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July 11, 2016

Nars Highlighting Blush Powder In Miss Liberty

There are very few pieces in makeup as classic as a Nars blush in my book. They are generally well formulated, have good longevity, a versatile color selection, and cater to skin tones across the board. All-in-all, well worth the rather steep price tag. Besides their regular blush range which includes the famous Orgasm and Deep Throat shades – both reviewed here -, Nars also has a Highlighting Blush Powder ($30 eah / 0.16 oz) range which includes the cult favorite highlighter Albatross. On my shopping trip to Nordstrom a few weeks ago, I picked up the shade Miss Liberty from said series. Miss Liberty became part of the permanent collection after it was released for the holidays in 2011, and is described as a soft shimmering peach. To me it reads as a warm peach/beige with silver shimmer and a luminous finish. Like Albatross, Nars states that Miss Liberty is designed as a “versatile highlighting product that may be worn on its own or layered over other color products for added highlight and dimension. The soft shimmering color will add instant radiance to any complexion, and may be used on the face and body.” While Miss Liberty is very sheer in nature, I do think that on the right skin tone there will be enough pigment and deposit to show a hint of color.

I decided to pick up this particular shade because it’s outside of my comfort zone as far as blush colors are concerned. It’s a very neutral color that packs a good dose of sparkle that is by no means subtle. Miss Liberty is definitely not a standard blush. The color is pigmented to a degree but is on the very, very sheer side. On lighter complexions this shade will add somewhat of a warm tone, but on medium to deeper complexions I would expect more shimmer without turning chalky or pale and powdery thanks to its proper base color. Currently I’m in between tones going towards more tan (foundation color: Revlon Colorstay foundation 240 Medium Beige), and on me the blush is too flesh-toned to show any significant hue but the luminous finish has this really cool water-like effect which adds a pretty glowing quality. The texture of Miss Liberty is as good as Orgasm and Deep Throat, it’s finely milled and super smooth making it very easy to apply and blend. You could potentially layer the color but this would only enhance the shimmer and sparkle more even though you can buff most of them away but as I said, is by no means subtle and almost unforgiving.

Swatched heavily on the arm:

A closeup image of the color:

Overall, despite it not being a traditional blush, there’s still much to love especially for those like me who love a natural radiant glow. During the Summer I become very addicted quickly to glow and dewy anything so I find Miss Liberty almost necessary to have in my collection. Those who are conservative in the shimmer and sheen department, this blush color may not be the choice for you and Nars does have an extensive range of color options to choose from even if you’re not particularly a fan of the Highlighting Blush Powder range. I own both Orgasm and Deep Throat and while they have so much more color payoff the formulas are similar in quality.

Comparison swatches between Miss Liberty, Orgasm and Deep Throat:

Closeup images of the Orgasm and Deep Throat colors:

Bottom line, 2 thumbs up. I found that the unique peachy tone held its own on my skin tone and provided a beautiful warmth to my cheeks. On me the blush wore for about 8 hours before it faded completely and what I was left with were a few scattered sparkles. If I had to choose between the 3 total Nars blushes I own, I’d still pick Deep Throat but Miss Liberty is a good runner-up for this season as it adds that optimal luminous quality in a blush that makes my face glow like no other blush can.


Do you own any Nars blushes? Which color is your favorite?

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