the nordstrom anniversary sale is fun because of all the exclusive beauty items that come out. from special palettes to well-priced sets, there are always things to drool over. i don’t usually splurge on anything, but this year i got two items that i didn’t think i could miss out on. the nars hot escape eye & cheek palette, $49, was really the item that made me make a purchase. it’s a beautifully cool-toned (FINALLY) palette with four eye shadows, one blush, and one highlighter. the eye shadows are on the sheer side while still having a nice amount of pigment, making them perfect for every day while still being buildable and buttery. the taupe is obviously my favorite of the bunch, but i appreciate having a matte beige and a darker shade for lining the eyes. my darkest shade got a little smashed in transit, but not too much shadow is missing thankfully. the blush is gorgeously neutral with a ton of pigment, so while i have to be careful with it, it’s great when applied lightly on my skin. it perfectly enhances my summer tan. and the highlighter, which i will probably use as an eye shadow, is a great light champagne that isn’t too yellow. sabrina of the beauty lookbook had a great review on this here.the hourglass ambient lighting blush palette ($65) is the same one they release every year, though they say the shade on the far left is an exclusive. the shades are surreal glow, luminous flush, and mood exposure. my surreal glow is very light even on my skin, so i’ve been mixing it with the other two or using it as a faux highlighter (i’m really not a powder highlighter girl). i like the other two blushes so much that it is worth it to have the light one in the palette either way – again i’ll definitely use it as a soft eye shadow. this was still in stock by the time of me writing this post, so i recommend checking it out if you like hourglass but don’t have any of their blushes. mood exposure has always seemed too plummy to me, but it actually shows up quite warm and bronzey/neutral on the skin which is a great surprise. i don’t own very many palettes so it’s nice to add a couple to my little collection. of course i by no means needed these items, but i can’t resist a special edition when i can really see myself loving the products. of the two, definitely try to find the nars palette on ebay or the like if you are into cooler tones…they don’t come around too often these days!
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