12.31.2014
3
1422
Blush
Rating
$29
Category:Makeup > Blushes > Powder Blush
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Blush is definitely one of the star attractions of this line and it’s easy to see why. These have a splendid texture and apply beautifully with a sheer initial application that builds to any depth of color you want.

The shade range is extensive, and most of the colors have strong pigment (a plus for women with dark skin). There are several beautiful shades to choose from, some of which are on the shiny side which doesn't always work for daytime makeup, but can look great for a sultry evening look.

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Ingredients
Talc, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Cetyl Acetate, Stearoxy Dimethicone, Isopropyl Lanolate, Propylparaben, Triclosan, Methylparaben, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Bha; May Contain: Mica, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Ci 73360 (Red 30 Lake), Ci 15880 (Red 34 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake).

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

NARS At-A-Glance

Strengths: Great range of foundation shades; excellent blushes; some impressive lipsticks; beautiful bronzers; tinted lip balm with broad-spectrum sun protection.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the skincare line rates as mostly mediocre to poor; unimpressive mascaras.

Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.

Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining women's attention with sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths, but just as many weaknesses. It reaches its zenith with blushes, foundation shades, brushes, and lipsticks, but falters when it comes to pencils, and mascaras. Still, the best of NARS are really spectacular, and include expanded color palettes.

Although much can be said about the makeup side of this cosmetics line, there is very little, if anything, to be said about the skin-care products other than "Why bother?" or better yet, "What were they thinking?" Most of the cleansers are drying, the toners are dated formulations of alcohol and other irritants, and the moisturizers are mundane, poorly conceived and dated formulations. A little grape juice and fennel won't save a mix of alcohol, film-forming agent, and waxes, especially not at these inflated prices. And sunscreen? Completely absent; it's not even discussed. The assembly of products is attractively presented at NARS counters, but don't be fooled!

For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.

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02.28.2015
So good

These blusher's definitely are worth the price. I bought lustre and (obviously) orgasm and they are incredible. They last all day and paired with albatross they are amazing. I have worn lustre for two days now and being very pale, they had brightened up my complexion. They also don't make me look too 'caked' in blusher compared to my pale skin.

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Hayley S
11.14.2014
Basically, perfect

I'm another Orgasm girl. I say this with no love for the branding (ugh) and after resisting it for years... why go NARS when Clinique threw blush in all my palettes for free? And who can justify $30 on a pinch of pink? Well, I can now. This blush is phenomenal - light, blendable, buildable, perfect for day or night. I use only a touch of it with either a brush or my fingers, and I never worry that I'll have weird blush lines or look like my blush is painted on.

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Elise L.
02.28.2014
Nars Orgasm Blush

I am a 56 year old with fair, dry skin, and I love Nars Blush. I bought it in Orgasm, and the color just gives my skin enough kick to look healthy without being overwhelming. It goes on smoothly and has a great texture. It's my forever blush!

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