Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette for Holiday, 2014

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Hello gentle reader.


Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette. Hello gorgeous! You know how sometimes you see something that you don't need but you need? That is what happened when I was drifting around on the Sephora website, one day and I saw this cheek palette. It was a "Come to Mama" moment. And I didn't hesitate.

I have to admit, one of the first things to attract me was the packaging. Look at it. Look at it! The sleek, clean, sharp palette embellished with the frosted illusion Laced with Edge special edition design. As pretty as it is in photographs, it is even prettier in person. The palette feels cool, smooth as glass and weighty in the hand, almost as if it is made of ice. Lovely.


Pop open the top of the Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette and inside the lid is a full sized mirror for your primping pleasure. In the body of the palette, laid out almost Mondrian style are three blush shades, a highlight and a bronzer. There is Lady Liberty, a sheer, golden champagne highlight. I think that technically it is a blush but... It's a highlight! Below that is Sex Fantasy. Beside that is Final Cut and above that is Deep Throat. To the side is Laguna bronzer.

Laguna bronzer is 0.35 oz. A full size Laguna, sold separately is 0.28 oz. so, the bronzer in this palette is a little larger. Right? (It hurts to be this brilliant, let me tell ya.)
The blushes and highlight are 0.15 oz each. Just the tiniest bit smaller than the full size individual blushes that weigh in at 0.16 oz each.

The Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette sells for $65.00. Not cheap but, when you consider how much beautiful product you get, its a bargain! Think about it... I was going to buy the three blush colours in this palette, separately and I was seriously considering the Laguna bronzer, as well. That purchase would have cost me $128.00. If I had skipped the bronzer, I'd still be out $90. for the three blushes and I wouldn't have the bronzer or the highlighter.

More Beauty Blogger Math. Because sometimes we just need a little enabling.


A little swatch action. Miss Liberty is a barely visible, golden champagne shimmer. So beautiful as a highlight. Sex Fantasy is a cool, lilac/pink matte. Deep Throat is a beautiful coral with a gold shimmer. Final Cut is a juicy, warm matte orange. Laguna Bronzer is a very shimmery light golden tan brown.


In case you were wondering, Deep Throat and Orgasm (one of my all time favorite blushes) are not dupes. Deep Throat is coral and gold shimmer, Orgasm is more a pink leaning peach with a stronger gold presence, especially in the sun. Both gorgeous! Not dupes.


In this photograph, I am wearing Nars Final Cut blush and Miss Liberty highlight. I love how that very orange in the pan blush buffed down to a very flattering, natural looking flush on my fair skin. Miss Liberty adds light and emphasizes the high points of my face but doesn't make me overly shiny or sparkly. Mmm! I just love it. 

The quality of Nars blushes is first rate. They are pigmented, smooth and easy to work with. A small amount is needed to add a beautiful flush to the cheeks. There is a little bit of dust kicked up when the brush hits the powder cake but it isn't a huge amount and quite frankly, the blush performs so beautifully, I don't care. A quick blow and the dust is gone. No biggie. 

The Laguna bronzer is a bit gorgeously ridiculous. Smooth, creamy and pigmented, it is a beautiful, warm tan brown with a lot of gold shimmer. This bronzer is not appropriate for my colouring, this time of year as I am pretty pale but I think, come Summer, when I get a little natural colour and I use a little sunless tanner, it will be a lovely addition to my routine. I can see it on my eyes, as a highlight, on my chest, collarbones and so on. 

I love my Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette. It is packed with gorgeous cheek colours, is a terrific value and it is a makeup item I reach for frequently and really enjoy using. If you are a Nars collector or if you don't have many Nars cheek colours and would like to try more and don't want to break the bank, you could do a lot worse than this beautiful and highly functional palette. If you do want it, get it, while you can. This is a Limited Edition and once it's gone, it's gone. 

Do you own this cheek palette? What do you think of it? Do you like it as much as I do? Do you own these colours individually and wear and love them? Please do tell. 
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49 comments

  1. What a great cheek palette this is. Its a perfect gift to give to someone who wants to try some Nars face products.

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  2. What a great palette and you are rocking that red lippy so well mama!

