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10 May 2013

NARS Gaiety blush

I don't know what it is about NARS Gaiety.

To look at it, you would think that it's just another blue-toned pink.



It doesn't have shimmer or glitter - or any other extra ingredients to add interest.

The pigmentation itself isn't intense - a rarity for NARS who tend to deliver over-zealous colour payoff.

And yet I can't stop wearing it.



I keep swiping this on for a bit of colour lift. It delivers that perfect pink glow - not too light to appear chalky and not too intense to appear clownish. It really lifts the skin and makes me look healthy and alive.

The fact that the pigmentation isn't that intense is probably one reason why I think it works so well. You can layer as much as you like and all you will get is a delicate glow-like effect that looks somewhat natural. Shame that it's so hard to capture in a photograph but hopefully you get the idea!

I do need to give credit where it's due and say that this purchase was down to Mouldyfruit.

In the time that she stayed with me she successfully converted me to Rodial fake tan, NARS concealer, Juicy perfume and now this...NARS Gaiety. This blush worked amazing well on her skin tone, achieving the same candy pink like lift/glow, as it did on mine.

I have been in such a rut of alternating between NARS Douceur and MAC's Full of Joy for the last couple of months that this is a welcome change. It reminds me why I love blush so much - two swipes and you look fresh and awake.

I asked this question on Instagram and got so many good replies but if you haven't already answered it there - what's your favourite blush right now?

PS. I bought the blush on Space NK - Link!

64 comments

  1. Goodness me, that does look bright! I found the same thing with Exhibit A though, looks scary in the pan but gives a gorgeous natural flush in reality :)
    LaurasHaven.com xx

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    1. Exhibit A always draws my eye when I see it at the NARS counter - its an amazing colour that works on everyone. Unfortunately I have never had a light hand so struggled with that one :) I need to give it a go again.

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  2. Right now my favorite blushes are NARS Taj Mahal and benefit coralista. They're the perfect orange and coral blushes for summer. I am looking for the perfect pink to add to my collection, perhaps this is it! Thank you for the review.

    xo
    Alyson
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    1. I bought Taj Mahal years ago and got rid of it. Major regret as I think it's a perfect orange too....mmm maybe a repurchase? :)

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  3. I'm using Nars Orgasm more and more lately. I know it's everyone's favourite but sure, what can you do? It just works, whether I have tan on or not.

    I'm going very matchy-matchy with Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait and Mac Nymphette lipglass over it.

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    1. I really like the sound of that lip combo!

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  4. I am looking for new blusher and this looks great! I wear pink the most and really want to try this. Thanks for this post!
    Adela x

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    1. I definitely recommend. I was sceptical until I tried it on and then I immediately fell in love. It's a foolproof delicate flush of a colour :)

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  5. That looks gorgeous! I would love to try it even though I've stopped wearing blush lately.

    BeautyInsideArt

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  6. gorgeous colour :) x

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  7. My favourite blushes are elf Candid Coral and Mellow Mauve - I find that they're so gently pigmented it's difficult to mess up!

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  8. This colour looks amazing, a perfect summer blush! Nars are so consistent with great products Xx

    Olivia - cravemorebeauty.blogspot.com

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  9. I have been loving theBalm frat boy!

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  10. Adore the colour on you Laura. I'm loving benefit Coralista right now.
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Have a wonderful weekend Hun xoxo
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  11. That colour looks lovely, Laura! My current fave blush is Lise Watier Pink Power from their Spring Pastel Power collection. SO pretty.

    xo, alison*elle

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  12. Well, now I have to get it! I do love Nars blushes, especially Luster! xx

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  13. That's a really pretty colour, I have one really similar to that from Bobbi Brown which I think is called Pink Raspberry! My go-to blusher for every day is MAC Well Dressed :)

    Louisa's Notebook

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  14. Looks like such a beautiful colour on the skin x

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  15. Right up my alley! My default right now is Mac Immortal Flower with a little elf baked blush in Peachy Cheeky on top. :) Happy Friday!

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  16. I have been hooked on Illamasqua Naked Rose since its release last Summer, but for this time of the year I love something brighter and I must say that the Kevyn Aucoin cream blush in Liquifuchsia iss the one I reach for the more. It does have similarities with Gaiety, from what I can see here!

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  17. At first I was like ~ whoa, Bright! But you stated that it's not so I'll have to give this a swatch test this weekend ;-)


    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  18. when i looked at it, i thought it was NARS Desire! haha, they look really similar.

    cheryl
    http://flylikeacg.blogspot.com
    xx

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  19. The colour looks really nice and natural on you! The brightness in the pan is pretty wow though.

    Louise
    dreamdustx

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  20. Ah Laura you enabler! I am flying back to London from Dubai again on Thursday for a wedding and this has just been added to my wish list! Wish we still had Nars in Dubai....

