In case you’ve been living under a rock or you don’t wear makeup, NARS is the brand for blush. Over the years, I’ve gathered that people are obsessed with NARS for several reasons: the pigmentation and lasting power, the sleek packaging, and the outlandish names of their products. You really can’t mistake the sleek black packaging with an unmistakable NARS sprawled across it. And of course, what other brand is famous for a blush named ‘Orgasm’? Your makeup bag just became NSFW.
During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I picked up the Blame it on NARS cheek palette because not only is it a fantastic way to try several shades at once, it’s a great deal. (I’ll get into the math in a second, don’t you worry, my fellow business majors who know the importance of bang for buck. I can’t believe I just referenced one of my least favorite classes ever – econ.) I was also pleasantly surprised that NARS didn’t make a palette with its standard shades (Laguna, Orgasm, etc.) because those shades are overdone.
The palette has four shades and a mini version of the famed Ita kabuki brush.
– Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love (0.14 oz.)
– Blush in Day Dream (0.14 oz.)
– Blush in New Attitude (0.14 oz.)
– Bronzing Powder in Casino (0.15 oz.)
As promised, here’s the mathy part of the review and my justification for buying this palette:
A regular sized NARS blush is 0.16 oz. for $30. You get 0.42 oz. of blush in this palette which would cost you $78.75 if calculated at that rate. The bronzers come in larger sizes (0.28 oz. for $39) so for the amount you get in this palette, it would cost $20.89. The Ita brush normally costs $55 and the only real difference in this travel sized one is that the handle is shorter.
$78.75 + $20.89 + $55 = $154.64
Total price of the palette now (based on current, non-Anniversary price) = $59! That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me!
I think they could have chosen some more universal shades that work on more skin tones but for the price, I am really enjoying this palette. The packaging is killer, I have to add. Like I said, they never disappoint in that area. Casino is an incredibly pigmented, dark shade that many think is not usable. If you’re fair, you can still use this shade, you just have to use a brush that doesn’t pick up so much. I have medium NC30 (MAC) skin and I have to use a very light hand but it’s a great contour shade because it has no shimmer. The blushes look quite blah in the pan because they barely have any shimmer but they both change as you apply them on the skin. Both give a great glow and color, lasting through a normal 8 hour workday. The Satellite of Love shade is something to get used to because it does have chunky glitter in it. I will keep trying this as a cheekbone highlighter but I’m not so sure about it swept all over the cheeks.
As for the brush, I don’t find it as amazing as people say it is. It’s a cool shape and does make contouring easy because you can literally stamp the product into the hollows of your cheeks, but I find that a fluffier round top brush works better for blending out the product. No one wants a line to carve out their cheekbones, do they? The brush hairs shed a bit and they aren’t as precisely cut as I would have liked. It’s soft enough but still scratchier than my other brushes. You could save your money and get something better from the Real Techniques line, frankly.
I’m going to keep using this and hope that the brush and highlighting powder work out better for me with some more practice. I think the blushes will be even better when I’m more pale (hello, Seattle winters) because they’ll show up more prominently. Let me know how you like this Blame it on NARS cheek palette if you try it out!
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