Okay, this blog’s a family show and all, but c’mon! You can’t expect me not to enjoy the perverted wordplay possibilities afforded by the new NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette ($49).
Fore-play? Four blushes, one of them a big ol’ pan of Orgasm? Oh, FranÃ§ois, you so crazy!
As a fellow diner at le buffet de beaute, you’re probably well aware of NARS Orgasm blush’s wonderful reputation. Makeup lovers have been lavishing praise upon it for years, calling it a universally flattering peachy golden pink that looks great on just about everyone.
I wear it, love it and reach for it often in the NARS Orgasm/Laguna Duo, which I never leave home without.
Seriously. I don’t think I’ve taken a trip without it once over the past three years.
Recognizing the product’s popularity, NARS decided to make Orgasm the main dish in Foreplay, a new limited edition cheek palette available exclusively at Sephora.
The palette serves up a big pan of Orgasm and three tasty sides — a matte rosy peach that reminds me of a sheerer NARS Amour, a matte hot pink that resembles a sleepy Mata Hari, and a shimmery golden yellow highlighter which, hello! — has glitter for days (starts off on my cheeks, ends up on my chin, weird!).
There’s been some rumbling about the blushes in Foreplay being different than their namesakes in the NARS permanent line, and I have to agree. The Foreplay Orgasm (did I really just type that?), for instance, sure looks more glittery than its permanent collection counterpart does to me, and the golden pearl glitter bits look larger, too, as do the grains within the powder itself.
Heck, I can see the blush sitting on my skin, which is something I’ve never noticed with my older pan of the big O. The overall effect seems more intense and less natural than the effect I get with the Orgasm in the Orgasm/Laguna Duo.
Same goes for the glitter bits in the shimmery golden highlighter. They’re big, and they have a tendency to wander.
I’m definitely diggin’ both of the mattes, though, which remind me of Amour and Mata Hari, two of my favorite NARS blushes of all time.
Wearing the matte pink shade
Wearing the rosy peach matte shade
Really, I love the idea here, the idea of getting a bunch of different NARS blushes in a single palette, but given a choice between two full-size pans of NARS permanent collection blush for $56 (they’re $28 each) and the Foreplay palette’s four blushes for $49, hmm… That’s a tough one, but I’d probably go with the former.
Not that I think these blushes are bad at all. On the contrary — I like the colors, level of pigment and all-day wear time, but I feel like there’s something a little off about the textures, at least compared to what I’ve come to expect from NARS.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and online at sephora.com
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,