NARS Hot Escape Eye & Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

Hot Escape

NARS Hot Escape Endless Summer Eye & Cheek Palette ($49.00 for 0.42 oz.) contains four neutral-hued eyeshadows, shimmery peach highlighter, and mid-tone pink blush. Given how many neutral eyeshadows exist on the market at any given time, the palette left me unimpressed with the quality of the eyeshadows. The cheek products were decent, but they didn’t make up for the eyeshadows.

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Aurora

Aurora is a soft, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a very soft, moderately powdery consistency, which resulted in semi-sheer coverage as it did not adhere well without a lightly tacky primer. I had to be careful using it or else it would lighten everything below it due to fallout during application. It lasted for seven hours on me.

Yucatan

Yucatan is a soft brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a smooth, denser consistency that was thin–at least it wasn’t powdery! It applied decently to bare skin, but depending on one’s skin tone, it might translate into more of a sheen than noticeable color (that’s what happened on me, it was hard to see it on). It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

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Endless

Endless is a soft copper with warm, golden undertones and a metallic sheen. The consistency was soft, lightly creamy, and smooth, which made it easy to apply and achieve opaque coverage in a single layer. It blended out nicely along the edges and stayed on well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Next Wave

Next Wave is a soft, grayish-taupe with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and micro-sparkle. It had semi-sheer coverage due to the drier, powdery texture. The eyeshadow did not build up well, and I had moderate fallout just pressing and patting it on (not even sweeping!). The color wore well for seven hours and had some more fallout over time.

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Sunstreak

Sunstreak is a soft, golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The highlighter had good pigmentation paired with a smooth, firmer consistency, but I didn’t have any trouble getting product onto my brush when I used a moderate hand with it. It lasted for just over eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Hot Pursuit

Hot Pursuit is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that applied fairly evenly to bare skin but required slightly more effort to diffuse and blend out due to the texture being a little thinner and drier overall. It stayed on nicely 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.

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NARS Hot Escape Endless Summer Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Hot Escape Endless Summer Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Hot Escape Endless Summer Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Hot Escape Endless Summer Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Hot Escape Endless Summer Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Hot Escape Endless Summer Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Hot Escape Endless Summer Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Aurora Eyeshadow

NARS Aurora Eyeshadow

NARS Yucatan Eyeshadow

NARS Yucatan Eyeshadow

NARS Endless Eyeshadow

NARS Endless Eyeshadow

NARS Next Wave Eyeshadow

NARS Next Wave Eyeshadow

NARS Sunstreak Highlighting Blush

NARS Sunstreak Highlighting Blush

NARS Sunstreak Highlighting Blush

NARS Sunstreak Highlighting Blush

NARS Hot Pursuit Powder Blush

NARS Hot Pursuit Powder Blush

NARS Hot Pursuit Powder Blush

NARS Hot Pursuit Powder Blush

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
  • Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Coverage Concealer
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Overdrive 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • Urban Decay Heatwave Vice Lipstick
  • Fenty Beauty Universal Gloss Bomb

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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Glad I forwent this. The UD dupes for Next Wave are decent, at least. Somehow I thought that shade would fail…and it’s the only one I like… Not much liking Nars fall 18 so far, either. Fine by me. Even if I did Nars stash only, i’d have enough m/u for the rest of my life.

That is so disappointing about the eyeshadows because I love neutral shadows and never tire of them and this would have been a terrific travel palette or one for getting ready for work quickly and easily in the morning.

I really was not impressed with the skincare/makeup selections this year at Nordstroms. All I bought was the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick set and the Kiel’s body lotion. I felt like I was interested in more products last year. The clothing selection, however, different story….

This is exactly what I meant yesterday in my Rant and Rave about Nars – the cheek products are much better, on average, than their eyeshadows. This is a poor effort.

If Yucatan and Next Wave were mattes, and every shade rated B+ or higher, this would have been a great neutral travel palette for me.

This is very disappointing. I was hoping it would be a solid palette for traveling. It’s a pass for me. Thanks for reviewing, Christine!

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