Hello from my happy place, the wonderful world of NARS Cosmetics. As requested: I’m reviewing the Virtual Domination Cheek Palette… but first, a peek into their spring palettes and all the beautiful details.
If you haven’t tried one yet or are in the market for a new shadow set – definitely look into the Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79) below, out next month. I have a few singles and am obsessed with the wet application. I think palettes are a good investment and tend to give you more bang for your buck (v. collecting singles of the same product). NARS is obviously my favorite, but I use the Urban Decay Naked palette on the daily and also have YSL and Chanel quads/palettes as well.
In The Palette: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra, Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax
The dual intensity eyeshadows are just so smoldering and sexy. They. Are. The. Best. I love them because they’re versatile – you can wear them wet or dry. I reviewed the shadow already here – you’ll also see what Giove looks like on, which is the deep navy above. The brush is designed for both wet and dry use, and I’m excited to try and see how effective application is both wet and dry.
From narscosmetics.com: the dry application of these shadows gives you a “sheer, soft touch of sensual color,” and wet will deliver “mind-blowing impact with dramatic luminous matte and high shine finishes.” I fully agree. Highly recommend trying it wet – it is gorgeous once it sets. I used Dione in my ISLA + Talulah collabs this summer… here’s a selfie of my freshly made up face before we shot it.
Love, love the finish on the wet look. And the wear is incredible!
The dual intensity palette retails for $79. I’d bet good money (like, $79) it’s worth every penny. Single shadows are $29, so really you’re getting a fun pack of eight shades to sample for less than the cost of three full shadows. This palette will be available January 1 at NARS stores or narscosmetics.com, and February 1 at Sephora and all other specialty stores.
Blush, Contour and Lip Palette ($59)
In the palette: Enrapture Blush, Enthralled Blush, Roman Holiday Blush, Albatross Highlighting Blush, Laguna Bronzing Powder and Istria Lip Gloss
This is a limited edition, does it all cheek palette with bonus complimentary gloss. I reviewed the NARS contour blush (Paloma) in this post so check that if you’re curious about the contouring performance! If you’re a girl who contours on the reg – this could be a timesaving and useful palette for your makeup bag.
I think it’s safe to say that the three blushers chosen are universally flattering for any wearer. I’d love to mix and match these shades and create a custom shade depending on my mood. Another reason why I love palettes is because the colors will always be complimentary and you can get various uses in a single compact.
This one is available starting February 1 at Sephora and March 15 at NARS boutiques or online.
REVIEW: Virtual Domination Cheek Palette ($65)
In the palette: Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush, Deep Throat Blush, Sex Fantasy Blush, Final Cut Blush, Laguna Bronzing Powder
Can we talk about how much makeup this palette packs in? There’s MORE Laguna bronzer than a regular single – .35 oz vs. only .28 oz. The blushes and highlighter are essentially full size – .15 oz in this and .16 oz in a standalone blush. I mean!!! BALLIN. As per usual for NARS, the intensity and color payout is great. The highlighter is a little too shimmer-heavy for my taste, but that’s just personal preference.
A light application of these vibrant colors will put life into anyone’s cheeks. This palette goes for $65… If you’re a blush fiend, I highly suggest taking advantage of this bad boy. NARS blushes run $30 a pop, and a solo Laguna bronzer is $38. Basically, you get free makeup – grab it here.
Now I’m tired of talking via my keyboard and wanna hear from you – so, tell me.
What’s your favorite palette?
Stop, chat and bitch with me about it in the comments so I have an excuse to buy myself more Christmas presents! Kidding… kind of. Until next time, beauties.