Tabby-san, your training is almost complete. You have learned to wax on, wax off, and to refrain from sweeping the leg (so not kosher!).
But by far the most important lesson you have learned under my tutelage is your extensive knowledge of useless fun facts, including the names of long-forgotten R&B girl groups and how they relate to makeup.
I sleep soundly at night knowing that you are now prepared to answer crucial questions like, “Which early ’90s trio shares names with the new NARS spring 2013 blush?”
Yes, Tabby-san! You are correct. The answer is Seduction…
Released with the new Spring 2013 collection, Seduction is not only one of the most intensely pigmented blushes I’ve ever worn, it’s also the name of the girl group trio behind hits like Heartbeat and It Takes Two.
Does Seduction the band have anything to do with Seduction the blush? Well, no…although both of them do make me want to do The Snake.
The blush, a rich, brick red berry with a satiny finish, officially launches tomorrow.
The color’s also a perfect match for Dressed to Kill lipstick, also from the spring collection…just in case you were already thinking about bringing the later home. Hint-hint.
It’s the kind of color that says, “Hey, look at me. JAZZ HANDS!!” But if you decide to take the plunge, keep your fan brush and a tissue handy…
The first time I applied Seduction on my cheeks with a fan brush, I expected a light dusting of color. I mean, fan brushes are usually good for that, but a light dusting is not at all what I got.
If super dark blush is your thing, hey, that’s cool. It’s just a very distinct look, and one that I don’t always feel I can pull off (the words “Bratz Doll” come to mind).
I usually prefer more natural cheek looks, and to get that kind of look with Seduction, I like to use a fan brush and a tissue.
First, I lightly load the fan brush by dragging it across the pan, and then tap it to unload any excess product. Then, I swipe the brush head across a tissue until very little of the pigment remains on the bristles, and apply what’s left on my cheeks.
One layer is usually enough for a bright, flushed look.
As for wear time, it’s great. Seduction lasts on either my bare skin or foundation for what feels like days, fading slowly and without any patchiness.
It’s gotta be the pigment. There’s so much of it!
I’d probably wear Seduction more in the early fall, when I tend to go heavier with blush colors and makeup in general, than I will this winter, but I still think it’s a great color.
And like Dressed to Kill Lipstick, I bet it would look AH-MAY-ZING on darker skin.
While it’s not a traditional spring cheek color, that may have have been exactly what NARS was going for. I give ‘em props for bucking trends (and for the crazy-@ss amount of pigment!), even if the color can be a little challenging to use.
Seriously, a pan could easily last years. Maybe even decades!
AVAILABILITY: Coming January 15 to NARS counters and narscosmetics.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,