Back in July, Sephora was offering “all customers” a coupon for $15 off your purchase of $50 or more. I put all customers in quotes because I didn’t receive the coupon and had to contact them to receive it – and that’s all I’ll say about that. There were a few items on my shopping list but I ultimately decided to pick up something practical/that I needed (Beauty Blender) and something I didn’t need but was dying to try (NARS Liquid Blush). My original shade choice was Orgasm, but they were sold out of it online, so I decided to try step outside of my comfort zone and try something a little different – a bright coral by the name of Torrid. I’ve been using this blush off and on over the last 6 weeks and I’ve definitely got an opinion of it – keep reading below
From the NARS website: “One drop. Won’t stop. Liquid blush effortlessly glides on skin for a lasting glow. One pump delivers the perfect amount of natural-looking color. Ideal for mixing textures: layer over powder blush for high-impact color, or apply first for a diffused effect. Go with the glow.
- Buildable, blendable.
- Lasting color.
- Added Monoi and Tamanu oils, known for extra moisture and resilience.
- Foolproof pump dispenser”
$38 CAD / $30 USD for 0.5 oz / 15 mL
The packaging of these liquid blushes are in line with the rest of NARS’ standard packaging – sleek, sophisticated yet simple. It consists of a clear glass bottle with a pump and a black cap that has a slightly rubberized feel.
When I first picked this up I didn’t actually realize there was a pump and I just twisted off the cap, which was confusing to say the least. I suspect this is a common problem as there are distinct instructions on both the NARS and Sephora websites stating NOT to twist open the cap.
I also learned the hard way why you don’t want to twist off the cap; one day after using it I set it down and it fell on its side without me noticing. The cap was slightly loose and the product proceeded to leak and cover everything in its path. Even if you don’t consciously twist the cap, it’s very easy to do so just by removing the cap and that can spell disaster.
On top of that, I’m not a fan of the pump dispenser. It dispenses a lot of product and as I discuss later on, a lot is not needed, so it ends up being wasteful. It also gets messy pretty quick. Ultimately I’m just really unimpressed with the entire design.
No noticeable scent.
FORMULA & PERFORMANCE
The formula on this is light, watery and slightly oily. I do need to shake it before use as it separates after it sitting for a while. It is VERY pigmented; the swatch above was a single pump, blended out with my fingers. Personally I’m not a fan of highly pigmented blushes as I prefer ones that are buildable. I could see those with deeper skin tones loving this but I personally can go from zero to clown status in mere seconds, so I have to apply this with a very light and cautious hand.
I’ve applied this with my fingers, with a stippling brush and regular blush brush and my favourite is the stippling brush – I find it blends more evenly and easily. I don’t like how quickly this dries down on my skin – literally within seconds. That could be because my skin is more dry but I find it exceptionally frustrating given how pigmented it is. If a blush is this pigmented it needs to be easy to blend and this doesn’t deliver. I must admit that the finish is pretty – it’s slightly glowy, luminous and healthy looking.
Where this failed the hardest for me was wear time – this disappears off my face within hours after application. So odd considering how quickly it dries down. Other reviews I’ve read state that longevity is extended if you top this with a powder blush/translucent powder but that just seems like an unnecessary step for a close to $40 CAD blush! Why not just apply a powder blush to begin with then?
Unfortunately this blush gets a big thumbs down from me; between the packaging, intense pigmentation and minimal wear time I’m just not a fan. I think I may have enjoyed a lighter shade a little more but I still find these too high-maintenance for my liking; I’m happy to just stick with a standard powder blush.
What’s your favourite liquid blush?