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Monday, September 3, 2012

NARS Joie de Vivre Cheek Palette (Nordstrom Exclusive) Review

Hi everyone. I am going to show you guys one of my favourite palette in my makeup stash: the NARS Joie de Vivre Cheek Palette. I missed out on a similar palette called the NARS Danmari Cheek palette (Sephora exclusive) back in the days, so I was very determined to get my hands on the Joie de Vivre Cheek Palette which is an exclusive item for the famous Nordstrom anniversary sale.

This item was sold out almost instantaneously so it is not available anymore. However, the blushes are all permanent shades that are available individually so if you guys like the colour, you can still pick up the shade you like.

Without further ado, tadahhhhhhh!!

Each color in the palette is 3.5g/0.12oz. I think that each pan in the palette is of a very good size considering that a full size NARS blush is 4.8g/0.16oz.

Top row from left: Albastross, Gaiety & Luster.
Bottom row from left: Laguna, Orgasm & Angelika.

 From left: Albastross (frosty ivory with a golden hue and gold micro shimmers) & Laguna (warm mid-tone brown with gold micro shimmers)

 From left: Gaiety (Satin finish cool tone bright pink) & Orgasm (yellow based pink with a golden sheen and shimmer)

From left: Luster (Coral peach with golden sheen and shimmer. It will look a little bronze when built up) & Angelika (cool toned bright pink with silver shimmers)

I have always been very fond of the few NARS blushes that I own and this palette is not exception. Each colour has good colour payoff and the texture is nice and blends well. Although the texture is not the softest and creamiest of textures but it is not powdery or dry. All but one of the colours in this palette contains shimmers, but I am ok with it since the shimmers don't show up too much on the cheeks. 

Albastross is a pretty highlighter shade but as per all highlighter shades, it will disappear as soon as my the shine on my skin comes through. I have also been using Laguna to contour my cheeks since the shimmer is very subtle. Laguna can look a little bit muddy on my skin tone if I use too much product or if I don't blend it in carefully though. My favourite shade is Gaiety and Luster in this palette. I think that Gaiety gives a very sweet pretty pink look and Luster gives a very healthy peachy bronze hue on the skin. All of the colours except Albastross are very long lasting even on my oily skin, fading only after 5-6 hours of wear and it will not completely disappear  on the skin.

I was wearing a mixture of Luster and Orgasm in this look.

Here, I was wearing Gaiety on the apples of my cheeks and Angelika on the tops of my cheeks.

Before I go, I want to ask you guys if you would like me to list out all the products that I used on a makeup look like in the Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base review post HERE or are you guys happy with me just mentioning the products reviewed (like in this post). I sometimes don't remember which exact product I used for the entire look but if you guys want me to do it I will be sure to note down the products in the future.

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Until next time. xoxo


  1. Amazing palette, love especially the second part of colors! Your last make up is so pretty!


  2. The packaging is so pretty ^_^
    Albastross is beautiful! I have such a thing for this type of shade, lol. And of course both orgasm and gaiety are really pretty too. And the last make up look is really gorgeous!

  3. Beautiful palette! Love the colours.


  4. For me it's ok like this, just reviewing the main products that you have used! Nice palette!

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  5. This palette does seem like quite good value, I have to admit - I've only ever tried one or two NARS shades, but I definitely think I'll be trying out Angelicka and maybe Luster soon! xx

  6. I need this! I think they had this last Christmas?
    I have been dying to try Luster~!

  7. I love Nars! Following you!

  8. beautiful make-up!!!i'm new follower your blog!!if you like mine,do the same!!kiss!!

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  9. Need this in my life! Great post! I follow! Hope you can follow back!


  10. Nars is soo wonderful--your eyes look stunning!

    Loving your blog,

    adorn la femme

  11. Arghhhhh I am so jealous!!!!!! This is such a gorgeous blush palette!!! I never try NARS makeup before but I've heard so many great things about it!!!! The blush look so natural on you and it does seem to blend nicely with you skin :)

  12. I envy you for having tons of makeup! :) I love the reviews! :))

  13. Amazing nuances and make up darling :)

    With love,Mia

  14. I wanted to get this palette so badly but there was no chance, lol! The colours are all gorgeous - I actually like the shade selection better than the Danmari palette. How do you find the quality of the blushes compared to the singles? Are they identical? Gaiety is so pretty on you :)

  15. What a nice palette, looks absolutely fantastic!

    xoxo, Mary ♡ Fashionbirds

  16. Not bad, I like these colors!
    Thanks for your comment and I follow you...kisses, Den.

  17. Thx for stopping by =) great makeup set

    <3 Kelly

  18. Nice make-up
    Beijos Vanessa

  19. Love the pinks of this palette! :) It's awesome since you have 6 beautiful colors and you can mix them as well! :D

  20. Great Swatches ,love the Palette! You look amazing!
    i´m a new Follower

    Have a happy Day :)

  21. Love your review! I've been drooling over this palette ever since it launched exclusively for sephora. The colors are so pretty and for such a nice size. I wasn't aware it was available at other department stores...but then again Nordstrom isn't available in my area so I still can't get my hands on this! >_< I'll continue my search *crossfingers* haha.

  22. looks great! i really need to try makeup from nars...

  23. I love the eye liner.
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  24. Oh I never heard about the blush palette! I just wonder, are these colors as sheer as they look on your swatches? Because I was a little bit disappointed when first seeing the palette and then these very sheer swatches, I just wonder :) And how much was the palette?

  25. these colors look fantastic. i love NARS products. thanks for sharing.

    xx rae

  26. this cheek palette looks amazing! i really want to get a nars blush in orgasm. :)

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  27. the blush looks great & natural on u! i like nars but i have slight qualm about their packaging. their casings tend to adhere dirt & powder! :(

    u r looking cute as always <3


  28. I ordered last week here: and now, I can already understand what the hype is all about.


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