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Friday, 30 January 2015

Nars Virtual Domination Palette

Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Miss Liberty
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Sex Fantasy
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Deep Throat
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Final Cut
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Laguna
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna
Nars Virtual Domination Palette and Swatches. Miss Liberty Sex Fantasy Deep Throat Final Cut Laguna

Oh My Love. Winter 2014 sure was the season of ah-maah-zing palettes was it not? The Christmas period cost me a pretty penny or two and no I'm not talking about all the gift buying either. When a palette comes out and you know it's not going to be around long, your left with a management decision that requires quick thinking. Do I, Don't I? Well I sure did, I wasn't going to be missing out on certain thoughtfully composed blush or eyeshadows grouped together to create palettes of pure perfection. 

Nars released an amazing palette back in 2013 that I unfortunately missed out on and I was gutted so I was over the moon to manage to order this and also received a small discount at the time! Woo!

One of the things that put me off many Nars palettes is the repeated shades included. I love a palette and I'd much rather buy a palette than a single blush or eyeshadow but when every palette has a repeat or in many cases with Nars more than one, it gets boring. Orgasm blush is a much loved blush among many but not myself. I own it and I'm not impressed with it, I have many others that I'd much rather use but due to it's popularity it's constantly included along with Laguna. Again hugely popular but how many Laguna's do we need to own should we choose to purchase a Nars palette? 

Yes small rant over, so as you can imagine once I seen the shades included in this and the fact it didn't include the big O I went for it. Sure it had Laguna again but I could live with that for the sake of the other shades that I hadn't tried before plus the two limited editions. 

Lets go through the shades. 

Miss Liberty. I love this shade name, reminds me of a cheer stunt. A beautiful highlight shade! When looked at in the pan it almost comes across as a cross between a champagne and a pearl but when on the skin it's like a pearly peach effect. Really great for brightening up the complexion and it's subtle which means no large shimmer particles or appearing too obvious either. 

Sex Fantasy. One of the two shades that can give colour in the cheeks before even applied. What a name! If somebody were to ask what shade I was wearing I don't think I could repeat this and instead pretend I wasn't sure "Oh it's one by Nars.. not sure which one though!" It's one of two matte shades included which gives a nice variation. Sometimes we just need a nice matte shade and to diss the shimmer every so often for a fresh look. A light pink with cool undertones its perfect for fairer skin tones such as my own.

Deep Throat. Ahem the second rather rudely named blush in the palette. A hugely popular shade alongside Orgasm, this is included in a number of palettes also and is one that I already owned. Not my favourite as I find it too similar to Orgasm, being only slightly pinker and with less shimmer. I find Deep Throat's shade once applied to be true to pan, nicely pigmented and has a very subtle golden sheen under the light.

Final Cut. A shade I hadn't come across before. The second matte shade which again is very welcome in the palette and along with Sex Fantasy it's a limited edition. It's impressively pigmented and described as a peachy-coral which is exactly how it appears. I think this is going to be more of a Spring/Summer shade than a Winter one though so I look forward to using this much more in the coming months. 

Laguna. Loved by many and described as a perfect contour shade despite the golden shimmer. I did used to use this daily as a light dusting under the cheekbones but moved onto other shades with matte finishes which I found I preferred. I don't reach for this very often anymore however I'm glad it was included and such a large amount as it's always useful to have around and makes for a useful palette to travel with. 

I'm happy in general with most of the shades included however I'd have liked to see something other than the usuals, this could just be my opinion though. I would love to see Nars palettes with shades that aren't mostly owned by many Nars fans already. They are fantastic value for money and if you don't own any other Nars blushes would be a perfect introduction that would enable you to try multiple shades for a fraction of the prices they would cost individually. 

Whilst Virtual Domination is no longer available in the UK from Authorised retailers it is still available at Sephora for those lucky enough to live in the US, however cannot be shipped to the UK. 

Did you pick up the Virtual Domination palette last year? What do you think about Nars repeating shades in palettes?

Lots of Love 



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