With NARS Liberté Blush, Tanned Cheeks Have the Freedom to Rock

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“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.

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nars summer 2012 swatches
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. 🙂

PRICE: $28
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,



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  1. Hafsa says:

    That’s definitely a vaction blush; Taj Mahal is mine but it looks so great on you, I think I’ll be checking it out!
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  2. CrystalCandy says:

    I wish it was lighter than that, it’s too dark for me! It looks great on you though!
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  3. Arianne says:

    YES! I’m so happy with how this looks on you Karen, because I’m closest to your skin tone than other bloggers. I definitely want this for summer.
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  4. shiny says:

    FAN-TAS-TIC blush!
    Quick note: My inner french student is picking up the accent on the end ‘e’ in Liberte. Ah well.

    I love how you’re rocking the Indian style in the last pic. I swear, this would be exactly how a Mumbai socialite / celeb would wear this collection. Well, with more eyeliner. But it’s a great look!

  5. shiny says:

    Also, Yes, how does one burnish an apricot, exactly? 😀

  6. Jahmaiah says:

    Liberte is definitely on my wishlist! It looks beautiful on you. : )

  7. Teri says:

    Good luck at the dentist, it’s not the most fun thing to do, but needed! I really love the blush, it’s the perfect shade for summer, and it looks surprisingly subtle on you!

  8. Tracy says:

    Yup, definitely not for me!
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  9. Joyce says:

    Lucky for you that it’s just a cleaning. I had one wisdom tooth taken out last week. My face is still a little bit swollen and eating is still uncomfortable. =(

  10. Chris25 says:

    I have many NARS blush, but I still want this one! I would get so much mileage out of it if I used it on dark skinned models.

  11. shusheshe says:

    The swatch looks very very orange which intimidates me as I’m pretty fair. I’ll have to check it out in person I guess.

  12. Chelsea says:

    I’m thinking about investing in a NARS blush… this one is gorgeous! I’m very fair, so this might not be the color for me, but the color and pigmentation are amazing.

    And the accent on the E should be acute (going up) 🙂 I knew I did a Bachelor’s Degree in French for a reason!

  13. Blue says:

    Just got back from the dentist’s today, too, Karen… I hate going, too. Always freaks me out, no matter what – even if I know what to expect (mine was a cleaning, too).

  14. EmmyJean says:

    That blush looks great on you! Not an easy color for me to wear 🙂 I feel the same way about the dentist, I always expect the worst for some reason – like suddenly needing a root canal or something. Luckily I’m always wrong, they just tell me to wear that darn retainer lol
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  15. Lucia says:

    You are making me buy this Liberte blush and the Bolero from Becca. We are similar in skintone and every time I see something I like in other blogs I always wait for your appreciation, always wait for you to wear it!!!!!!! I was looking at the Nars trio too in other blogs, but wondering if it will even will show on me, and here you are wearing them and I think I will buy it too, love oranges, and peaches!!! Love you!

  16. Lucia says:

    One more thing, how that this compare to NARS Exhibit A and Cactus flower blushes????

  17. This is fierce! I think you’re right, medium or darker gals with a warm undertone would probably appreciate this the most. At the moment I don’t see myself rising to the challenge, but this should be good when a good summer comes!

  18. Nina says:

    The blush is superrr gorgeous and I love it on you!

  19. Kim says:

    Very pretty! I think of all the swatches of all the NARS makeup I’ve seen here, I like the blushes the best. 🙂

  20. Looks so gorgeous on you! Why do I find myself still wanting Marie-Galante after reading about it’s poor pigmentation and fall out. The colours are just so darn pretty! Ramatuelle looks gorgeous on your skin tone!
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    • Karen says:

      I actually love Marie-Galante. I think that the sheerness is one of the best things about it. I guess it really depends on what look you’re going for.

  21. corallista says:

    This is so gorgeous, I definitely see this one working for my skin tone! I’ve always noticed how great you look great with black liner!
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  22. I love your swatches. You manage to make them artsy!
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  23. Jae says:

    Looove this look, Karen. I’m definitley picking up all three products from this collection based on this look! I wanna rock this as the temps start rising over here! =)

  24. Monique says:

    Karen, LOVE this look…what colors are you rocking on your eyelids? I really want to recreate this look on myself….thanks for all you do. It’s so nice to have a lady similiar in skintone and age provide all this wealth of info on makeup! All the best to you….

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