NARS Motu Tapu Face Palette Review & Swatches

Motu Tapu

NARS Motu Tapu Face Palette ($42.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. The highlighter and blush had decent pigmentation, application, and wear, though not stellar, while the bronzer, Casino, had a disappointing texture that made it harder to work with.

NARS Moana Highlighting Blush

NARS Moana Highlighting Blush


Moana is a light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had buildable color coverage from semi-opaque to opaque, while the texture was soft, lightly powdery in the pan but applied evenly and didn’t sheer out too readily. The color was easy to blend out, and the resulting finish was glowing but not prone to emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (PiP, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).Colour Pop Like to Watch (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).MAC Heaven in Your Smile (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).Milani Highlight of the Day (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).OFRA Bali (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Guerlain Electric Light (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).NARS Makatea (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).NARS Crique (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar).

NARS Bounty Powder Blush

NARS Bounty Powder Blush


Bounty is a light-medium orange with warm, redder undertones and warmer, fine gold pearl. It had medium pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to nearly full coverage with another layer or or so. The texture was lightly powdery, thin, but it was fairly easy to apply and blend out on my skin. Once buffed out, the color had a subtle, luminous finish–true satin really–that gave my cheeks a nice glow without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed fading.

Tarte Fame (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Too Faced Sugared Peach (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).NARS Ambition (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Main Chick (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Smashbox Persimmon (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Colour Pop Tasty (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).

NARS Casino Powder Bronzer

NARS Casino Powder Bronzer


Casino is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine, gold pearl throughout. The texture was drier, almost chalky, and came off the pan in clumps of product, which made it harder to work with as it would go on unevenly and be harder to correct due to the thinner consistency. I had to really work and buff in small circles to get the color to even out on the edges, which took two to three times longer than a decent bronzer would to apply. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that stayed on well for seven hours before fading visibly on my skin. It’s part of the permanent range, but when found in palettes and sets, it seems to be drier/thinner and harder to work with.

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Bronze (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Tarte Carat (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).MAC I’ll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar).By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Hourglass Filtered Bronze Light (LE, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar).Too Faced Toasted Peach (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Becca Sunrise Waves (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar).Becca Malibu Soleil (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).

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