9.04.2013

My NARS blush collection.

When it comes to blush, NARS knows what they're doing. From the vast shade range to the promise of excellent pigmentation that always delivers, their blushes have earned a cult following for a reason. My collection of NARS blushes may not be as extensive as you might expect; however, I feel as though the relatively modest selection I have make up quite a strong group, as there actually aren't many others from the brand still remaining on my wishlist. 
Clockwise from left:
Orgasm (in a duo with Laguna bronzer)
Douceur
Luster
Mounia
Sin
Desire


Orgasm is a bright pinky-coral with golden shimmer. If there was an award for most raved about product in magazines, it would undoubtedly go to Orgasm. Surprisingly, I don't reach for Orgasm all that much, and while I don't absolutely hate it, I don't particularly care for how it looks on me either. It sometimes gives me a rosacea-esque look that I'm not exactly fond of, for obvious reasons. 

Douceur is a brown-tinged, tawny pink that looks so much more flattering on the cheeks than it appears in the pan. It's one of those goes-with-everything kind of blushes that you can never have too many of in your collection. It gives a sculpted look to my cheeks that I find really flattering, yet still natural and never overdone.

Luster is a shimmery, golden peach that is insanely flattering on both untanned and tanned skin tones. Speaking from experience, Luster is one of those shades you really have to try on your cheeks in order to truly appreciate what it can do for your complexion. It instantly gives my skin a lit-from-within kind of look, as if I've soaked up more vitamin D than I really have.

Mounia is a raspberry red that could not be any more perfect for fall and winter. The tiniest amount blended onto both cheeks immediately perfects the rosy-flush-from-being-out-in-the-cold look, without having to actually endure the cold. Unfortunately, Mounia is discontinued :(

Sin is a mauvey, berry-grape that quite frankly, looks muddy and scary in swatches but completely transforms itself on the cheeks. Another fantastic fall and winter blush when you find that your go-to pinks just don't offer enough depth or richness.

Desire is a bright bubblegum pink that instantly brightens up any complexion. I really don't use this one as much as I should. Maybe because it looks beautiful yet utterly terrifying at the same time. A light-handed application is absolutely required with Desire.

L to R:
Orgasm
Douceur
Luster
Mounia
Sin
Desire


If I had to choose a favorite, it'd be a toss-up between Douceur, Luster and Sin. I love both Mounia and Desire, but admittedly, I don't reach for either one as often as I'd like, probably due to them requiring a more careful application technique. Orgasm, I could do without and I definitely think it's overrated, but I still use it every now and again just for the hell of it.

So, what's left on my NARS blush wishlist you ask? 
1. Dolce Vita - Looks like the perfect grown-up blush. The I-only-have-one-blush-in-my-makeup-bag-because-that's-all-I-need kind of blush. Vastly different from the shades I tend to go for.
2. Madly - For a no-blush kind of blush look....because the best way to make it appear as though you're not wearing something is to wear it, right? Makes no sense. My apologies.
3. Deep Throat - Just because it looks so pretty on so many others. I'm sure I already have a dupe somewhere. Don't need it, but stillllll.


54 comments:

  1. I agree with your take on NARS blushes. My collection is even smaller than yours, but it is solid. I have Dolce Vita and Madly, and yes, you need them! Deep Throat is in the Adult Content Palette which is on my wish list, but the name. Eep.

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  2. I don't own any blushes from them but all I want right now are more Catrice and Bourjois blushes! I absolutely love the packaging of NARS products! So sturdy and the mirror is gorg! I love the shade sin!

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  3. I keep meaning to pick up Luster, and I think you've convinced me! I love blushes that give you that lit from within look-there aren't a lot that do that!

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  4. NARS blushes are some of my favorites. I only have Orgasm but I love it!

    xx- missmacbeauty.blogspot.com

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  5. I love all Nars blushes. I have 4 or 5 and I always find myself reaching for them. Dolce Vita and Torrid are my faves!

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  6. No, you broke my heart xD I fell in love with Mounia until you wrote it's discontinued. Ouch :)

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  7. Hey Tiffany, thanks for the overview! I still haven't tried a single NARS blush! Whenever I get the opportunity to swatch them, the shades seem either too shimmery or too bold. I'm just not sure I have the skills to blend them out properly! I suppose I should man up and try one some day though!

