NARS Sin Blush: BFF to Purple Glosses Everywhere

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I’ve had my share of flings with purple glosses πŸ™‚ (still lovin’ ya, MAC Lavender Whip!), but I’ve never found the right blush to go with ’em.


(until now)

Shimmery golden berry NARS Blush in Sin ($26) just may be the perfect partner for purple gloss. It’s been part of the NARS family (permanent) for some time now, but I just recently gave it a try.

Speaking of purple, has anyone else been crushing hard on purple lipgloss lately? I’ve been working my way through a phase triggered by the new purple glosses from Benefit and Too Faced (but I digress…).

Sin kinda intimidated me at first, sitting all dark and scary in the pan, but applied gingerly with a large, fluffy brush head, I think it lends a faint violet flush to my cheeks (or try a fan brush for even sheerer application).

I didn’t think a purple blush could look natural, but I really think Sin does. Like other NARS blushes I’ve tried, Sin packs a fine powder texture that blends easily, but doesn’t hang around as long on the skin. When I’ve put it on at 8, it’s been straight-up gone by 3, so I’ve bringing along a travel brush for touchups on the go.

It’s not a bargain blush at $26 (and I’d rather not have to reapply), but I’m sold on the color of NARS Sin. If you’ve got a tube of purple lipglosses looking for a friend, snag a swatch on your next trip to a NARS counter. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

L.A. Candy: My world has changed forever!!


Okay, not really. πŸ™‚ I finished the book last night, and I’m almost too embarrassed to admit this: I kinda liked it! Sure, it’s nothing revolutionary; I wanted something fluffy and fast, and that’s just what it delivered.

I gotta hand it to L.C. The girl’s got a New York Times bestseller now, and how many ex-reality TV stars can say that? A big YAY for cheesy, mind-melting teen lit!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Happy hump day to us all!


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  1. Van says:

    That’s a really good pic of LC! She looks flawless and gorgeous!

    The blush looks wonderful on your skin, sheer, subtle, beautiful! I think it’s cute that you’re on a purple gloss kick, I would never even think to try purple glosses on my olive tone skin, I might have to give it a go, cos they look fab on you Karen!

    Hope you have a great day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Van,

      Yah, her makeup looks really great in that pic, yah?

      You’ve gotta try purple gloss. I would’ve never thought it would work with my skin, either. I’m glad I gave it a chance. πŸ™‚

      • vero says:

        Hey Karen, you should try violet shimmer sunrise from lancome; it came in one of the holday palettes but its a permanent color. my skintone is similar, so i thought i would recommend. now i’m going to have to buy a purple lipgloss……

  2. Love that color on you, Wow! Oh and happy earth day Karen!
    .-= Polish Earthgirl’s last blog post… Zoya Flash Collection =-.

  3. lexi says:

    it’s also Admin Professional’s Day – so maybe I can talk the boss into letting me go home an hour early..haha

    You look adorable as always – what gloss are you wearing? Why do I keep thinking that I once owned this blush??

  4. Scientific Housewife says:

    That blush looks interesting!

  5. Wow, Karen great minds think alike! SIn of one of my favs for plummy blushes. It looks more mauve on me though. As far as LC’s book, sometimes we all need a little gossip or just plain fun in our reading repertoire. Hey, I’m reading Kathy Griffin’s book right now!
    .-= Cindy (Prime Beauty)’s last blog post… Help Me to Help You Midweek Poll =-.

  6. Marina says:

    I just got myself Mounia today online so can’t wait till I get it and try. I hope it will look ok on me.
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Shadows =-.

  7. Melissa says:

    i read LA Candy and Sweet Little Lies too…when i finished the second one i practically ran out of the house to look for the third one…but it doesn’t come out until october!! I dig what you’re sayin-i needed mindless, silly and quick reading-and they delivered!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Melissa,

      I planned on picking up Sweet Little Lies, but ooh snap, I didn’t know there was a third one in the works! I’m excited. πŸ™‚

      If you have any other good book recs along the same lines please let me know!

  8. Michelle says:

    I have found myself obsessing over purple glosses lately too. I really loved the purple one from the Liberty of London collection (why is the name escaping me??). But I want some shimmery ones for summer. Let me know if you find more fab ones! I really love that blush. Adding to list . . . .

  9. Kizzy-online says:

    Milani has a purple lip gloss now too! Have you seen it?
    .-= Kizzy-online’s last blog post… Mood changing lipsticks are back! =-.

  10. HC says:

    I’ve always been super curious about Sin but I wonder how it’ll show up on fairer girls.

  11. NINA says:

    Sin looks great on you. Oh wait … that sounds uhm … wrong.

    The blush looks great on you … πŸ™‚

  12. Madelynn says:

    You should try out Gossip by Medusa’s Makeup, Karen. It’s an INTENSE purple gloss. I loves it.

  13. Marce says:

    You look gorgeous with that blush on! And your skin is looking great, BTW. Purple is a colour I leave for my eyes, so no glosses for me! I think they’d look weird :/
    Happy Hump Day! πŸ˜€
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Review: Of Hypnotic Lashes + Natural FOTD =-.

