Monday, 14 January 2013

Review: Nars Liberte

Hi everyone, hope you're all ok :)
Sorry I've not posted in such a long time, I've been so busy with Christmas and Uni and just life in general to be honest! But I'm back now and thanks to Mr Student Loan I now own a laptop for the first time in my life. It feels so good to finally be in the 21st century haha, and it means that I can start blogging more regularly - wahoo!

Along with the very fancy laptop, I also treat myself to a few (cough) bits and pieces and even made my first ever Nars purchase! Ever since I saw Nars Orgasm I just knew I had to have it but I could never afford spending over £20 on blusher. But now that I'm a sloppy student, I thought why not! I also added Liberté to my little Nars collection, after hearing through the grapevine that it is Rihanna's go-to blush. I absolutely love Rihanna so it was a no brainer really. I kinda thought to myself, "hmm maybe if I wear this blush I will magically transform into her". You never know, miracles do happen lol.

Anyway,  I decided to put up a review for Liberté as there are already soooo many Nars Orgasm reviews out there. I'm kind of new to blusher as I naturally have quite rosy cheeks, and I only recently started wearing it after I fell in love with Benefit's Bella Bamba. I've gotten a little bored of it if I'm totally honest so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give something else a go. Here's what I thought...

First off, I adoreeee the packaging! I'm a graphic design student and so this is kind of an important factor for me. I ordered this online and I can tell you that they went all out to protect the product. It was like a Russian Doll, a box in a box in a box - I was amazed! The product itself comes in a little pan, with a mirror so it is perfect for if you want to top-up on the go. The pan holds 4.8g of product, which technically means that with it currently retailing at £21.00, it is actually better value for money than the Benefit blushers if you are looking at how much you actually get for your money. (That is the only time in my life I will ever sound smart haha).


Colour, Texture & Scent

Liberté is such a beautiful colour . I'd probably describe it as a warm, terracotta colour with corally undertones. It's quite a dark shade and so is probably not great if you've got very fair skin. My skin is fairly tanned, with pinky undertones so I can just about pull this off but I think this shade is perfect for someone with more tanned skin (like Rihanna!). I think it looks create paired with a clear or fairly natural lip and subtle smokey eye as I have done further down.

Swatches (Left: With Flash, Right: Normal Lighting)

This blusher has a fairly chalky texture but is incredibly soft and feels really lightweight when on. I have very sensitive skin, especially in the areas where I apply blusher and I didn't break out at all with this. So that's always a winner in my eyes!

I'm so bad at describing smells, but I guess this has a sort of bitter smell. It reminds me of a permanent marker, without the weird high you get afterwards. Yeah, I'm gunna stop now because I have no idea what I'm saying haha.


Application & Staying Power

I used my beloved Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply this just above my (invisible) cheek bones and temples in the image below and as you can see it's given me a bit of a warm, natural glow. Liberté is fairly pigmented, it took a bit of effort to get the swatch to appear properly on my hand but using the blush brush when applying it to my face helped to pick up a lot of colour. It's smooth and soft texture meant it glided onto my skin really easily and was very easy to blend.

Left: Without Nars Liberte, Right: With Nars Liberte

This has great staying power. I was worried with it being such a soft powder that it'd fade really quickly. It faded a little bit within the first 2 hours put after that it stayed put for about another 4 hours (I've tried to show this in the images below but it's a little hard to tell). So I guess I'd stay total wear time is around 6 hours - pretty decent!

Left: After 2 hours, Right: After 6 hours

Overall Rating

I'd probably give Liberté an 8 out of 10. It's an excellent product that is easy to apply, looks great when on and lasts for a long time. On the downside, it isn't accommodating to all skin types and is a bit pricey. If it's within your budget I'd definitely recommend this!

Left: Without Nars Liberte, Right: With Nars Liberte
  (doing my best to look like Kourtney Kardashian and failing lol)

Thank you for reading and hope you found this helpful. If there's anything else you'd like me to review, just pop it in the comments below and I'll see what I can do :) See you all soon!


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