NARS is already so well-known for their original Blush line so I was quite interested in trying out their newest range, the Dual-Intensity Blush. This range consists of six color-coordinated duos and I got the shade Frenzy courtesy of The Makeup Show LA. Unlike their original line, these blushes could be used wet and dry.
Price: $45.00 for 6 grams/.21 oz
Do they test on animals?: The company does not test on animals.
Packaging: The blush duo comes in a square compact, with a mirror in the lid. The compact is slightly rubbery like the other NARS compacts.
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Frenzy is described as a "sparkling soft pink-gold highlighter/ shimmering bright tangerine orange". Frenzy is a blush and highlighter duo, as opposed to a blush duo.
NARS describes the formula as:
"Purely pigmented color with seamless customizable coverage. New Dual-Intensity Blush defies genre with a silky, wet/dry formula of unprecedented artistry. Apply dry for a healthy glow and wet for translucent, second-skin finish. NARS exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology features pearls and pigments perfectly suspended in transparent soft base to allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture."
In my opinion, I feel like the marketing for the blush is a little confusing and contradictory.
On one hand, it says purely pigmented color (which to me means it's a pigmented blush) while on the other hand it says that it will give a healthy glow or translucent, second-skin finish (which to me means it's not as pigmented as it's translucent).
If you swatch it in the store with your fingers, you'll probably think both halves are incredibly pigmented. In reality, the blush is rather sheer while the highlighter only moderately so.
It's not a problem to have the highlighter side sheer (since you want to be able to control how much shine you have), but I thought the blush was too sheer given how it looks in the pan. The blush side is a formula that required me to dig a bit with my blush brush in order to pick up enough to apply to my face. You could apply this blush with a damp brush, but I thought it made the blush apply patchy.
I had a problem with this color in particular, but it seems like the other colors in the range get better reviews. With a price tag of $45, I expected a lot but unfortunately this shade didn't deliver. I think you're better off with the original range of blushes.
Here's how it looks when swatched using fingers.
Here's how it looks when swatched using a brush.
You can see how it looks very different applied using fingers vs. using a brush. I had to apply a few layers to get it to show up on the skin.
If you prefer a sheerer look and are someone who doesn't mind needing to build the color up, you'll probably like this blush duo. The highlighter side is wonderful on the top of my cheeks however I feel like the blush side is a bit of a disappointment. I wish it was more pigmented. For me, I'm not into it. Like I said, there are other colors in the range which seem to get better reviews so you may want to try other colors instead.