  14. Hi Karen,
    I just started Kathy’s book last night and only got through the forward but it was addressed to Oprah so that was pretty funny!
    .-= Cindy (Prime Beauty)’s last blog post… Help Me to Help You Midweek Poll =-.

  15. Amanda says:

    Love sin. It was my 2nd nars blush. well, I only have 3 but I don’t buy as much blush as other stuff. If you are loving purple lipgloss, check out Lipstick Queen’s 15 minutes of Fame gloss in #11. It is my current fave, and absolutely to die for.

  16. Amy says:

    One of my favorite glosses ever is Origins Beaming Berry. It’s more of a Fuschia though I suppose
    the fact that it tastes like minty chocolate doesn’t hurt either

  17. Vanessa says:

    SIN looks awesome on you! What brush do you use to apply this blush? Im using Orgasm now and it takes some time to build up onto my face.

  18. Erica says:

    Karen, I nearly had a Federal emergency on my hands the first time I tried this blush! It was my first NARS blush and I’m used to blushing with a heavy hand and … yeah …. it was scary. I’ve been practicing and it’s been a learning experience. I like it more now πŸ™‚
    .-= Erica’s last blog post… Is Tarte MultiplEYE Actually Working?! =-.

  19. Rachel says:

    That blush looks awesome on you!

    And uh….I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I too have read LA Candy and I’m now reading Sweet Little Lies. Like you said, it’s mind numbing, but fun none-the-less!

  20. Francesca says:

    Looove L.A. Candy, amazing book! <3

    Karen, have you tried the Love & Beauty cosmetics? It's Forever 21's realllly low priced make up brand. I'm afraid to buy from it, because it's dirt cheap, but I've heard some good review on it. They have mascaras for 2.80 and highlighter-bronzer-blush-lipgloss-mascara sets for 6 dollars! Have you tried any of it?
    .-= Francesca's last blog post… he may be gone, but we’ll remember him always. =-.

  21. Rachael says:

    I’ll have to play with that combination on us fair girls when I hit up Sephora tomorrow with my Mom.

    I don’t know if I could read her books, they seem kinda easy to me. I pick up one of them at Borders out of boredom. I read the few pages in what felt like an instant. I like my books with a bit of substance to them, no fluff for me :).
    .-= Rachael’s last blog post… 42 Question: Get to know me! =-.

  22. Marie says:

    omygoodness i absolutely LOOOOOVE sin. it looks gorgeous on you too! i’ve never been able to find a dupe or anything similar to it, that plummy/gold colour is just so unique! imo, sin > deep-throat > orgasm. sin is especially my favorite during the winter.

    la candy: pretty sure scarlett is ACTUALLY audrina.. but with brains. fiona chen = hybrid he-woman of lisa love+kelly cutrone.. i heard they’re going to make an la candy movie!!!??
    .-= Marie’s last blog post… humps humps humps =-.

  23. gio says:

    I’m scared to try Sin because I have pale skin. It looks gorgeous on you though.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… QOTW: What are your 5 favourite beauty brands? =-.

  24. Shelly says:

    Oh my Sin looks very gorgeous, reminds me a little of Clinique’s Fireberry gloss. How would you compare it to Benefit’s Dallas, Karen? Do you have a preference? Trying to keep my purchases down and avoiding unnecessary dupes if I can, TIA!

  25. Harjot says:

    I have this…I love it great review

  26. Lindsay says:

    You always look so pretty in your FOTD’s. I’ve been wanting to read that book too!
    .-= Lindsay’s last blog post… Friday Favorites =-.

  27. kate says:

    sin is my favorite night out blush….i love it with a smokey eye and nude lip…..and i’m extremely fair

    i love lc’s makeup too…..any ideas what she’s using???

    BTW you look beautiful ;0)

  28. Megan says:

    Sin is my favorite NARS blush. I love the Sin/Casino duo for summer

  29. Diana S. says:

    I have never tried a blush with a purple shade…im so afraid of it looking like my face is bruised! It does look great on you though!

  30. Morgan says:

    I love to use eyeliner pencils as a base for eyeshadow especially on a night out. It really makes the shadow pop and stick all night!

  31. Morgan says:

    oops wrong post! haha I just couldn’t contain myself

  32. Toni says:

    The sales associate at Sephora suggested Sin for me when I was there the other night, but it looked so scary in the pan for my pale skin. Wish I would have tried it out now. I settled for Smashbox Soft Lights in Shimmer, because my rosacea is acting up lately and I don’t need added color – just some highlight.

    This looks so pretty on you!

  33. marisol says:

    Looks great Karen!

    I liked LC’s book as well. Now you need to get the second one πŸ™‚
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Currently loving… =-.

  34. Catherine says:

    Sin looks lovely on you! It’s a really gorgeous very natural pinky-plum on me. SO got it for me for Valentine’s Day and unfortunately I’ve only worn it a few times because it’s just about the same color as my blemishes lol… I should pull it out more now that my cheeks are looking a bit better.
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Fake Mascara from eBay =/ =-.

  35. Lee says:

    How pretty! ill have 2 give it a try πŸ™‚

    I dont mind if its gone by 3 cos i like retouching makeup during the day, it perks my mood straight up πŸ™‚ lol

  36. AtelierGal says:

    I would give anything for a NARS blush πŸ™

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