I’ve been a huge fan of NARS ever since I got a pan of Orgasm, arguably their most famous blush. I loved the peach-pink golden shimmer, even though it swatched super sparkly under the weird yellow lights of the NARS counter in Rustans Makati. I thought I didn’t need another blush in my life, but then as beauty nuts know, it’s so easy to switch obsessions on parts of the face.
When I started this beauty blog, I couldn’t get enough of eyeshadow palettes. Before that, all I looked at was lipstick. Now, I find myself wandering into the uncharted territory of my face’s middle-regions, aka my cheeks! I got a mineral blush from Revlon (which I’ve yet to review), but it wasn’t enough to sate my rather special needs.
I wanted a subtle plum that still warmed my face and brought a pretty glow to it. I didn’t want a harsh blush, but I still wanted the oddly pretty flush of pinched cheeks. I think I’ve met my match with NARS Sin.
Like Orgasm, Sin swatched really shimmery at the store. No likey. Also, a review I read online recommended this for paler skintones. I’m Fair-Medium with warm yellow undertones. I don’t know how “berry tone with golden shimmer” would look on me. Robbie, my SA, assured me that Sin looks good on all skintones, and I don’t know if that’s just sales talk, because “berry tone” does not belong to the most flattering color family, in my mind.
However, I decided to trust my better judgment and buy it anyway. You won’t be under that kind of light all that often anyway, my Rationalizer rationalized. And I believed her. Thankfully.
Sin is perfect. I apply it on the apple of my cheeks with a RealTechniques brush, and I feel really, really, really giddy inside. It’s a subtle plum with quite a bit of gold shimmer that’s only greatly visible (at least to me) in yellow light.
NARS Sin blush, swatch
NARS Sin blush, swatch. These swatches come off as shimmery, because they’re very concentrated. If patted on evenly, this isn’t as glittery. The shimmers are pretty finely-milled. There aren’t huge, distracting chunks, so your face is safe from the herpes of craft supplies.*
Check out the color, though. So beautiful. I really love it. I can’t sing enough praises for Sin, which is a funny sentence when taken out of context.
NARS blushes are notorious for being extremely pigmented, and Sin does not deviate from that vein. Actually, it’s almost as if it’s pigmented to a fault, but I think it’s really in the matter of application! I used the RealTechniques Multi Use brush from the Travel Essentials set, patting it on my cheeks, and had no trouble with muddiness or streaks.
It’s better to apply it with a light hand, as it’s very pigmented and also very buildable. Easier to pat more product on than to take out, so tread lightly. :) I’ve had my NARS Orgasm blush for a pretty long time, and I used it almost exclusively. I haven’t hit pan yet, so you know you’re getting a lot of mileage for the price.
I’ve used it on Saturday and Sunday, since getting it on Friday. Here’s my Sunday #FOTD, taken at about 10:30am:
Here’s a photo I just took about 11 hours after with Photobooth:
My makeup’s pretty much gone and I’m in house clothes, but I think I see a little hint of Sin still left on my cheeks.
I know it’s really funny to profess love for a beauty product, but this has ousted Orgasm as my favorite blush. I think I’ve sated my blush curiosity. At least, for now!
VERDICT: Get it. No really, get it.
Would I purchase this again? A thousand times, yes!
How much? Php 1,450 or $28 for 0.16 oz. or 4.8g
Where to buy in Manila? NARS counters at Rustans
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* “Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies.” It’s true. Demetri Martin said so.