Nars has released two oversized Sephora-exclusive blush palettes, Soulshine and Realm of the Senses ($41 each). These are the same large size as the Nars Pierre Hardy blushes released earlier this year. Note that the texture of the blushes are quite different. Specifically, the Nars Pierre Hardy blushes gave a sheer wash of a single near-matte color. In contrast, Soulshine and Realm of the Senses give a mix of more shimmery, complex color that tends to be darker on the tonal scale. The results with Soulshine and Realm of the Senses varies depending on how you dip your brush on the large face of these newly released palettes.
Despite the relatively high 0.41 oz. size, the compacts are travel-ready as the palettes are slim and sturdy. Realm of the Senses includes a sheer peach, a shimmering bronzed rose, and a sparkling gold sand.
Swatches of the colors individually from Realm of the Senses:
As you can see, these are very flattering colors with a high “glow” factor. Of these two, Realm of the Senses is Liz’s favorite.
Here, Liz is also wearing the Marc Jacobs The Starlet Palette and Marc Jacobs Kissability Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl (which has become my standard go-to gloss every day since the day it arrived-I just love it).
Nars Soulshine has a gold shimmer, a sheer golden apricot, and a soft rose tone with golden shimmer. Overall, it has a darker, more red impression compared to Realm of the Senses. Between the two, I preferred Soulshine because I love deeper tones in Fall and found this palette more unusual.
Here is Soulshine on Liz. Soulshine has a more red impression, compared to the fresh peachy tone of Realm of the Senses.
Here’s a swatch of both colors side by side (the colors blended across the palette for each). Realm of the Senses has a stronger peach note (particularly obvious at the top of the swatch), while Soulshine leans more rose.
Nars Soulshine and Realm of the Senses are excellent, versatile palettes that carry lots of pretty, glowing color. Fortunately, Liz favors Realm of the Senses and I the other Soulshine, so we’ll have some chance of using these up over the next several months. Because of the large palette size, it allows us to use a small-headed brush blush to custom-mix and blend the color–and isn’t that the whole fun of makeup in the first place?
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