It’s hard to say what’s more splendid about the new NARS Splendor in the Grass Cheek Palette ($49) — the fact that it comes with one of my favorite NARS Blushes, Dolce Vita…
…or the fact that it doesn’t come with Orgasm.
Don’t get me wrong — I love NARS Orgasm, but sometimes it’s like the Kardashian sister of the NARS Blush family. It’s everywhere! And you just can’t escape it no matter how hard you try. (SIDE NOTE: anyone else out there convinced that Kris Jenner is a Svengali marketing genius?)
As the largest pan in the palette, dark rosy pink Dolce Vita takes Orgasm’s place on center stage, but truth be told, I can see how it might look a little dark and scary at first glance.
Give it a chance, though, ’cause it’s all kinds of awesome. When my default blush, MAC Blushbaby, is out of reach, I’ll often grab Dolce Vita.
It’s easy to blend, I barely have to use any of it at all, and it works with almost every eye and lip color combination.
And I think the other two blushes in the palette — Sex Appeal, a subtle, appealing peach matte and Angelika, a sheer pink with golden glitter — are just as fab.
Oh, and psst! You can blend them with each other and Dolce Vita to create custom cheek colors.
Last (but not least), the highlighter, golden Albatross. If you’ve ever felt like you’re just not a prime candidate to wear highlighter because of how shimmery they are, sweep this one on your upper cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose. It just might change your mind.
The finish glows with a soft sheen, as opposed to a loud frost. It’s subtle, but still noticeable, and extremely forgiving of less-than-perfect skin.
I’ll wear it on my upper cheekbones atop one of the blushes in this palette, or maybe buff it on bare cheeks, and then layer either Dolce Vita, Sex Appeal or Angelika on top. When Albatross peeks through one of the blushes, I think it looks very cool.
Of note to my fellow pet assistants (and others), if you sweep any of these blushes or the highlighter on your cheeks after your pet’s first morning feeding, they’ll last all day long until evening gravy.
For me, this palette borders on perfect, and its only potential annoyance is Angelika’s glitter. The flecks are kind of large, so you have to be cool with that. If you want, you could mellow them out by thoroughly tapping your blush brush off after loading, and buff the product really well on your cheeks. As long as I remember to do that, I get more pink and less sparkle.
AVAILABILITY: Coming November 1 to NARS boutiques, select retailers and narscosmetics.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,