I have a first impression for you today on the limited edition Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette from their Laced with Edge collection for Holiday 2014. I picked this up during the 20% VIB sale last month and although I haven’t had enough time to play with this to give a full review (damn you exams) I can give you my initial thoughts and some swatches. I thought that this might be helpful during your holiday shopping, so here we go!
I love the packaging on this. It’s not the typical packaging that Nars uses, which is the matte black rubber packaging that collects all the dirt. I do like the sleekness of that packaging, but this is sleek and I love the white. It’s compact with a snap closure and a large mirror so that’s nice too.
The palette contains 3 blushes, 1 highlighter and a bronzer. When deciding if this is worth the money ($65USD/$75CAD) it is important to consider the amount of product. A regular Nars blush is 0.16 ounces and retails for $30USD/$35CAD. These are 0.15 ounces each, which is extremely close to full size. A Nars bronzer is 0.28 ounces and retails for $38USD/$45CAD. The one in this palette is actually bigger than full size at 0.35 ounces. If you were to buy each of these things separately it would cost you $158USD/$185CAD! So this is good value, as each product works out to be $13USD/$15CAD.
These blushes are great quality. I have one other Nars blush in Orgasm and it’s not one of my favourites because it has an extremely dry, gritty texture. These aren’t like that at all, they are very buttery soft.
Now onto the swatches.
Miss Liberty (Highlight)
The first thing included in this palette is a glittery peach-champagne highlight. This is a pretty universal shade and definitely well-suited to a holiday event. This is very glittery so I would use a light hand, especially if you have larger pores or uneven skin tone. I wouldn’t consider this suitable personally for every day, but for something extra special a little glitter can be a good thing. This is a permanent shade.
The last blush on the top row is Deep Throat which is a deep peach with some soft shimmer. The shimmer in this is very soft and it has a beautiful sheen. Colours like this are some of my favourites to wear, so this is a plus for me. This kind of shade will be flattering on tons of skin tones as well. This is a permanent shade as well.
The next pan is the bronzer of the palette in the shade Laguna. I already own this on it’s own and I love it so I don’t mind having it here as well. If you aren’t familar with Laguna it is a medium brown with gold shimmer. The shimmer is pretty soft and some people do say it’s matte but it’s not. Since I already have this, I wanted to include a comparison of this on it’s own and then the one that’s included in the palette to see if there is any difference.
When I look at these side by side I do see subtle differences. The one on the left is from the Virtual Domination Palette and it is slightly less brown and more golden to me. The one on the right which is the bronzer on it’s own is definitely a smidge darker. When it’s on you probably can’t tell, but I wanted to include it anyway.
Moving on to the bottom row, the first blush is called Sex Fantasy. This is a very light cool toned pink. It was definitely an interesting choice to include this because I think it is a bit limited for many skin tones. I have pretty fair skin and I can build this up to show up on my skin, but I just don’t see this as practical for medium skin and definitely not for dark skin. On dark skin I can see this looking ashy. When I build it up it creates a really pretty, almost angel like on the skin. It’s not that it’s not pigmented, it definitely is, it’s just very light in tone. I think since this is a holiday kit, maybe a darker toned shade could have fit in well in place of this. That would have been more versatile in my opinion. This shade is limited edition.
The last shade included in the palette is called Final Cut and it’s an matte coral-orange shade. I really like this shade as well, it’s vibrant, but not offensively bright. Plus it’s matte for it’s great for anyone concerned with pores or accentuating any texture issues. This type of shade is so versatile and it’s a great addition to the palette. This shade is limited edition.
Overall I think this would be a great gift for a Nars lover or someone who wants to try Nars blushes at a better price point. This makes more sense than buying a couple of blushes individually, there is a lot more value in this. There is some shimmer in this (3/5), so if you don’t like shimmery blushes or bronzers, you might want to pass. I’m glad I decided to pick these up because it has renewed my faith in Nars blushes. I just wasn’t wowed by the other Nars blush I own and I am happy to see that these are better texture.
So there you have it, the Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette.
I did also purchase another holiday blush palette from Benefit, but I haven’t shown it because it’s sold out, but if you still want to see it, leave me a comment below.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know what holiday kit you’ve been drooling over!
Bye for now!