i went to the sephora with the intention of buying a pink blush. i quickly passed on mata hari and desire. they were matte. i like a little glow to my blushes. angelika is the only shimmery pink powder blush that nars makes, but i was immediately repelled by it's cool undertones. i am warm (mac nc40/ga lsf 7/lm almond/bb honey), and, normally, i can wear both cool and warm colors without any problems, but angelika practically glowed blue plus i found the glitter particles too chunky. sin was too purple and the rest of the blushes that i didn't already own were too brown. lo and behold, there was crazed.
i passed over crazed at first because i knew how pigmented it was, and it was too similar to taos and mounia. i decided to bring it home, so i could test it. i found that while it packs a lot of color, it's actually not as pigmented as taos or mounia. i didn't even have use my skunk brush. i lightly tapped my mac blush brush on it, and got the perfect amount to swipe across my cheeks. like a previous reviewer stated, the company describes the color as "a raspberry red with shimmer" and while that's how it looks in the pan, it's actually a vibrant pink on the cheeks. it's a great color for a lively and healthy flush. and like all nars blushes, it stays on until you take it off and one compact is likely to last you for years making it more than worth its $25 price tag. continued >>
As others reviews have said, this is a veeeery pigmented blush. This makes it one of the few Nars blushes that actually shows up on me--no kidding: as an olive nw/nc25 (GA LSF 5), Nars just doesnt' seem to suit me! I couldn't even get Sin to even show up, for example, and Outlaw requires a few applications. With Crazed, I just touch my Mac skunk brush to the blush, and brush it on my cheeks--gives a wonderful glow this way w/o looking like a clown. I would definitely repurchase, but at this rate, the blush will last years.
Crazed is described on Nars website as a "rasberry red" but to me it is more like a medium shimmery pink (at least when I apply it on my NC35 skin w/a skunk brush.) No other blush comes close to beating Nars in pigment and quality and I have tried many (MAC, Too Faced, drug store, etc.)
I think Crazed would be a flattering shade on anyone if applied correctly. You have to be careful w/this one because if you apply too much you will look like a CLOWN. I use my Flirt skunk brush which I've heard is comparable to MAC 187.
I like to wear Crazed when I am wearing pinks or purples on my eyes and pinks, berries, or plums on my lips. This is a very unique shade and I get tons of compliments when I wear it.
Nars blush is a little pricey, but again you are paying for the quality. I don't really care for the packaging. I prefer a clear lid (similar to MAC) so that I can see the product. It's hard @ 7:30 am when I am getting ready for work to have to read the bottom of my makeup to see what color it is!
Overall Crazed is a unique and flattering blush so I would purchase again. Although I probably won't have to for awhile because w/Nars you pay more but get a ton of product!
Uber-pigmented, so a light hand is a must to create a subtle raspberry pink flush. Too much will make you look like you had a bad sunburn. :)
Then again, if you're adventurous, you can use this full on with a bare eye and neutral lip. Love this. It'll probably take years to finish off. :)
VERY pigmented blush!! I have dark skin NW45 but have to be sooooo careful with this or will just end up looking CRAZY. The colour is pink and pretty but you have to use it very very lightly.
Okay so I bought this by recommendation of you ladies. It is beautiful. This is what makeup is supposed to be like. Gorgeous color, high quality, and very flattering. I questioned how natural this could possibly look as is looks so loud in the pan. But on my NC42 skintone it looks like a natural flush. And needing to use a light hand with this is an understatement. I would repurchase if I ever needed to. But now I am off to try more NARS blushes.
I loved this cool-toned pink color in the store but it looked intensely magenta on my cheeks and pretty darn awful the next morning. I gave it to a friend who has olive-toned skin and it comes out a beautiful, soft, innocent pink on her. She looks like she's glowing when she wears it!
This is a pretty colour for DDD girls. It is quite intense looking in the palette. And with most NARS products is highly pigmented so you need a light hand.
This is my Nars pick for a "night out" blush. For everyday use, I use something a bit less pigmented - Outlaw is similar, but more faint and not as bright in tone. I have dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, but fairly pale neutral skin (both pink and gold undertones). Like the previous reviewer, if you underestimate the pigment of this blush, you'll end up with a bright mess. However, if you use a good fat brush and a light hand, it'll give you a dramatic, yet believable color for a more "magazine-worthy" look.
I bought Crazed specifically to wear on my wedding day since I normally wear alot of makeup and really wanted something more dramatic for the big day. This looked so gorgeous in the pan that I couldn't pass it up. My first attempt at applying this was a disaster. Using what I thought was a light hand turned out to look like bright red streaks on my face. Once I mastered the application, Crazed gave me just the right amount of flush to my cheeks. It showed up beautifully in all the pictures and the shimmer gave my face a healthly glow. Though I feel it is too overpowering for everyday use, it was just right for my wedding.