NARS ‘Joie de Vivre’ Oversized Anniversary Cheek Palette (Nordstrom Exclusive) Review & Swatches

Yesterday marked the first day Nordstrom’s much anticipated Anniversary Sale. (Lucky cardholders got to shop early, beginning on July 11th) I am not lucky enough to have a Nordstrom near to me, but I hear that people take vacation days to shop the sale and after looking at what was available online, I can understand why!

One of this year’s beauty exclusives was the NARS ‘Joie de Vivre’ Oversized Anniversary Cheek Palette. I was lucky enough to get one of these online before it was sold out but if you can find this in the store and you don’t already have more than 2 of the included colors, I would definitely recommend it. Also, I noticed some items that had been listed as out of stock became available again a few days later – so check back!

I love the texture of NARS blushes and this palette is no exception. They glide on, are easily to blend, and don’t sink into and accentuate pores.


Laguna Bronzer: This is the perfect everyday bronzer that will work on most light and medium skintones. It has just a bit of golden shimmer to give a glow. Though I know many people do, I would not recommend using this as a contour color because of the shimmer. The light reflecting properties will make features stand out instead of sink in.

Albatross Highlighter: This is a nice golden toned sheer highlighting powder. You can layer this on top of any of your matte blushes or bronzers if you want to add shimmer, or just use it to highlight the top of your cheekbones, brow bones, inside corners of eyes, etc.

Orgasm Blush: This was my first NARS product after hearing all the rave reviews that gave this blush its cult status. It is described as “peachy pink with shimmer.” This is a nice color that will work across a wide variety of skintones and clothing choices

Gaiety Blush: This is a nice bright matte pink. It is buildable so you get a nice wash of pink with light application but if you want a bright, intense cotton candy pink, you can layer

Angelika Blush: Angelika is described as “cotton candy pink with gold and silver sparkle.” I love the pink color, but be aware that the sparkle may be chunky for some tastes. It is definitely more glittery than the orgasm.

Luster Blush: The NARS website describes this color as a “sheer golden apricot”. I think this a beautiful natural warm color that could be worn alone or layered over another color. This reminds me of MAC’s Melba blush with a golden sheen.

Swatches in natural light:

From Left to Right: Laguna, Albatross, Orgasm, Gaiety, Angelika, Luster

Here was today’s look using the Albatross highlighting powder and Gaiety blush.

For full details on what I used click here.

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