NARS Luster Blush aka The Perfect Blush For Pale Skin Review / Swatches

NARS Luster £21.50* is my very first NARS blusher, thanks to the lovely Sally who blogs over at The Makeup Directory. I won her giveaway back in March, and won the chance to choose any NARS blush – and NARS Luster was mine. I’ve owned other NARS products and loved them, but for me the signature product from NARS has to be their blushers so naturally I was excited to see why everyone raves about them.

Image of the Blush in the shade Luster packaging
NARS have an incredible 28 different shades within their powder blush range alone. NARS describe their Luster blush as being a ‘sheer golden apricot’ which translated means – my perfect blush. I love sheer products, sometimes I feel less is more so the sheer description reigned me in, followed by the ‘apricot’ reference. I’m a sucker for a peachy coral anything.
Image of the NARS blusher compact
No NARS review would be complete without a mention of their packaging.. The blush is housed within a rubberised plastic which feels and looks like a better quality, sturdier e.l.f blush compact. Within the lid is a generous mirror which is always handy to have, and the name of the blush is clearly labelled on the base.
The nature of the packaging.. with the rubberised texture does mean that grubby fingerprints will become embedded upon the compact, however I store all my makeup within some drawered units, not a makeup bag.. so I haven’t experienced any of the said issue myself, but if you’re an obsessive clean freak this may bother you.
Open compact of the NARS blusher
In the pan NARS Luster does appear somewhat scary, with a strong orange undertone however once blended onto the skin it does tame slightly. The swatch above is from swirling my fingertips within the pan, and it still manages to look sheer. However it is possible to build up the colour intensity quite easily should you prefer your apples to be more peachy. Luster contains a beautiful subtle gold sheen without any glitter.
The sheen is subtle, and gives the complexion a natural glow about it. I love how soft the powder is, it’s so silky, which is why it almost caresses the skin once you apply it with no fall out or harsh lines in sight. Ah it’s pretty dreamy for a blush, I must say. Whilst wearing Luster, I wouldn’t recommend using an highlighter as it may be too cool toned for the warm glow within the blush.. as well as looking potentially overdone?!

NARS Luster Blush Swatches

Closeup image of the blush pan
Swatch of the NARS Luster Blusher on pale skin
If you have a fair to medium skin tone, Luster would look beautiful.. however I’m not sure how well it would work with a strong yellow undertone? Against my ghastly pale skin, it looks pretty beautiful and makes me look ‘healthy’. £21.50 may make some recoil in shock for just one blush, but this is just the most gorgeous blush.
The packaging is sleek, the blush blends beautifully and the wear time is remarkable for such a sheer finish blush…. with no fading evident for a good 6 hours. I seriously love this blusher, it’s pretty perfect in my opinion and has consequently created a wishlist of 5 other shades I need to own. If you don’t own a NARS blush, I sincerely recommend Luster – it’s amazing, and extremely wearable.
Do you have a NARS blush? What’s your favourite shade? Have you tried NARS Luster Blush?

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