“Give me Liberté, or give me…!” Forget that, just give me Liberté.
Its name means “freedom” in French — freedom from cheeks that look blah! Freedom from having to apply layer upon layer of blush! Freedom from that mile-long to-do list! And freedom to embrace lazy days spent lounging in the sun by the pool!
Yup, NARS Liberté Blush definitely feels like a vacation blush to me, and I sure do like the way it looks with a tan.
I can see it now… The tropics. A beautiful beach. We get up early to catch a few waves before the crowds. A week frolicking in the surf like that, and our cheeks are bronzed and tan.
Liberté would love something like that.
NARS describes the color as a burnished apricot, which leads me to wonder, “How do you burnish an apricot?” But I digress…
LOL! I think it looks more like a matte reddish orange on me — a lighter, slightly peachier matte version of NARS Taos Blush, and it’s the solitary blush in the new nine-piece Summer 2012 collection from NARS.
It’s classic NARS all the way, with a super pigmented, easy-to-blend formula that lasts all day, and wow! I can’t believe it looks so intense in these pics of the pan and the swatch, because as long as I use a light touch when I apply it with something like a fan brush, I think it looks very natural on my cheeks. It reminds me of the way my cheeks look right after a run (when my heart’s still beating a mile a minute).
Something tells me it would look amazing on darker skin tones — heck, on lighter skin tones, too, especially ones that wear warmer colors well. I think it looks pretty fierce on Ginta Lapina, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty featured in the campaign imagery.
From the left: Calabria Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow, Marie-Galante Duo Eyeshadow and Liberté Blush
Liberté seems to like to go it alone, or at least I think I prefer the way it looks when I don’t wear it with other makeup on my cheeks. Same as with Becca’s Bolero Blush.
When I apply it on top of a stick foundation or creamy concealer, it can look a little patchy. Not a big deal, but it can mean more buffing, so I usually stick to wearing it on bare skin or atop tinted moisturizer.
Cool-toned cuties might feel it’s a little too warm for them, but lasses who love the way they look in warm peach, orange or reddish blushes, especially ones with a tan, may want to give Libertè a chance.
Oh, and because it’s so darn pigmented, you hardly have to use any at all (seriously, just the lightest touch from a fan brush). A pan could last forever…or until the zombies/aliens return. Whichever comes first.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at NARS counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (Love it! But it can be tricky to layer on full-coverage face products)
Headed to my least favorite place in the world…
The dentist’s office, yea!
Boo. It’s just a cleaning, but I always freak out a little when I see those hooks coming at me out of the corner of my eye…
That’s what I get for watching so many horror movies. Wish me luck.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,