Hi, beauties! As promised, today I have an overview of the limited edition NARSissist Unfiltered II Cheek Palette. I’ve confessed to my blush hoarding ways many times, and although I convinced myself I had enough, a palette like this could not be passed up. It was a Black Friday release, and although it’s currently out of stock on Sephora’s site, you can still get your hands on it through the NARS site. There’s another version too, which is darker, but I just couldn’t say no to these soft wearable pinks!
Retailing for $59 (6 x 0.12 oz), this limited edition palette features six exclusive shades. The palette is mirrored on the outside, and also features a large mirror inside. It’s not the most sleek palette, but it’s still small enough to travel with.
It’s important to note, that NARS describes these shades as having “sheer buildable coverage.” I’ve seen a few disappointing reviews, stating this didn’t have the intense color payoff they were hoping for. Upon swatching, I found every shade to be very typical of NARS – they are slightly dry to the touch, and have buildable (but not over the top) pigmentation. The two shades on the left (top and bottom) are quite light, but the bottom is actually a highlighter, so don’t let that deter you from buying this.
TOP ROW (L-R): CONQUEST, UNDEFEATED + POWER PLAY
The first shade, Conquest, is the smoothest of the three. It has a velvety feel, and is perfect for those with fair skin. I also love it as a blush topper, to pair with darker shades. Undefeated and Power Play both have drier textures, but the color payoff is buildable, and they perform nice on the cheeks. Undefeated has a sheen to it, so it also can double as a highlight.
BOTTOM ROW (L-R): HOT SAND, FAME + CANDID
Hot Sand is a shade that has been previously released, and although it’s described as a blush, it’s definitely more of a highlighter. I’ve worn it several times on my cheekbones, and love the subtle glow it gives. Fame and Candid both have the signature NARS texture (a little dry, not very creamy), and have soft buildable color payoff.
So, is it worth the whopping $59 price tag? That depends. If you’re a NARSissist (aka a NARS lover), with light to medium skin tone, then I think this is a great buy. If you’re medium/dark to deep, Conquest, Fame, and Power Play might need a bit of building to really pop on you.
I’m familiar with the NARS formula, so I knew not to expect Natasha Denona level creaminess. The color payoff isn’t intense or dramatic, but to me that’s actually a plus. It’s easy to go overboard with super pigmented blushes, but these are easy to apply, and can be built up for stronger intensity. The packaging is beautiful, and the easy to wear shades are perfect for everyday use. I’m obsessed, and highly suggest!
What do you think of the new NARS Unfiltered Cheek Palettes? Are you going to splurge?
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