NARS blushes for WOC

projectdanielle

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I have Lovejoy, Exhibit A, Dolce Vita, and Sin. Sin is the only one I don't wear. Its a bit too plum for me and doesn't show up well. My fave is the Lovejoy. That's my perfect blush.
 

sss215

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Last year the NARS site had a 30% off sale and I went a little crazy on the blushes. I got and I love:

Exhibit A
Glinda
Gina

I already had Taj Mahal. I think I will be adding Torrid while the Sephora F&F Sale is going on.
how is Gina and Gilda. I am thinking of getting those soon.
 

sss215

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Gina and Gilda looked ashy on my NW47 skin.
really, i am going to try these soon. i am excited because i am going to scope out a regular NARS counter in the process. sephora's selection isn't cutting it anymore.
out of the 2, i think gilda would be awesome for darker skin since it has a bit of pink in it.
 

Lovey99

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really, i am going to try these soon. i am excited because i am going to scope out a regular NARS counter in the process. sephora's selection isn't cutting it anymore.
out of the 2, i think gilda would be awesome for darker skin since it has a bit of pink in it.
I tried them out this summer at Nordies.... I may give it another try. Please update me with how they look on you.
 

sss215

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Back from trying them out. What got me interested in these colors is the fact that I don't want red or pink cheeks all the time. Or deep colored cheeks. I wanted something lighter. For anyone my complextion, Gina and Gilda are not colors to get if you want a bright blush. They are more of a compliment to my skin tone and are perfect if I want to do an eye focus, or just add a sweep of color. IMO These colors on darker skin are skin brighteners. They are neutral, but not brown based, which is the usual neutral go to for black women. They are matte, which I like.

First I tried the Sheer Matte foundation in Tortuga, just so my skin would be more of a canvas for trying on these new colors. Sometimes its hard to see accurate blush results when I put them on in the store with nothing on my skin.

I tried on Gilda, next it brightened me up immediately. Gilda turned out to be a very neutral, wearing makeup but not made up blush on me. I have yellow undertones on my cheeks which go away when I put foundation on, Gilda gave me a nice flush of coral. Not too pink or yellow, just brightness. My skin looked fresh.

Then I tried Gina on the other cheek. I was thinking it was going to look ashy, but nope, it blended well. What Gina did was bring a little of my natural undertone back. Like Gilda, it brought a brightness back to my skin, but on the yellowish orange side. I really liked Gina, because it blended well and just like Gilda, freshened me up a bit. Gina was not as pigmented as Gilda, but I could see the results.

Next I tried Amour. It really looked like the next color in line after Gilda. It was pinker than the two and i think it would be another good option later down the line. Gina and Gilda seem to be the most unique blushes NARS offers in compared to other brands. Today I hauled Gilda. I saw some online deals, so I will haul Gina next with a few other NARS items. Crazy Sephora doesn't have these!
 

DILLIGAF

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Out of the two I wear Gilda more then I wear Gina. Usually in more subtle looks. I'm MUFE HD 175 for reference. I have no idea how that translates to MAC.
 

j4lyphe

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Quote: sss215



"Back from trying them out. What got me interested in these colors is the fact that I don't want red or pink cheeks all the time. Or deep colored cheeks. I wanted something lighter. For anyone my complextion, Gina and Gilda are not colors to get if you want a bright blush. They are more of a compliment to my skin tone and are perfect if I want to do an eye focus, or just add a sweep of color. IMO These colors on darker skin are skin brighteners. They are neutral, but not brown based, which is the usual neutral go to for black women. They are matte, which I like.

First I tried the Sheer Matte foundation in Tortuga, just so my skin would be more of a canvas for trying on these new colors. Sometimes its hard to see accurate blush results when I put them on in the store with nothing on my skin.

I tried on Gilda, next it brightened me up immediately. Gilda turned out to be a very neutral, wearing makeup but not made up blush on me. I have yellow undertones on my cheeks which go away when I put foundation on, Gilda gave me a nice flush of coral. Not too pink or yellow, just brightness. My skin looked fresh.

