I somehow managed to go all these years without ever trying any NARS blushes (particularly the shade Orgasm), despite there being so many positive reviews and the NARS always releasing so many palettes and minis. Until now I had never quite fallen in love with the colour selection of a blush palette the way I have done with this one. A few months ago I decided to go with my gut and purchase this palette and I am so glad I did!
In the past I would stick to mid-toned pinks with some subtle shimmer in them and occasionally I would wear a more peachy shade in the summer. However, I always wanted to try out more blush shades and experiment pairing lip colours and eyeshadows with my blush. Fast forward to now, where I am mixing shades and experimenting with techniques (such as Charlotte Tillbury's "swirl and pop" technique which will be linked at the bottom this post) and living my best life.
This palette includes 5 blushes and one highlighter. The blushes are all satin finishes as they all have a slight sheen to them but this is not too noticeable on the skin, I think it just makes them more blendable. I have noticed that some completely matte blushes can look powdery on the skin so if you hate that look then this is a great formula to try out!
Tell All is a champagne shade with some slight pink undertones to it which compliment all of the blush shades in the palette. It has a smooth formula and has small flecks of glitter in it but surprisingly on the skin the glitter does not show up (this maybe due to the brush I usually use, the Real Techniques 402 Setting Brush, which is quite fluffy). While this formula is technically buildable, I have noticed at a certain point it begins to look slightly frosty and grey. I know some people like this look, but for me personally its not my favourite so I make sure to only apply one sheer to medium layer of this highlighter. I would not describe this highlighter as one that gives you a glow (I would describe Becca's highlighters as glowy), but rather a sheen.
Now or Never, is a nude with a hint of peach and has a subtle satin sheen. This is a great neutral colour if you don't quite know what eye or lip colours you'll be wearing and its also a colour I like mixing with the other shades in the palette to make them look more neutral.
Give it Away is a deeper more terracotta version of Now or Never. This shade is deep enough to be used as a bronzer on my skin tone. It pulls more pink that what I would normally use for bronzing but it gives the effect of a sun-kissed look which I love, especially now in the summer. This shade also has a subtle sheen to it.
Make You Mine is a warm peach with again, a subtle sheen. This is lovely shade to pair with the more neutral blushes in the palette but is also great on its own.
Come Hither is described as a watermelon colour on the NARS website and although I kind of agree with that when looking at the colour in the pan, on this skin I would not describe it as watermelon at all. (If you know me, you'd know I absolutely love watermelon so I perhaps I am just being too picky but watermelons are darker than this so NARS, I'm sorry, but no.) I would describe this as a mid-toned warm pink that has more shimmer in it compared to the other shades, although like the other shades in the palette it comes across like a satin on the skin. Anyway, I do like the colour a lot, the fact that it is a quite sheer colour means its nice and easy to build up without ending up looking like a doll.
New Fling is my least used shade and I do enjoy using it but this is the only colour in the palette I find to be intimidating as I have to be careful with it. It seems ever so slightly more pigmented than the rest of the shades so I am more careful when applying it. Again it is still a buildable formula so there isn't a problem there but I think its the least flattering colour in this palette on my skin tone. That being said, I still love it and will continue to use it. This colour is a deep raspberry pink with a soft sheen to it.
Shades left to right: Tell All, Now or Never, Give it Away, Make You Mine, Come Hither, New Fling
(all are double swatched to give you an idea of how the colours would build on the skin)
I am so happy I purchased this palette! It has become and everyday staple in my makeup routine and I love the luxe packaging, formula and shades so its a win for me! It will also be a good palette to have on the occasions where I do other peoples makeup (I could see myself using this on people with fair to medium skin tones) as it has a great array of shades that would work well with many different kinds of looks. Also the packaging is so stunning so sometimes I just look at it haha.
This palette is limited edition for Spring/Summer 2019 and retails for £46.00 on the NARS UK website. It is also available on Feelunique.com, Cultbeauty.com, Spacenk.com in the UK and in Sephora and Kicks in Sweden.