A couple of month’s ago Nars launched two really pretty blush palettes. A cool-toned version full of pinks and a warm-toned version full of more plummy cheek colours. I have been eyeing both palettes for a long time now and I have debated many, many times on getting one of them or not and about two month’s ago I finally made the decision to buy the palette. I ended up going for the dark palette even though that seems really unlogical for a girl with such pale skin, but I just like the colours in this palette a bit better. Anyway, without further ado, if you’re interested in finding out more about this palette, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s start off by talking about the packaging. The Nars Unfiltered Cheek Palette comes in a box with a shiny red front. The name of the brand ‘Nars’ is written in it in a slightly darker red font and overall it looks pretty fancy. I really love the simplicity of Nars’ packagings so this is really straight up my alley. When you open up the box you’ll find the palette itself. It’s a pretty hefty palette and it has a rectangular shape. It has the same red, shiny front as the box of the palette has and I just love it. I’m normally not a big fan of red but this just looks absolutely incredible.
When you open up the palette you will find a huge mirror in the lid which is the same size as the lid itself. This makes it great for on the go or just moments when you don’t have access to a proper mirror. You’ll also find the six cheek powders that come in this palette. And they look flippin’ amazing!
Nars Unfiltered I Cheek Palette – €45
So, let’s go through the powders that come in this palette shall we? I think that’s the most important part. Overall the powders in this palette have a bit of a purple tone to them. One is bright red obviously, but overall these aren’t your usual blush colours. At least for me they aren’t. This could scare you off, but I can tell you, once applied to the cheeks all six blushes look absolutely incredible. All are wearable for everyday, even the bright red colour, and I really think that even on pale skin tones all six powders can work. So, let’s get into them!
Watch Me – Watch Me is the first shade, the white one. This isn’t an actual blush colour, it’s more of a highlighter. It’s a very pale white highlighter that does remind me of Albatross a little bit.
Me First – Next to Watch Me is Me First. This is one of the most wearable shades in this palette. It’s a rosy, peachy pink colour with a slight golden sheen to it. It’s not very glittery, but it does have a satin sheen to it.
Takeover – Then we have Takeover, which is a purply colour with a very pretty shimmer to it. This seems like a very festive colour and one that is really going to brighten up your complexion.
Out There – Out There is the shade underneath Watch Me. This is a matte dusty pink shade, one of my favourites. This is another one of the more natural shades in this palette and I think it’s really pretty. It’s special because it has a purply tone to it, but it’s still very natural.
Chic – Chic is one of the brighter shades in this palette. It’s a matte purple shade and it looks very interesting. It’s not a shade I would initially gravitate towards, but having tried it on my cheeks I’m actually a huge fan of it.
Exhibit A – Lastly we have Exhibit A. This is my favourite colour out of the six and the brightest one. It’s a shade most of you would probably stay away from, but this is actually a stunning colour for everyday. Just a light touch of this on the cheeks really brightens up your complexion and makes you look very healthy.
Having discussed the shades that come in this palette, let’s start talking about the quality of the powders. Starting off by going through the claims. According to Nars this palette is going to add a pop of colour to your complexion. It’s a carefully curated set combining six warm-toned powder blushers. The palette contains a mix of matt and shimmer shades from bronze to red. The high impact, micronised powders are supposed to be highly pigmented and deliver a sheer, buildable colour. They are supposed to be perfect for sculpting, shaping and adding radiance. Each hue can be worn individually or blended together to create a customised makeup look.
Overall Nars is making it sound like this is the perfect blush palette for everyday and everywhere because it contains a lot of shades that could be worn both individually as well as combined and they can be used to do different things. Because there are both mattes as well as shimmers in this palette the palette will cater to pretty much all of us and I really like that about it.
So, let’s start talking about what I think of these blushers. Starting off with texture. In my opinion Nars blushes have just amazing textures. Both the shimmer and matte versions are just great. The powders feel very luxurious because they are soft, smooth and feel like satin. They are also very intense and not powdery or dusty at all. Especially that last part is a big plus in my opinion because I really hate it when blushes or anything that comes in the form of a palette is dusty or powdery because that will create a big mess and I’m not a fan of that.
What I like as well is that these powders are very easy to apply. Because of their amazing, soft and silky texture these powders apply very evenly onto the cheeks. You really don’t have to worry about them getting patchy or blotchy at all. It really glides onto your cheeks.
They are also very easy to blend which is great because these blushes are incredibly pigmented. And every now and then when you’re not that awake yet and you didn’t think about the high pigmentation in advance you could accidentally apply a bit too much. But because these are so blendable you can easily fix that and create a nice and soft flushed look anyway.
Watch Me – Me First – Takeover
Moving on to the pigmentation. By now I’ve mentioned it a million times but these blushes are just amazingly pigmented. They are incredible. These shimmery ones are a bit softer than the matte ones we’re going to see and discuss in a minute, but still, the pigmentation is on point.
I do usually say that I prefer my blushes not to be too pigmented because then things can get tricky. But in my opinion these three shimmery ones are still on the ‘perfect amount of pigment’ side of the spectrum for me. The matte ones are definitely more on the ‘too pigmented’ side of the spectrum, but more about that in a minute.
As you can tell the highlighting shade, Watch Me, is nice and shimmery but it isn’t too glowy. I think it’s a nice highlighting shade for everyone who loves a nice highlight but doesn’t want it to be too intense because it is rather settle. I do think that it will look good on many, many skin tones, which counts for the other two colours on this picture as well and also for the three I’m about to show you.
Out There – Chic – Exhibit A
Like I said the three matte blushes are even more pigmented. These are definitely so highly packed with pigment that you have to be careful. In their claims Nars says that these blushes go on sheer and are buildable, but if you want to get that sheer look you most certainly have to work with a very light hand. Otherwise these blushes are definitely going to come off strong.
In order to apply them lightly I prefer using my Real Techniques Blush Brush because it’s a duo-fibre like brush and it’s not that dense. I also like it because it’s not very stiff so you can really sweep it across your cheeks instead of push it or smear it across you cheeks. I also like to touch the brush, loaded with powder, with my hand before I apply the product onto my face to get the excess amount of powder off.
Once applied lightly all three blushes look incredible. I know they might look very scary on this swatch, especially Exhibit A, but on the cheeks they turn into the perfect soft cheek colours you want them to be.
A big plus with these matte blushes is that they stay in place incredibly well. Because they are so intense and pigmented they really cling on to your face and stay there all day long. No matter what it is you’re doing throughout the day, these shades really ain’t going nowhere.
Overall I’m just a huge fan of this NARSissist Unfiltered I Cheek Palette. I’m really glad I got the red version because I do think that even though these shades look a little scary they are more up my alley than the ones that come in the pink version. Quality wise I think all six powders are just incredible and I honestly think that no brand can beat the Nars blushes. They are incredible!
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s review and be sure to let me know what you think of this Nars Unfiltered I Cheek Palette and what you think of the Nars blushes in general!