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  3. It's a stunning palette! I don't own Orgasm so I should get this but it's a little pricey for me and I have too many blushes. But I still want it. Love Final Cut and Liberty on you with that beautiful eye shadow and red lip. Great look!

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  4. I almost want to get the palette alone for Final Cut, it's a beautiful color!

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  5. ohn how I wish I could own anything Nars, they really do have beautiful stuff! Swooning over here!

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  6. This palette looks amazing! My wishlist just got longer :P

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  7. Great blushes. Gotta love Nars and the names that they come up with.

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  8. They are great. I love their names. I know that they aren't everyone's cup of tea but I like the tongue in cheek.

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  9. It is amazing. Get it while you can!

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  10. I have this palette, a single blush and an eye shadow palette and all are lovely. I'm new to Nars, myself and I'm really liking the brand, so far!

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  11. Final Cut is gorgeous! It would look so good on you. The whole palette would...

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  12. Aww. Thank you. The shadows are from my UD Vice 3 palette. Boy is that a good one! So many beautiful makeups and so little money. I am DROOLING over a few Chanel items that I keep putting in and taking out of my cart on Nordies website. Gah! LOL

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  13. I just bought this palette and I am OBSESSED! It looks amazing on you girl! I need to seriously get with it and break mine out more often. Gorgeous!!

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  14. I love that palette. So happy that I bought it. And thank you. I don't wear red all that often.

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  15. It is great. The quality is beautiful and yes, it would be a lovely gift.

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  16. Deep Throat is one of my all time favorite blushes--I adore it! Agree with you on the packaging too!

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  17. Oh, that's the Vice 3 palette! I thought it was your Chanel quad. Speaking of so little money, I think today is the last day of the UD discount on its site, e.g. $10 off $50 etc. Trying to decide whether On The Run is worth it. What did you decide?

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  18. I love love the look you made!! So gorgeous!

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  19. You really hate this palette, dontcha?! Lol! It looks great on you, and I love that it makes you happy!

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  20. Yeah. I just detest it. ;P LOL Thank you so much. :D It does... I am really enjoying it.

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  21. I am falling in love with Nars. I think I'm in trouble... LOL

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  22. Deep Throat is gorgeous! And yeah. the packaging! Wow. :D

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  23. I'm so glad that you got it. I keep it in easy reach because I want to use it, all of the time. Thank you so much for your kind words. :)

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  24. Nope. This eye look was Vice 3. There are some seriously gorgeous shadows in that palette! I want On the Run! Those new shadows, the gloss and I love, love, love Perversion mascara. And, if you break it down, it's a good deal. I really should pull the trigger. :D

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  25. I'm obsessed with their blush palettes! This one is beautiful!

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  26. I goofed in describing the UD sale. If you buy $50, you get $10 back on your next purchase, but that purchase has to be soon. So not quite as appealing a deal as I thought. What I might do is do my own pedicure, that I sorely need, and use the money I would have spend on the pedi on buying the OTR palette. Howz that for rationalization!

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  27. You look so glam!! Seriously the colors look great on you. They seem very universal.

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  28. No no no, this type of math is totally legit! I do it all the time. hehehe :D

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  29. Anytime, friend! Enabling is one of the things I do best! lol

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  30. Gaw-geous palette! As are you! I'm a huge fan of Nars blushes, so I can see this is a must have.

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  31. Oh wow it's so pretty! I need this palette :)

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  32. I'm so glad I splurged on this - Great review!

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  33. I couldn't resist! I don't have a lot of Nars, I had to have this one.

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  34. Thank you. :) Isn't it wonderful? And it really is a good deal, too.

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  35. Yep! Grab it while you can. It's gorgeous!

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  36. Aww, thank you. I am a fan, as well. I had one, now I have a bunch!

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  37. You could skip the bronzer or just use it as an eye shadow. As for the blush names, if anyone asks, just say, "It's a pink one... Can't recall the name..." Vague like. ;) I'd just blurt the name but I'm brash like that. ;)

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  38. Thank you. I think that they would be very flattering to a lot of skin tones. :D

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  39. I missed out on past palettes and I'm glad that I got this one. These shades work for me and I'm really enjoying it. :D

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  40. I'd probably wind up blurting out the name to the WRONG person, LOL

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