Friday, October 11, 2013

Project Swap: NARS Torrid Blush swatches and review

Today I am going to showcase a NARS blush in Torrid on loan from Joy of Look Nook Hook as part of our Project Swap. You can check out her original review here.

I have avoided buying NARS products until recently. I finally caved. I still don't like the rubberized casing. I used to own a blush and bronzer duo eons ago called Orgasm and Casino but I swapped it away after a while. But after buying my NARS eye and cheek palette I'm beginning to appreciate NARS blushes.

NARS blushes are super pigmented and therefore must be applied with the lightest of hands or else you will have clown cheek syndrome. I always use my old MAC 187 duo fiber brush to apply NARS blushes. I tap the end of the bristles onto the pan and tap away the excess before gently tapping them on my cheeks and blending.


Torrid is described as a warm coral with golden shimmer. It is exactly that. The first time I used it, I had to tissue off the excess on my cheeks because it made my cheeks look ruddy. I have a lot of acne scars on my cheeks so it emphasized them. The second time round, I applied with an even lighter hand and placed the blush more on my cheek bones and less on the apple of my cheeks. It looked better.

I hope you can see Torrid on my cheeks. I know it looks like it is barely there but it is. I usually wear my FOTDs out so I did not want to over apply my blush.

I think Torrid is a great colour for all skin tones. What is not to love about a coral blush.

I have come to realise that sometimes too pigmented blushes are not always a good thing because practically speaking we do not need so much colour on our cheeks. This isn't a colour I can slap on and go. I need to be more careful with application. A little really goes a long way.

Would I purchase this blush? I don't think so, I am quite happy with my NARS Dolce Vita blush and the numerous other coral blushes I have that can be applied easiy without much thought.

Ratings: 3+ lipsticks


  1. Torrid looks too orange for me in the pan but it looks gorgeous when you swatch it. I think I start to love coral blushes :)

    1. Meryl, I think the trick is to really use a light hand. Coral blushes always look more natural on me.


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