My Nars Blush Collection 2012 (Swatches)

November 10, 2012 § 4 Comments

Nars Blush and Bronzer

Blushers are very important aspect of makeup because they instantly bring life back to your face. If I had to choose only 1 colour product I can wear on my face (excluding foundation), I will choose a blush over eye shadow or lip stick any day. So as you can expect, I own a lot of blushers from drug store brands to high end brands. Among all the blushers I own, I always find myself reaching for Nars blushers, because they simply has best colour pay off and texture. So today, I would like to share my Nars Blush collection. This post is picture heavy!

Nars Blush 01

Clockwise from top left (Colour description from official website)

  • Orgasm: Peachy pink with golden shimmer
  • Desire: Cotton candy pink
  • Gina: A true tangerine
  • Zen: Neutral beige
  • Madly: Warm soft-focus seashell pink

Nars Blush 02

From left to right (Colour description from official website)

  • Limited Edition Blush Duo
    Albatross (Highlighting Blush): Luminous glow
    Lovejoy (Blush): Shimmering bronzed rose
  • Laguna (Bronzing Powder): Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer

Swatches!

Nars Blush Swatch 01

Desire, Gina and Zen are matte colours, and Lovejoy, Orgasm, and Madly have very delicate shimmer in them. As you can see, Desire and Gina are a lot more pigmented than some of the other colours because they are matte. Obviously I would not wear them so dark on my cheeks but those are the colour that I need to be more careful when I apply. You may think Lovejoy, Madly and Zen look very much alike but they are quite different in person. Lovejoy is more rosey and it is more red than the other 2. Madly has nice soft pink undertone. Zen is more like a bronzer to me. I use Zen in stead of Laguna when I really don’t want any shimmer on my face.

Nars Blush Bronzer Swatch

Laguna is definitely my favourite bronzer and I use it quite often. It just gives my face really nice golden glow but not too shimmery. It’s probably really hard to see Albatross in the photo, but it is a very nice almost colourless highlight colour. It has slightly yellowish champagne undertone which just give you a beautiful glow. I tend to use it when I’m wearing matte blush.

During the spring and summer, my favourite blush to wear is Gina. Although it looks quite orange in the photo, it shows up a little more apricot on my cheeks and it makes me look really healthy and youthful. During the winter, my favourites are Lovejoy and Madly. They both look very sophisticated and stylish.

Although Nars blushes are expensive (CA$32 + tax), I really think they are worth the money. I just feel like I will never hit pan on these blushes because I only use so little every time. I definitely plan on buying more in the future.

So what do you think of Nars Blushes? What is your favourite blush (Nars or other)? Let me know in the comment section!

Mini Haul – NARS Blush in Desire & Madly

April 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

Image

Official Website Description

  • Desire (left) : Delicate bright pink [visit]
  • Madly (right): Warm soft-focus seashell pink [visit]

Hi guys, I haven’t been blogging for a little because I was traveling and super tired. I don’t have too many makeup products with me right now so that it one of the reason too. But I purchased these 2 Nars blushes from one of my friend for only CA$20 approx. because she apparently owns too many blushes. Anyways, I’m super excited to try these blushes because Nars blushes are my absolute favorite.

I haven’t tried them on my face yet (mainly because I don’t have anything to wear them with) but when I swatched them on my hand, Desire seemed much more wearable than it looks but Madly seemed bit too dark for my skin. I will review them when I get back to Canada.

See you all,

NARS – Pore Refining Primer Review

March 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

Nars Pore Refining Primer

Official Website Discription

This oil-free primer instantly refines the look of pores, regulates shine and mattifies the skin to create an immaculate canvas. … This primer works particularly well with skins concerned with controlling oil and shine. [Read the full description here]

As a makeup lover, I used to always wonder why many makeup brands in North America did not make makeup primer. It was not until past few years that many brands started selling makeup primers. Foundation primers have been popular in Japan since at least 10 years ago (when I moved to Canada) so I am pleased to see many selections in North America now.

Whan I was on the hunt for makeup primer, I tried many many different kinds including ever famous Smashbox Photo Finish. One of my skin concern is visible pores on my cheeks so I thought these silicone primers will be great, but in the end I decided that I do not like them because I don’t like the feeling of filling in the pores. I feel like I am suffocating my skin and it’s not very good for my skin condition.

So when I saw this Nars primer I was very happy. It is not the kind that just makes your skin flat surface by filling the lines and pores with silicone. It is more like giving your skin more moisture so your pores will naturally be less visible. When skin is moisturized, it absorbes the water like a sponge and plumps up resulting pores to be closed.

Here is how the product looks like:

Nars Pore Refining Primer Applied

As you can see, it is a light semi transparent gel cream. Because it is oil-free, it applies super light and feels great on the skin. I think it just feels like a light moisturizer. When applied it looks bit shiny but it dries to semi-matte finish. The website says it contains minerals that absorbs oil to keep skin matte. I have very oily T-zone so I feel like it is not mattifying enough. I like this primer but I think it will work better for people with dry to normal skin. I’ve been using this during the winter but also using Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch on my cheeks and T-zone when I need extra covering. I want to try the other primer from NARS that contains SPF but unfortunately it’s not avalable in Canada.

My final rating: 3.5 – 4 /5

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