NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Jubilation, Frenzy, and Adoration

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Friday, September 11, 2015

This past Spring, NARS released a new product called Dual-Intensity Blush, incorporating the same technology as their best-selling Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow into cheek products. The Dual-Intensity Blush is described as "dual-intensity, silky, wet or dry blushes [that] are uniquely formulated with NARS' exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology, which allows for multidimensional effects. With a lightweight texture for a flawless finish and true colour application, each duo features two ultra-modern shades that can be worn alone or layered together for limitless looks. Apply these shades wet to achieve a high-impact flush or dry to get a natural-looking glow." They are packaged in square mirrored compacts, and each blush shade is embossed with a geometric design. Each Dual-Intensity Blush contains a total of 6 grams of product, and retails for $55.

Jubilation

Jubilation

Jubilation #1 is a light-medium warm yellow gold with a luminous sheen in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a lightweight, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and more yellow than MAC Global Glow, darker and more golden than Becca Champagne Pop, darker than Becca Moonstone, and darker and more yellow than TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.
Jubilation #2 is a light-medium golden peach with a luminous sheen in a frosted finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a lightweight, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and less pink than MAC Soft and Gentle, darker and more peach than Becca Champagne Pop, lighter and less pink than Becca Rose Gold, and more peach than TheBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer.

Frenzy

Frenzy

Frenzy #1 is a light warm champagne gold with a luminous sheen in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a lightweight, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter than MAC Global Glow, more golden than Becca Champagne Pop, darker than Becca Moonstone, and darker than TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.
Frenzy #2 is a medium-dark muted warm persimmon orange with red undertones and soft pearlized shimmer in a satin finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a lightweight, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is much more muted and more reddened than NARS Taj Mahal, darker and more orange than NARS Luster, lighter and less red than MAC Modern Mandarin, and lighter and more orange than Clinique Fig Pop.

Adoration

Adoration

Adoration #1 is a light cool baby pink with a luminous sheen in a metallic finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a lightweight, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more metallic than MAC Just a Wisp, lighter and more metallic than MAC Well Dressed, darker and much more pink than Becca Opal, and much more metallic than Benefit Dandelion.
Adoration #2 is a medium-dark vibrant cool watermelon pink in a satin finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a lightweight, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is slightly brighter and more shimmery than MAC Whole Lotta Love, darker and righter than Clinique Rosy Pop, warmer than Clinique Berry Pop, and darker and cooler than Too Faced How Deep is Your Love?.

Fans of Clinique Cheek Pop, MAC Extra Dimension Blush, Estée Lauder Pure Color Gelée, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder, and other liquid-powder hybrid products will love these. The NARS Dual-Intensity Blushes are lightweight, silky, ultra-smooth, highly pigmented, and easily blendable. The difference between these and other similar formulas is that NARS has put two complementary shades in one compact, so you can brighten/soften or add highlight/colour as needed. As with all liquid-powder hybrids, these can be used both dry and wet, though I can't really see a lot of people using these wet since the colour pay-off is so similar used either way; the only difference I can see is that the metallic shades become more metallic when used wet and can therefore emphasize skin texture. (I also find using these wet can make them apply more patchy or unevenly.) When used dry (which is what I recommend), you can build them up very easily to create true-to-pan colour, but buff them out effortlessly to create a soft, natural flush. I recommend using firmer duo-fibre brushes with these; the pans are harder so a firmer brush will pick up product more easily, and duo-fibre bristles will lay product more efficiently while also being able to blend out flawlessly. The range of shades is small right now (with six duos and 12 shades total), but there is something for everyone, for fair to dark skintones and warm to cool complexions. On that note, there are lots of dupes (as separate shades) across other brands so I would check your stash at home first before shelling out $55 for one of these.
6 comments on "NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Jubilation, Frenzy, and Adoration"
  1. Can't say these ever tempted me. That's sort of when I knew I wasn't going to be a blush whore anymore, lol.

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    1. Lol, SAD DAYS.

      I really like them but I kinda don't like the fact that they're duos because you might really like one shade and really hate the other, and at $55, you really should like both. Luckily for me, I like my highlighters quite blingy, lol.

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  2. I still think these are too metallic looking for me, and it seems kind of gimmicky and messy to use them wet! That fuchsia shade is gorgeous, though.

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    1. The actual blush shades are more of a satin finish; it's the highlighter shades that are metallic. But yes, agreed, messy to use them wet. Can't really see anyone using them wet, to be honest!

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  3. Using them wet is great for on the eyes! Dry better as blushes. That's just my opinion though :)

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    1. I totally agree, I can only see them being used wet as eyeshadows. It just doesn't work well wet as blushes -- too streaky!

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