Blush has been making quite the comeback in my collection, recently. I tend to go through phases of going over the top and purchasing a few in one go and then having a dry spell, whilst I lust after another makeup item. One brand that always reels me back in though, is Nars. By far, they are my favourite for blushes. Passing a counter is dangerous for me - as soon my eyes are drawn to the plethora of beautiful compacts, I can basically forget whatever I'm on my way to do, as I'll be lost in a frenzy of swatching for at least ten minutes. I don't think I've ever been to a Nars counter and not made a blush purchase - I just can't help it; they're like a glow giving, buttery feeling, wonderfully pigmented drug. I am well and truly addicted.
Yes, the notorious names may be wickedly sexual, but if you can get over that, the quality is just insane. In total, there's 32, powder, cheek colours on offer, with four of those being classed as Nars' highlighting blushes. Of course, Nars also have their cream blushes and their famous multiples, but today I'm just focusing on their powder creations. Spanning from subtle, easy to wear shades, through to full-on, acidic brights and deeper, darker hues, there is something to cater for everyone's taste.
Formula wise, I haven't come across any other brand that produces blushes that come close to those from Nars. Never have I been disappointed, even when naughtily buying online without swatching the product in person, first. Even though they're a powder formula, they feel almost creamy and refuse to cake on the skin. A couple of the more out-there shades take a bit of extra careful work than the majority, but they all end up looking just as gorgeous. The pigmentation is powerful, especially with some of the darker shades and building light layers is the best way to get a flattering finish, rather than adding too much, too soon. Clown cheeks are never a good look. Each one can be worn sheerly, or you can build up the intensity to suit the look you're going for. Fading throughout the day isn't an issue with the Nars blushes and I hardly ever carry them in my bag for touch ups. I don't find that they ever cling to any dry patches, or start to exaggerate my pores, either.
So, onto the shades that make up my collection...
Taos looks a bit scary in the compact and it certainly packs a punch of pigmentation, even when lightly swatched. A bold, raspberry-red hue that contains quite a generous helping of golden shimmer, it's one of those shades that you might assume would leave you looking like you'd just sprinted a marathon. Don't shy away from it, though, as it's surprisingly flattering. You definitely don't want to be heavy-handed when applying this shade, but if you go lightly, it adds a lovely, natural-looking flush to the cheeks. As it isn't matte, it doesn't look too stark on the skin, with the shimmer helping it to remain radiant and not ruddy-looking. The trick with this blush, is to blend, blend and blend some more and, as the texture is so smooth, it should look amazing.
Oasis is the newest addition to my Nars blush collection, but I can see it soon creeping towards the top of my most-used products list. It's a dusky, slightly lilac, rose colour, that is brought to life by a tonne of golden shimmer. However, this shimmer isn't at all overpowering on the cheek, giving a radiant glow, instead. Not too light and not too dark, this is a great, universal shade that will flatter most skin tones. Another point to note, is that it has more of a neutral tone to it, without leaning too cool or warm, which can be hard to find with blush. Like the rest, the formula is just delectably velvety and feels lovely.
When it comes to Nars blushes, my one and only gripe is the packaging. Cue the groans. For my perfectionist personality, nothing is more upsetting than when I put a brand new product into my makeup bag and, on removal a day later, find that the once pristine case has been ruined. Black, rubber-like compacts really aren't going to stay clean for long, which grinds my gears. Their saving grace is that they're slim and small, containing a good 4.8g of product and a decently sized mirror. At £21.50 a pop, they don't come cheap, but if you're looking for a blush that you'll love and will use time and time again, then go and peruse the Nars counter. If you aren't left a happy bunny, I'll eat my hat!
What do you think of the Nars blushes? Which shades do you own and which is your favourite?