NARS Blush in Gina Review

I feel that Orgasm gets so much hype and fanfare it overshadows all the other wonderful colours NARS has in its blush range. I’m currently trying out this NARS Blush in Gina.

By all means, if you’re looking to try out NARS blushers and don’t know what colour will suit you, Orgasm is a great all-rounder and is pretty universal in terms of suitability, but if you’ve got the time, then pop over to a NARS counter and have a chat with the SA to see if there’s a colour which might suit you better.


Nars Blush Gina

The shade recommended for me was Gina. It’s a lovely orangey coral – perfect for my skin, which has warm undertones, and tans easily in Summer, but also great for the transition into Autumn, matching the lovely russet tones of falling leaves.

It’s a matte colour, so there’s no shimmer/sparkle like with Orgasm. Sometimes that’s a good thing; sometimes it’s not. It depends on the day. Where Orgasm gives you a more dewy, glistening look, Gina adds depth and warmth, almost like a bronzer (but not quite).

Nars Blush Gina

It’s not going to be for everybody, but I think it’s a great shade for those with warm undertones, or maybe those who want to add a little warmth.

Lasting Power: All day.

Consistency: Matt powder. Very pigmented and easily applied – use a light hand!

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5

Price: £22.50

Overall Rating: 8/10. It’s a great blusher, but I don’t think it’ll suit me through Winter when my skin has lost some of its glow. It’s still a great Summer/Autumn choice, but a shame I can’t wear it year-round.

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I got this as part of a free gift when buying some other stuff from Estee Lauder. How cool is the packaging? It looks awesome in my makeup bag. And it’s such a lovely little blush. It’s the perfect shade for all year round – a lovely, slightly coraly pink, which is warm enough for summer skin, but pink enough for winter when I’m rocking the pale and interesting look. It’s pretty pigmented, so you only need a light hand, but it’s not as pigmented as some other blushes (NARS, I’m looking at you), so you don’t need to worry about it being hard to blend if you put a little too much on your brush. No sign of clown cheeks here!

It came with a teeny tiny little brush (not pictured – it’s wandered off somewhere), which was cute, but kind of shit, tbh. But it was basically free, so I didn’t care. After looking at how much the full product costs, I’d be a little pissed at the quality of the brush, ’cause it was quite cheap-feeling. Maybe the brushes in the full size, non-free products are of better quality? I don’t know. Blush brushes that come with the product are never good though, are they? So I’m not going to knock Estee Lauder too much for that. If you want a good blush brush, buy one yourself, that’s what I say!

Those random brown blobbies are dog chocolates...
Those random brown blobbies are dog chocolates…

The packaging of this is quite annoying ’cause it’s like a strip instead of a square – kind of like what you’d expect in an eyeshadow palette, rather than a blush….shit, maybe it’s an eyeshadow? *checks* okay, it’s not, we’re good. Anyway, the full size product is a square, so panic not, sweet child of mine.

That’s about it, really. It’s a nice, year round, baby-bear’s-porridge blush – just right.

For some reason, I never really try Estee Lauder’s cosmetics ’cause they seem…I don’t know, boring I guess? Apart from their Double Wear foundation, which I love, I’ve only ever tried their free gift stuff. I find the brand a bit bland and mature, but it’s one of the biggest cosmetics houses, with so many brands under its umbrella including Bobbi Brown, Clinique and Smashbox, so this blush experience has inspired me to try more of their stuff.

Consistency: Very nicely pigmented, but not too much so that it’s hard to blend.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5

Price: I had this as part of a free gift, but the full size product is £27.

Overall Rating: 9/10. A very good blush, suitable for year round wear, but I think it’s a little overpriced, and I’m not sure I’d buy the full size.