Hello everyone! How are you doing today?
Today I’m bringing you my first Holiday 2018 review, yikes! How how how can holiday items already be releasing. I swear it wasn’t until October last year when the madness started. Now it’s before even the first day of Fall. In an ideal world, I would ask for these items to be released in November, but that’s just not how retail works I suppose. Luckily, this palette isn’t inherently Christmas- or Winter-themed, so I’m happy to use it now and forever! So let’s get into this review!
Packaging and First Impressions
This face palette comes in a unit carton that has metallic red detailing and a black and white scrapbook-esque design on the front spelling NARS. Inside, is the most stunning packaging you will ever see!!! The NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette has a light pink chrome studded font with NARS cut in through the studding in silver. The studs are irregular and face different directions, allowing it to reflect light from every angle. I have to say I 100% bought this because of the packaging, AND I AM NOT ASHAMED AT ALL. This is the prettiest makeup item I own. It might as well be my child. Don’t tell my cats.
Inside you get three powders, Laguna, a brown bronzing powder with a slight golden shimmer, Orgasm, a peachy pink blush with a golden shimmer, and Orgasm Highlighting Blush, a lighter satin-y peachy pink powder that can be used as a blush topper, or as a highlighter.
This palette doesn’t seem to have any real scent, although maybe I can pick up on the tiniest bit of perfume. But it is extremely light and I can’t imagine it actually bothering anyone.
Because this item isn’t yet available on the NARS website, here are the claims from Sephora:
“What it is:
A limited-edition cheek palette featuring cult-favorite Laguna Bronzing Powder, bestselling Orgasm Blush, and new Orgasm Highlighting Blush.
What it does:
Play up cheeks with a blush and highlighting powder, both in the award-winning, universally-flattering Orgasm shade, plus Laguna Bronzing Powder. The palette is housed in a metallic pink, spiked compact for a special, standout touch.
Laguna Bronzing Powder is a buildable bronzer with golden shimmer to create all-over warmth or contour the face for a healthy, sunkissed glow. Finely-milled powders fill in lines and pores for a smoother, more even-looking complexion with an undetectable finish. Its rich, gold-infused brown undertone delivers soft, shimmering color—perfect for creating a sunkissed look, imparting a luminous glow, or for subtle contouring. It’s ideal for all skin tones and offers a natural-looking, imperceptible finish.
Orgasm Blush is an award-winning, artist-beloved, editor-coveted, and universally-flattering shade. It blends pinky-peach pigment with subtle golden shimmer highlights, giving cheeks the ultimate natural-looking glow.
Orgasm Highlighting Blush gives skin a satiny, peachy-pink glow in a soft-to-the-touch formula. The creamy powder melts flawlessly into skin for perfectly-refined radiance or buildable luster. Wear this smooth and lightweight formula alone or pair it with other cheek products to create beautiful dimension on the face.”
Price and Quantity
This face palette is priced at $56 CAD ($42 USD) and has 0.36 oz of product total. Something that is a bit odd is that on the Canadian Sephora, the product is said to be valued at $160 CAD, but on the US Sephora it is valued at $62 USD. I repeat, $160 in Canada, $62 in the US. Now that conversion just does’t make sense lol. So, that must just be a typo on the Canadian Sephora, so let me do a value break down for you.
This palette contains:
– 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g Bronzing Powder in Laguna (Calculated value = $22 CAD)
– 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g Blush in Orgasm (Calculated value = $29 CAD)
– 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g Highlighting Blush in Orgasm (Calculated value = $12 CAD)
Actual product value: ~$63 CAD + Packaging.
I imagine they meant to put a value of around $80, but the actual value in terms of the amount of product you get is around ~$63 CAD. So just over what you pay.
For price comparisons, I chose high end face palettes that included a blush, bronzer and highlighter. It’s actually very annoying to compare face palettes, because they are all composed of such different things, but this is going to give you a general idea of how this face palette compares. For example, some palettes include 2 blushes, 2 bronzers and 2 highlighters, whereas others only have one of each, etc.
|Quantity (oz)||Number of Shades||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
|1||Violet Voss Glamingo PRO Face Palette||$60||1.98||6||$30/oz|
|2||Tarte Clay Play II||$60||1.05||3||$57/oz|
|3||Too Faced Natural Face Palette||$54||0.84||6||$64/oz|
|4||Smashbox Cali Contour Palette||$49||0.69||6||$71/oz|
|5||Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette||$38||0.49||3||$78/oz|
|6||Tarte Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette||$25||0.24||3||$104/oz|
|7||Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color Trio Palette||$56||0.51||3||$110/oz|
|8||Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow||$52||0.39||3||$133/oz|
|9||NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette||$56||0.36||3||$156/oz
Well it turns out that this palette has the worst value of all, lol. BUT, let’s be real, NARS is always priced in their own little world, slightly above high end, but slightly below luxury, owing to the less than great value.
