Wearing Exhibit A Blush, Mississippi Cinematic Eyeshadow and Goodbye Emmanuelle Cinematic Lipstick from the new NARS Guy Bourdin collection
Earlier this week, the day after I posted a quick look at this collection, I learned that the release, specifically the tie-in to Guy Bourdin’s sometimes dark, disturbing photography, sparked a controversy. I’ve decided to cover the collection because I see this as an issue of art, personal preference and freedom of expression. As someone who was in an abusive relationship, I could say more, but I don’t intend to say anything further about it in public.
The Blushes ($29 each)
The three NARS Guy Bourdin Blushes
The first products I ever fell in love with from NARS were their blushes (can I get a what-what for Amour?!), and the blushes in this release reminded me of that. The brand has some of the best blushes around. In classic NARS fashion, the three here in the Guy Bourdin collection last all day long, look natural, and I don’t have to load a dozen layers on my cheeks to see them.
Blush in Exhibit A, a matte vivid red
First, there’s Exhibit A, a re-promote from the permanent line. It’s a vivid red with a matte finish…
Blush in Coeur Battant, a magenta
Then, there’s Coeur Battant, also a matte, but this one’s an intense magenta.
Blush in Day Dream, a peachy pink
Lastly, there’s Day Dream, a peachy pink with an opalescent, almost angelic shimmer.
The big theme here? Pigment. One or two swipes across each of these pans is all it takes for bright color on both cheeks. For reals! Even Day Dream, which I thought I’d have to layer, only requires a couple swipes.
But because these blushes lay down lots of color, they can be very tricky to use. Even with a light touch, it’s easy to go overboard with them (at least for me). If you’ve never worn blush before, you might want to go for something sheerer. There are lots of great beginner’s blushes out there, but I don’t think these three are among them.
If, on the other hand, you’re already comfortable with blush (or if you’re just an adventurous beginner), you should be totally fine.
And yeah, I know you’ve got mad blush skills, yo! — but still, I’d opt for either a skunk brush or a fan brush, instead of a regular blush brush, to avoid over-applying. Might as well make it easier on yourself, ya know?
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Blush in Day Dream
Blush in Exhibit A