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  8. Desire looks gorgeous. I don't own any NARS blusher, but I have a few of them on my WL :)

    sparklewithlaughter.blogspot.com

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  9. I love all the colors you have listed! I have to disagree with your opinion on the Orgasm blush, it definitely is one I use quite a bit for weddings but I will admit that most of my brides are on the lighter shade of the spectrum. I, just like you, love Sin! It is that perfect cool shade for fall and winter! Totally am loving it!
    btw love your reviews and how honest they are!
    Carolyn

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  10. same here! I wish I could get it!

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  11. What a lovely collection you have! Douceur will always be one of my all time favourites I think!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  12. Good collection! You have a nice selection of colors. I don't have Luster though it is on my wishlist. I have not heard of one bad thing about it, but the frostiness scares me! I want Dolce Vita too for the exact same reason as you said. It really does look like a universal one blush kind of girl color huh? Good description

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  13. Dolce Vita, you HAVE to get it!!! it looks soooooo good in the fall when i wear it i always wonder, why isnt this the only blush i own!>!>! Deep Throat is super cute for spring, Madly i have but it oxidizes on me :*( looks like mud after a few hours, why :(

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  14. Love this post! Discovered you today and I'm so excited to see we both have a NARS Blush addiction! Coincidentally, the 3 blushes on your wish list are my 3 favourites, aside from Orgasm.

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  15. Such a great collection!! I love Douceur...I'm excited to pull it out again and use it more this Fall/Winter. Sin is one I would like to get...not sure why I haven't yet because I always love it in swatches! Thanks for showing us your collection!

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  16. Glad you agree, Alison! I really like having a relatively small collection because it doesn't make me feel like such a hoarder ;) And you, J from lilladylife and Danielle have all said that I need Dolce Vita, so.......

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  17. Aww, we don't have access to Catrice or Bourjois in the States, but their blushes look lovely as well so I don't blame you for wanting them! And yes, Sin is definitely a beauty :)

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  18. I adore NARS blushes! I've got Luster and Deep Throat (yes, you have to get it...) and I use them loads. They're so well pigmented and the subtle shimmer is gorgeous! I think you've added Madly or (we'll just go with 'and') Dolce Vita to my wishlist.

    xo Lillian from parisiantobe.com

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  19. I love Luster, Tracy! I LOVE IT! Try it and let me know what you think. I hope you love it too! Remember, try it on your cheeks, not just on your hand!

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  20. Yay, so glad you love Orgasm! I wish I liked it more to be honest, but that's okay. I love the others that I have! :)

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  21. I think you're the 4th person to speak highly of Dolce Vita to me just since this post went up, so it's only a matter of time before I cave.... ;)

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  22. Aww, I'm so sorry :((( If I ever find a dupe, I'll definitely post about it!

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  23. Sorry, Carolyn :( It's so cruel of me to post about it when it's not available anymore! Like I told Giare, if I ever find a dupe, I'll definitely alert everyone!

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  24. Wow, really? NEVER?! I understand your hesitation though...You know, they made the Yachiyo brush specifically to apply their blushes because they're so pigmented, and I have it and I don't think it's all that. I think it just takes practice with your normal blush brush to get the perfect application down. I have to apply Mounia and Desire super sparingly like I do with my Illamasqua blushes!


    Let me know if you bite the bullet one day and pick up a NARS blush - I'd be curious to see which shade you choose! :)

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  25. Ooo, which ones are on your wishlist, Sanja? :)

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  26. Thanks so much, Carolyn! I'm excited for fall so I can start wearing some of my berry blushes again :) And I'm so glad you like Orgasm! I wish it looked better on me.

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  27. Ok, so everyone has been telling me that I need Dolce Vita since I put up this post, so I definitely think I'm going to have to pick that one up soon. As for Luster - it's beautiful. I love it. Maybe try to get an SA to apply it on your cheeks sometime and see what you think? I don't find it to be frosty actually. Shimmery, yes; frosty, no.

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  28. Ok, ok, ok, I get it! I need DV. It's at the top of my list now :) Maybe I'll skip on Madly though...makeup that oxidizes is one of my pet peeves -_-

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  29. Glad you liked the post, Maria, and I'm happy you found my blog! I love that we share some of the same favorites too :D

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  30. Hi Gummy! I would definitely recommend Sin! It looks so pretty on. Unlike you, I actually was scared of how it looked in swatches but just bought it anyway, and I don't regret it one bit! :)

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  31. I only have 2 NARS blushes but do intend in investing in a few more. I have Orgasm too and it is so overhyped! The other one i have is Gilda, it is so perfect for summer ^^
    Top of my wishlist are Douceur, Deepthroat and Sin!

