After a month of waiting, I am finally back at writing for Shaunyland whenever I can and what better way to say “hello again” than by talking about one of my favourite palettes of all time: the NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette. I asked for the palette as soon as it hit SpaceNK and was delighted to see that it was mine on Christmas morning and I haven’t put it down ever since. With a perfect mix of blusher shades and everyone’s favourite bronzer and powder highlighter to match, there is next to nothing to dislike.
First, lemme tell you about what’s actually inside the palette. Going clockwise from the top left hand corner we have the Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush Powder, Deep Throat, the Laguna Bronzer, Final Cut and Sex Fantasy – all of these colours can be purchased separately apart from Sex Fantasy which is Limited Edition. Naturally, I initially leaned towards cult favourites Miss Liberty, Deep Throat and Laguna when putting on my day to day face (as shown in the picture of myself above) and I’ll honestly say that I still do on most days, However, Sex Fantasy is fast becoming one of my favourite blushers of the moment because of how versatile and subtle the colour is on the cheeks when pairing it with something like a statement smokey eye. It’s also totally matte which makes it work perfectly as a base to the Miss Liberty highlighter when I need more than just a glow on my face to make me look awake. Final Cut is also becoming quite used by yours truly when pairing it with a matching orange lip (the Revlon Matte Balm in Mischevious is a personal favourite), but it is generally quite an extravagant colour so I only tend to use that when I’m wearing appropriate makeup.
The palette retails for £45.00 which I think is a bargain for what you get; the palette fits fantastically well into my daily makeup bag and the mirror comes in handy on the go. As well as this, you get three of NARS’ most popular products for each cheek colour you’d need which generally would retail for around an extra £25 on top of the price of this palette on their own. Having said this, I wouldn’t go running out to buy if you already have two or more of the colours in this palette: if you have Laguna and Deep Throat then you can live without the others, and if you don’t have either of those two cult products then I say just go and buy them on their own, especially considering the portions that you get of these products are slightly smaller than what you would get on the single releases of these shades.
All in all, this palette is a fantastic investment for those who love NARS or have never delved into the world of NARS before; their products are amazing anyway and their cheek products are by far the best products they create. So, now that I’ve acquired two of the limited edition NARS palettes in the space of a year, do you think it’s cheeky of me to stretch to a third one?