NARS' Liquid Blush scores highly overall in terms of aesthetics and performance. The only reason this doesn't get our best rating is because of the potentially irritating fragrance.
Housed in a small, glass pump bottle, Liquid Blush has a lightweight fluid texture that isn't runny. This makes it easy to blend without disrupting the foundation you may be wearing underneath it. The formula sets semi-quickly, but gives just enough time to work with it.
A little goes a long way with Liquid Blush—it can be sheered out or applied in a more concentrated manner for a stronger pop of color. Either way, you get long lasting pigmentation that can survive an entire workday, even on oily skin!
Color-wise, there are a handful of pink, coral, and peach shades. Each has a hint of shimmer for a healthy glow. By the way, if you're wondering how the cult favorite Orgasm shade pans out, we found that it isn't a direct color match for the original powder blush—the liquid version is a more pink.
Our only complaint with this formula is the potentially irritating Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract due to its fragrant component. However, considering that the scent and concentration are subtle, we're less concerned, especially if you're wearing this over a foundation, which helps inhibit direct contact with skin.
- Delivers smooth color in an easy to blend, fluid texture.
- Can be sheered out or applied in a concentrated manner for a more noticeable flush.
- Stays put surprisingly well.
- Attractive shades that feature a hint of shimmer for a healthy glow.
- Contains potentially irritating fragrance (though we're not overly concerned about it).
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 attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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