REVIEW & SWATCHES: NARSissist Cheek Palette9:00 AM
Ahhh, blush. There are few things in the makeup world I am more apt to collect than a really great blush. There's just something about them that makes me weak in the knees and convinced that I need multiples of the all-flattering "warm pink with gold shimmer" iconic shade of which NARS Orgasm is the Original-Gangsta-Mac-Daddy of them all.
To have such a blush-inducing (pardon the pun) name that beauty addicts spit out without a second gasp (ok, I really need to stop) must mean that the color is so well-known that the usual whispers and giggles should only be used after an exhilarating.... ahem. Shopping haul.
Well, NARS' new NARSissist Cheek Kit has the perfect balance of contour, blush, and highlight that will leave even the most neutral of clients flushed. ;)
Included in the kit are 3 pans plus 1 brush:
Devotee Highlighting Blush (pale pinkish sheen)
Orgasm Blush (peachy-pink with gold shimmer)
Laguna Bronzer (diffused brown)
The Travel Brush included is slightly smaller than the size of my hand, but as you can see the brush head itself is actually quite large. Since the pans on this palette are narrower than the brush width, I prefer using something like the Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour brush instead.
Typically freebie brushes are sub-par in quality but this one is actually extremely soft and usable on an everyday basis. I've been loving it for all-over setting powder.
Orgasm Blush has peachy-pink tones with gold shimmer. It works on most skintones and has medium pigmentation so it's very easy to get this right without too much fussing.
Laguna Bronzer is a matte, medium brown bronzer which is well-loved due to its not-too-orange and not-too-muddy coloring. It falls perfectly in the middle and will work as a contour or all-over color for those NC40 and lighter.
I used a particularly heavy hand to apply these swatches so they would show up on camera, but you can see the colors themselves really compliment each other and will work for a nice everyday look. The compact is perfect for travel and definitely encourages me to highlight and contour on an everyday basis and hey, everyone looks better a bit more chiseled and glowing, am I right?
If you have significant fine lines or just prefer a matte blush, you may want to skip out on this trio since it's shimmery for the most part. Also, if you are a deeper skintone than NC40 the Orgasm blush may not show up enough (to whom I would recommend the similar but slightly deeper NARS Deep Throat blush instead).
The price is on the more luxury end at $49 (compared to $30 for a NARS single-pan blush) but if you consider the full-sized NARS blush brush is $42, the NARSissist Cheek Kit is actually a really nice limited edition set which I have no regrets purchasing. For simple makeup days, this is absolutely my go-to which I highly recommend while it's still available.
Readers, what are you favorite products for blush, highlight, and bronzer? Do you enjoy kits or separate products? Let me know in the comments below!