What are you, Tom Ford?! Some kind of makeup psychic? Because how else could you have known that I’ve been desperately seeking an ’80s-style blush to wear with my power blazer (the one with the big shoulder pads) and slouchy leg warmers?
Your new Cheek Color in Narcissist ($55) is a veritable spectacle of intense fuchsia! — and it’s the first product from your new fall collection that I can honestly call a full-blown obsession.
And frankly, I’m surprised I like it as much as I do.
Why? Because it doesn’t exactly scream “natural-looking cheeks,” and if I accidentally apply too much, well, have you ever heard of Baby Jane?
If I’m careful, though, and get the application just right — that is, if I sweep my fan brush across the pan just once, and then dilute the color by swiping it across a paper towel before lightly dusting the brush on my cheeks — I love it. I get bright, radiant cheeks that last and last and last.
It reminds me of the way I looked a few years ago at the precise moment when I finished a half marathon…except without all of the perspiration and wicked chafing. There was a faint sheen all over my face, and my cheeks were flushed and bright.
So, whom is it for? Well, if you tend to like bright blushes a la MAC Frankly Scarlet, Dollymix and NARS Taos, and if you’re comfortable paying a premium for your beauty products, don’t miss Narcissist before you give it a try.
What else can you tell me about Narcissist?
- You know how some blushes look like they’re just sitting on top of your skin? Yeah, this doesn’t do that. We’re talking very finely milled.
- I absolutely the light sheen finish. It’s neither too shiny, nor too matte.
- Talk about universally flattering. I’d bet that just about anyone could wear this, but I have a feeling darker damsels will think it’s extra great.
- It certainly isn’t a bargain, but at least a little goes a long way.
For an elegant look with a splash of panache, I like to lightly dust Narcissist on the apples of my cheeks, swipe a black or navy liquid liner along my upper lash line, and pat a matte pink or fuchsia lipstick on my lips.
But to go full-on ’80s with it, I’ll sweep Narcissist just below my cheekbones using a heavier hand, and incorporate strong eyes and lips…completing the look with leg warmers, a Walkman and big hair, of course.
I only wish that Tom would drop his prices a little, but I gotta say, I do love that man for finally giving me a blush I can wear when I want to look like an extra in a Culture Club video (one of these days, remind me to tell you about my Boy George phase).
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That was me blowing you a kiss.
How’s your day coming along? Are you at school right now, home or work? Mine’s going fine, but it does seem like everything’s taking longer than usual… I’m kinda having one of those days (but I’m not going to be hard on myself).
Oh! I got a new song stuck in my head — Pink’s Blow Me (One Last Kiss). It was playing when I clicked on the TV to check the weather this morning.
Pretty fun video. I love the grainy black and white, and I dig the ethereal effect where it’s like you’re watching someone’s dream. I love that last scene where you see Pink and her friend floating up into the sky…
I gotta say, Pink has some catchy “Screw you, rotten boys!” anthems.
In other random news, I just realized that we have absolutely no more rolls of toilet paper in the house, and now I’m freaking out. Seriously, what if the zombie apocalypse started tonight?! I’d be so doomed.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,