NARS High Profile Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

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NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette
NARS High Profile Cheek Palette

High Profile

NARS High Profile Cheek Palette ($59.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday cheek palette that includes six shades designed to have buildable coverage and layerable, luminous finishes. The “downside” was really that most shades were more semi-opaque to opaque, though the gel-powder formula absolutely lends itself to being used with a lighter hand or less-dense brush for sheerer, more buildable coverage as there was no powderiness to be found.

Gel-powder formulations, like the one in the palette, tend to require a moderately-dense brush to pick up product as the powders have a firmer feel, but the products go on seamlessly and really meld with skin, so they are often more forgiving of skin texture and imperfections as a result. All six shades performed similarly: blendable, easy to use, and long-wearing. I felt like the formula in this palette was a little more yielding than it would have been a few years ago–in a good way.

Ingredients

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NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush
NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush
NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush
NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush
NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush
NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush
NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush
NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush
NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush
NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush
NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush
NARS Nude Revue Powder Blush

Nude Revue

Nude Revue is a light-medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was moderately-dense, smooth without being powdery or too firmly-pressed into the pan, so it picked up readily with a moderately-dense brush and blended out well on bare skin. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer and seemed a smidgen softer than the other shades in the palette. It wore well for nine 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.

Ingredients

CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE · HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER · SQUALANE · OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE · GLYCERIN · POLYSORBATE 20 · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN · CAPRYLYL GLYCOL · TIN OXIDE · 1,2-HEXANEDIOL · PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE · XANTHAN GUM · CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT · SILICA · DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE · SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE · [+/-(MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) · MICA · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)] ·

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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NARS Spin Off Powder Blush
NARS Spin Off Powder Blush
NARS Spin Off Powder Blush
NARS Spin Off Powder Blush
NARS Spin Off Powder Blush
NARS Spin Off Powder Blush
NARS Spin Off Powder Blush
NARS Spin Off Powder Blush
NARS Spin Off Powder Blush
NARS Spin Off Powder Blush
NARS Spin Off Powder Blush
NARS Spin Off Powder Blush

Spin Off

Spin Off is a medium, peachy brown with warmer undertones and a satin finish. This was the least shimmery shade in the palette, though it still had a very soft sheen once applied and diffused along the edges on my skin.

It had nearly opaque color payoff in one pass, so one had to use a lighter hand or a less-dense brush to pick up product and deliver a sheerer, more buildable application of color (if desired). The blush had a soft, smooth consistency that was moderately-dense but not too stiff, so I could use even feathery brushes, like a fan brush, to pick up product, but there was no powderiness at all. It lasted well for nine hours on me 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.

Ingredients

DIMETHICONE · SILICA · SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE · PHENYL TRIMETHICONE · PEG-12 DIMETHICONE · POLYSORBATE 20 · GLYCERIN · HYDROGENATED LECITHIN · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN · CAPRYLYL GLYCOL · 1,2-HEXANEDIOL · XANTHAN GUM · CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT · [+/-(MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) · MICA · RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)] ·

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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NARS High Demand Powder Blush
NARS High Demand Powder Blush
NARS High Demand Powder Blush
NARS High Demand Powder Blush
NARS High Demand Powder Blush
NARS High Demand Powder Blush
NARS High Demand Powder Blush
NARS High Demand Powder Blush
NARS High Demand Powder Blush
NARS High Demand Powder Blush
NARS High Demand Powder Blush
NARS High Demand Powder Blush

High Demand

High Demand is a medium-dark, reddish-copper with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The finish became more luminous as I applied and blended out the product on my skin. It had mostly opaque color coverage in a single layer, though it wasn’t at all powdery due to the smooth, denser texture, so it could be used with a lighter hand for sheerer coverage if necessary. It stayed on well for nine hours before fading visibly.

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

Possible Dupes
These are likely to be very similar shades based on our duping algorithm.

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

SILICA · SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE · PHENYL TRIMETHICONE · PEG-12 DIMETHICONE · POLYSORBATE 20 · GLYCERIN · HYDROGENATED LECITHIN · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN · CAPRYLYL GLYCOL · 1,2-HEXANEDIOL · XANTHAN GUM · CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT · [+/-(MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) · MICA · RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)] ·

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush
NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush
NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush
NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush
NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush
NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush
NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush
NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush
NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush
NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush
NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush
NARS Hit It Off Powder Blush

Hit It Off

Hit It Off is a brighter, medium-dark orange-leaning coral with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that adhered evenly to bare skin and diffused with ease while “melting” as I buffed it on for a seamless sheen. The consistency was moderately dense but smooth and picked up well with a moderately-dense blush brush. It wore nicely for nine 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.

