A friend of mine who loves makeup but is terrified of blush emailed a few days ago looking for recommendations for a blush that wouldn’t leave her looking (and I quote) “like a lady of the night.”
As soon as I remembered how much she likes NARS, I thought about NARS Madly ($27).
It’s one of those shades that I overlooked for way too long. Based on how light and uninspiring it looked to me in the pan, I always just assumed it wouldn’t do much for my tan.
You’d think I’d know by now not to judge a blush by its cover. Thank goodness I finally decided to give it a try. In a word: amazing. AH-MAAAAY-ZING!
On me, I’d characterize it as a peachy beige with pink undertones, but NARS describes it as a warm, soft-focus seashell pink. I think it’s perfect for no-makeup makeup looks, and it even doubles as a sculpting powder for contouring cheeks.
It has a very subtle shimmer, too — more like a sheen, really — that livens it up a little and keeps it from looking too flat.
But I think the best thing about Madly, though, is how great it gets along with such a wide range of skin tones. It’s light enough for pale pretties but pigmented enough for darker skin tones like mine. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
The NARS Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite products from the NARS permanent collection
- NARS Unsung Heroes: Luster Blush
- NARS Unsung Heroes: Lovejoy Blush
- NARS Unsung Heroes: Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
- NARS Unsung Heroes: Amour Blush
- NARS Unsung Heroes: Gothika Lipgloss