NARS High Voltage Highlighter Palette Review & Swatches

01/06

NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette
NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette

High Voltage

NARS High Voltage Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.48 oz.) contains three, warm-toned powder highlighters with a soft pink, gold, and peachy-copper. The performance was consistent with the full-sized highlighting powders that NARS released earlier this year with one shade (Fort de France) being from the permanent range, while the other two shades are new.

NARS’ highlighting powders retail for $38.00 and contain 0.49 oz. or cost $77.55/oz. This palette contains $37.22 worth of product, though two shades are exclusive to this palette. Alternatively, given the higher price point of the individual highlighters, getting three shades for about the price of one single shade may give it more value to some.


01/04

NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS 1977 Highlighting Powder (2018)

1977

1977 is a pale pink with warm undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a luminous finish that could be built up to more of a metallic sheen if layered. The powder had a firmer, denser consistency that was thinner (but not at all powdery or dusty) and applied best with a moderately-dense highlighting brush. It applied evenly and blended out easily along the edges without emphasizing my skin’s natural. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$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.

01/11

NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018)

Fort de France

Fort de France is a medium, dirty gold with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with two to three layers, which also intensified the finish from luminous to shinier, slightly metallic. The shine gave it a smoother look on my skin, so it didn’t accentuate my skin’s natural texture. It seemed slightly less reflective compared to my full-sized version. The powder had a smooth, dense texture that wasn’t powdery but still blended out easily on my skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$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.

01/04

NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Queen Highlighting Powder (2018)

Queen

Queen is a soft, peachy copper with warm, brown undertones and a luminous finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer on top. The powder had a denser, firmer texture but was thin (not too thick or emollient), so it blended out easily and sat beautifully on my skin with a noticeable sheen. The highlighter lasted well for just over eight and a half hours before it showed signs of fading.

Formula Overview

$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.

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NARS Holiday 2018 Highlighting Palette $42.00/0.48 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
  • Charlotte Tilbury Light/Medium (3) Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Hourglass Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder
On eyes:
  • NARS Provoacteur Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Overdrive 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • NARS Sheena Audacious Lipstick

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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