NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

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Afterglow

NARS Afterglow Cheek Palette ($59.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a new, limited edition six-pan cheek palette that included three matte blushes, two shimmery blushes, and one highlighter. They were semi-opaque to opaque in coverage, fairly blendable, and longer-wearing, though they were a thinner, somewhat drier formula overall.

Ingredients

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Breathless

Breathless is a light-medium peach with warmer, more orange undertones and a metallic sheen. The powder was finely-milled, smooth, and blendable on bare skin, while yielding mostly opaque, buildable pigmentation in one layer. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading a bit.

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Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • ColourPop On the Cusp (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • NABLA Cosmetics Privilege (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Chanel Or Rose (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).
  • bareMinerals The Soiree (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Sydney Grace PSL Extra Whip (P, $9.00) is lighter (85% similar).
  • NARS Last Call (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Too Faced Starlight (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. – $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS’ blushes, since they’ve been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS’ blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

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Devotion

Devotion is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented in a single layer, while the consistency was soft, lightly powdery but blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Pat McGrath Nude Venus (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Picnic Time (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Shell Out (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Ciate Matchmaker (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
  • Clinique Ruby Pop (05) (P, $26.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • ILIA Temptation (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Makeup by Mario Dusty Rose (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar).
  • Smith and Cult Universal Peach (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. – $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS’ blushes, since they’ve been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS’ blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

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Exhibit A

Exhibit A is a vivid, deep orange-red with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a slightly thinner, drier texture, though it had full color coverage in one layer–a little went a long way. The product could have been slightly more blendable in practice. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Urban Decay Slowburn (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Viseart Orange #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Urban Decay Bang (DC, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar).
  • NARS Siam (P, $39.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sunset #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • MAC All Year Red (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar).
  • Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Fenty Beauty Daiquiri Dip (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. – $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS’ blushes, since they’ve been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS’ blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

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Liberte (2022)

Liberte (2022) is a muted, medium-dark coral-orange with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. The blush had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation paired with a soft, lightly powdery texture that darkened and warmed up on my skin tone (looked pinker in the pan). This shade showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Natasha Denona Coral (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).
  • MAC Pinch Me (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Thinking of You (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Overdramatic (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Flush’d (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Quarters (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • NARS Torrid (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (85% similar).
  • Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Nude Glow (Center) (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Pretty Vulgar Hush Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. – $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS’ blushes, since they’ve been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS’ blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

Flirt

Flirt is a medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and cooler, fine lavender pearl. It had rich pigmentation that applied well to bare skin and diffused easily along the edges. The texture was thin, more emollient to the touch, and needed to be used with a denser brush to pick up product evenly. It lasted well for eight hours on me.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Melt Cosmetics Fire Fury (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).
  • ColourPop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar).
  • Buxom Goa (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).
  • NARS Aroused (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Berry Juicy (03) (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Black Up NBL 03 (P, $26.50) is cooler (85% similar).
  • ColourPop Pretty Thing (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar).
  • Anastasia Exotic (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).
  • NARS Goulue (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. – $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS’ blushes, since they’ve been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS’ blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

Flirt

LELimited Edition. $30.00.

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