August 15, 2013

NARS Realm of the Senses Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

NARS Realm of the Senses Cheek Palette

I have to say when I tried NARS Soulshine Cheek Palette I thought for sure I wouldn’t like NARS Realm of the Senses Cheek Palette. The NARS Realm of the Senses Cheek Palette isn’t as rich as Soulshine, it looks lighter even chalky somehow, and I thought perhaps a bit dense and drier.

Boy was I wrong!

Now it’s hard to say if I love Soulshine more or Realm of the Senses. Screw it. Buy them both! I should have known I’d love them as I adored Boys Don’t Cry and Rotonde, the two original Cheek Palettes from NARS that launched earlier this year.

This is a super size blush and contains a whooping 0.42 oz of blush for $41. I discussed it a few times before but this is nearly three times the size of a regular NARS Blush which only has 0.16 oz of product. You might want to take that into consideration when trying to digest the $41 price tag.

NARS Cheek Palettes are fairly new and right now there are four of them total but I can honestly see myself buying them again and again and again even at this size which are a little overwhelming for a beauty junkie with more blushes than she knows what to do with.

NARS Realm of the Senses Cheek Palette1 Swatches

You can use the shades in the palette swirled together, which I prefer, or the wells are large enough to wriggle around them and use the colors individually if you like. Like Soulshine, Realm of the Senses has a soft, silky, finely milled texture that kicks up a fair bit of powder when you brush through it. It blends so dreamy on cheeks and has an ease of application that’s really something to talk about. I love how easily this applies and how natural it looks on my cheeks with a soft glowing finish. There is an over spray on the blush but this is merely an accent and does not run through the product so you can swipe it away easily and it won’t give your face or cheeks a disco ball effect.

NARS Blush is one of my favorite formulas but I admit the texture and formula isn’t consistent across many of the shades. I think the NARS Cheek Palette Blushes are considerably a nicer and consistent formula that’s been perfect each time I tried it thus far.

The shade I like most in this palette is the golden peach that quite reminds me of a more pigmented shade of NARS Orgasm. Other accenting shades include a subtle golden beige and a plum reddish brown. Combining them I get a golden pink peach on my cheeks. This shade selection is best suited for fairer, medium fair skin types so I’d recommend Soulshine for a deeper skin tone.

NARS Realm of the Senses Cheek Palette FOTD

Overall, Realm of the Senses is well worth a pick up! It, like Soulshine, is an incredible blush formula with wonderful pigment and a beautiful finish on cheeks.

Muse Approved for this one!

It’s available now exclusively at Sephora and

I’m looking to the Holidays in the hopes NARS does more of these WONDERFUL cheek palettes!

Tried ’em?

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  • amy

    I swatched this in-store a few weeks ago, and fell in love with it. Unfortunately, it’s just a wee bit too warm for me. The texture & pigmentation on both are *amazing* though!

  • Ashley

    Looks b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l! Reminds me a lot of one of my favorite all time blushes from Clinque called In Bloom, works well on fair skin. This blush Nars is even prettier in person:)