Dolce Vita and Capri
NARS Dolce Vita and Capri Little Fetishes ($24.00 for 0.26 oz.) contains a pinky-beige highlighter and a reddened-plum blush, and both shades are available individually within NARS’ permanent range. They performed consistently with the full-sized, individually-sold versions I last tried, so I think it’s a good way to enjoy both products without having to spend much–two shades for less than the cost of one! They’re by no means tiny, so one should get plenty of use out of each (frankly, the highlighter formula at full-size is massive!).
A full-sized blush retails for $30.00 and contains 0.16 oz. or costs $187.50/oz. A full-sized Highlighting Powder retails for $38.00 and contains 0.49 oz. or costs $77.55/oz. This set contains $22.50 worth of blush and $10.86 worth of highlighter for a total value of $33.36.
Dolce Vita is a rich, reddened plum with fine golden pearl over a more matte finish. When applied and blended out on my cheeks, it had more of a semi-matte to satin finish–not really shimmery or luminous but not totally matte. The consistency was soft, a little drier of a powder, but it was easy to pick up with my brush and to blend on my cheeks. It was quite pigmented, so a little went a long way, and I’d recommend building up color using a lighter hand to make it easier to apply overall. It stayed on well for eight hours on me.
- Flesh Beauty Pulse (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar).
- Anastasia Velvet (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Soleil d'Ambre (Blush) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Dior Dolce Vita (555) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Bite Beauty Cerise (P, $24.00) is more muted, glossier (90% similar).
- MAC Love Thing (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar).
- MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar).
- Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar).
$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.
Capri is a soft, pinky-beige with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that felt slightly emollient to the touch. I find that the formula feels “firmer” in the pan but when I use a highlighting brush with the product, it goes on evenly, smoothly, and blends out easily. It was consistent in color, texture, and quality with the full-sized version I have. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.
- Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- Viseart Highlight #1 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow (P, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- Natasha Denona Light (01) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
- Tarte Gleam (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar).
- Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- Milani Afterglow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
$38.00/0.49 oz. - $77.55 Per Ounce
The new powder highlighter formula is supposed to "melt seamlessly into skin to enhance your natural glow" with "buildable radiance." The texture had a smooth feel that was finely-milled but firmer, almost stiff in a way, in the pan (not in a bad way), and it was not at all powdery. There was a dryness and thinness present in the texture that made it less like traditional powder highlighter formulas (including the brand's original range of highlighting powders), and none of that translated into poor performance.
That being said, all of the shades applied better on the cheeks than the they did applied to my arm. I also noticed that finish became more and more luminous--almost blindingly at times!--as the powder was buffed and blended on my cheeks. They were very reflective and shiny on my cheek bones with semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation. I had no trouble blending and diffusing any of the shades on my skin, and despite having a firmer feel in the pan, I could use fan brushes and other feathery brushes to pickup product. The powders lasted between eight and nine hours on me.
Browse all of our NARS Highlighting Powder (2018) swatches.