|'Foreplay Cheek Palette' by NARS|
NARS 'Orgasm' blush has got to be the most raved about cheek product ever in the history of make-up. No, really. It continuously tops annual beauty editors' choice lists and those of consumerists around the world. I remember when I first laid my eyes (and fingers) on this cult product. It was in the Mecca Cosmetica of Pitt St Mall's Myer in Sydney. It was such a big deal when Mecca Cosmetica introduced NARS cause the brand was not readily available in Australia. I was only at the NARS counter for a minute or two (sale representatives of high end cosmetics intimidate poor teenage students) to swatch the beloved shade. And guess what? I was not impressed. Highly pigmented yes, but I deemed it way too glittery. It was a chunky, disco-ball mess. And the price? My jaw dropped and I ran away. Quickly... to the Natio counter which my wallet liked a lot better. It was something like $60 Australian dollars. Uh, no thanks.
When I made my first trip to the States a friend asked me to pick up 'Orgasm' at the fair price of $28. I had another chance to play with it at the many Sephora counters but ultimately left the country with just one pan for my friend. I decided that the universal shade just wasn't for me.
Nearly two years later, the 'Foreplay' palette was announced. It was love at first sight, and I knew I needed it. I figured it would be a great way for me to try some other blush shades by NARS, and really, I kinda just wanted to own 'Orgasm'. Petty, I know. Who knew this time I would actually fall in love with the shade? It is absolutely beautiful and I think it is my favourite blush that I own! It isn't super glittery like I remembered, and instead creates a gorgeous, natural glow.
The coral, cool pink, and gold shades are also lovely, although I have to admit, I have cast those aside for now and haven't given them the attention they deserve. In hindsight, if I had known that 'Orgasm' was so amazing, I would have just purchased the single shade. $49 is a lot of money for a palette, but I don't regret it too much. Plus, for the amount you get, it's like owning two NARS blush pans. Four shades for less the price of two!
If you like what you see, grab it when you can! It is a limited-edition Sephora exclusive.
And there we have it, that's my long story of how I finally joined the 'Orgasm' bandwagon.