The idea of having several NARS blushes and a highlighter in one place was far too appealing for
me to skip on despite the reviews of the Foreplay Cheek Palette being less than glowing.
I blame the fact that I missed out on the Danmari offering from 2011 for the splurge.
The NARS Foreplay palette contains four pans of powder cheek products: three blushes
and one highlight, annoyingly online photos show the pans of said powders to be much larger than
they are when in actual fact the largest is little larger than your typical NARS eyeshadow pan.
Basically you have one small sized pan and three tiny pans which can make application a little fiddly,
especially if like myself your preference is for larger blush brushes.
As the palette itself is pretty compact in size I guess something had to give?
So yes inside there is four shades, one supposedly being the ever famous NARS Orgasm blush.
I hate to split hairs but the Orgasm in this palette is not at all like my original full sized version,
this version is lighter more peach toned and has far more glitter not fine shimmer.
Truthfully it is more like Super Orgasm - a nice enough shade but not Orgasm...sorry!
The other three shades have been based on Orgasm so that they compliment one and other
should you want to mix some shades together or perhaps wear the highlight and a blush at the same time.
Shade break down and how each shade performed :
1 - Matte, deep peachy rose shade, close in shade to NARS Amour blush .
Such a shame that this is one of the smallest pans as it blends and applies like a dream
and gives a natural flushed look with a hint of red that does not sink into my open pores,
all the while keeping my oily cheeks in check!
2 - Matte, hot pink with strong blue undertones, closest in tone to NARS Desire or Mata Hari Blushes.
I found this shade to preform very similarly to the shade above but found it to be a little chalky,
yes it is well pigmented but it doesn't build all that well, which isn't good news for deeper skin tones.
3, Shimmer, bright yellow gold highlighter - no dupes via Nars.
An overly shimmer based yellow highlight that will not work with all skin tones,
best suited to medium deep - deep skin tones otherwise it may look a little bizarre.
I found the high volume of shimmer particles difficult to work with as they dispersed all over my face
not just to the targeted area thanks to product fall out.
Not great for those who have problems with fine lines or open pores.
4, Supposedly NARS Orgasm.
A glittery pink/peach blush that didn't blend all that well and sat on top of my skin
and looked a little off...I really don't know how else to explain it.
The glitter did it no favours as the base shade is nice enough but the large sparkly chunks
that again went everywhere really dragged this blush down.
Truthfully I can see why this palette hasn't been setting the cosmetic world alight,
the idea is great- four well coordinated blush shades from the NARS the execution just wasn't there.
I feel that should they have banished the tacky glitter elements this palette would have fared better
and perhaps the inclusion of the original Orgasm would have been a step in the right direction.
Basically save your money and buy the individual NARS blushes they are much superior
and worth every penny in my book!
What are your thoughts?
NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette £39.50 via ASOS - link
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