Ingredients

CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE · DIMETHICONE · NYLON-12 · SQUALANE · OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE · GLYCERIN · POLYSORBATE 20 · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN · CAPRYLYL GLYCOL · 1,2-HEXANEDIOL · PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE · XANTHAN GUM · CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT · HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER · SILICA · [+/-(MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): CARMINE (CI 75470) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) · MICA · RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) · ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)] ·

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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NARS Showdown Powder Blush
NARS Showdown Powder Blush
NARS Showdown Powder Blush
NARS Showdown Powder Blush
NARS Showdown Powder Blush
NARS Showdown Powder Blush
NARS Showdown Powder Blush
NARS Showdown Powder Blush
NARS Showdown Powder Blush
NARS Showdown Powder Blush
NARS Showdown Powder Blush
NARS Showdown Powder Blush

Showdown

Showdown is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with a soft sheen. The blush had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage, which was more than marketed, but likely won’t be a deal-breaker for most as the formula could be used with a lighter hand or a fan brush to achieve sheerer, buildable coverage with little extra effort.

The powder had a moderately-dense, slightly firmer feel to the touch, but the powder applied evenly to bare skin and blended out beautifully. This shade lasted well for nine 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.

Ingredients

DIMETHICONE · SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE · SILICA · PHENYL TRIMETHICONE · SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE · PEG-12 DIMETHICONE · GLYCERIN · POLYSORBATE 20 · HYDROGENATED LECITHIN · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN · CAPRYLYL GLYCOL · 1,2-HEXANEDIOL · SODIUM CITRATE · XANTHAN GUM · CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT · ALUMINA · [+/-(MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) · MICA · RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)] ·

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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NARS Just Lust Powder Blush
NARS Just Lust Powder Blush
NARS Just Lust Powder Blush
NARS Just Lust Powder Blush
NARS Just Lust Powder Blush
NARS Just Lust Powder Blush
NARS Just Lust Powder Blush
NARS Just Lust Powder Blush
NARS Just Lust Powder Blush
NARS Just Lust Powder Blush
NARS Just Lust Powder Blush
NARS Just Lust Powder Blush

Just Lust

Just Lust is a darker pink with subtle, warm undertones and lighter, warmer gold pearl that gave it a luminous finish. It had medium, buildable color coverage, which made it more in line with the brand’s marketing on coverage.

The consistency was moderately dense without being stiff, so while it needed a denser brush to pick up product evenly, it deposited it well onto bare skin and blended out effortlessly. This shade showed signs of fading after eight and a half 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.

Ingredients

CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE · DIMETHICONE · NYLON-12 · ZINC STEARATE · SQUALANE · OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE · GLYCERIN · POLYSORBATE 20 · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN · CAPRYLYL GLYCOL · 1,2-HEXANEDIOL · PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE · XANTHAN GUM · CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT · HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER · SILICA · [+/-(MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): CARMINE (CI 75470) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) · MICA · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)] ·

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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kjh Avatar

Exactly. I need it like I need a herd of dragons and have far too many Nars blush palettes already.😪. But, only one shade is duped AT ALL, which astounds me. So, 🤤 salivating. I doubt I can resist, despite superb resistance so far this year for everything. Mmmmm.

Mariella Avatar

SAME!!! I love the entire look of this and the design on the pans. As much as I like how this looks and really love the look of Just Lust, the other colours wouldn’t really work for my cool, pale skin so it wouldn’t be the most justifiable of purchases!

kjh Avatar

Marlena (MUG) always said that blush was best when it contrasted with your skin tone. I’ve found that to be true. Cool blushes in the light/light medium range disappear. I favor warms, too. No matter how light vs deep a warm one is, it shows up. I think I’m in trouble here.

kjh Avatar

Nars has an f&f, usually right after Sephora, in case you decide on this late, or would like other Nars products that S does not carry. (Like the UD lipsticks that had some at S, some at U, and some exclusive to site. Maddening.)Most, but not all holiday sets from Nordie’s, etc. are on the N site. So N site may be the most comprehensive place to look. In the past, 20% for winter holiday.

Deborah S. Avatar

This would be perfect for my daughter but she doesn’t like blushes with any shimmer or shine at all. She is a strictly matte blush person. I am the opposite and like at least a satin finish. This would be great for me but the shades are not my favorite with the exception of Just Lust which I am lusting after. I don’t know. Juries out on whether I can resist or not!

Ada Avatar

I’ve never bought a blush palette but this is seriously tempting! So many pretty colours. Like a few others have mentioned, I need more blush like I need a herd of dragons!

Viviane Avatar

I think I Will get this one, I got the OOTB and loved It, It was my first Nars palette, and first baked gelee blush. It is superior, and I didn’t think It was too shimmery, I am a matte blush girl, and the finish is definitely satin.
I love your blog Christine, too bad that we don’t get most products you review in my country.
I have a question, I notice you apply blush very strong as in a dot on your cheeks. Is It to show the color better?
Really thankful for the reviews 😊

Candace Avatar

Great review. What brush do you recommend using /did you use for this harder baked gelee formula? I have this palette and am having trouble picking up color with the brush I’m using (Rephr #24). Thanks!

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