I discovered NARS powder blushes after participating in an online beauty forum, much to the deteriment of my wallet. After purchasing my first NARS blush from Hong Kong for HKD190 (RM95) a couple of years ago, I knew I had to get my hands on more colors.
These are the colours I presently own:
What I like about NARS blushes are that they are very pigmented yet smooth. So, a little tap with the blush brush on the blush is all you need to get perfect colour. You can build up the colour too, if you prefer something that shows up more. The downside to a pigmented blush is that it is easy to overdo it.
The other thing you have to love is NARS’s naming of the blushes. Where else can you walk up to the makeup counter and ask for an “Orgasm” or “Deep Throat” or “Torrid” and not get a strange look?
That said, I love Orgasm the blush. Its a lovely shimmery peach-pink blush on me. Orgasm is such an iconic blush that the colour has been duplicated in numerous brands but nothing gets as close to Orgasm as the real thing. ;)
One thing I’d say for NARS blushes is that they work very well for women who are darker skinned. Most of the blushes have strong colour and are highly pigmented, so women of color will find it easy to get a shade that works for them.
I’m fair skinned and I have to layer on some of the colours like Orgasm, Torrid, Sin, Desire, Amour and Lovejoy. For other colors like Outlaw, Gina, Taos and Angelika, I only have to lightly tap my blush brush on the surface of the blush and apply. This is especially true for a blush like Taos (The red one). It is scary red in pan, but just a touch of it gives the perfect blushing red for cheeks. I always get compliments on it.
The blush comes in a fairly large rectangle pan which sits in a black rubber textured case with a large mirror in the lid. I like the rubbery feel of the case but it does attract dirt which makes it look grubby quickly. There is no brush but I don’t like those little useless brushes anyway.
The NARS brand isn’t available in Malaysia at this time. In Singapore, it used to be found at a shop called True Colors but I read of many complaints that it was highly marked up. The next nearest location would be Hong Kong where a blush retails for HKD190. In the USA you can purchase it at Sephora or NARS online and it retails for US$25. I had some other colours which I got rid of e.g. Taj Mahal which was a scary burnt orange but very nice on skin. I stopped collecting after a while due to the difficulty in obtaining it, and in knowing if it would fit me.
UPDATE March 2008: The rubberized packaging on my Orgasm blush is melting! Its all sticky and gross. Yuck!
Pros: Pigmented colour, smooth powder, good range of colours, large amount
Cons: Pigmented colour is easy to overdo, expensive, not found in Malaysia, packaging attracts dirt
MWS [rating:2.5/5] for packaging