Whenever I think of New York, I think of that majestic, awe-inspiring Manhattan skyline, busy sidewalks, edgy street fashion and a go-go-GO hustle and bustle (among other things), but every city also has a softer side, and that’s the side I see when I see the latest addition to the NARS 413 BLKR fam, the new 413 BLKR Blush Duo ($42).
No, 413 is not a pager code, and your boyfriend did not just mess up telling you that he loves you (hands up if you get that reference!). It’s the location of the first NARS flagship store in New York on 413 Bleeker Street in the West Village, and it’s the inspiration for the existing NARS 413 BLKR collection.
Even though many of the pieces in the 413 BLKR collection have a certain city grittiness about them, like they REALLY want to be worn with an all-black ensemble complete with leather jacket and biker boots (you can see it here), this new blush duo, with its sparkling pink sand highlighter with gold and silver shimmer on one side, and a pearly golden cherry blossom pink on the other, has a fresh, almost naive vibe.
In makeup metaphorical terms…you might say it’s like a bright-eyed newcomer arriving in the city with big hopes and dreams. 🙂
On my medium skin tone (I wear NARS Stromboli foundation for reference), I use three layers of the blush, which I’d describe as moderately pigmented, and two layers of the highlighter. That creates a cheek blush color that looks like a pink peony in full bloom, and all told, I get about six hours of wear time. Oh! — and even though the pearl in both powders is very finely milled, I’d go a little easy on it if you’re concerned about getting shimmer all up in yo’ pores.
Keep a lookout for the new NARS 413 BLKR Blush Duo when it arrives at NARS boutiques and the NARS website August 1.
AVAILABILITY: Coming August 1 to NARS boutiques and the NARS website
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (a soft and pretty, moderately pigmented pinks with a pretty good wear time)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,