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Monday, April 14, 2014

NARS Blushes


I don't often repurchase items, nor do I buy loads of the same type. I'll admit that I'm not exactly the most clingy, anyway (except when it comes to almond butter) but beauty is definitely the category I always flint with. Heck, I even named a particular base the best of last year and am currently slapping it on everyday, but I still don't think I'll repurchase; my point exactly. Nevertheless, an exception discreetly snuck into my stash.

This exception is NARS blushes--beautiful, squared pots of pigment housed in nearly silky, black compacts that happen to attract dirt just as much as they attract my love. I have three of them drifting within my possession, but each pigment reveals another facet. Why? Well, in my typical philosophical pensions, I've decided that it's the ridiculously amazing range of colors that NARS boasts in pigments that has me oblivious to my consistent black compact buying habits. Plums, burgundies, even neon pinks that I wouldn't ever dare to dip my own brush into. For a brand who vehemently showcases blue eyeshadow-encrusted models in their ads, I'd say it's rather interesting that I have such a penchant for a brand so makeup-y (as in the antonym of "no makeup, makeup," my mantra). And I prefer my dose in the form of blush.

The oldest blush in my possession is Deep Throat, a neutral and slightly golden toned pure pink with a hint of shimmer. But being "old" has a negative connotation. What if I told my makeup ignorance three years back chose this shade, minus knowledge of hype and NARS blush hysteria? Then it would be a keeper. As a bearer of a naturally pink complexion, though, it's rather ironic that I'm praising a further tomato inducing shade. Nevertheless, the buttery and pigmented formulas make for easy application, especially when accompanied with another magical power of never looking too over the top. Although obscene in name, Deep Throat was the pretty blush for the beginner Lillian, and also the (recently) most worn for a mind about to explode with makeup knowledge. On a warmer front is Luster. It's orange and nearly as warm as blush gets. And, when I first applied it, I just begged that I wouldn't look like an Oompa Loompa; but the shade in the pan shouldn't scare you. I don't get much use out of it in these cold--although slightly exothermic--days, but it looks absolutely stunning in the summer, paired with bronzer, and a slightly bronzed (or, if you're like me, faux bronzed) complexion. And there's also the trademark hit of shimmer--and don't be weaned away; trust me when I say I'm a glitter-phobe. Last is a dusky, pink, slightly brown-tinged, earthy pigment known as Douceur. Some praise it as their contour of choice, but its slightly rosy glow in its matte formula adds grace to your face with an edge and barely-there feel thanks to the sublime grey and brown. Yes, it's sculpting, but it's also perfect for no makeup days where you really want to wear makeup (i.e. me everyday....) and for moments when it's time for another feature to shine, whether it's red packed lips or a burnished lid.

I like to stick to my word, but obviously François Nars has me a changed woman. Their shades are gorgeous, and the easy formulas don't hurt, either. Unfortunately, François may have me hypnotized; blue blush, here I come.

39 comments :

  1. Nars blushes are my favourite piece of make up #strongstatement!
    I own the three blushes you've mentioned, and both Deep Throat and Douceur already have a big pan on them (don't worry Luster, we'll get there). They are so lovely!
    May I also recommend others that have a special place in my heart?
    Penny Lane, a slightly more pinky cream version of Douceur, best cream blush I encounter (have a pan as well!).
    And Gina, for when the weather gets warmer, is such a lovely tangerine colour! A great option for when I am not feeling the shimmer on Luster but still wants a warm colour on my cheeks :)
    I could have talk about them for hours (it may seem that I have? such a big comment! hahah)

    Lovely blog as always!

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  2. Absolutely loved this post - i'm yet to actually buy anything from NARS, despite eyeballing the counter every time passing SPACE NK. Really handy to have this quick summery review as two of the shades were actually on my wishlist. May have to splurge and finally pick a couple up.

