Review: Nars Foreplay Cheek Palette
Hi everyone! So a little while ago I bought the Nars Foreplay Cheek palette, I was pretty gutted at first, thinking I might have to pick it up when I go on holiday to the USA, but then remembered SpaceNK do the US exclusives. So I hopped on down to SpaceNK and picked me up some palettes!
I already have Orgasm, but decided I still would like this seeing as it has four colours and they all looked exceptionally gorgeous! The front of the palette is a little sleeve, showcasing the four colours you get inside. Take that off and it reveals the normal black Nars box you usually get. I think the sleeve is very visually appealing but also a bit misleading. I will tell you why later.
The first thing I was kinda shocked at how little you get in the palette. I feel like the sleeve misleads a little bit, as you are expecting these great huge pans but in reality only Orgasm is the main shade and the others really are quite hard to get a brush in. I had to use the smallest blusher brush I own (The MAC 116) to be able to fit into them. I guess I thought based on the sleeve image, I would be getting a lot more product! You have to agree though, the colours are absolutely beautiful. So here is a fun fact...if you put all the shades in this palette together, they make Orgasm! Its very easy to see how it does this particularly with the first shade and the highlight shade. So in theory this palette is not a blush palette with some fun individual shades, but an ode to Orgasm, pulling out all of the elements of it so we can wear them on their own!
So lets look at them...
|Shade 1 on the cheeks.|
|Shade 2 - highlight|
Since the shades aren't named in the palette, I am simply going to refer to this as shade 2 or highlight. This highlight is a very pretty goldy highlight with a fair amount of shimmer and gold flecks. Its really easy to see how this is incorporated into Orgasm simple because the very distinct goldy shimmer you get in Orgasm is replicated in this highlight. Its nice but very hard to pair with orgasm but its way too much shimmer. It is also hard to pair with mattes blushers because it doesn't seem to blend in as nicely and looks too obvious. I am still trying to find the perfect way to use this.
The third shade is a stunning blue toned bright pink. It really stands out in the palette and I was super excited to try it. I had to use my MAC 116 brush since these pans are quite small. When I applied this shade I found it stiff, but being a matte I expected that. But man oh man is this stiff. When you put it on your cheeks it is SO hard to blend. If you have a better base for example foundation, it becomes a little easier but at the end of the day I don't wanna have to work hard to make a blusher work for me. The end result is very very nice though. It is like that glow within that I described in my Chanel Horizon Blusher review. It doesn't look like you have a lot of blusher on at all and instead gives that fresh pinched cheeks look that every woman desires. Its just such a shame that it doesn't blend! Definitely requires a light hand. I found the Real Techniques Blusher Brush was the best brush to blend this out with, just such a pain to get in the pan!
|Orgasm on the cheeks|
Overall, this palette left me less than impressed. Sure I like the palette and I will definitely use it. But shade 3 is a pain in the bum to use, the highlight is difficult to pair with, the size of the pans are really badly designed and I would definitely say if you have Orgasm you could miss this. I am pleased I got it, but being Nars the quality and design should have been better thought out and the formula on shade number 3 especially.
If you are interested in buying this palette and are from the UK, no fear! It can be purchased exclusively from SpaceNK here for £39.50. I myself love purchasing from SpaceNK because it is free shipping over £60 and they are over generous with the samples they throw in! Can't beat that!