Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I always want to buy this blush, but every time I try it, it is wrong. And the sales people, they really hate the way it looks on me. For a pale blush, NARS Sex Fantasy is a better option for me, but that is LE at Nordies right now. Most NARS reps will push me more towards Desire. When I swatch Gaeity it looks lovely to me on my hand, but then a few minutes later, it starts to skew a bit peach. FYI - I am NW20 (pink), with almost black hair (3n), brown eyes, and have some subtle slight warm undertones too. I think Gaiety would work better on uber light people.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Blue
I love NARS blushes. I am pretty pale NC20 and can barely wear blush, except I can look really washed out if I don't. I have redness in all the wrong places (nose, sides of nose, under eyes) and that is tricky too, as blush can just bring your eye to the redness. Corals and rose blushes work well on me, but pinks have been hard to make work with. So this was the first that I really liked on me, but it's not that pink on. As others have noted, this can look a little peachy/pink on me. This one is matte. All these NARS blushes look so crazy bright in the pan, but very different on and different on different people. Dabbing on your hand or using your finger to dab on the cheek, gives a false idea. They need to be brushed on to tell. This is a very pale girl's blush!!!
These blushes last forever, which is almost too bad, as I feel I want an excuse to buy more, but am seriously glad they last. Packaging is great and easy to open. Brushes on like a dream. That is the best part. Most blushes it is such a fine line between can't see it and clown face. This does not go on blotchy, as Tarte's clay blushes can.
Update: Loving this more and more. It is a very, very, subtle effect, natural effect. If you want pop, this is the wrong shade. Gives a little glow. Doesn't look as pink as I expected. It is a very nice blush, but not as amazing as some of their others. Not a must have, but I am happy to have it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette Eyes: Black
All blushes look peach/coral/orange on my warm skintone, so I was really looking forward to getting this really cool, lavender/lilac-leaning blush.
Sadly, it still pulls peach on me. To make matters worse, this doesn't live up to the NARS blush hype. Not pigmented at all, takes several swipes for it to show up.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I wanted this blush so badly ever since I saw it a Sephora. I bought it yesterday and I am so impressed! Pigmented but not clown-like. Love this blush
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
My HG blush! It looks perfect on my PPP skin, like I've been to am exercise class, but without the splotchiness. I have a feeling this would look great on a lot of different skin tones.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I love Nars blushes, and this is one of my faves because I don't have any pink blushes like it. It is a matte, cool toned cotton candy pink color, almost lilac on me. I also own Desire, Mata Hari, and Angelika as far as Nars pinks blushes go, all three are different enough to own. It has light pigmentation, but it can be built up. Nars has great blushes, I now own many. Very nice, sleek, sturdy packaging.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Green
Nars describes Gaiety blush as a bright candy pink. It looks nearly neon in the pan but don't let this little gem fool you, it's fantastic!!! Gaiety imparts a "lit from within" glow that I've yet to experience with any other. It has a satin finish without a sheen from glitter. Gaiety is my HG pink toned blush!!! It's a type of color that works with nearly every skin tone depending on how heavy handed you are.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
For over one year I have been using Christian Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush, which I found very nice but I was a bit unhappy with the powdery finish that it left behind. It was good for touch ups during the day, to give this sort of blurred effect that takes the shine away. But I had to be very careful because it could easily look powdery and highlight the fine lines around my eyes.
For this reason I wanted to try Gaiety. Same colour, different consistency. I was right. Nars Gaiety is sheer, extremely finely milled so that I have to apply quite a bit to show. It melts with the foundation or with my skin and looks extremely natural, like a glow from within. But the thing that strikes me more is how long lasting it is. For years I have been using cheek stains to make sure that I had a sort of resistant blush that would survive over the heat and sweat of the day. But with this blush I don't need it. It melts with my skin and stays there until I take it off. It is amazing!
Years ago I have used Desire and I loved it but it tended to turn red on my skin so I had to be very careful to avoid the sunburn/tipsy look. But Gaiety is simply perfect.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I just tried this today for the first time. I had gone to SAKS in need of a replacement of my (former) HG Amour and ended up trying a bunch of other things. (HOw can I not, I am a full on NARS addict).
I don't know what the deal is but the Amour was pulling SO orange on me and not looking AT ALL like it used to on me. I don't get it. Have they changed the formulation? Did I change colors in the last 18 months?
Anyway, major disapointment as I now had no idea what blush to get. I decided to try Gaiety since it looked like a calmed-down version of Desire and figured there would no be issues with oranginess. I was right and the blush looked really great. Its a really fresh look and seemed to go well with a variety of lip colors ranging from pink to peachy. Its much easier to use than Desire, much more versatile IMO. A great new color.
for reference I am warm toned and semi-tan right now with yellow undertones. blond hair and blue eyes.
This blush performs better than expected. Its simply AMAZING and I am in love with it. Like other reviewers have said, this is a true bubblegum pink blush that DOES NOT TURN RED on me. It stays the same exact color on my cheeks as it is in the pan. The staying power is phenomenal. It lasted 8 hours without needed the slightest touch up. I have literally never experienced staying power like this with a blush. Granted, I was wearing foundation primer under my TM, but I do that most days and most blushes need touching up after 4 hours.
I am a bit obsessed with bright, light pinks right now (BB pale pink pot rouge is my other obsession ATM.) but this really takes the cake. I haven't felt so excited about a new purchase in a long time. I still love my NARS Angelika and Desire but they both create a very different color on my cheek despite being so close to the same color in the pan. And right now, I love a pale pink cheek that bright and cheerful.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I have warm undertones and I love this blush. The colour is very soft, cute and pastel-like and I can use it with a heavy hand without looking like I am about to go on stage (unlike desire). However I would not repurchase as it lasts forever and I'd like to try other blushes.