Review: NARS Blush in Amour

By Voxy  

That’s “amour,” not “armour.” For some bizarre reason I keep wanting to put an extra R in there — and it’s not even Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day! Arrr!

Regrettably, I have been unsuccessful in achieving satisfaction with NARS Orgasm, after repeated attempts. (There. Happy? Enough double entendre there for you?) I also tested other NARS blushes in-store that seemed to be more glitter than pigment, so in spite of the general squeeing over NARS blushes I was doubtful that I’d find one I could wear without looking like a disco ball.

NARS Amour, I am happy to say, has exactly zero glitter or shimmer (it’s completely matte, as far as I can see), and is a lovely shade of rose. Other web descriptions call it “peachy-pink,” but there ain’t no peaches in here as fur as I can see. It’s pink. And a very pretty shade of pink, I must say — unless you accidentally put on too much (which is too say, you look at the container slightly too hard), in which case it starts to be a feverish sunburn shade of pinkish-red.

Like other NARS powder blushes, Amour comes in a rectangular case that’s exactly the same as the ELF studio blushes except that the NARS case is slightly rubberized on the outside. Does this mean it’s actually less likely to shatter if you should happen to drop it, or does it just make you think that? In either case, not an experiment I’m willing to conduct.

This is one of the most pigmented blushes I’ve ever used, which I’m not sure is a good thing. On the one hand, no one wants to spend 20 minutes putting layer after layer of blush on until you get a teeny tiny bit of glow. On the other hand, it is so, so easy to put on too much of this product without half trying. In the end I found that either a fan brush or a stippling brush is best (for stippling, I use the Sigma version of the MAC 188, which is the smaller of the two stippling brushes).

The other difficulty this creates for me is that because you end up using so little product, the color doesn’t last on me as long as I’d like, even when I use a setting powder on top. It’s really just a matter of quantity of product — if you only put on a tiny bit, then when a tiny bit wears away, you got nothin’. I haven’t tried it with a makeup fixing spray yet, but I will the next time I wear it. I’ve been so spoiled by the “immovable-object” quality of cream and gel blushes and stains that anything else seems like a huge inconvenience. Still, the color is really beautiful and so it’s worth continuing to work at it.

Close-up and swatch!

I don’t know how I got that light of a swatch. I think maybe I just waved my arm over the compact and thought happy thoughts.


NARS Blush in Amour: $26

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair. You’re not going to get a high-end blush for much less than this, but I do need it to last all day.

Purchase again? Mais oui. Arrrr!

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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  1. Posted September 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Had this, swapped this. I think it’s pretty natural, and neutral and not pink.But it is so pigmented, and I could not handle it! So I guess you get al lot of product for the money, NARS makes the best blushes still. And SHISEIDO. But it is the same company :-)


  2. avatar prof_gnu
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 10:28 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m fascinated that you have such trouble with Orgasm. It’s my go-to day-to-day blush. It makes me feel/look like I’m glowing from within.

    I do know what you’re saying about ending up with too much color though. The first time I tried to wear that blush I ended up looking like a sparkly peach clown.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted August 24, 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink | Reply

      “I’m fascinated that you have such trouble with Orgasm.”

      You should hear what my doctor says!

      On me, no matter how little I try to apply, all I get is peachy-gold shine, as if someone sprayed me with gold spray paint. Maybe it’s because my skin is pink-toned that it doesn’t blend in or look natural? It looks terrible on me.

      (Trust me, no one is more sad about this than I am.)


      • avatar prof_gnu
        Posted August 24, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink | Reply

        I suppose that it could be the pink tone. I am somewhat more golden of undertone (although if you put me next to someone with true olive skin, I still look pink) and that might be enough to make it look just peach with a sparkle or two on me and so unpleasant on you.


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