You can never have enough bronzing makeup. It doesn’t matter the season, a good bronze just gives off a healthy look. Personally, I’m thankful for it because I don’t do the whole “tanning” thing anymore… nowadays we just know too much about how bad it is. But, because I miss that bronze glow I’m happy to use makeup to fake it.
The new Sephora Exclusive NARS Atomic Blonde Eye and Cheek Palette is the perfect addition to my arsenal of adding a fake, sunkissed vibe into my life.
what is it
The NARS Atomic Blonde Eye and Cheek Palette is said to be a “multi-use palette for smoldering eye and cheek looks”.
Six “high-impact, lust-worthy gold, bronze and copper shades” are included in finishes ranging from “buttery shimmers to lustrous satins and glittering metallics”.
4 x Eyeshadows in Icon (golden bronze shimmer – limited edition), Isolde II (shimmering copper), Kink (metallic warm copper – limited edition) and Galapagos (bitter chocolate infused with gold).
1 x Highlighting Powder in Last Call (shimmering warm gold – limited edition)
1 x Bronzing Powder in Unleashed (diffused brown – limited edition)
Though it doesn’t seem impactful the NARS Atomic Blonde Eye and Cheek Palette is noteworthy and completely stunning.
Overall the quality of the palette is fabulous. I love the rust colored design on the front of the packaging as well as the full sized mirror on the inside. The construction of the palette has a good heft to it and I feel the shades inside would be safe while traveling.
The eye and cheek colors are lovely. They apply nicely, blend well and wear all day.
I didn’t experience any fallout while using the shades which made me happy. I swear I remember using the older formula of Galapagos and I got major fallout – even with a firm brush. With this version I didn’t.
Kink is a little temperamental but if you apply it with your finger or pack it on wet using a brush over a sticky base you’ll be fine.
My only gripe is that the bronzer looks deep but applies light. I personally don’t like to use anything with a major sheen to bronze all over with, but it paired well with my HG Bronzer from Too Faced.
The highlighter was subtle which is what I personally love. I’m so oily I don’t really need anything more than subtle, as beautiful as they usually are. If you’re into something blinding you might want to layer the highlight shade or perhaps mix it with Icon to amplify it more and maybe also deepen the tone some.
Only some of the shades are in the permanent collection (Isolde II & Galapagos) but there is definitely a chance you’ll have similar shades to all of these in your collection. I love having them all in one place and find that they all work together beautifully.
The NARS Atomic Blonde Eye & Cheek Palette is swatched below dry and on bare skin (no primers):
get the look
FACE: Too Faced Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Primer // Dior Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Color Correct in Apricot // Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation in 2N // IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealing Pot in Medium // Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Light Medium // Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder// IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Powder in Neutral Beige // Morphe Continuous Setting Mist // Too Faced Matte Bronzer in Chocolate Soleil (to contour cheek bone) // NARS Bronzing Powder in Unleashed (from Atomic Blonde – above Too Faced to bronze) // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush // NARS Last Call Highlighting Powder (from Atomic Blonde)
EYES: Morphe Eyelid Primer // Karity 21 Matte Eyeshadow Palette (Whisper from lid to brow, Huntress to deepen the crease and blend way up + in the outer V area & smudged under lower lash line, Luxuria under brows) // NARS Atomic Blonde (Unleashed for transition shade, Isolde II on the lid, Icon tight at inner corner lash line, Last Call to highlight inner corners); Chanel Stylo Yeux in Agape // IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara (top lashes) // Benefit Bad Gal Bang (lower lashes)
The NARS Atomic Blonde Eye & Cheek Palette retails for $59.00 and is a Sephora exclusive. This palette is listed as limited edition.