Today: a first look at NARS’ cream blushes. I talked at length with the makeup artist at this counter. She was a fan of using cream blush as a base for your powder blush (“just like a base or primer for your eyeshadow”). And she worked some magic on the back of her hand, starting with Gold Member, then tapping on just a bit of Exhibit A, and blending to a lovely red-gold shade.
But I’ve never worried about my blush fading over the course of the day, or that the color wasn’t appearing brightly enough — basically, I’ve never felt the need for “blush primer.” Mixing creams and powders might be a great way to get some new life out of your blushes, and it could be a very handy trick if you’re a professional makeup artist… but I wouldn’t buy two blushes for the purpose of custom blending.
Gold Member was a very yellow gold (and apparently also makes a great eyeshadow base for yellow-toned Asians and Middle Easterners) — I’d think you’d use this one just to add a pop to other blushes. Penny Lane is a pretty, neutral pink, and has the least sheen of any of the cream blushes. Gueule de Nuit was a lovely coral-pink canyon color; Cactus Flower was a gorgeous bright watermelon with gold sparkles.
Ever your intrepid makeup reporter, I tried on Penny Lane (applying with fingers). It felt powdery on my fingers/cheek, almost like a cream-to-powder blush. The color was very, very subtle — very natural. I liked it, but it wasn’t true love.
NARS Cream blushes are $24. (A dollar less than their powder counterparts! For .03 oz more product!)