Ultimately, I definitely did not purchase this for the value or any sort of great deal. I got it because it was beautiful and I was looking to splurge at the Sephora Holiday Preview Event. And as I always say, even though I always like to touch on the value of the product, it isn’t the end all be all. It just helps if it’s a good deal 🙂
Pigmentation and Performance
Overall, I think that this is a nice palette and it gives you a nice selection of products, so let’s go through them in order!
Although this bronzer is supposed to be more golden and shimmery, and it certainly looks that way in swatches, I feel like it comes off much more cool-toned than expected when applied. In my routine, I often contour, then apply a cooler bronzer, and then a warmer bronzer after that (clearly, I love bronzer!). However, if I applied a cooler bronzer before applying Laguna, it becomes much too much on my cheekbones and looks way too harsh, so I think that this is a good one and done bronzer. It can be used for contouring and warming up the face, although, I wouldn’t mind using an even warmer bronzer after this one. But I am happy to use this bronzer alone as well. I think the pigmentation of this bronzer is good, and very buildable. And of course, it blends flawlessly.
Here are some comparisons of Laguna to other bronzers that I own. Laguna maybe looks most similar to Becca Sunrise Waves? But it’s missing a bit of the depth that Laguna has.
Orgasm is that classic peachy pink that people have loved for years. While I typically gravitate towards more apricot or peachy blushes, I also love all pink looks, and this is the perfect blush for that. There’s just something so fresh about this shade. I actually already own the full pan size of this blush, but it’s at least 1-2 years old, so I am happy to ditch it for this new one in the palette.
While I think that this is a beautiful blush, it has very light pigmentation, and definitely requires building to get any payoff on my medium-light skin tone that I have at the moment. However, I’m not someone who really likes to pack on blush, so this works out well for me. Just a slight touch of pink is what the doctor ordered. I do worry how this would perform on deeper skin tones though.
Because I don’t really have other blushes that are this shade, I won’t be comparing it to others. But classically it is said to be similar to Milani Luminoso.
Orgasm Highlighting Blush
Even though this is a highlighting blush, depending on your skin tone, this is very much a highlighter. Seeing it in the pan, I worried that it would be too deep for me, but it actually is a perfect highlight on my late summer skin tone. When I get to be my palest during the winter, this may be too deep, in which case this shade can be used as a glowy blush topper.
Overall, this is a really pretty pink peach highlighter that comes across on the natural side, but can be built up to be more noticeable. If you want it to be more blinding, what I found to work was to layer it on on the tops of my cheek bones, set my face with a setting spray, let it dry, and then apply one more layer of the highlighter. I’m sure if you used it wet it would be blinding, but I’m afraid of doing that lol.
The formula of this highlighter seems to be the same formula that can be found in the NARS Highlighting Powders that were released earlier this year. I have that highlighter formula in Fort de France, and it is beautiful. Potentially the smoothest highlighter I own, and really doesn’t highlight texture. This highlighter is the same in those respects.
Below are some comparisons to other pink highlighters that I own. You can see that this Orgasm Highlighter is the most similar to Fenty Chic Phreak, and is in between Too Faced Ray of light and Becca Beach Nectar (which is a limited edition shade that was created by Chrissy Teigen and can be found in the LE Chrissy Teigen face palette or the Endless Bronze and Glow, which is still available for purchase).
And here are some pictures of the palette on me. As I mentioned, the blush is applied lightly, as that is my preference. Blushes often don’t show up as well in natural light that is cooler anyways. But look at that glow in the sun shots!
Overall, I definitely don’t regret this purchase. I don’t think that this palette is a must have, at least for me and what my collection looks like, but it’s easily one of the prettiest items being released this holiday season. If you are in need of a medium warm bronzer, a peachy blush and a pink highlight, then this palette is definitely a good candidate.
Gotta say though, I’m kind of pissed holiday items are already being released. It’s not even Fall yet!! But clearly I’m not that upset, because I’m still purchasing, aren’t I?!
Were you thinking about getting this NARS palette or any of the other NARS Holiday releases? What holiday items do you have your eye on? Let us know down below!