When it comes to blush, how and where you apply it is more important than what color you use. Cheek color shouldn't be limited to the apples (no one blushes only on their cheeks!). I always blend a bit into the hairline, along the jawbone, and on the tip of the nose to create a more natural-looking, all-over hint of color.
- Francois Nars
|NARS Liberté blush from the summer 2012 makeup collection.|
I love the sleek black packaging, and as someone who takes a ton of photos, I love the fact that the rubber-matte finish doesn't reflect light like crazy or turn into a fingerprint magnet at the slightest excuse. The blush pan is compact and comes with a useful mirror. Enough about the packaging - on to the blush itself: Liberté picks it's name from French for freedom. Described by NARS as a versatile burnished apricot, I find this a matte reddish-coral blush. I won't want to call it matte because it doesn't go on dull and lifeless on me, but there really is no shimmer in it that I can detect.
I found this quite an easy colour to use - not insanely pigmented that I needed 3 brushes to get it just right. I applied this with my MAC 187, and did a bit of a dab-dab blending and finished with the application. Perhaps because I am darker with some yellow undertones to my skin, I got a controlled application with this blush-brush combination.
NARS Liberté Blush (Summer 2012 Makeup Collection) - Swatches/Looks
Because of the mixed reviews this blush seems to have garnered, I suppose it would be best if you tried this in store before buying, but try you must! It is quite easy to apply and stays on the whole day. I am not a big fan of shimmer in blushes but matte blushes look blah on me - Liberté, though, is a perfect fit. Definitely one of my summer staples :D