As a part of the NARS Wanted collection, the brand released a limited edition cheek palette in two shades (1 and 2) called the: NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette ($74 CAD). The palette comes in a metal casing with 5 good size blushers and 1 highlighter inside. The component has a very stubborn clasp closure that can make me break a nail so other than that really annoying feature, it feels heavy, has a good size mirror to it and the reflective exterior finish feels very luxurious.
I picked up the first NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette as it is slightly lighter than the second shade option and best suited for my light medium skin tone. The NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette contains 1 highlighter (Unlimited), 1 shimmery pink blush (Bumpy Ride) and 4 matte blushers.
From the two shimmery shades, the highlighter (Unlimited) is too stiff but the pink blush (Bumpy Ride) is quite creamy. The 4 matte shades feel creamy but are also flaky when swatched. However when applied to the cheeks using a brush and tapping off the excess powder, you get a seamless blend on the skin. The powders apply beautifully and leave a finish that is never chalky, dry or powdery. Overall, the formula is creamy, long lasting and blends well into the skin.
Overall, I think that the NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette is overpriced, not indicative of lacklustre formulas or the quantity of product but more so for the variety of shades. Cheek palettes are extremely tricky because it’s rare that each shade will be flattering on one person. So for me, if you are paying $75 CAD for one cheek palette, you should be loving every shade in there and that’s not the case for me. I prefer more neutral blush tones that err more nude than pink and in this palette there’s really only two shades that I love (Buzzed and Kingpin). The highlighter is too sheer, the lilac shade (Notorious) is too cool toned for me and the rest of the shades are too pink (Bumpy Ride) or red (Crave).