So after hearing so many people rant and rave about how wonderful Nars blushes are, I finally caved and bought some. A couple of weeks ago Nars had a “20% off your entire purchase” sale on their website. I knew I needed to be sensible and not spend too much because I was getting ready to go to Canada. So I narrowed my purchase to just 3 blushes. I made my final decisions based on Lily Seymour’s post of her Nars blush collection. She has a great blog post and video of color swatches. This was a tremendous help, especially for Taj Mahal because Sephora doesn’t carry this color anymore.
On the left is Taj Mahal (Woo Hoo! I finally got it!). In the middle is Albatross. On the Right is
Exhibit A. They retail for $26 regularly.
I’m really pleased with my products. Nars is famous for their blushes. They’re most popular one is Orgasm. Other colors I hear people rave about are Super Orgasm, Love Joy, and Deep Throat. I haven’t had a chance to play with Love Joy, but on the website (which I know doesn’t do the colors justice) it didn’t seem that much different from my M.A.C. Love Joy (which I absolutely love). I’ll have to check when I go back to Sephora.
From left to right: Orgasm, Super Orgasm, and below is Deep Throat. Orgasm reminds me of one of my favorite blushes of all times M.A.C. Warm Soul Mineralize blush.
As for the other three blushes mentioned above, I refuse to wear products with those names. That’s just me being old fashioned. There’s no way I will feel comfortable telling my co-workers, my church members, or my mom that the blush that I’m wearing is called Orgasm or Deep Throat. Sorry, that’s just inappropriate for my comfort level. But, from what I hear, the colors are universal and pretty. I’m going to pass though.
Here they are swatched on my arm. Can you believe the color payoff? Very good quality indeed. 🙂
Nars Albatross on top and M.A.C. Vanilla Pigment at the bottom.
After swatching Albatross I thought, “Oh no, this looks just like my beloved M.A.C. Vanilla Pigment!”. Did I just waste my money?
In the left picture Albatross is on my middle finger and Vanilla Pigment is on my pointer finger.
On the right picture the left swatch is Vanilla Pigment and the swatch on the right is Albatross.
After swatching them side by side my conclusion was no. They are similar, however there are differences in texture and color. Nars Albatross is a bit more golden and slightly darker in color and more of a satin finish with smoother particles vs. M.A.C. Vanilla pigment being lighter and more iridescent with a frosty finish and bigger specks.
I can see that I will be having tons of fun creating looks with these beautiful blushes. Lily Seymour recommended Luster blush. The funny thing is that I had that in my cart along with a cream blush named Enchanted, but I had to be responsible and not over spend. 🙁 I do plan to get Luster in the future though.
On the left is Enchanted Cream Blush and on the right is Luster Blush.
Have you all used Nars Blushes? What are your thoughts on them? What looks do you pair with them?
*Some of the pictures of the blushes were taken from the Nars website.*