It’s been two years, or so, since I’ve last written. The absence has been due to work, and upheaval of lifestyle, due to choices I've made. I still love makeup, or at least some of it.
For the past year, I've been enjoying the new NARS blush formula, which they've been slowly reformulating. They don't cause tiny bumps on my cheeks, which are either clogged pores, or bumps that arise from sensitivities. Some people can slap anything on their faces and come out unscathed. With repeated wear, most blushes cause bumps on my cheeks. I get major bumps from Kevyn Aucoin powder blushes, Hourglass blushes, Dior blushes, etc. The bumps from NARS blushes were minor, but now they're non-existent. NARS blushes have always struck a happy medium on me--not too soft and silicone/oily-feeling, not too heavy or airy.
I can’t stop loving two NARS blushes, which I reach for when I want to wear blush. The first is New Order, and the other is Miss Liberty, two colors which I actually wear higher on the cheek area. My standard blush application is under or along the cheek bone, in a muted, medium-depth shade. These days it’s called contouring.
Both New Order and Miss Liberty are glittery, but a lot of the glitter is easy to tap off the brush. They don’t give my face an unnatural sheen, and add a dash of light, sheer, brightening color. I don’t wear foundation, rarely wear eye makeup when I wear blush, so the blushes just match my style. I have no idea how these blushes would look on a fully made up face. I appreciate that New Order appears lilac. It isn't a dolly, lavender-pink. The blushes color my light, neutral-olive skin tone (with some yellow and red I've been told).