Wednesday, September 16, 2020

NARS | Orgasm X Cheek Palette & Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches

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NARS | Orgasm X Cheek Palette & Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches
Recently, NARS expanded its well-loved Orgasm range with the all-new Orgasm X Collection. Fronted by a brand new Orgasm X blush shade, the lineup offers several stunning palettes for the cheeks and eyes. I've got reviews and swatches of the Orgasm X Cheek Palette (C$60) and the Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette (C$33) to share with you today. To read on, click......
NARS | Orgasm X Cheek Palette & Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches
NARS | Orgasm X Cheek Palette & Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette
NARS | Orgasm X Cheek Palette (C$60 for 9.9 g):
Housed in a matte black rectangular palette, the Orgasm X Cheek Palette features three 3.3 g cheek powders. The Orgasm Highlight Powder is a beautiful champagne gold shimmer. The formulation is extremely creamy and intense, just the tiniest swipe provides a whole lot of shine. Although not gritty or chunky, the highlighter is very sparkly so it's not suitable for those that prefer a more subtle sheen.
NARS | Orgasm X Cheek Palette: Review and Swatches
NARS | Orgasm X Cheek Palette
Next up is the iconic Orgasm Blush. Conceived all the way back in 1999 by Francois Nars, this bestseller is a beautiful cool pink packed with warm golden shimmers. In the past, I've only swatched it a few times in stores so this is really the first time I've tested it out properly. The pink is surprisingly sheer but buildable but I find the golden shimmers a bit overwhelming. By the time I apply enough to achieve the level of pink flush I want, the blush becomes too shimmery, almost highlighter-like. Additionally, the warm shimmers don't jive particularly well with my light neutral complexion so I actually think it would work better on medium to dark skin tones with a warm undertone. Additionally, it's worth noting that although the formulation is very silky, it's not as buttery rich as the other two shades.
NARS | Orgasm X Cheek Palette: Review and Swatches
NARS | Orgasm X Cheek Palette
Last but not least is the new Orgasm X Blush. A gorgeous warm coral pink with golden shimmers, Orgasm X has, in my opinion, a better balance of color and shimmers. The formulation is rich and buttery and a little goes a long way. The golden shimmers are definitely still noticeable but they are well-matched by the high color intensity. Compared to the original Orgasm, this is also a much warmer shade of pink.

NARS | Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette (C$33 for 4.2 g):
A pocket-sized eyeshadow palette no bigger than a credit card (seriously, this thing is tiny), the Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette contains six 0.7 g powder eyeshadows. I think for many people, the palette is simply too small to be practical but for the price, it is a good investment if you want to try out some NARS shadows without committing to a full-sized palette.
NARS | Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches
NARS | Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette
"Full Moon" is a pale metallic pink champagne, "Maximum Pleasure" is a warm golden peach, "Danger Girl" is a matte coral red, "Wild One" is a shimmery golden pink (similar to a more pigmented version of the Orgasm Blush), "Pattaya" is a glittery light bronze shimmer, and "Seduced" is a sparkly reddish copper shimmer. With the exception of the matte coral, which is very sheer, all the shades are super pigmented and creamy. The two sparkly shades are a bit fall-out prone but that's expected given the nature of glittery shadows. Aside from the inconveniently small packaging, this is actually a really lovely palette with some kickass warm orange and coppers.
NARS | Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches
NARS | Mini Orgasm Eyeshadow Palette
Have you spotted the new NARS Orgasm X Collection? Which product are you eyeing? Share with me in the comments below!

Availability:
NARS is available online at Nars in stores and online Sephora, Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Nordstrom
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