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When I saw swatches of the NARS Summer 2016 Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation, I knew that I had to have it. First of all, look at the absolutely adorable box. The Limited Edition packaging is decorated by contemporary artist Konstantine Kakanias and the fun, bright artwork transforms a simple cardstock throwaway into a special, stashable little keepsake. Open the box and out slides a square, sleek black compact wrapped in NARS' signature grabby rubberized coating and emblazoned with the brand logo in crisp white.
I have seen so many pictures and YouTube videos of this product but media didn't fully prepare me for the unique quality of this formula. I lifted the magnetized lid and inside I found the obligatory full sized mirror and in the pans below it, two glowing, almost radiant powder cakes. The surface is pressed with raised lines that break at different angles to create a geometric pattern. Honestly, it took me a while to touch these. I tend to buy new makeup then admire it and keep it as a pet for a while before I dig in to it.
Hey, I never claimed to not be weird.
Anyway, NARS says that the Dual Intensity formula is a "unique, Translucent Prismatic Technology which allows for multidimensional effects." I say that it is a silky to the touch, light as an angel's wing powder that applies and blends smoothly, flawlessly into the skin to deliver fully customizable to my own complexion colour. While the Dual Intensity formula can be used wet or dry, I get the perfect flush using it dry with a soft, somewhat dense synthetic brush. Versatile, the two shades can be used in concert to softly sculpt and blush the cheeks, individually or swirled together to blend my own, unique shade.
Why, hello swatches. These are a little heavy to show my gentle readers just how beautiful the colours are, how the blush, on the skin looks almost like liquid silk. While this can technically be called a shimmer, it is more a lit from within luminosity. The deeper bronzy rose looks more brown in this swatch but blended and sheered out, it is a warm, sunkissed flush. The pink is gentle, innocent with a touch of edge. The finish is that perfect, comes-from-under-the-skin flush.
I get all day, touch up free wear from this blush. Applied in the morning, it looks amazingly fresh when I go to remove it that night. Naturally, YMMV, depending on your skin type, method of application and the makeup you wear under it. I am extremely pleased with my first foray into the Land of NARS Dual Intensity and I am ready to return and experience more. I have my eyeballs on the companion shade to this one and I'm hoping that when I'm ready to purchase it, it will still be in stock.
I purchased this blush from Sephora. It is also available from Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor and anywhere else you can buy NARS cosmetics.
Have you tried this blush or any of the NARS Dual Intensity items? Any particular favorites I need to take a closer look at?
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