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NARS Wanted Vol. II NARSissist Cheek Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/07

NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette
NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette

Wanted Vol II

NARS Wanted Vol II Wanted Cheek Palette ($59.00 for 0.78 oz.) is a new, limited edition cheek palette that includes six shades from shimmery peach to tangerine to rich plum. There were three matte shades and three shimmery shades. I think that as a composition, this particular palette has a lot of variety in depth and finish but definitely contains bolder shades overall so it is best suited for someone who has a light hand (but wants depth) or needs richer, deeper hues for their skin tone.

01/03

NARS PYT Powder Blush
NARS PYT Powder Blush
NARS PYT Powder Blush
NARS PYT Powder Blush
NARS PYT Powder Blush
NARS PYT Powder Blush
NARS PYT Powder Blush
NARS PYT Powder Blush
NARS PYT Powder Blush

PYT

PYT is a medium, dirty peach with warm, brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage with a smooth, slightly firmer consistency that was a touch dry. It applied better than I expected (based on the texture), and it blended out easily. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably on me.

01/03

NARS Ambition Powder Blush
NARS Ambition Powder Blush
NARS Ambition Powder Blush
NARS Ambition Powder Blush
NARS Ambition Powder Blush
NARS Ambition Powder Blush
NARS Ambition Powder Blush
NARS Ambition Powder Blush
NARS Ambition Powder Blush

Ambition

Ambition is a bright, medium orange with warm undertones and a soft, golden pearl. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was easy to blend out on the skin. The more I buffed the powder onto my skin, the glowier it appeared. The blush lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

01/03

NARS Taos Powder Blush
NARS Taos Powder Blush
NARS Taos Powder Blush
NARS Taos Powder Blush
NARS Taos Powder Blush
NARS Taos Powder Blush
NARS Taos Powder Blush
NARS Taos Powder Blush
NARS Taos Powder Blush

Taos

Taos is a rich, coppery plum with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The blush was intensely pigmented, while the texture was soft, smooth, and just a touch powdery in the pan, but it blended out seamlessly on my skin with little effort. This shade stayed on well for just over eight and a half hours.

01/03

NARS Exposed Powder Blush
NARS Exposed Powder Blush
NARS Exposed Powder Blush
NARS Exposed Powder Blush
NARS Exposed Powder Blush
NARS Exposed Powder Blush
NARS Exposed Powder Blush
NARS Exposed Powder Blush
NARS Exposed Powder Blush

Exposed

Exposed is a muted, meidum pink with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that was buildable to full opacity with half of a layer on top. The texture was a little drier to the touch and on the powdery side, but it was fairly blendable on my cheeks. I would recommend applying it over lightly powdered skin, though, to mitigate any potential to darken and improve blendability. It wore well for eight hours on me.

01/03

NARS Penthouse Powder Blush
NARS Penthouse Powder Blush
NARS Penthouse Powder Blush
NARS Penthouse Powder Blush
NARS Penthouse Powder Blush
NARS Penthouse Powder Blush
NARS Penthouse Powder Blush
NARS Penthouse Powder Blush
NARS Penthouse Powder Blush

Penthouse

Penthouse is a rich, medium-dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. There was a touch of dustiness to the texture, but it was surprisingly blendable for such a deep, pigmented shade. I used a fan brush to apply it to my cheeks, and the color diffused beautifully while maintaining the overall hue and intensity that I saw in the pan. It lasted well for nine hours on me before fading slightly.

01/03

NARS Queen Powder Blush
NARS Queen Powder Blush
NARS Queen Powder Blush
NARS Queen Powder Blush
NARS Queen Powder Blush
NARS Queen Powder Blush
NARS Queen Powder Blush
NARS Queen Powder Blush
NARS Queen Powder Blush

Queen

Queen is a medium red with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single layer, which was easily built to full coverage if desired. The texture was thinner but didn’t seem to darken or become difficult to blend, which are often issues I have with thinner, matte blushes. It blended out fairly easily, though it took a bit of effort compared to the other shades in the palette (but by no means difficult). It wore well for nine hours on me.

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC 70's Sunset Eyeshadow Quad
  • MAC Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Quad
On lips:
  • Tom Ford Nudiste Lipstick

Product Availability

NARS Powder Blush $30.00/0.16 OZ.
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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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See, this sums up exactly my problem with cheek palettes (a question posted last week) – peach, tangerine and copper are shades that do not work for me as blushes so even if I were willing to schlep around a large blush palette, I wouldn’t be willing to fork out money for one where 3 of the 6 blushes were shades that I wouldn’t wear. And I imagine I’m not alone in this – there are probably quite a few who can’t wear those colours or who don’t look great in the pink and cool red tones.

So excited by this…..the most in many months. Not only is it almost barely duped in stash (and we’ll see about Taos..the same, or not?) but it majorly dupes some shades I missed (little lusty, new Lowe’s, etc). The best part of all is that Ulta sent a replacement 3x for platinum. Very kind and most welcome, on the last day. Sometimes Ulta CS rules! And they really cranked shipping, immediately, as they will be swamped with 21 days. Stash on fire? Save this and Unfiltered one! Polish up those fan brushes, baby. Psych!

This palette looks like a must-have for me. I would love to combine penthouse, queen and exposed in one look.

Nars did a wonderful job with this palette! It would be very tempting for me to go grab this up if not for the fact that I have dupes for at least 3 shades, plus others that are close enough, I think. For instance, Fenty Chili Mango may not be a dupe per se, but close enough that I don’t think I need Ambition.

I’m loving the look of this blush palette. I want both of the new NARS blush palettes! lol Would this one be workable for pale skin? All shades look fab on you Christine. I’m NW13/15 in MAC. Thank you 🙂

If you like pigmented blush / heavier blush color or tend to have a light hand, sure! I think the shades could work, but they are going to be more intense overall so if you’re heavy handed, it might feel like work!

being able to use and love every shade in a palette is huge. I love everything about this palette. I’m impatiently waiting on the mail to bring me this Narrs cheek palette.

OAN I actually think both the wanted check palettes can be used on deeper skin tones. They both have great pigmentation.

I got both the wanted palettes and absolutely adore them! This darker one requires a light touch and careful application on lighter skin tones, but works well. I don’t have very many blushes and think this is good for anyone interested in adding a bunch at once.

Even though browner shades don’t usually work for me I’m still tempted. I’d have to swatch each on my face. My cheeks are already stinging in anticipation lol!

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