NARS The Veil Cheek Palette ($49) is a new, limited edition palette that launched with the NARS x Man Ray Holiday 2017 Collection that includes blush, bronzer, and highlighter. If you’re anything like me and simply can’t get your contouring game down correctly this is one of the easier contouring palettes to work with. It includes three complimentary shades that apply, blend, and look flawless with very little work.
Let’s take a look!
The Veil Cheek Palette is named after one of Man Ray’s photographs featuring a sultry, mysterious woman that graces the cover of the compact. Her arched brows and dead on stare gives off little emotion but you still get the vibe she is somehow hiding something. There’s almost a supernatural quality to the image in someways.
She may be mysterious, dark, and sultry but the shades in the palette are anything but. The popping limited edition Lovesick Blush is the star of the show here. NARS dubs it a watermelon shade but I felt like it was a bright orange-y coral. The smooth, satiny finish is extremely pigmented with a long, strong wear of 10 plus hours. The smooth texture fooled me as I felt for sure I’d struggle picking up color due to the density of the surface. Not the case at all! You really have to use a light touch when swiping a brush this as this packs on pigmentation and a little goes a long way.
NARS pairs the shades with a light, warm shade of Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer. This is a soft warm brown with a fine gold shimmer. It’s the perfect companion piece to Lovesick as it diffuses the strong shade and adds warmth to it. You can easily contour with the shades as well as it isn’t overpowering or difficult to work with. “The Veil” namesake is fitting for this color as it’s sheer and light but buildable. You know me I hate bronzer but this is actually easy to wear and compliments the other two shades in the palette beautifully.
Last, but never least would be the Surreal Highlighter (how fitting considering Man Ray’s body of work focused on surrealism) which is a limited edition shade as well. NARS calls it a bronze rose but to me it’s a champagne beige. If you gently dust your brush in Lovesick followed by Surreal you can get a perfect golden coral shade on your cheeks. The two shades contrast beautifully and create a luminous glow.
NARS Holiday 2017 is turning into one of my favorite collections this year. A lot of the items aren’t necessarily Holiday “inspired” but they are items you’ll find yourself reaching for daily. It’s a strong core collection of wearable shades.
NARS The Veil Cheek Palette is lovely and well worth a pick up.