What Day is it again?
It’s that weird time in between Christmas and New Years where no one knows what day it is. I myself am stuck between being a vegetable and actually getting things done. So far I’ve opted to be 70% a vegetable and 30% productive. I decided that going into 2020 I need to get moving again with my online blog beyond Instagram!
The truth with beauty reviews on Instagram is that most people have an attention span of about 5 seconds. If I see a caption more than 3-4 lines long I usually won’t read it. Same goes with stories. My stories can be long when I’m on a roll, and I am truly thankful for my followers who watch all the way through. Personally though, when I want a serious beauty review I don’t search for it on Instagram– I look up reviews on blogs and Youtube. So although Instagram is an amazing vessel for content creators, it’s definitely not the only one. This brings us to the point of this post- the fabulous and lavish holiday collection this year from Nars.
FINALLY A HOLIDAY COLLECTION I’M EXCITED ABOUT
If you’ve been following me on IG, you’ll know I’ve been obsessing over this collection and it was a sure, “finally!” in the realm of holiday releases. The Nars Studio 54 Collection not only has gorgeous packaging but wearable, stunning colours to boot- something I felt was lacking with last years’ releases in general. Before getting carried away, I decided I would pick just one item (so far) to treat myself with from this collection. I opted for the stunning ‘Hustle’ Cheek Palette ($56), read on for my review.
NARS STUDIO 54 HUSTLE CHEEK PALETTE REVIEW
This palette is limited-edition and you can get it from the Nars website or Hudson’s Bay (click here). You get 2x blush shades: ‘Born To Be Alive‘ (midde) a warm peach, ‘I Need a Man‘ (right) a firecracker coral and 1x highlight shade, ‘Crique‘ (right). The colour payoff of the blushes is full-impact. You don’t want to use these with a dense brush or the application will be too intense and concentrated. I made this mistake and felt like I was 15 and just learning makeup again. Definitely go for a tapered or fluffy blush brush with these.
‘Born to Be Alive’ (middle) is lovely for a daytime look or to add warmth to a strong eye look. ‘I Need a Man’ (right) is a high-impact colour that stands on its own with a neutral or naked eye. I cannot wait for a resort or summer look with this colour- I own nothing like it! And I own a lot of blush. The one downfall of this palette is I was quite underwhelmed by ‘Crique’, the highlight shade. It’s a muted gold and for a holiday palette, I was expecting more pizazz!
Although I’ve said before I’m a self-proclaimed Nars whore, I do feel they can improve on their highlighters. I’ve always found them to be a bit powdery and just so-so. Nars usually excels in complexion products such as foundation, concealer and of course blush but I’m underwhelmed by this highlight. It’s definitely not a gold you would wear to a party or for a night out. Even in broad daylight, this shade is very subtle and resembles something like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder.
Below are my unedited swatches taken in natural light. I did three swipes of each colour. You can see how the blushes pack pigmentation but the highlight is just okay. A subtle highlight is fine, but it doesn’t have the same gorgeous VS model effect you might find with Saint Laurent’s Lumiere Divine Highlighting Powder (notoriously hard to find), or Diorskin Nude 001 Glow Powder.
OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THIS PALETTE:
Despite being underwhelmed by the highlight shade, the overall packaging of the Nars Studio 54 Hustle Cheek Palette is gorgeous. The mirror is also super functional and a great size for touch-ups on the go. The palette itself isn’t clunky and travels very easily, making it a great choice to bring on a trip or in your gym makeup bag. The blushes pack a punch and for the amount of product you get, the palette is a very good value. You get 3x 3.5g shades, for a total of 10.5g of product for $56CAD. A single Nars blush is 4.8g and sells for $40CAD.
Studio 54 Holiday Palette for Beyond the Holidays
I love how the palette isn’t glittery and the shades are wearable beyond the holiday season. The problem with holiday releases is often they confine themselves to the holiday season. Rarely does anyone want overly shimmering cheeks beyond NYE. These blushes will transition beautifully into summer 2020! Overall I still give this palette a high rating for quality of blushes, sleek packaging, fabulous colour story and experience.
Get your own Nars Studio 54 Cheek Palette here before it sells out.