NARS Heartbreaker Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

Heartbreaker

NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio ($42.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes three blushes from the brand’s permanent range. Oddly, the brand’s often-released Orgasm blush fell short here; it was firm and stiff to work with, heartbreaking really… Luster was dustier in the palette than it has been in its standalone format but was easy to work with, just not quite the same in finish. Amour seemed fairly consistent with the last version I have, though.

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Luster

Luster is a medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a golden shimmer. The blush had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer on top of the first. It had a soft, slightly dusty consistency that applied well to bare skin and blended out easily along the edges. I noticed that it appeared less shimmery applied, though, and seemed to have a smoother, golden sheen rather than more noticeable shimmer. The standalone version I have is more shimmery on my skin, though, and the shimmer seemed integrated better the powder itself. On me, the color lasted well for seven 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.

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Orgasm

Orgasm is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and warmer, golden sparkle and pearl. The texture was incredibly stiff and firmly-pressed in the pan, which made it an ordeal to pick up product with a brush. I had to take a dense brush and jab it against the surface to loosen powder to apply to my cheeks. Once loosened, I was able to apply it to my cheeks for even, diffused color coverage that looked like the Orgasm blush I’m more familiar with, but I definitely had to build up coverage a lot more than I have had to with past iterations of this shade. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before it started to fade 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.

Ingredients

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Amour

Amour is a bright, medium pink-coral with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was thin but not stiff or prone to clinging to my skin. I had no trouble applying and diffusing the edges for an even application of color to my cheeks. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before I noticed signs of 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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NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio

NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio

NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio

NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio

NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio

NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio

NARS Luster Powder Blush

NARS Luster Powder Blush

NARS Luster Powder Blush

NARS Luster Powder Blush

NARS Orgasm Powder Blush

NARS Orgasm Powder Blush

NARS Orgasm Powder Blush

NARS Orgasm Powder Blush

NARS Orgasm Powder Blush

NARS Amour Powder Blush

NARS Amour Powder Blush

NARS Amour Powder Blush

NARS Amour Powder Blush

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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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I find it very odd that Orgasm would be screwed up. They have made it probably a billion times. Most of us have multiple iterations for comparison. I seldom use it, but think I have 5. You just don’t mess up such an iconic, if ubiquitous, product. I tried hard not to be vulgar so far, but WTF?

It always baffles me when brands change things about tried and true products. Why press the blush harder than normal? It doesn’t make any sense to me at all.

First Laguna and now Orgasm, what is going on with the mini / palette holiday collection versions of these OG products! You’ve done these shades a million times before, NARS! 😳

What I’m dying to know is; how in the heck did they mess up Orgasm *this* badly? I mean, this is the main blush shade that Nars is infamously famous for! 😄

Orgasm isn’t my favorite shade of blush but it is really sad that Nars missed the mark so badly with such an iconic shade. Likely a quality control issue rather than an actual screw up? I hope that they just set the machine too hard for that batch run, LOL!

What the he** NARS? If someone really wanted this palette, they’d have to seriously consider breaking up the Orgasm section and repressing it — but for the money you shouldn’t have to.

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