NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross

NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross

4.4

537 reviews

80% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$

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on 12/12/2016 2:34:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

For this review I'm going to be doing a review on three different highlighters. Now I know you may be thinking highlighters?! As in markers?! No. I'm talking about makeup. Highlighters are a cosmetic tool/product used to emphasize parts of the face and make them appear like your skin is just naturally glowing from within. The three highlighters I'm going to be doing a review on are ones that aren't brand new, they've been around for awhile now actually. They are oldies, but goodies in my opinion. I feel like they were almost forgotten about with all these new highlighters coming out constantly, but that's why I'm reviewing them to bring them back and remind people of how great they were and how they're still better than most of these new highlighters that are coming out. The first one is for light to medium skin-tones, the brand is NARS, and it's called Albatross. This product is made with transparent pigments which is really cool because that makes the product avoid looking to heavy or cakey on the skin. This works for light to medium skin tones because it comes of white enough for fairer skin tones like the highlighter looks like it just white at first but it has a gold highlight under tone in it which helps compliment warmers skin tones. It retails for $30.00 and you can buy it at: narscosmetics.com or you can call and see if your local stores like Sephora, Macy's, or Nordstrom carries it in stores, and most of them do! For the second highlighter that I'm reviewing is called Global Glow and it is by the brand M.A.C cosmetics. It is more of a neutral tan color with a silver sheen, so that's why I recommend this one for tan-deep skin tones. Since it does have that tan color and yellow undertone it would that look good on a person with fair skin tone because too much yellow can make someone fair skin look or appear sick. This product retails for $33.00 and you can buy it at you local M.A.C store, counter, or on maccosmetics.com. The thing I also love about M.A.C products is that there very long lasting. That's why the last highlighter i'm going to review is also by the brand M.A.C and it is called soft & gentle. If you are into makeup you may have heard of this one before it was very popular and raved about for a while. I would recommend this for light to tan skin tones, but it really is pretty universally flattering on everyone I've tried. It is a peachy bronze color so that's why I think it works really well on everyone. This highlighter is still my go to highlighter I love it and I'm not sure when I will-if ever- find anything to replace it. It retails also for $33.00 and you can also find it at you local M.A.C store, counter, or on maccosmetics.com. So that concludes my review on all these products I hope people remember how great they were and go and try them out again! and just as a friendly tip on where you should use your highlighter, you can use it on your: inner tear duct, brow bone, bridge of your nose, chin, cheeks, and cupid's bow (upper lip). Remember if you to have a heavy glam look like a “Kardashian” or something and really just want to beat your face, then you want to be gleaming to the makeup goddesses, so highlight your cheekbones till they look like they are reflective gear for bikers on the side of your face! (I apologize if you don’t know makeup talk and the last sentences did not make sense haha).



Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is the first nars product I have ever tried and I am absolutely loving it. I have been using this almost every day since I got it! It's very pigmented and catches light perfectly. If you want a more natural glow this is probably not for you. I was a little scared of the color at first though, the whitish gold won't look good on every skintone I think. My skin is kinda fair but has a warm/neutral undertone and I think I can pull it off. Anyway, the highlighter looks absolutely gorgeous with pretty much any blush color which makes it easier to wear. I'd buy it again if I ever hit pan.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Green

This is actually one of the very, very few products I actually hit full-blown pan on and had to mourn. I bought this beauty before the whole highlighter craze began in earnest; it's been around a bit longer than some of the superstars and sometimes goes unappreciated, but it introduced me to the world of highlighters and I have zero complaints about it.
It is a buttery smooth formula with the perfect shimmer. It is a nice pale gold color, nothing unusual for a highlighter, but exceptionally pretty and somewhat similar to Becca's Moonstone. A wonderful shade for warmer skin tones. I am rather light-skinned but not fair, with yellow undertones, and found this color to always look really natural and flattering.
The packaging is sleek and secure and comes with a mirror (always a bonus). NARS didn't exactly break the mold when it comes to packaging originality, but I have to hand it to them, I've never had their products open or shatter in my bag.
The price is up there; it costs less than Becca highlighters and Too Faced's Candlelight Glow, but you also get less product, so they're neck-and-neck. Nowadays even the drugstore is really stepping it up with highlighters and they're pretty much everywhere you look, but if you're looking for a lovely tried-and-true golden highlighter and have the money to spend, this is a winner.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

i hate this highlighter, it is too light for my skin and i am an NC25. the glitters are too chunky, and it brings forward the texture of your skin, it enlarges your pores.

i think the only way you can make this work is if you are super pale, even as an eye shadow its too yellow.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This highlighter was not for me. Wayyyy too gold-white, super sparkly, and glitter fallout was everywhere. I'm personally much more of a fan of more of a sheen or more natural.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

An oldie but a goodie.

