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Meet The Cheek & Contour Palette That Covers All The Bases

We're not kidding when we say that NARS makes some of the most versatile, travel-ready makeup palettes. The Unfiltered Cheek Palette is perfect proof.

Welcome to KULALA Beauty Club, where YOU our dear readers help us suss out the best in the beautysphere. This week, we brought back Hannah (@hhnnaa) to review NARS Unfiltered I Cheek Palette. For Hannah, blending is her cardio. She can’t decide if she likes Korean or Western makeup more, so she typically just gets them all. Read her previous review here.

When I first opened the NARS Unfiltered I Cheek Palette, I was wowed by the striking orange-tinted mirrored glass packaging and variety of colours available. There are three mattes and three shimmer shades with a mixture of darks and lights in this limited edition palette. The individual pans inside are large enough for any medium-sized brush to pick up the product. Each colour is highly pigmented and long lasting.

Here’s a breakdown of the colours available (top left to bottom right) in the cheek palette:

“Watch Me” is a pretty shade of gold with a slight shimmery finish. It acts well as a highlighter for a subtle natural glow look to accentuate the cheekbones and inner corners of your eyes.

Peachy coral with an alluring golden sheen, “Me First” is by far my favourite shade of the lot. I have dual use for this shade, using it as a blusher for a healthy flush and as a transition colour for my eyes.

“Takeover”, a reddish copper brown with a satin frosted finish, was a tad too dark for me – I’m a fair-medium – to use as a blush. Instead, it works well as a contour. The payoff is pretty, pigmented and it lasted the entire day! It gives off a radiant sun-kissed look when used to accentuate my features.  

If you are looking for a safe blush option apart from NARS cult-favourite “Orgasm”, “Out There” is a warm dusky pink matte blush. You might need to pay attention on the blending aspect to get the job done.

“Chic”, a matte cool plum color with a rich payoff. This colour can be a bit overbearing if you overdo the application. My advice would be to start slow, applying a minimal amount, and then build it up slowly if you prefer greater intensity. I also use it on the outer corner of my eyes to define my crease. This colour is unique to the palette, but I’m sure NARS has something similar among their multitude of blush colours.

Don’t be daunted by the vibrancy of “Exhibit A” as a little goes a long way with this NARS classic. As long as you keep a light hand, the vivid red tint gives off a natural, rosy-looking, flushed look.

All in all, what I really like about this palette is that it is a highly versatile, travel-friendly essential that covers highlighter, blush, contour and eyeshadow. I’m totally recommending this as a gift for Christmas or an excuse to treat yourself. Kudos to NARS for upping their palette game. (There’s an Unfiltered II Cheek Palette now. Good news and bad news?)

Thanks, Hannah! Want to join the KULALA Beauty Club? Head on over here to see how you can be a part of it. For more beauty reviews like this, click over here for our “Best of Beauty” series.

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