Miss Liberty is a new Highlighting Blush offered with the NARS Holiday 2011 collection. It is a very sheer peachy-tan powder with fine white-silver micro-glitter. The micro-glitter particles are a bit smaller than last summer's pink glitter-bomb, New Order. Don't let the term "blush" in its name fool you -- Miss Liberty leaves behind a veil of silvery sparkles and frosty shimmer, but will not provide much color. As you'll see in the swatches below it does have a bit of warmth to it, like a subtle bronzer. The color may be more apparent on other skin tones, but almost disappeared on my fair-warm skin. Basically, I found it to be similar to wearing a sparkly translucent finishing powder. The sheerness was a bit disappointing to me at first, but apparently this product was designed to be transparent. According to NARS.com it is "Made with transparent pigments to avoid heaviness on the skin."
I believe this is the sort of product that may only live up to its potential at night-time. I imagine when you're out on the town and the light hits your face at just the right angle and the micro-shimmer is illuminated it could be a very pretty effect. This would also be nice to dust over matte shadows to bring them a little life or even to wear alone all over the lids.
Miss Liberty probably wouldn't be the ideal choice for a highlighter if you are seeking a subtle "glowing-from-within" effect, but if what you're after is a little shimmer and sparkle, then this may be worth a try. It's currently available for $27 at NARS.com and I also spotted the entire holiday collection at Nordstrom's earlier this week.
Below are some comparisons. Miss Liberty is by far the most sheer of all of these products, but hopefully this will give you a better idea of the color.
|in bright sunlight|
|In low sunlight|
And below are some comparisons to a few other NARS blushes, including New Order Highlighting Blush.
The tone of Miss Liberty is very similar to that of my skin, but in the photo above you may be able to discern the warm tan color and the silvery-white shimmer particles on my eyes and cheeks. I applied it fairly heavily over foundation. This is the type of product that definitely needs something to adhere to as the powder has a very dry texture. I found that to avoid fallout and obtain the most color, it's best to pat this on with your brush, rather than use a back and forth sweeping motion. For longer wear and a more intense shimmery effect you could try applying it over a face primer or cream blush.
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