Hi guys! Today I’m sharing some pictures of blush swatches I took last weekend. These were unfortunately taken at night under fluorescent light, but I tried to color correct them for color accuracy. Basically I decided to go to Sephora and play with the NARS testers, then I went and compared to the blushes that I have at home. So, here are the pictures and some of my thoughts:
NARS Orgasm is by far the frostiest blush from NARS, and out of all the ones I have. NARS Deep Throat is more or less the same color as Orgasm, except that it lacks the gold frost and this makes it look much pinker (but it does still have gold sparkles in it, though I’d say it’s the least shimmery blush NARS I’ve swatched out of the shimmers). Laura Mercier Orange Blossom is just a tad lighter and less pink than Orgasm and it has a more subtle pearlised shimmer versus Orgasm’s frost. NARS Torrid is a good deal less pink and more red than Deep Throat, also with a good deal more shimmer. It’s definitely a coral – I’m surprised it’s compared to Deep Throat and Orgasm so much because I don’t think it’s that similar at all. NARS Amour is a matte and really gorgeous – it’s much deeper than Torrid with no gold pearl. Unfortunately it’s basically the same color as Paul & Joe Tango (Tango is maybe the slightest bit more pink plus it has a gorgeous subtle pearl finish). Laura Mercier Apricot is much lighter and more orange/pink. MAC Nuance and NARS Luster are incredibly similar. Nuance is a tad more pink whereas Luster doesn’t have any pink in it. Laura Mercier Nectar is matte and much lighter and pinker than both. I couldn’t really fix the NARS Madly swatch. It is a pretty brown pink, but it’s not that brown. The swatches of NARS Exhibit A and Outlaw are much more true to life in the above picture than in the below picture where I was correcting more for the pinks.
The two pinks I currently have are Laura Mercier Rose Bloom and Shu Uemura Lolly Cherry. Both are quite warm. Rose Bloom is actually barely rose or pink compared to many of the blushes I swatched LOL. NARS Desire is probably too cool for me. NARS Dolce Vita is a browned rose. NARS Mata Hari is a gorgeous cool plummy pink, but not so cool I don’t think I could wear it. NARS Outlaw is actually also a fairly plummy pink shimmer. It’s also super pretty. NARS Sin is not actually that weak of a swatch, but it’s definitely the least intense of all the NARS blushes I swatched. I don’t know if this is just because my Sephora’s tester is a little messed up? It’s a pretty straight plum with gold shimmer and seems to have a pretty high shimmer to pigment ratio. It’s not frosty though. NARS Taos is a red rose. It’s less pink than Rose Bloom, and more red than Paul & Joe Tango.
I believe I’m getting NARS Deep Throat in swap later next week but I’m not sure I’ll keep it. I’ve asked for NARS Sin from SO for a Valentine’s Day gift, as it’s been highly recommended to me by Ilyana and it looks freaking amazing on her. Soooo, my current shortlist is: Exhibit A, Mata Hari, and Outlaw. I’m on the fence about Torrid and Dolce Vita and really want to swatch Taj Mahal, Gilda and Gina (sadly my Sephora didn’t have these). I think I’m going to have to try a few of these on before I can really tell though. Like I said, Sin looks positively amazing on Ilyana but I would never have expected it to look like that on her based on my swatching.
What do you guys think? What are your favorite NARS blushes?