and fine shimmer. It had medium coverage, which was buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation, but the texture was very chalky and difficult to work with. The powder seemed to sit on the skin and did not blend out as easily as other shades (nor previous versions of Laguna I’ve tried). It lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Product Availability

NARS Cheek Palette $41.00/0.42 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Dior Star Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Kat Von D Glimmer Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
  • Urban Decay Scorch 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • MAC Baby Be Cool Lipglass

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Thanks for the detailed review! I had such high hopes for this…just picked it up yesterday but back to Nordstrom it will go. I will tell the person who helps me with the return…”Temptalia gave it a bad review…” We do expect better from Nars. Behold the power of social media! 🙂

Boo! I was looking forward to maybe getting this one and returning my CT bronzer/blush do. Oh well….I feel like I was more excited about last years makeup items than this year anyways…..

A Nars product for which I have zero dupes. Zero. Well, the mini laguna that I don’t like doesn’t count. Like the Ulta VLGs set, M. Nars has set a course away from his usual fall dark reds, and left me at the dock. Fact is, I’m cheering. A Nars blush palette not to covet and speed order? So very there! When I see zero dupes, it makes a heavy ‘not my colors’ statement. Whew!

Haha! That is true – sometimes if you don’t have dupes it’s more a statement you shouldn’t own that color (because you don’t like it, don’t wear it, etc.)!

I don’t get why all NARS blush palettes look the same. I have their Virtual Domination palette and I like it but I don’t feel the need to try another!

The only one (besides Laguna) I would actually wear is IV. The first thing that came to mind was Love, and of course that’s the top “dupe” listed, LOL!

One day, NARS will do a cheek palette that I can justify buying…

How many faces one must have to use up all these laguna bronzers nars keeps including in every single face palette they release? Jeez.

I was going to buy this today!!! I love Hot Sand (I have it in a duo with Laguna that I actually love) so I thought those two with several blush options and it’s a perfect all-in-one!!!! But now, easy pass after reading this review. Glad I waited. Thanks Christine!

Because I only really like half of this palette, specifically; III, IV and Hot Sand, this is a pass for me. It just doesn’t seem as great as the ones they put out this past winter.

I hate when palettes are not the same quality as a brand’s permanent range… The colors are beautiful but some of the blushes look so dry swatched!

I brought this in store on the 1st Nordstrom sale day. I totally agree with your review and score. This palette is geared towards light skin tones, most of the colors don’t show up well on me. The highlighter looks white matte couldn’t even make it work for my inner eyes. Returning this tomorrow.

That sucks, Denise 🙁 I’m sorry you had to try it to find out it was a miss, but I’m comforted to know I wasn’t alone in feeling that way!

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