Confession time: part of the reason why NARS Cactus Flower Cream Blush ($26) drew me in was because it looked so freakin’ scary in the pan, LOL! I’ve had serious love affairs with brighter-than-bright NARS cheek colors before (Mounia, anyone?), so I hoped from my fingers to my toes that scary blush lightning would strike twice with this shimmery reddish coral.
Cactus Flower’s one of eight cream blushes in the NARS permanent makeup line. The texture feels slightly thinner than MAC and Illamasqua cream blushes to me (almost like a gel blush), and I think that’s part of the reason why it’s so smooth and easy to blend.
It makes the lazy beast in me dance jigs whenever I put it on because of how little work it takes to use — just a few swipes with my fingers, and less then a minute later I’m out the door.
Wearing Cactus Flower at the start of the day. NOTE: I am NOT nekkid in this pic. I’m actually wearing a tube top, ha ha!
You might think that a color this bright in the pan would verge on clown makeup, but I think Cactus Flower delivers an exceptionally natural and effortless glow. And the tiny golden sparkles add just enough kick to keep things exciting.
NARS blushes always do me right, which is why I was surprised to find that Cactus Flower bears one major flaw…
It disappears faster than that immature jerk who didn’t have the guts to break up with you in person 10 years ago (I’m not bitter).
I’ve worn it a number of different ways — on bare skin, on top of a primer/foundation combo and even layered beneath *and* on top of foundation — and I just can’t seem to find a way to make it stick. Within about four hours of applying, I’d say it’s about half disappeared, and it’s entirely gone by the end of the day.
I usually have better luck with other cream blushes, despite my combination oily/dry skin, so I’m guessing it has something to do with the formula… It may not play well with my skin.
More about cream blushes…
Still, NARS Cream blushes get exceptional reviews on Sephora.com (almost five stars!) and Makeup Alley, so I bet most ladies will love the way this works. It must perform miracles on many types of skin. It’s just too bad mine isn’t one of ’em, le sigh!
If you can get Cactus Flower to stay put, it should be well worth $26. Not only is it super easy to use, but it looks effortlessly gorgeous on the skin. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,