Mar 30, 2011

NARS blushes revisited! #11 - Albatross.

this series is just for better pics&swatches. my opinion about the blushes stays the same, take a look at older posts.

NARS blushes contain 4.5 - 4.8g each for the powder blushes, and 5.5g each for the cream blushes.
they cost 29€/19.50£/26$.

Albatross is the only highlighting powder by NARS. it's an ivory white with fine yellow gold iridescent shimmer. the yellowish tint makes it quite hard to capture in pics, it gives a greenish hue to the photos - but not if it's applied, no worry.
i don't find myself reaching for it very often, mostly because in my eyes it's just too yellow gold and makes me look icteric if i'm not careful, especially in cold artificial lighting. i only use it when i get a slight tan, otherwise it looks weird. i find this to be unusable for pale cold skin tones.
the shimmer sheers out easily - and it has to, because you should only take a tiny little bit. i hope they will release some more shades in the future (i think there will be a lavendar one in the summer collection? i will buy it for sure just because of the interesting colour ;). ) because i'm not very pleased with this one.
i apply it with a MAC 131 to the top parts of my cheekbones and the cupid's bow. it looks good in combination with (matte) peach and coral blushes. i somewhat want to try Copacabana Multiple, but on the other hand it's very expensive and i use cream shimmers much too rarely to buy such a big stick.

NARS Albatross in bright sunlight
NARS Albatross in natural light
NARS Albatross in late sun
NARS Albatross in natural light: swatched heavily & blended out

in comparison to other pale gold(-ish) highlighting powders:
MAC Vanilla Pigment is more shimmery, the gold sheen is a softer gold and it also has a slight peachy pink iridescence. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder has a soft gold pearl and is finer in texture.

MAC Vanilla Pigment - NARS Albatross - MAC Beauty Powder Too Chic
MAC Vanilla Pigment - NARS Albatross - MAC Beauty Powder Too Chic
MAC Vanilla Pigment - NARS Albatross - MAC Beauty Powder Too Chic

this is how Albatross looks worn: i paired it with NARS Gina blusher.


  1. love your blog! Do you think you can swatch and do a review of your armani blushes? thank you!

  2. @anonymous: unfortunately i only have 1 armani blush yet, but i have reviewed and swatched it here:

    if i get more, of course i will let you know ;)

  3. Elf do a very similar version which I was thinking of trying. I really want to try some Nars blushers, I love their eyeshadows, Nepal & Mekong are my favs! x

  4. As far as I know Nars has another highlighting powder which is called "nico" but seems to be a bit darker, so again nothing for pale skin tones.
    Ooh yes I really want to try copacabana as well (after seeing all the J-Lo and Leighton Meester Pics), I´m definetly going to try it out this summer!

  5. @sherrie: i have read that this eyeshadow would be an even better dupe to nars albatross than the elf one by another beautyblogger that had all 3 of them.

    @vanessa: yes, i know of nico, but nico is stated to be a light blusher. also the powder is more of a satin finish with slightly chunkier shimmer bit infused in it. only albatross is sold under the category "highlighting powder" as of now.


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