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What would life be without corals? Sad and depressing, no doubt. With the hordes of coral and orange lippies I have amassed since I started reading IMBB (yes, blame it on something!), I have to have the best coral blush to go with it, right?? Enter, NARS Torrid!
NARS really needs no introduction – they are the ultimate name in Powder blushes. Smooth, finely milled, easily blendable, excellent color pay-off – these are some of the adjectives which best describe NARS blsuhes. The invariably top the charts for being the best blushes – year on year.
PRODUCT (from the website):
NARS – The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry’s most iconic shades for cheeks. Natural, healthy-looking color that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application for even the highest intensity hues delivers a natural looking flush
• Silky texture in matte and shimmering shades
• Micronized powder ensures soft, blendable application
• Iconic NARS shades
NARS Blush offers a range of translucent, natural shades, each with a subtle pink for natural blush undertone, created to highlight the complexion. Torrid as per the NARS website is a “Warm coral with Golden Shimmer”. It was rated as the “Best Blush for Medium to dark” skin – 2013 Instyle “Best Beauty Buys”
Price –USD $29 / About Rs 1900 (post current conversions) for 4.8 gm
BUY IT FROM: SEPHORA | NET-A-PORTER | ULTA | NORDSTROM
Standard NARS packaging – comes in a black rubberised case enclosed in a cardboard box. The case has a decent size mirror but no applicator. The applicators which generally come along are anyways useless, so I guess its ok to have saved the space and money on it. The rubberised packing has no colour indicator except the name written on the flipside. It’s a little irritating to search the colour you want if you have more than one.
My experience with NARS blush in torrid
Color – As mentioned by the NARS website, the color is “Warm Coral with Gold shimmer”. This describes the color aptly. However, do note that the shimmer is extremely fine and looks more like glow than shine on your face. It goes perfectly with all my coral, orange and orange-toned-pink-&-red lippies. So it’s a must for the summer months. Honestly, if you have this…you are pretty much sorted!
Texture – Finely milled, smooth and extremely blendable texture allows the product to kiss the cheeks and look like natural flush rather than a blotchy affair. This is my 4th NARS blush and I feel that the product texture is consistent across the line.
Pigmentation – Immensely pigmented. One light sweep of the brush is all you need. I have been using this fairly regularly this summer and there is yet to be a visible dent in the pan. I use my MAC 116 to apply the blush just under my cheekbones instead of the apple of my eyes.
Lasting power – The definitely lasts. I get about 7-7.5hours of wear time on my oily skin.
Visibility on Skintone – The colour is not as subtle as Deep Throat, nor is it as intense as Taj Mahal.The colour would suit and be visible on all skin tones. Lighter skin tones will need to use a very light hand or a fan brush to get this right.
Enumerating the Pros of NARS Powder Blush – Torrid
1. Finely milled, smooth, easily blendable – Its NARS Gurrrls!!!
2. Its super pigmented – so a little truly does go a long way!
3. Fabulous for the summers – goes well with most lipstick colours
4. Comes in a sturdy easy to carry packaging (with mirror)
5. Extremely long-lasting – even with my oily skin
6. The color works well for day and night both
7. The shimmer is extremely fine – does not accentuate the pores
8. Did not break me out
9. Is unscented
And the Cons of NARS Powder Blush – Torrid
1. The rubberized packaging is a dust and fingerprint magnet – and difficult to clean.
2. Availability in India is restricted. Though the parent Company – Shiseido is present in India, NARS is yet to be launched here.
3. No color indicator on the case. I am contemplating leaving a swatch on the case – because it will be easy to identify and extremely difficult to take off!
Is it the most unique color? I guess not. I am sure there are other pretty corals in the market. However, I do feel that this colour, clubbed together with the quality of product makes it a better buy than most other dupes. Having this in my kitty, really does sort it out for me in terms of pairing a lot of my lippies. I do not need another coral blush – ever! Refer pics for how it looks on my NC35 skintone.
IMBB Rating – 5 /5
BUY IT FROM: SEPHORA | NET-A-PORTER | ULTA | NORDSTROM
This has been getting a love of love from me this summer. However, I still don’t see a dent in the pan. Will I repurchase – yes, if it gets over in this lifetime!
Francois’ Insight – When it comes to blush, how and where you apply it is more important than what color you use. Cheek color shouldn’t be limited to the apples (no one blushes only on their cheeks!). I always blend a bit into the hairline, along the jawbone, and on the tip of the nose to create a more natural-looking, all-over hint of color.
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