Mirror, mirror on the wall…
OK, I was about two seconds away from quoting De La Soul right there.
Where was I going with this?
Oh, yeah! Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the cheekiest NARSissist of them all?
Why, it’s you, my dear, because when you marvel at the NARSissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette packaging, you see yourself. 🙂 You’re the star because there’s a mirror right there on the packaging.
You can use it to check your teeth for bits of food, or stare at your gorgeous mug all day long. It’s up to you.
I mean, it’s just a mirror, but it never hurts to have an extra mirror around, ya know? As long as you don’t get so caught up in your reflection that you forget to eat (see: Narcissus).
Anyways, enough prattle! Have you noticed that NARS has been churning out palettes like WHOA for the past few years? With old-school NARS, it was all about the individual pieces from their limited edition collections, along with an occasional palette sprinkled in here and there, but somewhere along the way they became all about the palettes, which is also cool.
This one is new and arrives July 1st at NARS boutiques and online at the NARS website, and then at Sephora and NARS counters in department stores August 1st.
It’s $59 and holds four fresh, new Dual-Intensity Blushes, with a highlighter, a blush and two contouring shades. From left to right, you’ve got Soft Tulle, Damask with Gold Sheen, Peony and Titian. And on the back of palette, the blushes are named with Roman numerals — I, II, III and IV.
The thing about the Dual-Intensity Blushes is that they’re kind of, like, packed down…so when you run your brush across them, your brush doesn’t kick up a bunch of big ol’ powder grains, like what happens with most powder products. The powders are very finely milled and smooth.
You can apply the blushes either dry, by loading up a powder brush and then buffing them on your cheeks, or wet, by spraying your brush first with a makeup fixing spray.
I grab whatever’s closest to me, which is usually MAC Fix+, Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix, or Avene Thermal Spring Water… One of the above.
I do like to apply these wet because it intensifies the color and makes the finish more glistening, but I REALLY like to apply them dry, and here’s why: the way they blend. It’s dreamy!
Like, darker blushes are normally my nightmare realized, because I have to be very careful. I have to grab a fan brush and spend forever and a day blending out the edges, and it’s such a pain in the…
But with these blushes, even the darkest of the dark shades like the one on the far right of the palette, blending isn’t an issue. I just quickly run a regular fluffy blush brush lightly over the top to soften the edges, and it’s not hard at all to do.
And I really like that I don’t have to reapply throughout the day when I wear these. I pop one (or two, because the shades all work well together) on in the morning, and that’s that.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,