Then I tried Gina on the other cheek. I was thinking it was going to look ashy, but nope, it blended well. What Gina did was bring a little of my natural undertone back. Like Gilda, it brought a brightness back to my skin, but on the yellowish orange side. I really liked Gina, because it blended well and just like Gilda, freshened me up a bit. Gina was not as pigmented as Gilda, but I could see the results.

Next I tried Amour. It really looked like the next color in line after Gilda. It was pinker than the two and i think it would be another good option later down the line. Gina and Gilda seem to be the most unique blushes NARS offers in compared to other brands. Today I hauled Gilda. I saw some online deals, so I will haul Gina next with a few other NARS items. Crazy Sephora doesn't have these!"






OMG you really hit the nail on the head with the descriptions of Gina and Gilda. I could not articulate the very same words you said. Gilda shows up fine on NW45 skin like mine while Gina gives that brightening effect. I also use Gina to tone down other blushes if I've overdone them. I always thought the same of Amour- the pinker version of Gilda. I'll get it later on and then my NARS blush collection will be complete lol
 

sss215

New member
I put gilda on and sprayed a little MAC fix+ on my cheeks after applying gilda. OMG! The coral really popped out and it was more dramatic and a bunch more pigmented. I just threw a little burts bees on my lips and done. Fresh and natural. I forgot to add these colors are very pigmented, and they build well!
 

Lovey99

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Back from trying them out. What got me interested in these colors is the fact that I don't want red or pink cheeks all the time. Or deep colored cheeks. I wanted something lighter. For anyone my complextion, Gina and Gilda are not colors to get if you want a bright blush. They are more of a compliment to my skin tone and are perfect if I want to do an eye focus, or just add a sweep of color. IMO These colors on darker skin are skin brighteners. They are neutral, but not brown based, which is the usual neutral go to for black women. They are matte, which I like.

First I tried the Sheer Matte foundation in Tortuga, just so my skin would be more of a canvas for trying on these new colors. Sometimes its hard to see accurate blush results when I put them on in the store with nothing on my skin.

I tried on Gilda, next it brightened me up immediately. Gilda turned out to be a very neutral, wearing makeup but not made up blush on me. I have yellow undertones on my cheeks which go away when I put foundation on, Gilda gave me a nice flush of coral. Not too pink or yellow, just brightness. My skin looked fresh.

Then I tried Gina on the other cheek. I was thinking it was going to look ashy, but nope, it blended well. What Gina did was bring a little of my natural undertone back. Like Gilda, it brought a brightness back to my skin, but on the yellowish orange side. I really liked Gina, because it blended well and just like Gilda, freshened me up a bit. Gina was not as pigmented as Gilda, but I could see the results.

Next I tried Amour. It really looked like the next color in line after Gilda. It was pinker than the two and i think it would be another good option later down the line. Gina and Gilda seem to be the most unique blushes NARS offers in compared to other brands. Today I hauled Gilda. I saw some online deals, so I will haul Gina next with a few other NARS items. Crazy Sephora doesn't have these!
Thank you for such a great review. I am definitely going to give these another try! Thanks!
 

amillion

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I only own two as I just got into wearing blush this summer. I got torrid first and exhibit A with friends and family discount with Sephora this past fall. Torrid just gives me a subtle glow that isn't too much in your face. I can't see it on but other people can. Weird. Exhibit A shows up beautifully on my skin tone. I tried Desire but it wasn't for me.Taos is the next one I want to get.
 

2browneyes

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I recently tried Mata Hari with a light hand over a bronzer as suggested by Sam Fine in the Jan issue of Essence....love it!
 

Curly1908

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^Hmm...I'm gonna try that -- except with Desire instead of Mata Hari. I always pair my pink blushes with Brunette MSF or a highlighter shade. Never thought to do pink + a bronzer.
 
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