Overall I am not the biggest NARS fan. Their products are usually good enough and I've never noticed any horrible products. But I also rarely find anything so exceptional that in my humble opinion justifies their overall position as a prestigious and innovative makeup brand. Personally, I could never understand why people were always so excited about the Orgasm blush -- it's a pretty peachy pink blush with shimmer in it -- quite nice, but you can find that practically anywhere.

However, the Albatross highlighter is a real gem. It's perfect for fair skinned people like myself with yellow undertones that want a very pale highlighter that is also warm toned. As I'm sure many pale warm-toned people know, the majority of light highlighters pull cool or pink. Luckily the pale ivory powder with golden shimmer in Albatross fits the bill. It warms up the cheeks, but it is still pale enough to highlight, and the glow and pigmentation are very high. Between my NARS Albatross and my Becca Pearl pressed highlighter I have all of my highlighter bases covered. I use Albatross to complement the warmth in coral or peachy blushes or lipsticks while I use Pearl for looks that are more neutral or slightly cool, like a rose or a true pink blush or lipstick. Caution, Albatross is very warm toned due to the gold shimmer so if you are cool-toned I doubt you will like this.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

So I bought this a few days ago, as I've always read about this highlight on here & ive always seen it in Sephora.

This looks so unflattering and chalky in the pan & once you swatch it looks very yellow-gold. I was very hesitant to purchase because of how yellow it looked and I didn't want to go out looking like I put yellow eyeshadow on my cheekbones!

I'll admit, first time I used this I went overboard and applied waaayyyyy too much!! I get a bit too highlight crazy when I get a new one hehe. I thought it looked very unflattering & tried toning it down with Becca Moonstone.
Tried it again the next day in moderation, looked better but still applied a bit too much - today I've finally got the application down.
I use very little initially - it's very pigmented. And I buff it in, and I build it up little by little until I get that golden glowy look without it looking yellow, then I go in on the very highest point closest to my eyes with Becca moonstone & also buff that in.

I FEEL LIKE A GLOWY GOLDEN-ISH ANGEL!!!! I can't stop turning my head to look at my highlight lol. It also looks good w/o moonstone but I prefer a more glowy look & usually layer my highlights. (But it's not too harsh).

Give it a try! & for reference I'm a NC15 -20 (I feel like I'm more 20 tho)
I can see this lasting a very long time as I'll only need a small amount.
Play around with application & it could work!

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on 2/21/2016 12:18:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This color is very pigmented and offers a fantastic highlight/glow. HOWEVER, once the color sits, it begins to turn very yellow and gold, which is very unflattering on my NW20 skin color. This would be fabulous on darker skin tones.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I had been eyeing this product for the longest time and it has been finally mine since 6 months ago. Have been loving it since. I always wanted to own a nice shimmery highlighter, one perfect for special occasions.
My skin tone is your typical Indian golden undertone medium skin (NC37/NC42 in Studio Fix, c5 in MAC F&B, and Barcelona in NARS Sheer Glow). I wanted a highlighter that complemented the golden undertones I have. This does just that and it looks wonderful. It's also great to combine with peachy or coral shade blushes!. The quality is great. It's finely milled and the sparkles look sheeny rather than glittery (if that makes sense lol). It's very pigmented so it's to look like a disco ball lol! Now I wish the quality would be even better. While it is finely milled, I feel like the texture would be better if it were buttery. On some days, when my base isn't good, this can look slightly powdery. The other con is well not a personal one but because this does have a strong golden undertone, I don't think it's suitable for those who have a rather pinky/red undertone. Of course give it a go but it can look very unnatural because this highlighter is def. and in your face one (hence why I don't wear it everyday).Also, like all NARS packaging, this can get dirty but secretly I do love the velvet matte texture of its packing - it feels luxurious. Also mine hasn't gotten too dirty because I don't use it everyday and I keep it in a safe secluded place like all my makeup items. Lastly the price is really high. :X. However I can't find a highlighter like this one! If I still can't find a golden highlighter that is better than this one, then I'd repurchase this.

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on 12/28/2015 8:40:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Black

Absolutely stunning highlighter. This is a highlighter for those not afraid of pigment. NARS Albatross is extremely pigmented and you only need a light swipe of this to make whatever on your face stand out. This highlighter can be overdone, very easily! So start off using a light hand.

I have medium dark/tan skin(NC40-42) with yellow undertones and I crave pigmentation in all of my makeup and of course, the right color of pigment. Albatross is what I have been searching for this whole time: A true yellow gold. I find most highlighters are on the white/silver/champagne side of coloring which is nice for fair skin tones but I have yellow undertones and Albatross is a match made in heaven for me. This also would look amazing on darker skin tones. Do not be fooled by it's stark white color in the pan, it sheers and buffs out nicely and gives a glowing look.

The only thing I don't like about this is the price and packaging. It is very expensive and the packaging gets dirty easily. I wore this and I instantly got compliments from people, I had a friend tell me "Your glowing like an angel!" I'm sold. Unfortunately, I cannot find any dupes for this highlighter and until then, I am willing to shell out the cash and buy again.

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