February 5, 2016

NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette Review and Swatches

One of the launches for Spring 2016 that I was super excited about and so in love with, is this new NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette. This is a Sephora exclusive palette and is limited edition. I have been playing around with for almost 2 weeks now. The colors in this palette are beautiful and may be more suitable for fair/lighter skintones. Nonetheless, it seems like a well thought out palette. So, let's move on the the pictures, swatches and then my experience.
Laguna, Goulue, PAloma swatches



NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette Review and Swatches


NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette contains: 
Contour Blush in Paloma I (pink beige), Paloma II (deep rose) 
Laguna Bronzing Powder (diffused brown powder with golden shimmer) 

I Blush in Icy Lilac 
II Blush in Sausalito Sunset 

III Blush in Shimmering Rose Peach 
IV Blush in Fleshy Pink

I took the description above from Sephora, however, at the back of the palette the blushes do not have names and Blush IV is named as Goulue which is currently available at Sephora as a VIB Rouge exclusive. It's a gorgeous rose berry shade with golden sparkles and my favorite blush shade out of the four.



NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette Review and Swatches

NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette Review and Swatches

NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette Review and Swatches
As you might have noticed from the back packaging, the Paloma I, Paloma II and Laguna are made in USA and the four blush shades at the bottom are made in Canada!
NARS NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette Review and Swatches

Paloma, Laguna, Goulue Swatches NArs


SWATCHES
Now for the disappointing part. Most shades do not show up on my skintone. I layered them several times to photograph but they still did not show up true to the color in the pan, with the exception of the last shade, called Goulue

Paloma I
Described as a pink beige, this is a very boring matte highlight with a pink tint. It looks more white than beige on me. I dont think I woul dwant that color on my face. The texture of this is also powdery and a bit dry. Wish there was a better highlight shade.

Paloma II
This shade is so gorgeous. Its an amazing coloring color and  I feel it can work for fair-medium skintones. I used it to contour my cheeks and loved it. It's described as a deep rose but for me it's an amazing brown-mauve that looks amazing on skin. The texture on this is not as bad as Paloma I. I felt it's a bit soft but blends amazingly and is buildable without being patchy. Love it.

Laguna
This world famous bronzer is so close to my skintone when swatched but on face, it gives  a very subtle dimension and a glowy effect. It's brown with golden shimmer.

Blush I  (Icy Lilac) 
This is the worst blush not only in this palette but also overall. It's a chunky, glittery mess. The shade is a light cool toned lilac. This is way too light and powdery to be used.

Blush II (Sausalito Sunset)
This is a shimmery pink shade with silver glitter. It's an ok shade to own but nothing special
and the silver/cool toned micro shimmer makes me crazy. I wonder why the shades are shimmery!

Blush III (Shimmering Rose Peach)
Another shimmery one but this is more orange toned and described as a rose peach. It's a pretty shade and the pigmentation is good. Its looks very natural and glowy on me. I like this one too.

Blush IV (Goulue)
My favorite shade from this palette. Its super pigmented, not too glittery and so easy to apply and blend. It's a rose berry shade with golden sparkles that gives a very fresh face look. I love it and it's also available as a single. The texture is amazing on this one. Love. Love. Love it.
Swatches, Nars Paloma, Laguna, Goulue
L-R: Paloma I, Paloma II, Laguna, (I), (II), (III) and Goulue
Apart from the fact that most shades are not very flattering on my skin tone, I feel the selection is great for lighter skin tones. Another great thing is that there is a ton of product in this palette - nearly full size!
All the pans hold 0.12oz of product, whereas the full size is 0.16oz. Not too bad. The Laguna Bronzer is 0.29oz which is a full size product. So even if you take it as a value set, it's an incredible deal at C$85 for 4 blushes, 1 highlight, 1 contour and 1 full size bronzer.

The downside of this palette is that all shades are a powdery mess, except for Laguna and Blush III and Goulue. The texture could have been more refined, like the NARS blushes are expected of. I have to dust it off my vanity after each use and that never happened with any of my blushes before. So texture wise, they are not as great as expected from NARS blushes.

They do have a nice pigment and layering on adds to the color payoff, but it still isn't enough for my liking. It blends well on skin and does last a decent amount of time.

Overall, I feel this is a great palette for anyone who loves NARS and limited edition products. It has a gorgeous mirror packaging and a large mirror inside. It feels sturdy and heavy. No wonder it carries a lot of product. The powdery texture and the lighter toned shades put me off but the blush shade called Goulue makes up for it. I also like the contour shade, Paloma II because it is perfect for adding shadows around the face without making it too intense. Some hits and some misses in this palette but glad I discovered Goulue <3

Available at Sephora for C$ 85