Jun 24, 2014

Review, Swatch - NARS Blush 413 BLKR

I recently visited the NARS store on Bleecker street in SoHo with a friend.
Naturally I was drawn to the exclusive BLKR collection displayed in the center, took a long time examining every particle of shimmer in the eyeshadow duo and comparing the BLKR single to Lhasa. I did not pay much attention to the 413 BLKR blush, however, thinking it was "too bright, too rosy". So I left the store empty handed while my wise friend grabbed a BLKR blush.
I managed to kill my lemmings especially for the single eyeshadow because it is close to my beloved Lhasa, which I concluded to be a better and more complex grey color for me (reviewed here).
On the other hand, this bright rose blush kept haunting me whispering, "you don't have anything like me, do you?".
So I finally caved in. (Plus it came with minis, you know.)

NARS 413 BLKR blush
NARS Blush 413 BLKR

NARS 413 BLKR Blush review

There is a reason why I was hesitant about the color. Many rosy blushes appear aging and ruddy on me rather than giving a healthy flushed look. I've read that NARS 413 BLKR blush is much pigmented and requires a light hand for application, too.
I still wanted to take a chance mainly because of the NARS pressed powder formula that has somewhat dry texture with clear color delivery. If a similar color comes in a buttery soft texture, I wouldn't dare.
I only have experienced the reformulated version from NARS, but this is my favorite blush formula by far. The pigments are intense and pure, but the application is sheer (if that makes any sense to you), so it is long lasting without losing the initial color clarities.

NARS 413 BLKR blush
NARS describes 413 BLKR as a "rosebud". 
The simplicity of all NARS color descriptions is funny because we beauty bloggers always seem to have more words for them.

Now I suddenly have an impressive NARS blush collection (6 including 2 recent mini additions), so it is a relief to see at least one easily recognizable NARS blush.

NARS 413 BLKR blush swatch
NARS 413 BLKR blush is indeed intense and bright.
It is more of an early summer rose rather than a dusty rose, and has some purple and red undertones.
The swatch on top is with a couple swipes and the bottom one was made with whatever was left on my finger, which would be closer to the color once blended on the cheeks.

Although I have to be a bit more careful with my application and the brush choice, it is surprisingly wearable and flattering on my light complexion. Actually, the color blends in very easily so I don't find putting it on all that challenging. 
It seems this neutral rose pink with satiny matte finish can easily be worn all year round.

Here is how NARS 413 BLKR blush looks on me.

NARS 413 BLKR blush FOTD

Thanks for looking.
Have you tried NARS 413 BLKR blush or anything from the BLKR collection?

Makeup Products Used In This Look

Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation (100)
NARS blush (413 BLKR)
Dior Addict Lip Glow (pink)
NARS single eyeshadow (Lhasa)
Dior Eyeshadow Trio (Brown Smoky)

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