Nars has released a series of three blushes with the NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection ($29 each). Two are new limited edition shades (Coeur Battant and Day Dream). The third–NARS Exhibit A–is a repromote from the permanent Nars line. I’m assuming that this third piece has been added because it shares the same name as a book authored by the collection’s inspiration, Guy Bourdin’s Exhibit A.
NARS Coeur Battant is a bright fuchsia cool pink that rivals Tom Ford’s Narcissist in pigmentation and impact.
Here are comparisons with Tom Ford Narcissist, Nars Coeur Battant–as you can see, they are quite similar. By comparison, Chanel Tubulent looks quite pink and well behaved. I’ve included two plums for comparison as well–Chanel Plum Attraction and MAC Lavish Living–to show you that Nars Coeur Battant is not as purple as it might appear.
Although NARS Coeur Battant looks very bright in the pan–fear not–it can be worn beautifully on the cheek. Here is Nars Coeur Battant on Liz:
As you can see, NARS Coeur Battant is a beautifully fresh pink. It will certainly work for both warm, cool, light, and deep skin tones. By comparison, Nars Day Dream is a soft peach-pink.
For me, Day Dream seems like a more sophisticated, updated version of a soft blush that can be worn with a strong lip shade, or simply for an understated soft flush of color. The pigmentation is even, satin, and quite good. Of course, Nars Day Dream does not have the impact of Nars Coeur Battant (few blushes do!). Also, Nars Day Dream lacks the strong pink and shimmer of NARS Orgasm. Although they look similar in the pan, they are certainly not duplicative of each other.
Day Dream has more color than the extremely subtle Tom Ford Frantic Pink, and has more life than the soft Chanel Rose Ecrin.
Above, is Nars Day Dream on Liz–it’s a soft, well-behaved shade that looks beautiful in almost any situation.
NARS Exhibit A, as a permanent long-timer in the NARS collection, has been reviewed more times than I could possibly count. It’s a vibrant red-orange that looks incredible for summer wear, with a tan or on deeper skin tones. Here are swatches of all three of the Nars holiday blushes:
Overall, I like both Coeur Battant and Day Dream, for entirely different reasons. Nars Coeur Battant gives a pretty flush of soft, skin-brightening color and (unless you own Tom Ford’s Narcissist, or a few from the MAC world) is unlikely to already exist in your blush stash. Day Dream is one of those blushes that you don’t think you need, until you find that it coordinates so well with everything else that you end up using it most of all.
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