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  32. The only NARS blush I have is Orgasm, but in a sample size that my sister gave me. I agree that I'm not a total fan of it either in that I don't really care for it. I've been eyeing Deep Throat and Sin for awhile now. Those two just look so pretty!

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  33. I feel the EXACT same way about Orgasm! - it was actually my first NARS blush. So it took me quite some time before I purchased another NARS blush. I believe Exhibit A was my second (which I adore) I now have a small collection, and once again, I feel the same way you do about my collection overall.

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  34. Ahh so pretty. After years of resisting, I bought my first NARS blush about nine months ago (umm is it weird I remember how many months its been?) and it's been my most used blush since, hands down. It's Madly. Also - aren't window sills awesome for photographing makeup? It made me smile to see someone else doing this. Sometimes I just put a white posterboard over the window sill and suddenly its like lightbox-worthy lighting, minus the lightbox :)

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  35. I've always felt I need Douceur, but since I own Oasis, I'm not sure I can justify both :s
    Do you have any idea of how Mounia compares to Outlaw??? I feel Outlaw can be an alternative for those who couldn't get Mounia and want a raspberry blush.

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  36. Love the packaging and colors you have! Deep Throat and Torrid are my wishlist!:)

    http://ahintofbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  37. I stopped collecting these because there was no end to the madness, but they really are really nice blushers. The only one I have left now is Orgasm. Once in a while I still want Exhibit A. I think you should add Gina to the wish pile. :D

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  38. NARS has always been a hit or miss, but I do love their blushes. I have Orgasm, Laguna, Madly, Douceur and Deep Throat. Deep Throat is my favourite! You have to get it :-)

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  39. i just wish nars blushes weren't so shimmery! I really used to love them, like Sin. Used to love that one

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  40. Douceur looks so lovely! and uber wearable

    A Beautiful Zen

    jenn

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  41. Gilda looks like a gorgeous shade too, Chloe! No wonder you wonder love it :) Too bad Orgasm didn't blow either of us away :-/

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  42. Sin is definitely a beautiful blush, and Deep Throat just seems like it might be a better fit for those of us who don't care for Orgasm maybe? Let me know if you end up getting either of them and what you think! :)

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  43. Yay! I definitely like having a smaller collection, especially when I love every product (except Orgasm in my case). It makes me feel like I'm actually making use of what I have! I do hear about Exhibit A a lot, but it just looks so scary in the pan and I'm really lazy and tend not to use blushes that need a careful application as much. Maybe I should just suck it up and get it one day!

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  44. Ooooh, great tip about the white posterboard, Catherine! Thank you! And it's not weird at all to remember how long it's been since you picked up Madly....it must've been a monumental moment :) Glad you love it so much!

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  45. To be honest, I don't think I've ever swatched Outlaw before so I'm not sure. They do look really similar in their pans from what I can tell from other photos floating around on the internet though! Great suggestion :)

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  46. Thank you, Lupe! I don't blame you for having Deep Throat and Torrid on your wishlist - they look like beautiful shades :)

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  47. Noted! Gina definitely looks like a "me" shade; I just wonder if I always have similar shades in my collection. So I take it you like Orgasm then? I don't know why but it just doesn't blow me away! Thinking about Exhibit A now too.... ;)

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  48. Aww, you don't like shimmery blushes? I still do :D

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  49. It's definitely a goes-with-everything kind of shade! :)

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  50. only if it is really subtle... i don't know, it just feels out of place otherwise? But i guess it is because my fiance doesn't like much shimmer lol AND i would feel really out of place at work lol

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  51. Oh, I see. For me, as long as it's not glitter, it's fair game! Lol

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  52. lol i think i'm getting OLD! jkjkjk

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  53. Sin looks stunning, but I have a strong feeling that, done wrong, I might end up looking like a clown, lol. Thanks for the fabulous review!

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  54. I've been dreaming about Mounia since I saw this post! Ugggh. I don't have anything Nars yet but I would love to have that! But I think I'll stick to shooting for Sin right now!

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