NARS, to my mind, has always been the cool kid on the block. He’s got the good looks and the “it factor”, but when you dig down deep and get to what’s on the inside — he’s not all he’s cracked up to be. Laura Mercier, on the other hand, is the unassuming, simple girl who happens to pack a punch despite her plain Jane appearances.
François and Laura are the stars of my imagined world of personified makeup (because the token bad boy and sweet girl figures are the bare bones of any clichè story, obvs), but there’s also Bobbi (Brown) — the clean-cut preppy girl who cares way too much following the rules — and Pierre (Guerlain) — the snooty rich, foreign guy who drives a Lambo and vacations at Turks and Caicos in the summer.
Other than Holy Shit I want it all, I want it aaaallll, this is the kind of stuff that I think about when I’m walking through Rustan’s beauty section. I can’t be the only one… so — care to add some character write-ups in the comments section? I’ve thought the whole set through, including “younger” brands like Benefit and MAC, but it should be fun to her how other people view brands, personified. ;)
Anyway, yes. I am primarily here today to talk about a NARS product. The NARS Dual-Intensity Blush ($45 / approx. 2,450 Php) is another one of the products that I picked up from my trip to the U.S. in May. I was seriously considering the dual-intensity eyeshadows as well, but for one reason or another I ended up with this bugger instead.
It looks cool, as is always the case with NARS products, but it’s also got a hefty price tag attached. I’m always hesitant to drop money on NARS’s skin products (only the Audacious lipsticks have fully impressed me), but I thought I would take a chance on the dual-intensity products because they’re relatively new and rated pretty well by other bloggers. Product description from Sephora:
These dual-intensity, silky, wet or dry blushes are uniquely formulated with NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology, which allows for multidimensional effects. With a lightweight texture for a flawless finish and true color application, each duo features two ultra-modern shades that can be worn alone or layered together for limitless looks. Apply these shades wet to achieve a high-impact flush or dry to get a natural-looking glow.
Gorgeously stamped product on the inside. Again — NARS knows how to do pretty.
On the left you have the the highlighter, which is described as a “sparkling seashell pink.” On the right is the bronzer, a “shimmering beachy bronze.” The highlighter is quite cool in tone and has a white base, but the pink iridescent flecks are subtle and they don’t emphasise pores. The bronzer on the other hand is nice and warm (but not too warm) and leaves a pretty satin sheen on the skin. Dry application.
I use these dry most of the time because I like the subtlety of it. The iridescence in the highlighter is intense as it is and I always have to remember to use a light hand. The bronzer is more forgiving because of that satin finish. I like to use it in place of blush to give me a sun-kissed glow. Layering the two shades also helps to make it look more like a blush. Wet application.
What’s funny is that NARS says wet application should give you a “sheer wash of colour.” You can clearly see that wet application has intensified the pigmentation instead of sheering out the colour. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you’re talking about an eyeshadow, but in this case — with the product going on the cheeks — it can be more difficult to blend out. When I tried wet application, I accidentally used too much highlighter and it was not flattering. I might use the bronzer as an eyeshadow in the future, actually.
All things considered, this is an O.K. product in my book. I think I should have gone for the eyeshadows, but oh well. They were crazy expensive individually and the palette was also just way too pricey.
I’m kind of losing patience with NARS. I don’t get on well with their foundations and I don’t understand why the line is so expensive when it’s all so hit-and-miss. Does anyone else feel this way about the “cool kid on the block?” Or is it just me? Hehe