Review of NARS Cream Blush in Penny Lane by PaleIsTheNewTan
There isn't much to say about Penny Lane that hasn't already been said in the reviews. The colour is a beautiful, slightly peached pink blush, that leans more towards the pink side on my slightly cool skin. I don't really see any of the nude/taupe undertones that have been raved about; and this blush really doesn't give a 'just in from the cold' look to my very pale skin.
This blush, does however, give a very natural, angelic glow to the skin. It is not pigmented at all - I usually have to brush & apply twice to the apples to actually get any noticeable colour. This colour while nice for very pale skin tones, still takes some building up. While the pan also has noticeable, gold glitter flecks these don't actually show up on the skin - all I personally get is the dewey base colour; good if you're self-conscious about the glitter settling into the pores; bad if you're looking for something with some shimmer. This product isn't matte looking though - the finish goes on more of a satin on me. It is, however, very easy to blend and quite creamy. It worked well with both MAC's 188 and a cheap, Yves Rocher Blush Brush I've had forever. The 188 did pick up the colour easier and more evenly, but this blush is so buttery, any blush brush could probably apply and blend it out nicely.
That said, while this product doesn't settle into pores, it doesn't last very long in moderate weather, let alone warm weather. It faded quite a bit after about 2 hours on me; and I wouldn't say my skin is particularly oily. While it is summer, it was also nighttime and it hasn't been particularly humid either. But without fail, this blush does require some touching up after max. 4 hours each and every time I've worn it.
Given how easy it is dirty up NARS compacts, I'm not really keen to the idea of carrying this blush around to touch up. That said, the colour is a colour that could easily work whether warm or cool-toned, and is probably very good for those who are just getting into blushers and still nervous about looking like a clown. It is also great for those who are into a no-fuss, no makeup look. That said, this product does deserve a 4 for it's versatility, blendability, and the actual colour. On the other hand, this product loses a lippie for the terrible compact I can't suceed in keeping clean, the lack of pigmentation, and the fact those with a deeper skintone may find it takes a lot of blush for this to work. Not an all-around people pleaser like Orgasm [which I personally hate] but definately a must-have for pale people. [N3/NW15/HD110 here].