85% would repurchase
Package Quality: 4.2
Cactus Flower Cream Blush (discontinued)
*PENDING* NARS Cactus Flower Cream Blush
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on 2/19/2011 6:48:00 PM
More reviews by alienliqueur
Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I LOVE THIS BLUSH!!!!! For skin tone reference, I am a MAC NW40, and in NARS Tahoe. This blush absolutely melted into my skin. Even though it is a cream blush, during the application it feels like a powder. I am one of those women who is NOT afraid of colour, so the payoff is excellent. It is a blush that you can build. By the way, this is my first NARS blush purchase, so now I have only 10 more to go!!
on 1/15/2011 11:56:00 PM
More reviews by OmToast
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse
Since deciding a couple years ago to make considerably fewer cosmetic purchases, I have to say that I've had a tremendous run of luck with the products I do buy--and I count Cactus Flower among my streak. I like subtly-executed doll cheeks in the winter, as I tend to be quite pale, and have--for years--relied on MAC Dollymix for this. While I shan't give up my Dollymix, Cactus Flower will take up a permanent place in my winter cheek arsenal. I love, love, LOVE the sheer, moist glowiness of it. It doesn't look like blush, it looks like a supernatural sub-dermal superflush; a nice pop of color that is simultaneously otherworldly and yet completely natural, in the sense that it appears to be coming from you. On my neutral-base but pink-cheeked skin it shows up a coral-y hot pink, which sets it quite apart from the predominantly cool-pink Dollymix. In the pan there's a truckload of golden shimmer, but I don't get any on my cheek at all. I apply either with my fingertips, or with my UD blush brush, as I would a powder blush. Brush application seems more precise and sheer, however, with less risk of overapplication (and that *is* a risk with a color this bright, in a formula this pigmented). Blends out flawlessly, stays put all day. $26USD buys a lot of product given the frugality of application. Will absolutely repurchase, and based on my happiness with the formula, I'll also likely try some other Nars creme blushes.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 12/11/2010 6:38:00 PM
More reviews by xyan
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Love this colour! I'm NC45 and this gives me a perfect glow! I've used NARS Torrid in the past, which I still and always will love. However, this gives me a more natural flushed look. You can apply using your fingers or a blush brush. Either way, keep the hand light as the pigment is quite strong.
on 1/5/2011 1:06:00 PM
More reviews by DiaryofaDyme
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
This is my favorite blush. In addition to giving my NW25 dark(middle eastern) undertoned complexion a subtle color, this blush also gives me a beautiful glow. It is very buildable and by applying many layers of this blush, one can achieve a dramatic look. Also, it is very versatile, and I've seen girls of all colors and creeds pulling it off very nicely. Don't be put off by the high price- you won't regret buying this blush. One of the few products I'd take on a dessert island!
on 12/4/2010 8:28:00 PM
More reviews by pwm
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I had been using Nars powder blush, and loved it, but wanted to try the creme blush. I was afraid to try it because I didn't think I could apply it well with my fingers. Then I read some reviews that said you could use a regular blush brush. Well, voila! It worked wonderfully! I LIGHTLY swirl the blush brush on the blush, and then apply to my cheeks in circular motions, out and up to my temples. Then I apply a little more to the apples of my cheeks, as needed. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use!I don't know how the brush picks up the creme and evenly distributes it, but it does. I love the flushed color it gives. IMO it is a more natural look than the powder I had used. I am very fairskinned, and Cactus Flower, lightly applied, looks very good on my skin. Thank you Nars! Thank you fellow reviewers!
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 11/4/2010 7:41:00 PM
More reviews by MACattackedme
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Fine
I am in love with this blush, it's great for a really nice healthy glow. Brightens my face up instantly, very creamy and blendable. I love mostly neutral blushes, but this is an amazing color.
on 9/2/2010 7:33:00 PM
More reviews by almighty_curv
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse
It's a lovely colour, it's just not my kind of colour. Also not a fan of the sparkles.
on 10/24/2010 12:59:00 AM
More reviews by Rapunzelle
Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
I love the shade, love the texture, don't love the sparkles. With something like this I want to apply it with a light hand so it looks as natural as possible. Huge chunks of gold glitter don't really help that happen. *sigh*
on 8/18/2010 11:32:00 PM
More reviews by embernat
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
This blush is so pigmented, it looks too dramatic in the pan to use during the day. However, putting just a tiny bit on and blending a lot gives you a really nice natural looking glow. After using several times a week for a year, I still haven't even hit the pan (and it's not dried up at all). I would definitely buy it again, but I probably won't have to!
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 9/7/2010 1:01:00 AM
More reviews by lunadestella
I waited half a year to buy NARS' Cactus Flower creme blush. It looked so appealing online from all the swatches I've seen. I visited a Sephora a few weeks ago and went straight for the NARS section to check the blush out myself. I was really amazed at how creamy and smooth it felt -- the color was a whole other story! It was bold, bright, and such a seductive shade of red. Finally, after little hesitation, I bought it as a late birthday gift. I'm so glad I did! This blush looks amazing on and really brings out the color in my eyes (which I was surprised to see). It looks natural and healthy which is a big plus for me. If you're wondering whether or not to get this one, I promise you'll be glad you did! :)
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