Review & Swatches: NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

Availability: Sephora
Price: $65

Company’s Description

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.

Packaging: 9.5/10

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.

Quality: 7.5/10

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.

Price: 9/10

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.

Final Grade

81.5/100

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette Box Packaging

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette Colors

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Hungry Heart Duo (I) & Casino

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Hungry Heart Duo (I) & Casino Swatches

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Hungry Heart Duo (I)

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Hungry Heart Duo (I) Swatch Blended

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Hungry Heart Duo (I) Swatch Blended Close-Up

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Casino

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Casino Swatch Blended

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Casino Swatch Blended Close-Up

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Orgasm & Super Orgasm

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Orgasm & Super Orgasm Swatches

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Orgasm

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Orgasm Swatch Blended

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Orgasm Swatched Blended Close-Up

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Super Orgasm

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Super Orgasm Swatch Blended Close-Up

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Desire & Sin

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Desire & Sin Swatches

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Desire

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Desire Swatch Blended

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Desire Swatch Blended Close-Up

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Sin

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Sin Swatch Blended

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette: Sin Swatch Blended Close-Up

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8 Responses to Review & Swatches: NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

  1. Noelle says:

    I would sooo buy this off of you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe I never brought it.

  2. First, I thought that all of them work pretty well until I read your review. I’m a big fan of highlighters as well as blushes so if Hungry Heart Duo doesn’t work then the whole palette is a major turn off for me. I’ll just buy Orgasm & Desire separately for that reason too.

  3. Olga says:

    Great review! I really like this palette but it’s not cheap and the color combinations is not really great

  4. Sarah L. says:

    I was pretty excited when Nars came out with this palette, considering Nars has pretty amazing blushes that are smooth, decently pigmented and blend well.
    But I really don’t like the colour selection. Orgasm is such a nice peachy-pink colour so I don’t see why Super Orgasm was included, since it’s just the more-glittery brother of Orgasm. Hungry Heart and Casino aren’t incredibly pigmented, like you have described above. I also wish they had another matte shade since Desire is a very bright pink, meaning paler skin tones, like myself, need to use a very light hand to apply it, without looking like a clown.
    Overall, I like Sin and Orgasm but I don’t think that’s enough to make me actually purchase the palette. Although it is cheaper to get the 6 blushes in this palette than but it separately, I don’t think it’s worth the money if I’m not going to use most of the blushes. I REALLY wanted to like this palette though, which is such a shame!! 🙁
    Sorry for the super long comment, I just wanted to voice my opinion a little! Hope you don’t mind! And thanks for the in-depth review, again! 😀

    Sarah(:

  5. Lisa B. says:

    I was thinking about getting this last week, and I’m so glad I waited! Thanks for this review! I think I can safely pass on it now.

  6. Sthobbie says:

    Your review is so helpful, when I saw the post and pictures I thought MUST own this but after reading your review I no longer think it is a must have, it is still very nice though!
    Thanks!

  7. Sidrah says:

    I LOVE Desire, I really like this pallete although Orgasm and Super Orgasm look really similar.

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