So palettes seem to be having a moment in the beauty world right now, if you can’t already tell from my compact-packed Instagram. First the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette I oded to on Tuesday and now this offering from NARS, lets just say my cheeks are going to be well blushed-up, bronzed and highlighted for the next few months. So in the second instalment of palette porn this week I bring you the NARS One Stand Palette; a limited edition, Guy Bourdin collaboration, released as part of their Holiday 2013 collection. Six powders: one bronzer, one highlight, four blushes clubbed together in a makeup grid that’s quite honestly drool-worthy. Hubba hubba. Being a bit lacking in the NARS blush department, coupled with the fact that I’m a sucker for anything billed ‘travel-friendly’ I patiently joined the pre-order queue and when it arrived yesterday, well let’s just say my Dad piped up, ‘So are you just going to stare at it all day?’ Yes Dad, yes I am. So lets run through the contents:
Devotee Highlighting Blush – I dub this a ‘wet look’ highlighter. Wiped over cheekbones it imparts a unique gloss-like look, unlike anything else I’ve tried. I actually like this best as an inner corner highlight – it’s like the less yellow, but still striking sister of MAC’s Nylon. A nice ‘topper-offer’ for any of the blushes in this bunch.
Mistinguette Blush – this looks terrifying, but is surprisingly one of my favourites from the four apple shades. Cool-toned, bold and bright it blends out to be surprisingly subtle giving a babydoll blush. Paired with a balm and lashings of mascara I’m tempted to say this will be hauled out a lot next time I top up my tan.
Orgasm Blush – me and Orgasm don’t really get on and still, two years down the line since I first tried it, there’s no love lost between us. I find the shade a wee bit shimmery and ruddy for my complexion but it’s a best seller for a reason. I think we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this one.
Laguna Bronzer – ahhh Laguna, my old pal. The only bronzer I’ve ever repurchased. It’s a nice addition to the palette and I’m happy to have it clubbed in as part of the complete cheek set. Not too shimmery, not too orange, not too heavy – it offers up a kiss of sun in one quick sweep without the outdoor frying.
Deep Throat Blush – my favourite NARS blush shade from their permanent line-up. My original pan of this has been misplaced into the hands of a mate somewhere along the line so I’m happy to have this on-hand again for a quick dust when I’m in the mood for a light pink cheek, with a pinch of peach.
Goulue Blush – if Orgasm and Sin had a blush baby, this would be it. With the rosy shimmer of Orgasm and the purple undertones of Sin, it’s a good picking for an autumnal nod of colour. Though it’s one I’ll reserve for my braver blush days as it’s definitely the most pigmented of the pack.
It’s currently exclusive to Space NK in the UK and for the grand total of Â£45 you can be part of the back-order crew (more stock is expected early December). Is it worth the wait? I think my days worth of thigh-rubbing yesterday says it all.
P.S) I’m without my fancy dancy camera today but if you’re after swatches Beautezine has ’em down.