Review: NARS Dual Intensity Blush in “Panic”

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NarsPanicThese new Dual Intensity Blushes from NARS have major pan appeal, am I right? The unique shades, the glowy finish, the geometric embossing…I could go on. Needless to say, I was desperate to get my mitts on one of these from the moment I first saw them in the “What’s New” section on Sephora.com. Since they come with a fairly hefty price tag, I’m glad I had the opportunity to check them out in store before buying. I went to Vancouver last weekend and made a beeline for the NARS display as soon as I got there. And then…I almost didn’t buy one! I took a look at the testers, did some swatching and then walked away thinking that these just weren’t for me. I thought the shades were too bright and the finish was too shiny. I like my blushes subtle and matte, and these were just too much for me. What looked gorgeous and wearable on my computer screen, looked garish and glittery under the intense lights in the store.

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Vancouver Haul! (A Sneak Peek of Reviews to Come)

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So…I went to Vancouver this weekend…and this happened:

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Clockwise from left:

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in “Panic”
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 226 “Tissé Rivoli”
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in 54 “Boy”
Dior 5-Coleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 796 “Cuir Cannage”
Dior Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow in 661 “Météore”
Dior Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow in 381 “Millenium”

SPOILER ALERT!

I’ve already fallen in love with a few of these products, the ones that I’ve tried so far. I will be testing these things out over the next little while and will be posting full reviews very soon. Stay tuned…

My All-Time Favourite Blushes: TheBalm InStain

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Most of the makeup looks I wear on a regular basis focus on the eyes, so I need a blush that can finish off the look and add life to the skin without taking center stage. I like a formula that illuminates the skin without any detectable shimmer and gives you that healthy, blushing-from-within look. I also want something that has lots of pigmentation but is still easy to control. No clown cheeks!

By far the best blush formulation I’ve encountered so far is TheBalm’s Instain blushes. I have two shades: my sister gifted me “Toile” (left) for my birthday last year, and I just picked up “Houndstooth” (right) last night.

110115 050110115 051First of all, the packaging is adorable! I love the play on InStyle Magazine. Second of all, the shade range in this line is fantastic. I doubt I will stop at just these two.

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