Nars Blush 2020

Orgasm X

Savage

Aroused

Nars recently added a handful of new blushes to their line. When I first got into makeup, Nars was my go-to blush line. Lately, I’ve tried to branch out and try other brands for a couple of reasons. One, I hate their packaging. Two, I’m upset Nars discontinued their Gilda blush and my one good dupe has been discontinued. Despite that, there were three shades that caught my eye.

Orgasm X – This shade is described as a shimmering deep coral with gold pearl. When I went to Sephora, my plan was to pick up a different shade. The original Orgasm blush was a glitter bomb on me, and I assumed this would be similar. It’s far from it. The shimmer is fine and provides a nice sheen to the cheek. The pink-coral shade is quite nice and is very pigmented. The color lasted all day on me with no discernible fading.

Savage – This shade is described as a shimmering red-brown. If you’re a friend of Mac’s Raizin, then you’ll like this color. This is Raizin’s shimmering cousin. Like Orgasm X, the shimmer is fine and gives off a lovely sheen to the cheek. It blended out well and gave me a sunkissed, fresh look. The shade lasted on me with no fading.

Aroused – This shade is described as a satin deep burgundy. It is a lovely color, with no shimmer. The shade is nicely pigmented but applied a little patchy. However, the patchiness can be smoothed over, but it’s easy too over apply. The color is really nice, but the application is tricky.

L to R: Orgasm X, Savage, Aroused

Other blushes worth noting…I picked up Coeur Battant during its limited release some time ago. It’s a beautifully bright, cool-toned fuchsia. It’s been re-released and made permanent and I believe the new version is the same as the original. I initially wanted to purchase Dominate as well, which is described as a shimmering deep plum. I swatched this a couple of times in Sephora but passed on it. The base color is nice, but the shimmer didn’t appear as fine and overtook the base color. If you’re into more metallic looking highlighters, you may like this shade. It was a bit much for my taste.

Chanel Rouge Allure – Camelia Pourpre

Camelia Pourpre (637)

There are certain lip colors that I have a hard time walking away from and one of them is rich berry shades. Chanel released limited-edition Rouge Allures Luminous Intense and Matte colors for spring, and I couldn’t resist the shade Camelia Pourpre (637). It is a berry pink with a tonal micro-shimmer. The lipstick applies incredibly smoothly and feels comfortable and moisturizing. I have naturally dark lips, so I rarely get streakiness when wearing some dark shades as my lip color will fill in little gaps. I found this lip color very pigmented, but it transfers when drinking liquids and reapplication may be needed after eating. However, it leaves a stain behind. These Rouge Allures have the signature click case that is embossed with a golden camellia. The new colors are available at Chanel counters and retail for $40.

Camelia Pourpre (637)

Pat McGrath – Golden Opulence Mthrshp

Last month, Mother Pat caused a rift among her supporters with the sold out in three seconds re-release of her Decadence Mothership palette for the Star Wars movie. The management of that release was not a good look for her brand. Perhaps, this is her attempt to redeem herself. I picked up this limited edition palette last week. It is still available on her website as well as Sephora’s and retails for $65.

1 – Eternal Opulence
2 – Tranquility
3 – Lotus Luxe
4 – Prosperity
5 – Moon Phase
6 – Gold Fortune

If you’ve never tried a Pat McGrath palette before, you may like. However, I own several Mothership and Mthrshp palettes, and this palette isn’t her best. The matte shades are pigmented and blend out nicely. The shimmer shades are not as pigmented as her other palettes as they all require to be built up to get full coverage. I needed two or three applications to get the full intensity. The shimmer shades layer well making it easy to tailor the shades.

If you’re a fan of good, creative packaging, this new palette will not disappoint. Golden Opulence is like Dorothy’s red ruby slippers. The palette is a textured, shimmery red that thankfully isn’t glittery. It is her typical cardboard that folds over with an elastic closure like her other Mthrshp palettes. The trifold is annoying if you’re trying to use the mirror and makes it tricky to use the palette as it will fold back over.

I found the color story a bit limiting. The gold was a bit over the top and the pink shades too close in color once applied to the eye. In the pan, it appears differently, but not when applied.

The shades include:

Eternal Opulence – a shimmery, pale pink champagne.

Tranquility – a matte, medium peach brown.

Lotus Luxe – a shimmery, warm medium pink.

Prosperity – a matte, dark reddish-brown.

Moon Phase – a medium, shimmery mauve pink.

Gold Fortune – a shimmery metallic yellow gold.