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.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | Review

I got this after reading tons of blogs in order to find a concealer which wouldn’t crease under my eyes or look powdery and caked on. The general consensus was that this concealer is the one of the best; it was a toss up between this and MAC Pro Longwear, but seeing as I was buying a bottle of NARS Sheer Glow at the same time, I thought it made sense to buy the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to accompany it.

It’s not the cheapest of concealers, but that’s fine – I don’t mind paying more for a concealer that really works. The packaging is elegant and minimalist like all NARS products; it comes in a clear, rectangular shaped tube with a soft rubbery lid and doe-foot applicator. I’m not the biggest fan of the rubbery material NARS uses because, although it looks nice, it does get dirty very easily (as you can see in the picture above), but I do like the doe-foot applicator because it doesn’t waste product, like pump-action ones can.

The concealer itself has a lovely texture – very rich and hydrating, and certainly creamy, like the name suggests. Now, onto the most important part: performance. It applies very nicely – it’s incredibly easy to blend, feels lovely and doesn’t end up dry or powdery during the day. It covers any imperfections beautifully – it’s the only concealer I’ve ever tried that doesn’t look cakey under my eyes (to cover my dark circles, of course, which is does an excellent job of). It also lasts and lasts. All day long, actually, especially when used with my Sheer Glow foundation.

I also love the fact that it comes in 9 shades, which is a lot more than most drugstore concealers, which only come in about 4. That alone is worth the price tag. I find it so hard to get a concealer that suits my skintone and covers my dark circles without being too pale. The shade I have is “Vanilla“, which is perfect with the foundation shade “Mont Blanc“.


Consistency: Lovely and creamy, as the name suggests. Doesn’t dry too “dry” if that makes sense? It doesn’t go powdery or look cakey.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5.

Price: Usually around £19.80.

Overall Rating: 10/10. Well done NARS! Yes, it’s on the pricey side, but it’s well worth the investment because I find I don’t need as much foundation when I use this/