Sunday, July 28, 2013

NARS Realm of the Senses and Soulshine Cheek Palettes



NARS brings us two new limited-edition cheek palettes ($41, 0.42 oz), Realm of the Senses and Soulshine. The image of the model on the packaging calls to mind the style of a young Jerry Hall in the the late '70s disco-era days of heavy, dramatic and glamorous makeup--a trend that continued well into the '80s with the birth of MTV and the music video.

Realm of the Senses and Soulshine are both beautiful to look at in the pan and if you're anything like me it will be difficult to decide between the two! When I swatched them side by side at Sephora yesterday it seemed that the general effect of each was not different enough to justify having both, but after a closer look, their differences become much more apparent, which you'll see in the images below.

These palettes are larger than a typical NARS blush, and are the same size as the Pierre Hardy blushes that were released just a few months ago. I read that this is a new formula NARS is using and although I haven't noticed a huge difference I did note that the texture is perhaps a bit softer and more buttery. The gold logo etched into the top of the powder is covered with a layer of over-spray that will completely wear off during the first few uses.



Left to right: Realm of the Senses and Soulshine 



Realm of the Senses Cheek Palette



On the left are the three shades applied individually, at full intensity, with fingertips. Shade #1 is a warm peachy-coral with golden shimmer, Shade #2 is a soft plum/berry with a subtle sheen, and Shade #3 is a shimmery pale peach-gold highlighting shade. On the right is the color that is produced when all three shades are swirled together and blended on the skin with a soft-bristled brush.


    
Soulshine Cheek Palette






On the left are the three individual shades applied heavily. These shades are very pigmented and a little will go a long way with this palette. Shade #1 is a flamingo pink with subtle golden shimmer. The overall effect is similar to the main shade in the Realm of Senses palette except this is slightly brighter, with more pink tones, as opposed to peach. Shade #2 is a warm apricot with a subtle sheen, and Shade #3 is a raspberry pink with fine golden shimmer. On the right is the color that results when all three shades are blended together.




Below are comparisons with a few other popular NARS blushes to give you a better idea of the true colors and palette size.



 
Left to right: Realm of the Senses, Soulshine, Orgasm, Super Orgasm, Outlaw 

Left to right: Realm of the SensesSoulshineOrgasmSuper OrgasmOutlaw
As you can see, the blended color produced by these is significantly darker than both Orgasm or Super-Orgasm. The blended color of Soulshine is fairly similar to the NARS blush Outlaw.

Soulshine is a bit darker and more vibrant than Realm of Senses. If forced to choose between the two, I would probably go with Realm of the Senses because of its versatility. It contains a wider range of tones from light to dark and could conceivably be used as blush, contour, and highlight all in one, whereas Soulshine's lightest shade is too dark to be used as a highlighter.

On the other hand, the lightest shade in Realm of the Senses is simply too pale to be used as anything aside from a highlighter, but with Soulshine you will be getting three shades that are able to stand on their own as blushes. Those with darker skin tones may prefer Soulshine because of its intense pigmentation, and those with fairer skins may find Realm of Senses' slightly softer look easier to pull off. What is great about these palettes is that their larger-than-average size makes it possible to zero in on individual shades and fine-tune the color to your liking.

In the end, I may not be of much help when it comes to deciding between these two, because I like them both! You can find closeup swatches and see how both Soulshine and Realm of Senses look applied on Temptalia. If you're on a budget, I recommend trying them on in person if you have the opportunity because they are pricey and you may find that the differences between them do not justify the expense of having both. They are currently available exclusively at Sephora




12 comments:

  1. 100% lusting over this. I love how you've showcased everything. soulshine is definitely the one for me!

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    1. Thank you Steph! Soulshine is very pretty - and a lot more pigmented than I expected!

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  2. OMG!!! These palettes are all so pretty. I usually prefer these kinds of shades for they are light and seem natural on skin. I will def check on these products.

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    1. Hi Sue, I love the design and the size is nice as well. I wore Soulshine for the first time today and a little goes a long way!

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  3. The newer formula sounds good. Your review and pictures are so helpful, really shows the difference between the two, I think realm of senses looks more suitable for me :)
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    1. Hi Clare, Thank you! :) I wore Soulshine to work today and was surprised at how dark it was on me. I had to do some blending to make it work for me. I'll remember to use a lighter hand next time! I'm looking forward to trying out Realm of the Senses tomorrow. xx

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  4. Hi Shannon,

    The packaging is so fun! Love how NARS went with photos instead of the black packaging. I love how Realm of the Senses and Soulshine have slightly brick or brown tones mixed in :-)

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    1. Hi Dovey, I like the packaging as well - it is different than what I'm used to seeing :) Yes, before I saw these in person I thought the effect might just be like Orgasm, but the brick/brown tones make them more intense, especially Soulshine! :)

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  5. Your swatches are beautiful, but I finally feel super blushed out now and don't feel the need to add to the madness. YET. I imagine these look amazing on your skin. Enjoy the goodies! :)

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    1. Hi Liz, Thank you! :) I know what you mean - I don't need any more blush either, but am a sucker for NARS limited editions. It's gonna take me years to use these two up. I probably should have gotten just one of them!

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  6. Oh dearr that's a very beautiful palette!
    I don't think Nars has ever released something like this so I am very curious on how it feels and how it perform! :D

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    1. Hi Memoiselle, So far I like both of these. With Soulshine my favorite is the main pink shade. I find Realm of the Senses easier to wear though and I like to use the lightest color to give a little extra shimmer. The texture is very fine and works best with a very soft brush so you don't load too much powder on the brush all at once :)

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