NARS Unsung Heroes: Luster Blush

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Say the uber-pigmented NARS Lovejoy Blush seems a little too dark and intense for you, but you still want the same two-in-one blush/bronzer effect. Never fear, Luster Blush ($27) is here!


Like Lovejoy, Luster adds color, shimmer and warmth in a single swipe, and the way that it lights up cheeks makes it a good companion for a fading summer tan.

It’s one of those shades that I overlooked for years based on the way it looks in the pan — kinda ordinary and nondescript — but I’m glad I finally gave it a swipe and a chance. When I did, I fell instantly in love love.

A sheer golden apricot with fine golden shimmer, it’s sheerer than both Lovejoy and Orgasm, and I think that makes it even easier to blend and apply.

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NARS blush swatches for comparison from the left: Luster, Lovejoy and Orgasm

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Luster sure likes ladies with olive skin tones, but that’s not all. Pale pretties pining for cheeks warmed with a bronzy, peachy flush and subtle golden shimmer might want to take a closer look, as should medium and darker damsels, too, who can wear it on its own for a sheer flush, like I am in these pictures, or even as a highlighter. I think it looks great on the upper cheekbones when partnered with Lovejoy on the apples right below.

Okay, okay. I admit it: I dragged El Hub to the movies last weekend to watch Breaking Dawn, the newest installment in the Twilight series, and I (GASP!) kindasorta liked it.

I know! πŸ™‚

I enjoyed all of the books, but I’ve been lukewarm on the movies. This one, though, was the first one I was able to sit through without getting wiggly.


There were still quite a few moments where I felt like I couldn’t roll my eyes far enough back, mostly during the first half around the big wedding scene, but overall I didn’t think it was bad.

After a while, I just started tuning out the tight shots of Bella and Edward staring lovingly into each other’s eyes… To the filmmakers, yes, we get it. They like each other. They really, really like each other.

Oh, and if your partner makes a fuss about seeing it with you, try bribing them with food. A handful of See’s Candies kept El Hub sufficiently entertained.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rads says:

    Hmmm..I think I would like Lovejoy more than Luster…I like needs to show up on my darker skin πŸ˜€

    Team Jacob yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Bella-Edward..not so much πŸ˜›

  2. gio says:

    That’s very pretty!
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  3. Ooh! This looks lovely on you, Karen – very sculpted πŸ˜‰
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  4. I LOL-ed at the ‘AND PLEASE TAKE OFF YOUR SHIRT, THANKS’! I kinda like the movies, maybe because I haven’t read any of the books. I’m embarrassed to say that I’m still reading Harry Potter Globet of Fire….very……slow………

  5. I am going to watch it with my younger brother’s girlfriend for her Birthday. The things I do for my family πŸ˜€
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  6. Vonvon says:

    I think this makes a great everyday blush!
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  7. kiwikiwidragon says:

    The movies struck me as too much as well. Overkill! Loved the books, gushy romance at it’s best. Wasn’t crazy about the actors chosen for Bella and Edward.

  8. Caitlin says:

    Karen, I’ve been reading some of your older posts and I love the look of your eyes in posts like “12 ways to use evolution revolution” – how were you achieving that look and did it last for most of the day? Eyeliner always seems to be running an smudging on me after just a short time.

  9. peach_ says:

    You’re killing me with your blush features as of late! Luster looks like it’s an easy, everyday blush. I can’t decide whether to try this or D&G Peach now. Which do you prefer?

    • Karen says:

      Both are really great for everyday looks; it depends on what you’re looking for. Luster has a golden shimmer so I think it pops off the cheek more. It feels more fun and casual, and it might be a better choice if you’re a shimmery lipgloss kinda girl. If you want something a little more work-friendly/dressy that still looks natural, D&G peach would probably be a better fit. It looks great with creamy lipsticks. You really can’t go wrong with either color, though.

      • peach_ says:

        Thanks for your input and pairing suggestions, Karen! I guess they’re not really comparable in terms of color, but I’m always looking for something versatile. Your photos really help because I’m warm-toned, too. πŸ˜€

  10. Y. says:

    thank you karen!! i wawaiting for you to do a review of this blush and yu did!! thank you!! do you know what other eye looks go with this? i’ve been doing mostly neutral eye looks and ocassionally if i’m feeling brave then some blue eyeliner. what do you suggest?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Y.,

      Glad you enjoyed this review. πŸ™‚ I think because this blush is so neutral you could wear it practically anything, but I think it would especially be pretty with olive green, gold, bronze, teal, brown, and of course, neutral shadows. If you like blue liner, how about trying a teal shade? You could do a neutral wash of a golden beige or brown on the lid, then line your upper lash line with teal to add some pop.

  11. Nina says:

    LOL @ bribing the husband/boyfriend/SO with food … id have to say per my experience, that really, really, really works!

    luster is pretty …. i think i want to get back into NARS blushes … πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hee hee! What snacks are on your bribery list? I bribe El Hub with See’s, movie popcorn and candy. Health food, I know!

      • Nina says:

        the movie house we go to has a decent restaurant at the lobby, so i bribe him w/ a meal there, then candy and an icee for inside the moviehouse! it works like a charm!

        my strategy might get expensive though … a Sundance theater is opening in town and the hubs has declared that moviehouse is where were going henceforth. i checked the menu and ouch!

  12. Mireya says:

    Luster is my all-time favorite blush, hands down. I can’t bring myself to wear anything else. I have light skin (NW20-ish) and when I apply Luster lightly on the apples of my cheeks, it looks exactly like my own natural flushed tone. It’s very, very natural looking. LOVE IT.

  13. Melissa says:

    I really like this one on you Karen. A really pretty color, and gives your cheeks a pretty glow.
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  14. Chris25 says:

    I have this and it’s really beautiful.

    My presentation was yesterday night. I did okay, but most importantly, I’m still alive today. πŸ˜›

  15. Robyn says:

    This is one of Lauren Conrad’s favorites! I really want to try it!

  16. piapie says:

    I am with Mireya. Best blush for sure–can’t leave the house with out it on. I love it on a range of skin tones too. i love that it goes with so many different looks. Most people would never think twice about it, but don’t sleep on this blush.

  17. I’m just curious to see if you have pictures of you wearing the NARS Blush in Orgasm? I’m thinking about ordering it, but I have dark skin like yours and I’m intrigued to see if it’s ‘pinkness’ shows up on your skin? (Also, what camera do you use? Such stunning pictures!)

  18. Sarah says:

    Lovely colour for your skin tone! I have just purchased this πŸ™‚

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