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