Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NARS Holiday 2011: Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush

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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21 comments:

  1. I have new order but it looks too sparkle on me! I am so scared of trying sparkle highlight now LOL

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  2. Love your entire collection! Strangely enough, this post made me fall in love with MAC How Beautiful instead. :) Lovely review and pics as always!

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  3. Hi Katherine, I also found New Order to be too sparkly on me. This one is very sparkly as well but at least the microglitter is a bit smaller this time! :)

    Hi Liz, Thank you! :) I just picked up How Beautiful from MAC's holiday collection. Will probably give it a try tomorrow now that I've swatched it! :)

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  4. I like the color in the pan but on your skin, it seems too shimmery for my personal preference. Like Liz, I love your collection as well! I have only recently started looking into highlighters.

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  5. Hi Kristie, I agree - I didn't know what to expect when I first saw it in the pan, but it's definitely quite sparkly. There are so many lovely highlighters on the market this season! Although I love them it's the kind of thing I usually forget to put on when I'm in a hurry :)

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  6. Yea I can tel from the picture a little bit, but I think I should stay away from the sparkly blushes LOL Thank you for sharing :)

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  7. I have New Order, but the sparkles travel ALL OVER my face. It's too bad, because it is such a pretty color. Definitely not an eery-day item, IMO. How is the travel on this blush?

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  8. I'm surprised at how well it blends into the skin; however I think this is a good response (intentional or unintentional) to the NARS New Order glitter debate! I'm also impressed at how well NARS Sex appeal shows up on your skin. I'm reminded how I love wearing it in the winter months when I'm more fair

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  9. You could make a garbage can look beautiful. Your swatches and photos are always so flawless/perfectly done. So much attention to detail. Love, love it! :) xxx

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  10. Great comparison, since I have Soft and Gentle, I don't feel it necessary to have this, based on your swatches, but it is pretty. :)

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  11. Thanks for the review, it's very pretty but I have soft & gentle so I think I'll stick to that. I'm also using Bobbi's shimmer brick as a highlighter at the moment.

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  12. Hi Nalina, there is fall out with this blush as well, but it seems to be to a lesser degree than New Order because it does not have as much microglitter. The sparkles did travel a bit but not all over my face as New Order does :)

    Hi Dovey, Thanks! Sex Appeal is a blush I don't reach for often because it is so light. I had to apply it heavily here just to get it to show up on camera! It's a pretty color though & maybe I should give it some more use :)

    Hi Rachel, lol thank you so much for the sweet comment & thanks for stopping by! xxx

    Hi Justine & Cafe Bellini,
    Thanks for commenting :) I think Miss Liberty is definitely not a "must have" product, especially if you already own other highlighters you like. :) Soft & Gentle's shimmer was a lot more opaque and gave the most coverage in comparison to all of these.

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  13. Hi katherine, I agree, sparkly products can be very difficult to wear! :)

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  14. My regular NARS SA applied this on me at Nordstrom. I actually liked it. I may have to try it again. I'm really trying to commit more to products that I know I'll actually use. I don't know if I want to wear this amount of sparkle at the office!

    It is pretty, though.

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  15. Hi Lexi, I ordered it sight unseen and maybe would not have gotten it if I had tested it first, but I think it's nice for going out at night or special occasions :)

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  16. At first when I tried it, I was put off by how big the glitter particles are---they are much smaller than previous products, but bigger than I usually go for. But I do like this look for night! I'll stick to Benefit Highbeam for day.

    I do like how the base is a peachy color, it makes the sparkle appear more gold/peach rather than silver/pink like many other highlighters that i've tried. it makes me look glowy without making me look paler.

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  17. Hi mybeadifullife, Yes, it is quite sparkly but as you mentioned nice for night-time! I also like the peachy base since I am pale it helps warm up my skin a bit as well! :)

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  18. I can´t decide between Miss Liberty and New Order.. I guess M.Liberty is simply better? But acutally I prefere a slightly pink highlight though..

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    1. Hi Yogi, If pink flatters you more than peachy or warm tones I would go with Miss Liberty. Both of these have a lot of fall-out though due to the micro glitter.

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  19. What are some dupes for new order? Thanks

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    1. Hi Byanka, I don't have anything quite like New Order in my collection, but have read that a similar color is Illasmasqua's "Katie", although it doesn't have the micro-glitter that New Order has.

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