Could this be the cheek palette to end all cheek palettes? One palette, six shades, full colour. I’m talking about the limited edition cheek palette from NARS. Whether you’re a make-up novice, or avid make-up consumer, NARS is a brand that needs no introduction. Defined as a cult classic, NARS is known for its trend-led, high performance products and iconic shade names. Its latest collection, Exposed, allows you to mix and layer, pop and play, and expose your skin in your own way.
Although the Exposed Cheek Palette takes centre stage, the Exposed Collection comes complete with three Colour Lip Duos, which boast both matte and gloss textures in classic shades. The Exposed Cheek Palette bares a lineup of six universally flattering shades in a breakthrough formula known as Color Clarity Complex. This formula is an innovative blend of pure pigments and introduces vibrant, buildable colour to accentuate all skin tones.
With sheer, easy-to-blend, buildable coverage, each of the all-new satin shades can be used wet for a vibrant finish, or dry for a subtle, silky glow. Choose from Tell All (pearlescent golden pink), Now Or Never (terracotta), Give It Away (nude), Make You Mine (peach), Come Hither (watermelon) and Fling (fuchsia).
The packaging instantly drew me in and after just one use I knew this was going to be a staple in my make-up bag. I never thought I needed a cheek palette and now that I’ve tried Exposed I wonder how I ever got by without one. Since I’m so fair skinned I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to wear the majority of these shades, but since the colours are so versatile I’ve found that I can wear all six shades. Yes there’s some I prefer more than others, but they all suit my skin tone.
The shades themselves are really easy to apply and blend seamlessly into the skin. Whether you want just a touch of colour, or you really want to make your cheeks pop, the formula is really buildable and doesn’t look cakey on the skin when building up the colour. I also find that the shades double up as highlighters and even work well as a shimmer on top of eyeshadows and a glow for the brow bone.
The lip duos feature the cult-favourite Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and glossy Lip Tint in classic red (Dragon Girl), nude (Intriguing) and pink (Sex Machine) shades. The Limited edition Lip Tint delivers a natural tint of colour with the shine of a gloss and the feel of a balm. The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil delivers a rich pigment with a velvety, non-drying finish. They’re a perfect combination as the Lip Tint isn’t sticky and the Matte Lip Pencil isn’t dry, or chalky. I love wearing these alone, or doubled up. Personally, when it comes to this lip combo two are certainly better than one as they make my lips look more plump and fuller.
Have you been exposed to this new collection?
Sarah Jayne x
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