Friday, May 9, 2014

Review: Nars Highlighting Blush in Albatross

Do you have the gift of sight (in a non-psychic way)? How about an elementary school-level knowledge of what makeup is?


If so, congratulations! You probably already know, then, that something this color:


…is not a blush. NARS's iconic highlighter is presumably only classified as a blush on beauty-selling websites because someone went "FUCK IT, SAME SIZE AND PACKAGING" and kept their work as simple as possible.

Like all NARS blushes, Albatross is housed in a slick black packaging that attracts fingerprints like my carpet attracts large clumps of hair. I swear, if you are worried someone is going to break into a personal safe, you should just superglue NARS products all over it. It will attract fingerprints before the person even touches it. I can only assume it sucks the fingerprints from the air when the person gets within ten feet. (Seriously, guys, I have no idea why I was not a writer on Burn Notice.)


Albatross has a color that is almost a contradiction. The ivory base is cool-toned ivory, but it's laced in a seriously intense golden sheen. It's perfect if you want to look like a statue that was poked in the cheekbones by Kind Midas. No glitter, just shimmery, shifting colors.


The texture is soft and smooth, making it easy to blend. A very soft touch will give a pretty, luminous look, whereas heavy layering is perfect for a day where you wake up and say, "Fuck it! Today I am going to look ridiculous!"

Albatross, lightly swatched vs heavily swatched.
Here is how it looks on my face:


NARS Blushes and things-that-are-not-blushes-but-pretend-to-be-on-the-Sephora-website retail for $30 for 0.16oz, putting them at $187.50 per ounce.

32 comments:

  1. Oooh... luminous! You look lovely in that photo :-)

    I wish there were more occasions in my everyday work routine where I could go 'FUCK IT!' and simplify something/ignore something. Going into research science may have ruined that possibility for me forever, however ;-)

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    1. There are not a lot of jobs where that would be a good idea. ;) I can do it on my face, though.

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  2. I've always heard great things about Albatross, but never gave it a try because it looks like it'll be too stark on my skin! It looks lovely on you, though!

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    1. If you've got darker skin, it might be worth a swatch at Sephora. I know a lot of medium and darker skinned ladies who use it and like it when it is all blended out!

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  3. Hey Robyn! I've been meaning to ask you this for ages, but what do you do as an occupation? Judging from the amazing scientific/math posts on your blog I am assuming you work in a science based field? Love your blog btw! x

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    1. Robyn .. I've been obsessed with the same thought. I have a background in economics which parlayed into an a career in systems and insight. Your blog insinuates you have incredible rare KSAs. If the context of your blog was damage valuations for mass torts cases I might be able to make an assumption. All I can say is that your blog is of tech crunch, Ted talk quan qual itative proportions. When you are ready to share a bit about your academic / occupational background, I too am very interestrd. I speak the same mantras all day and would love to confer with a like minded chic!!! Best blogger ever!!

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  4. Hoo, that's pricey. It is beautiful though. How would you compare it to the Curaga mineral highlight from Shiro?

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    1. It's totally different. Curaga is much pinker, much bolder, and a very different texture. Also, I would not recommend Curaga for skin much darker than mine.

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  5. This actually looks and sounds very much like the cheapy-cheapy Luminous Highlight powder I just ordered from City Color. I may have to hit Sephora and investigate this.

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    1. Let me know! I'm at the point where I don't really believe in dupes anymore. They are always very different.

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  6. I can't get past the name. Albatross. Do the people at NARS not watch Scandal? Or Do they? All I can think of is Albatross=Who is the Mole.

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    1. I don't watch Scandal, so, to me, an albatross is a seabird. Also, to be fair, Scandal debuted in 2013, which is long after this product was released.

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  7. I feel like "bushes and things that are not bushes but are pretending to be blushes" is an excellent Monty Python skit just waiting to happen.

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    1. They'd need some more ladies on board!

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  8. I've never even been tempted by Albatross... until exactly right now. It looks amazing on you!

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    1. Beauty blogs are a recipe for temptation.

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  9. How do you find Albatross compared to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders? Do you prefer one over the other?

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    1. They are not similar products. Albatross is a high-shimmer, high-pigment highlighter. The Ambient Lighting powders are low-shimmer, low-pigment finishing powders.

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  10. ahh this is so pretty! I always say i don't need this but...

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    1. How long have you been lusting after it? If you have been wanting it for a long time, it might be time to go for it.

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  11. I swatched Albatross in person at Sephora last week with my mother and involuntarily went "UUUUUUNGH". it's so beautiful and ridiculous.

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  12. To call this a blush must be a shame that hangs around their neck.

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    1. Yeah, I'm not sure why they don't call their highlighters what they are.

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  13. Another great review! And Albatross does look quite pretty but I have no use for it whatsoever.

    Oddly enough, what you said about black packaging is almost word for word what internet reviewer Ashens said about a black handheld console. Linky, in case you like watching videos of sarcastic British men play with cheap crap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj3Q4h4fQ2o&list=FLP_DLIvFWZiOA2wdLfnV_dA&index=4

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    1. Oh man. I guess that wasn't a very original line, eh?

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  14. hahah I love the beginning of the review... When I have several makeup appointments in a day and I use NARS products... I go crazy! They ALWAYS look dirty!! Anyway, great review, as always.

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    1. Yeah, it's really unappealing. :(

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  15. Does the gold sheen make pores look bigger? Is it easy to blend? It really looks too light to me. I think it would pale me out even more, and leave me with some of that gold funk Francois N. seems so overly fond of. He doesn't need to be so heavy handed with it, either. His colors are beautiful enough on their own.

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    1. I had no issues with it emphasizing pores.

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