As Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock so eloquently put it, “It takes two to make a thing go right… It takes two to make it out of sight.”
Truer words were never spoken, particularly as they pertain to the new NARS Dual Intensity Blushes ($45 each). 🙂
Yeah, even though I braced myself for it, I still freaked out a little when I opened one of these compacts for the first time and saw, not one, but TWO blushes within it with the same pattern on the pans as the NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows (which I love, and these feel very similar).
Hearts may or may not have shot out of from my eyes.
NARS designed these new blushes, which arrive March 4 as six $45 duos, to 1) look and feel weightless on the skin, and 2) to create two completely different looks. Applying them with a dry powder brush paints your cheeks with bold color, while a wet brush seduces your skin with a softer watercolor-like effect, similar to what you’d get from a cheek tint, and you can wear the shades separately or mix them together.
The one called Frenzy fuses a sparkling pinkish gold highlighter with a shimmering bright tangerine…
While Fervor partners a shimmering soft pink with a deep, sparkling coppery rose…
And if you’re craving a trip to the tropics…Craving combines a sparkling seashell pink highlighter with a shimmering beachy bronze.
WARNING: Do not panic when you see Panic…which is the brightest duo of the six. It contains a shocking, shimmering fuchsia and a shimmering orangey pink.
If you’re just plain partial to pinks in general, you might adore Adoration, which pairs a soft, sparkling baby pink with a shimmering hot pink.
Last, but certainly not least, there’s Jubilation, yay! It partners a sparkling hot gold with a soft and shimmering nude peach.
I seriously considered wearing Fervor on one cheek and Panic on the other last weekend when I left the house to run errands (“Nobody will notice. Right??”)…but I chickened out and just went with Panic, although I did apply it differently on each cheek, in the name of makeup science.
I lightly dusted it on my left cheek with a dry brush, then dabbed and swirled it on my right cheek using a wet NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush ($45), which is new and also coming out with the blushes.
Panic lasted about seven hours on my skin, which I’d prepped first with NARS All Day Luminous Foundation.
I do think I prefer the dry application to the wet, though, because at the end of the day, the cheek on which I used the wet brush looked a tad patchy in places, whereas my other cheek looked fine.
I’m actually a little shocked by how natural these look on the skin. It’s like they’re depositing pigment without leaving behind any visible powder, if that makes any sense. The shimmer appears very pronounced in the swatches, I know, but once you get it on skin, it mellows out to a more of satin finish.
And they’re also remarkably easy to blend. Like the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows, these blushes feel almost creamy. You barely have to move a muscle to erase any edges. You could be the top reigning Queen of Blush Noobs on earth and still be completely fine with any of these colors, even with the brighter ones, like the hot pink in Adoration or the fuchsia in Panic.
Like, if one of the Extra Dimensions and one of the Ambients got a little carried away one night with the tequila while listening to Babyface slow jams…one of these Dual-Intensity Blushes would emerge nine months later with the soft, silky texture of the MAC blushes and the fantastically fine, delicate finish of the Ambients.
I gotta say, I like these a lot, and I think they look friggin’ gorgeous on skin, but there is one caveat… If you have very dry skin, take the few extra minutes to prep your cheeks with a heavy-duty moisturizer and a pore-smoothing primer to avoid any problems with patchiness later in the day.
PRICE: $45 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming March 4 to Sephora, NARS Boutiques and narscosmetics.com, and April 1 to department store NARS counters
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,