Based on the exquisite tradition of Kabuki theatre, a classical Japanese dance drama, this palette features six high-pigment cheek powders that let you play up your features like a true performance artist.
NARS’ limited-edition Danmari All About Cheeks Palette features 6 cheek colors: Hungry Heart Duo (I), Casino, Orgasm, Super Orgasm, Desire, and Sin.
In classic NARS style, this palette comes in a flat, rectangular compact that snaps shut and has a mirror inside. The outside is made of rubberized plastic. The plastic material is notorious for getting shimmers and glitters stuck to it–a feature that is particularly true with this palette.
I was very surprised at how unimpressive this palette was. It certainly looks gorgeous to the eye, but the quality of the colors was underwhelming and sometimes down-right frustrating. Let’s look at the colors one-by-one:
Hungry Heart Duo (I) is a creamy-white highlighting color with golden shimmers. The effect is just not that exciting: if you do just 1-2 layers, you don’t get much of an effect and if you layer further, you get an off-white color on the skin. It’s also quite powdery.
Casino is a light bronze with a sheen finish. The sheen is good for the cheeks and summertime, but doesn’t make the best contour powder. The pigmentation was also on the weak side, and I found myself layering to get the color to show up.
Orgasm and Super Orgasm are both peachy-pink colors. The main difference is that Super Orgasm has larger golden shimmers in it than the original Orgasm. They’re both decently pigmented.
Desire is a matte, bubblegum pink with good pigmentation. This color has the best pay-off of the 6 colors in the palette.
Sin is a dusty mauve-rose color with tiny silver shimmers. Sin also has good pigmentation without being powdery.
A negative about the packaging is that the wells are so closely spaced that you get transfer of one powder over to others. This is particularly inconvenient when the glitter from the shimmery colors migrate over to Desire, a matte color.
Ease of Use: 8.25/10
Desire needs the least amount of layering. But Casino and Hungry Heart Duo (I) both need a good amount of layering. You also need to be careful to not get powder from one color into adjacent pans.
For $65.00 you get 6 colors for a total of 0.72 ounces of product. Given that individual NARS blushes cost $27.00 each, you’re saving a little less than $95.00 with this palette. But each pan contains slightly less product than its stand-alone equivalent (0.12 ounces versus 0.16 ounces) and at least 2/6 colors are not very impressive, which dampens the value of this palette.