The Blame It On NARS Cheek Palette: I Daydreamed About Blush (and a Lot of Other Things Today), and I Blame It on NARS

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nars blame it on nars cheek palette

It was one of those days, ya know? Where you just stare out the window dumbfounded, like, everything was just sort of confusing me…


Ha! I’m serious, though. I felt like things weren’t quite computing correctly, if you know what I mean.

Oh, well… At least today I could conveniently Blame It On NARS (hello, easy transitions!). 🙂

Introducing the new $59 NARS Blame It On NARS Cheek Palette, one of this summer’s three limited edition gift sets from NARS (the others are the Ultimate NARS and True NARS lip sets).

nars blame it on nars cheek palette

The NARS Blame It On NARS Cheek Palette ($59)

Within its pretty packaging are four pans of blush — sparkling golden sand Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love, warm and shimmery medium golden pink Blush in Day Dream, cool medium pink Blush in New Attitude and deep golden brown Bronzing Power in Casino.

nars blame it on nars cheek palette

Clockwise from the lower left, that’s Blush in Day Dream, Highlighting Blush Powder in Satellite of Love, Bronzing Powder in Casino and Blush in New Attitude

Yeah…this is one of those blush palettes that could potentially elevate your mood if you spend all day sitting under fluorescent lights amidst a maze of cubicles. Or if you just need a vacation as much as I do. It has that “virtual vacation vibe,” but please try to remember that homeboy sitting in the cube next to you is actually your co-worker Bob, and not the charming bartender at some fancy resort.

So please don’t wink at Bob and ask him to whip you up a Mai Tai…unless you really like Bob.

Yeah, I have no idea what I’m saying, LOL! I told you it was one of those days…

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Also comes with a tiny Ita travel-sized brush…

So, what all do you get with this set?

Well, other than the sudden overwhelming urge to book a trip to Kauai, you get two blushes (they’re 0.14 ounces each, which is just slightly smaller than the 0.16-oz. blush singles in the permanent line), one 0.14-oz. highlighter, one 0.15-oz. bronzer, a tiny travel-sized NARS Ita Brush and a beautiful mirrored compact that will make you feel like a butterfingered bonehead whenever you try to open it because the latch is quite tricky.

All for $59.

nars blame it on nars cheek palette

Wearing Casino just below my cheekbones, a mix of the Day Dream and New Attitude Blushes on the apples of my cheeks and Satellite of Love on my upper cheekbones

The blushes and highlighter are those weird kinds of powders that don’t appear pigmented in swatches but apply much more intensely (I only need one or two layers).


The bronzer applies somewhat sheer and usually requires three layers to show up well on my skin, but I don’t really mind, because it’s subsequently easy to control. Plus, it blends well with other products, which should save me a little time. As for wear time, we’re looking at about six or seven hours for each, so not bad, and that’s pretty typical for NARS.

nars blame it on nars swatch

Swatches from the left: Highlighting Blush Powder in Satellite of Love, Bronzing Powder in Casino, Blush in Day Dream and Blush in New Attitude

I think everything comes together well in this little set. The products work well in conjunction with each other for looks with bronzed, pink cheeks that perfectly balance smooth, even color and subtle shimmer.

Not “glitter bomb” shimmer or “booty shorts at the roller rink on a Saturday night” shimmer, but totally vacation-appropriate sprinkles of tiny glitter that tell the world, “Hey, world, don’t even bother asking me to do those TPS reports today. I’m on vacay, bitches! Now hand me a froo-froo drink with an umbrella before someone gets hurt.”

PRICE: $59
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and available now at Nordstrom stores and online (also coming to NARS boutiques and the NARS website August 1).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. dorit says:

    Heck, I take any excuse to dream about a vacation on Hawaii these days!
    I’m also very happy that they didn’t pop either Laguna or Orgasm in this palette!
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  2. Such a pretty palette! Do I really need it though? Ehhh, probably not.

    Random side note: I’m going on honeymoon to Hawaii next month, Karen! 🙂
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  3. Fancie says:

    The combo you created looks very pretty! When I realized there was no Orgasm or Laguna in this palette I got so excited. Then I saw the blushes that were included and got disappointed all over again lol. They’re both too pale for me. Le sigh.
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  4. Rachel R. says:

    The bronzer and highlighter are too dark for me. The highlighter might work as a blush on me.

  5. Elena says:

    Ugh I have been going back and forth on this palette….not like I need more bronzers or highlighters or blush for that matter. Lol. The brush included is cute!

  6. Kim says:

    Oh, it’s lovely and that splash of yellow on the cover makes me very happy. What a great, mood-elevating color. 🙂
    PS The contents look great on you, too!

  7. Lulle says:

    This one looks like the best blush palette I’ve seen by Nars. No repeat of the same old Orgasm and Laguna, no weirdly divided space with some tiny pans, and the shades look really pretty!
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  8. What a gorgeous palette!! And it seems like it’s actually a pretty great deal, considering the amount of product and the mini brush (and the cute cover!!)

  9. sarahc says:

    Ok added it to my ever growing list! I’m a Nars-aholic and this is a good deal money wise compared to the regular cost of their blush singles.

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