To Dust or Not To Dust


Do you use a setting powder? Normally, I use a powder foundation; no need to put yet another powder on my face. But, I was going out and knew that I would be using my liquid. To me, liquid foundation often screams, “Hello I am wearing a liquid foundation!!”. I can spot it a mile away (same with just about any foundation so I am not singling out those that wear it.) Why not try a setting powder? It might cut some of the shine that I do occasionally get with it, it might cut what I call the liquid look, it might help my little lines that are starting to show up. Off to research, aka, a trip to Sephora to shift through all my options.

I settled on Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. The reasons that I went with this is because it was a matte, and the light reflecting crystals were suppose to help the look of lines and pores. Basically this was suppose to smooth the skin of any minor issue. For $34.00 it is on the cheaper side of the ones I was looking at so home it went.

Now that I have used it a few times, I have to say I still don’t have a firm answer either way. I don’t LOVE it but I don’t dislike it either. It is certainly not for use with other powders or for day time makeup. For going out, with a liquid foundation, it does give great staying power. The biggest perks is that in photos, when I use it, I look amazing. It truly is translucent, the light reflecting crystals make me look soft and awake, and I look years younger (it really does erase those little fine lines). In person though, it does have a slight cakey powdery look. Now off to a dark bar, or cozy restaurant this wont be an issue, no one would be able to tell. The light is to low to see details like that.

So will I buy again? Probably not. I see other items that I like more for $34. Has anyone else tried this and have other thoughts?


Orgasm…. NARS Style

Nars Orgasm

With a name like Orgasm, how can you not love this blush? I try to stay away from hyped items. My history shows that they don’t always live up to the hype; and it drives me nuts when I shell out big bucks (hello Naked 2 I am talking to you) to have an item not live up to it. Needless to say, I have been shying away from the “investment” of NARS Orgasm. Looking at $29.99 plus tax, it is quite expensive for blush. I am not a blush person, maybe a little bronzer, but I really don’t like pink cheeks. It might be that I have so much olive, yet naturally bright pink lips, that I find it hard to find a shade of blush that doesn’t make me look clownish.

When I started looking into blush, I was shocked that this was getting so many rave reviews. I mean professionals were falling all over themselves to get this stuff. That it was the only blush a person needed, for every skin tone, for every coloring, for every person. It was the perfect blend of pink and peach, with a gold shimmer. Come on, how can one blush be perfect for EVERYONE. That sounds a little to good to be true. And we all know, things that sound to good to be true, typically are.

Very hesitantly, when no one was looking, after telling four sales people to leave me alone. I snuck the sampler/demo, over to a mirror and put just a little tiny bit on my cheeks. It instantly perked my face up, gave me a natural flush. While still being sheer, and not heavy looking. The shimmer in it was enough to make me look more awake, but not over the top. I have to admit, I was shocked. And into my cart it went.

So now to see if it lived up to matching and working with everyone. When girlfriends come over, or when I saw my female family I made them all try it. They were not happy with me, but I had to know if it really worked so well with every skin tone. There is not been anyone that it has not worked with. Gotta admit, I am pretty impressed with this little blush.

Nothing is perfect, so the downside; with the shimmer in it, while understated and not over the top by any means. It is enough that if you are wearing lots of shimmery glittery eyeshadow or high shine lipgloss, it is on the border of shimmer overload. So while perfect with mattes, it has to be the only shimmer on your face. (Maybe I am just a prude when it comes to shimmer, but I don’t like a lot of shimmer on my face or else where) Overall, I have to admit that I really like this blush. It will continue to be a staple in my daily routine.