    Heather | porcelainbeautyx

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  3. Im looking for a new Nars blush! Im looking at gina but im taking these into consideration :) xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

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  4. I used to own Taj Mahal and Exhibit A, and loved them to death - but they were over 3 years old, so I ended up throwing 'em out. Now I regret it.
    On the bright side - I may pick up Gina the next time I'm in a country with a NARS Counter.


    www.shlaya,net

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  5. Do you like the Laguna bronzer? If so have you done (could you do) a post on it?

    I'm thinking of investing for summer :)

    Eleri Roberts x

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  6. I love Nars blushes! Deep Throat is next on my list x

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  7. Really want to try some Nars blushers, they all look so nice! x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  8. I know some don't like the shade Orgasm all too much but I have it in a duo with Laguna and I love how it's like a highlighter + blush in one. I was super impressed with it and after reading rave reviews on Douceur, it's the next one I want to try!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  9. I have Deep Throat that I love but I have had my eye on Doucer forever. It just seems like the perfect everyday blush. Might have to get it soon…

    mercurialway.blogspot.com

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  10. Agreed! Cracking post :) I think that I need Doceur in my life!
    xx

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  11. NARS blushes are the best. Luster is just perfection. Gaiety is worth checking out, looks scary in the pan, but amazing on xx

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  12. I haven't tried any Nars blushes yet but between the colours and the packaging I'm well on my way towards trying them. Douceur sounds like my sort of shade! x

    Angelica // One Little Vice

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  13. In my opinion Nars does the best blushes, amazing colors and they always last a while on my cheeks!

    http://www.chelsealeigh.ca/

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  14. I've yet to try a Nars blush! I've got my eye on a few but glitter is a no-no for me so a lot of the popular shades are out for me

    http://www.mercuteify.com/

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  15. I really like the look of Douceur (: it sounds like a really flattering shade x


    www.madeleineslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I absolutely love NARS blushes and really own more than enough. I have Luster, Orgasm, Douceur, and Sin already and Gaiety is next is on my shopping list. I just love them so much! I could not recommend these enough. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  17. I love to play with bolder hues when it comes to blush! One of my faves has got to be NARS Desire ;)

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  18. I don't remember that one! I'll definitely check it out next time I'm around. x

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  19. My friend purchased Gaiety when I was with her, and it seems like it would be so brightening. I don't get enough use out of Douceur, and Sin seems to be a firm favorite among many, as well. x

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  20. It is. Perhaps I'll pop up an exclusive review on it in a bit? Would you like that? x

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  21. I'm with you on glitter, but, surprisingly they don't seem to scream disco, like I'd expect (at least with these, anyway). x

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  22. Ah, the color range is amazing! x

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  23. It's certainly a good staring point, and you really must try at least one. x

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  24. It is, and it looks even better on than in the pan. x

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  25. Ooo, I'll have to try it. Merci! x

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  26. Ah, shucks; thanks. x

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  27. If you do, please tell me if you like it. The shade is such a good basic, perfect for days when you don't really want anything or have other stars stealing the show. x

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  28. You have to love a two-in-one. You should definitely try Douceur. x

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  29. They are. x

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  30. It's the perfect baby pink. And we can always use the coming of spring and summer as an excuse--but I'd be doing the same thing if it was winter. x

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  31. I do, I do. I use it a lot; in fact, I've even reached the pan on it--and that's a first, for me. I did a review of it here: http://www.parisiantobe.com/2013/05/nars-laguna-bronzer-review.html Hope this helps! x

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  32. Ah, I hate that feeling! I think you thoroughly deserve some NARS replacements. x

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  33. Gina seems to be loved by the general consensus. x

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  34. Ah, thanks so much for all the recommendations! I know what I'll be doing this weekend. Merci, beaucoup. x

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  35. Oooh yes, if you want to! I've been thinking about purchasing it so a more in-depth review would be really helpful! (: x

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  36. I've added it to my list. (:

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  37. Deep throat is my fave! On a NARS make over the MUA showed me this and I did laugh I didn't think it would work on my darker skin tone turns out I was wrong it's looks so natural :) you can't beat NARS blushes I have a few on my wish list :) x

    http://rinicawrites.blogspot.co.uk/

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