NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette Review and Swatches

NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette($49) is about taking things apart and rebuilding them in a new way. By placing the creation of a unique new shade into the hands of the user, NARS Foreplay enables the brand and the consumer to work together to deconstruct and reinvent NARS' most iconic product, Orgasm Blush. Pretty sweet, huh?

NARS Foreplay Blush Palette
NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette

The blush experts at NARS have broken the bestselling NARS Blush in Orgasm blush down into its component parts of peach, pink, and gold shimmer for you to mix and match until you find your perfect shade. The possibilities are endless and my nerdy side is giddy with excitement -- adding and subtracting these beautiful color elements sounds like only the most delightful alchemy!

NARS Foreplay Blush Palette contains 1) the original Orgasm shade, which is a versatile peachy pink with gold shimmer, 2) a bright matte peachy coral, 3) a matte hot pink, and 4) a dense gold shimmer highlighter. As per usual for NARS, each shade applies smoothly and has great pigmentation. The matte pink and peach are particularly bold. 

NARS Foreplay Blush Palette Swatches
NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette Swatches
L-R: Orgasm, Gold Highlighter, Matte Pink, Matte Peach
For the photo below, I used the bright matte peach, hot pink, and gold shimmer so you can see them all in action at once! I applied the matte peach to the apples of my cheek and blended back across my cheekbones. I added the matte hot pink to further brighten the apples of my cheeks and blended it into the hollows of my cheeks to create some contouring. I finished by applying the gold shimmer highlighter in a C-shape from my cheekbones up to the temple.

NARS Foreplay Blush Palette Swatches
NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette

I'm particularly partial to the matte peach, which imparts a bright shock of color to the cheek that you can blend out easily to create a sheer, I-just-jogged-around-the-block flush.

Of course, the original NARS Blush in Orgasm is a classic for a reason:

NARS Foreplay Blush Palette Orgasm Swatch
NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette

A totally natural, healthy glow!

Each shade in the NARS Foreplay Blush Palette has great staying power. I did my cheeks at 8 in the morning and, though there was some fading, they were still blushin' by 10 pm.

To top it all off, I adore the drool-worthy, Mondrian-esque design of this modern, four pan palette. Sure, the small size of the bright peach and hot pink blushes makes it a little difficult to pick up individual shades, but the colors are so pigmented that you can get away with only dipping half your brush into the pan.

I've noticed that some reviewers are unhappy with the price versus size of this palette. I disagree, because a single NARS blush costs $28 for a net weight of 0.16 oz ($175 per ounce). NARS Foreplay costs $49 for a net weight of 0.36 oz ($136 per ounce). While NARS is a pricey brand either way, NARS Foreplay Blush Palette is actually a better value for product weight than a single blush. Plus, the quality is amazing!

If it isn't obvious, I'm totally in love with the NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette. NARS has introduced a concept that is both innovative and unabashedly fun. I know I will enjoy playing with this palette in the future to devise all sorts of flattering, vivid blush combinations.


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