NARS x Steven Klein | Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush, Holiday 2015

 

 

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It really shouldn’t come as any surprise that François Nars, a man known for pushing the beauty envelope, collaborated with American photographer Steven Klein for the Holiday 2015 Collection. Klein, who’s also worked with Madonna & Lady Gaga, is known for edgy, provocative, and somewhat subversive work – all attributes that mesh perfectly well with the NARS aesthetic; that being said, I begin my series of reviews of this collection, with Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush, a duo that’s not only powered by high-voltage pigments, but turns out to be surprisingly versatile as well. You’ll see.

 

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NARS x Steven Klein | Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush, Holiday 2015

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NARS x Steven Klein | Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush, Holiday 2015

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Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush (CAN $55.00) | Housed in the brand’s usual black rubberized compact albeit emblazoned with Steven Klein’s name as well, there are actually two shades held within – all in the recently introduced wet-dry format:

  • champagne gold
  • rust/brick red

For starters, both ridged hues are jacked up on shimmer, but it’s of the incredibly fine-milled variety (no glitter specks here, thank you very much) but once applied (and given a few minutes to warm up), seem to actually meld so beautifully with your skin’s natural oils. The golden hue can stand alone in a highlighter capacity, and let me tell you: It’s GORGEOUS. It can also be combined with the deeper blush shade, by either swirling the two together or layered on top, transforming into an entirely new colour that displays both depth + shine. As to the blush hue, that tone might make you pause, but one quick swatch will reveal how utterly lovely it is. Due to the incredibly high level of colour saturation, I suggest starting off with a very light hand and building up as desired; bear in mind that this red-leaning blush is highly flattering on basically all skin tones, as the colour closely mimics the shade of one’s natural flush (meaning it won’t look artificial) – but take your time with application just the same. Swirled together, the two shades take on a mauve-y cast, but ensure the proportions are fairly even to avoid creating a bruised-looking tone. Everything gets naturally amped up when applied with a dampened brush, although the colour can still be diffused before it sets to keep it from looking harsh. Blendability with both is effortless and as to staying power, I’m able to get an entire day’s worth of wearing with barely any fading.

 

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NARS x Steven Klein | Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush, Holiday 2015

 

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NARS x Steven Klein | Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush, Holiday 2015

 

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NARS x Steven Klein | Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush swatches

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NARS x Steven Klein | Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush swatches (blended)

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NARS x Steven Klein | Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush swatches (applied dampened)

 

I have a total thing for red-leaning blushes, and I have been obsessively using Vengeful since the day it arrived. While I’m not sure I would categorize the gold hue as a blush per se, I do love playing around with the colour intensity of this duo by either dialing the shades up or down. Then again, this is NARS after all, and who am I to argue with his vision? Two last words: limited edition. Yup….I said it.

The NARS x Steven Klein Collection is available now through The Bay & www.thebay.com, Sephora & www.sephora.com, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom stores across Canada. Find more information via www.narscosmetics.com

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