    I'm loving Mac Warm Soul and Givenchy Le Prisme in Acoustic Pastal

    Stacey xxx

    expatmake-upaddict.blogspot.com

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  21. been enjoying mac's springsheen quite a bit now that it finally feels like spring here :)

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  22. I love Lorac Exposed and one I always come back to is Mac Fleur Power.

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  23. I love that color!!looks so natural a beautiful
    kisses from milano
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  24. I've been deciding which Nars Blush to treat myself to for a while and there I was thinking I had it down and you put this one out there , Back to the swatches I go :)
    Rosalie x
    rosaliejayne.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Goodness!!! This is so gawjuss pink blush <3So natural and so beautiful <3

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  26. BUrberry Tangerine gives me that healthy glow and actually gives some definition to my face without a bronzer, love it!

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  27. my all time favourite is Nars Deep Throat, pinky/peachy to lift my skin! Mac doesnt last as long on my skin as Nars

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  28. i have never tried nars but maybe it's my time to do it now.

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  29. Blue-toned pink - what an interesting concept. Honestly never heard of it before. I think every woman needs a plain, daytime blush like this. Glitters and shimmers are great, but so is being subtly beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing, gorgeous. When you get a chance, please take a look at my beauty and skin care blog. Have a great weekend!

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  30. This is so beautiful! It makes you look so healthy! :)

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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  31. You WELL suit blue toned pink blushers! Wasn't sure it would suit me until you mentioned Zara recommended it as we're a lot darker, ha!

    I'm really liking cream blushers at the moment, especially crimson shades. There's something about cream blushers that makes your skin look healthy an glowy! The Maxfactor ones are UH-MAZING!

    Halima

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  32. I have been loving Dior's rosy glow blush. In fact it looks very similar to Gaiety!

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  33. That looks so much more subtle on you than I was expecting it to! Gorgeous colour :). I've been using either Benefit's Dandelion or No 7's Romantic cream blush just now and love them both xx

    D Is For...

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  34. This looks so frightening in the compact but it looks so beautiful on you. This is next on my shopping list!

    Dusterknuckles | Fashion // Beauty // Lifestyle

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  35. Beautiful colour! I've been switching between these three blushes: Bobbi Brown coral, Mac Well Dressed, and Mac Raizin. These three work well with my ruddy skin tone. I've been using a lighter coverage foundation and these work so well!

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  36. Benefit Hervana xxx Such a gorgeous, light flush of colour on the cheeks & perfect for spring.

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  37. Bought this today because of you! Love it!

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  38. such intense pigmentation! extraordinary

    I'm still in love with my nars super orgasm, but I think this will be my next purchase xx


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  39. when i first saw the picture of the blush i was convinced that it definitely couldn't be for me considering how bright it is but you've definitely sold it to me! it really does give a gorgeous light pink glow and it looks so natural! and even though it is bright (almost neon) it still looks beautiful! this review has really reminded me that i need to get on the bandwagon and start looking at nars blushes! X

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  40. Nars Gaiety is So pretty, one of my favourite Nars blushes. It is perfect for spring and summer as well / Claire xxx

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  41. I love it! gorgeous colour looks amazing on you!
    boldinballerinass.co.uk
    Kamila xx

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  42. that colour looks beautiful, and it really compliments your skin tone in your photo

    x

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  43. You absolutely MUST try Bobbi Brown's peony blush. It's my absolute holy grail and I haven't worn another blush since I got it! I also own Nars Gaiety and it's nice but I prefer the peony :)

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  44. Nars blushes are the best. Now that it is warmer out I've been obsessed with Taj Mahal. It's a must have for anyone with a bit of a tan!

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  45. I've seen this and thought it looked scary in the pan but it's a beauty.

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  46. My favorite right now is Illamasqua Katie!

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  47. Wow, what a beautiful colour! Suits you perfectly too x

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  48. I love your hair off your face. Pretty!

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  49. Such a beautiful shade. I love NARS Desire but it seems much harder to mess up compared to Gaiety since Desire is quite pigmented. I love MAC Tenderling which surprises me since it looks so BORING in the pan! But it looks so lovely on. I also think NARS Amour is quite the beaut.

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  50. Have you tried Nars Matahari?? You may also love that...
    You are just beautiful :)

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  51. I love your blog!
    xx
    www.sprfrk.com

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  52. Thanks Laura, speaking of uplifting, what did you think of the Nars concealer? I heard Pixiwoo comment that it was too drying on her skin (Sam) and she preferred the Chanel one. Have you tried? If so, please let me know your comparative thoughts. Much love beautiful x Alessandra

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  53. Thanks Laura, speaking of uplifting, what did you think of the Nars concealer? I heard Pixiwoo comment that it was too drying on her skin (Sam) and she preferred the Chanel one. Have you tried? If so, please let me know your comparative thoughts. Much love beautiful x Alessandra

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  54. Mac flaming chic. I hate blue toned pinks on me but this is stunning.x

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  55. Loving the blush on u sweetie!!


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  56. What brush do you use to apply it laura?

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  57. NARS S in, but im hoping Gaiety will become my next fave when i buy it.

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