NARS Overlust Cheek Palette features a new highlighter formula (first row), which is supposed to be a “gel-to-powder” formula that “applies like a second-skin” and “allows for easy layering or blending under or over” the blushes (which were described as having “sheer buildable color”).
The new highlighter formula seemed to lean too much to the powder side, rather than gel, and was thin, almost like a dried-out cream highlighter, which made it difficult to pick up with brushes or sponges. I only had success using fingertips, but the product had a tendency to get pressed in and further firmed up from that (due to greater pressure when using fingertips over a brush). There was nothing in the official press release or on the retailer’s description that indicated that the highlighters were to be used with fingertips (Sephora recommends a brush).
I didn’t find that the highlighter formula worked as well as other gel-powders I’ve tried, as attempting to build up the color and get it to transfer off my fingertip and onto my skin meant more pressure and a higher likelihood of it moving around my base products. They looked best and were easiest to use over bare skin. The blushes were more pigmented than described–more semi-opaque to opaque–but applied evenly, blended out well, and lasted for eight hours.
This palette launches December 30th exclusively at Sephora.
Tied Up is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer coverage when I tried to use it with a brush, so I had to use my fingertip for application–both for swatches as well as for application to my face–to get visible coverage as it just did not pick up well with a brush (I jabbed and jammed and pushed different brushes to dismal results).
With fingertips, I could get nearly opaque coverage applied to my arm, but it was harder to achieve the same on my skin due to the amount of pressure needed to get the product off of my fingertip. This level of pressure would move and push base products around, so it was a formula that was easier to use over bare skin. The texture felt barely emollient, a little thin and was quick to turn to powder, which I imagine was why it was harder to get the product to transfer from tool to skin.
Deep Down is a soft, golden bronze with warm undertones and a barely-there sheen. It had sheer coverage that was hard to detect against my skin tone when applied with a brush. I would recommend using fingertips to get more medium, buildable coverage with this formula as brushes did not pick up product well; I felt like I jammed and swirled my brush aggressively and could barely detect product on my skin.
The product blended out well over bare skin but was more prone to pushing around base products due to how sheer and thin the texture was. It lasted for seven hours before fading noticeably on me.
Drift is a light, rosy copper with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. With a fingertip, I could achieve more medium to opaque coverage in a single layer, whereas brushes seemed to pick up almost no product at all.
The texture was barely emollient to the touch, thin, and very quick to harden/dry against my fingertips, so I had to use greater pressure to get the product to translate onto my face. I found it was easier to do so on my arm (for a swatch) but was less comfortable/practical on my face–especially with base products, as this resulted in them migrating/lifting. This shade lasted for seven hours before fading visibly.
Let It Burn
Let It Burn is a light-medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single layer, though the thin, slightly dusty texture made it practical to use a lighter hand with it to achieve more buildable coverage if preferred. It applied evenly and blended out without difficulty. I noticed slight fading after eight hours of wear.
Get Lost is a medium-dark, orange-brown with a semi-matte finish. There seemed to be very, very minute micro-shimmer through it that gave it a less-than-matte finish when applied and blended out. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, but the thin consistency made it easy to pick up less product for more buildable coverage if desired.
The product darkened slightly when applied to my skin, which is more normal than dry, and was more prone to reacting (e.g. by darkening) to any natural oils on the face. It blended out nicely and lasted for eight hours on me.
Body Talk is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with moderate, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, thin texture that wasn’t too powdery nor was it stiff to work with. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading a bit.