NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette
|November 30, 2011||Posted by peach_ under Blush, NARS|
Unlike nail polishes, which I change to a different color every few days, I’m extremely prone to getting into a rut with face makeup. My morning routine would consist of reaching for whatever products happen to be the most versatile or physically closest to me at the moment (likely newest purchases) and I would use those same products over and over again until something new comes along.
One of the worst offenders are blushes. Knowing myself, I now mostly purchase eyeshadow palettes that can create different looks, but with blushes, I become too lazy to pull out various large-sized compacts. There isn’t anything remotely wrong with sticking to a trusty favorites, but hey, I want to have some fun! (But admittedly, without much effort.)
So when I heard about the NARS Danmari palette, I knew this would be the perfect solution. Housed in a special holiday box, this limited edition palette contains four blushes (Orgasm, Super Orgasm, Desire, Sin), plus a highlighter (Hungry Heart I) and a contour/bronzer color (Casino). I could create different looks just using this kit, much like how I use an eyeshadow palette.
Not only that, but it’s a complete steal at USD $65 for six 0.12 oz shades (75% of full size each), when regular-sized 0.16oz blush retails for $27 each. And with the name Danmari (暗闘 だんまり), derived from the Japanese pantomime form of Kabuki, how could I resist?
From reading various reviews, I knew the palette is 6.25 inches x 3.25 inches, but I couldn’t quite visualize the size (metric system, anyone?) since I purchased this online and I wasn’t about to whip out my ruler . It turned out smaller than I imagined it, basically the same size as 3 credit cards line up as above.
So of course the pans are also smaller than I visualized as well. If you’re familiar with NARS eyeshadows, they’re about the same dimensions; each one is about three AAA batteries lined up, though it’s arguable whether that description helps anyone.
Let’s just say it comfortably fits the head of a standard blush brush (I’m holding a MAC 168 above). If you’ve used NARS blushes, you’d know that you literally only need a light tap to deposit pigment onto the brush and apply to both cheeks. I never need to swipe the brush over them since they’re highly pigmented, possibly some of the most pigmented on the market.
The exterior is the same “rubbery” signature NARS packaging, which I’ve never been too keen on since it easily grips fingerprints, powder pigments, dirt, what-have-you. I also always feel like I have to pry open NARS compacts and I’m afraid my fingers will slip and I’ll break my nails one day.
The compact is “top heavy” because of the large mirror and topples over unless the mirror is perfectly perpendicular to the blushes. I’m mentioning it only because it freaked me out when I placed the palette down and thought it’d fall off the counter and shatter. And yes, I like to complain about little things. I do like the large mirror and you can easily see both cheeks at the same time or your whole face if you flip the palette vertically.
Ahh, but I can forget about the rubbery packaging because the inside is so beautiful! It contains:
- Hungry Heart Duo I (highlighter) – sheer ivory with golden microshimmer
- Casino (bronzer/contour) – warm mid-tone brown with a slight sheen
- Orgasm - peachy pink with gold shimmer and golden sheen (like an overlay)
- Super Orgasm – light pink with silvery-gold sheen and large glitter particles
- Desire – matte, hot Barbie pink
- Sin – plummy mauve with silvery gold sheen
I blended the edges of these swatches so you can gauge how it would look using a light hand. As you can see, most are shimmery, and especially with Super Orgasm, the glitter flies everywhere. If you don’t like shimmer, beware. But even the bright pink Desire can look very flattering and natural with only a single light tap to pick up pigment and blended onto the cheeks.
The color that surprised me the most is Sin. It looks purple-y and quite frankly scary in the pan (which is why I’d never tried it), but it applies a plummy color that’s perfect for the colder season. It makes me look more mature, or (dare I say it) sexy and it looks great paired with smokey eyes.
I only wish Orgasm and Super Orgasm were replaced with different colors. Orgasm seems to appear in every single set/kit and most who’ve wanted it already own it. Super Orgasm is very glittery and, in my opinion, best for the night time or special occasions.
However, I often hear Super Orgasm being just a more glittery Orgasm, but I disagree — Orgasm is a peachy, coral pink with a golden sheen, like an overlay, while Super Orgasm is more pink without the obvious yellow-gold overlay.
I’m happy with this palette and wouldn’t hesitate to purchase it should NARS make another blush palette. I love that I can just keep this one palette around and create different looks (sometimes by mixing the colors) in the mornings without having to dig through different blushes. It’s great for travel, even if you own most (or all?) the colors, and would also make great gifts for someone new to NARS.
The palette has (thankfully) sparked my interest in blushes again and it reminded me that a slight change in color-use in just one part of your makeup can dramatically change a look for the better.
P.S. Speaking of Danmari and Kabuki, I’ve seen several Kabuki performances and really enjoy them. Color me uncultured, but I enjoy them much more than Noh theatre, which I’ve shamefully fallen asleep watching. Kabuki has great story-telling, is dramatic, extremely dynamic, and is often comical. Although it’s not Danmari, I found a clip of Kabuki-style “tap dancing” by famous Kabuki actors that is pure genius! Skip to the middle section for the good parts.