Friday, June 22nd, 2012

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer, light golden sheen.” The base color is a a pale, almost cool-toned ivory and then it has a healthy dose of light-medim gold shimmer-sheen. MAC Lightscapade doesn’t have as strong of a golden sheen, and it has a slightly pinker base color. MAC Chez Chez Lame is more golden and beige. MAC Too Chic is more beige and uniform. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is much more golden.

I swear, I thought I reviewed this product previously, but I couldn’t find one! I’m in the process of reviewing all of NARS’ permanent blushes (including re-reviewing some shades), and Albatross is the first one up. It’s part of the Highlighting Blush series, which are blushes designed to illuminate the skin rather than add lots of color. This shade has won numerous distincts, even winning awards in Temptalia’s Readers’ Choice Awards over the years, for its highlighting prowess.

On my skin tone (about medium in color with warmer, yellower undertones), Albatross isn’t the most flattering on its own–that cooler ivory base color gives me a washed out look. On the flip side, cooler skin tones from light to medium could wear this alone and have it be much more flattering. When it’s paired with another blusher, it is more flattering across a greater number of skin tones, because that lighter base color mixes with your blush color, so it doesn’t look as pale or as cool-toned.

There’s a nice balance of glow and sheen without emphasizing pores and the natural texture of the skin.  The way it reflects gives it a very creamy, luminous look–definitely more along the lines of a sheen than a frosted or shimmery look.  It can be used as a barely-there highlighter or more intensely, depending on whether you’re going for a low-key cheek or wearing it alone.  When I wore Albatross to test out the wear, it managed seven and a half hours of excellent wear and looked a bit faded after eight and a half hours.

The texture is soft and silky without being too dense or dry–you don’t have excess powder being kicked up when you go to use it, but you don’t have to stab at it to get enough product onto your brush.  I like using a small stippling brush to apply it lightly, or a small, tapered face brush for a more concentrated application.

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Cooler skin tones from light to medium could wear this alone and have it be very flattering. When it's paired with another blusher, it is more flattering across a greater number of skin tones, because that lighter base color mixes with your blush color, so it doesn't look as pale or as cool-toned.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush

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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $28.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

MAC Lightscapade doesn't have as strong of a golden sheen, and it has a slightly pinker base color. MAC Chez Chez Lame is more golden and beige. MAC Too Chic is more beige and uniform. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is much more golden.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Liquid Diamond, Glistening Garnet, Perpetual Purple; Burberry Trench Eyeshadow; Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy Eyeliner. On cheeks: NARS Albatross. On lips: Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach.

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53 thoughts on “NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    One of the most overhyped highlighters out there imo. It is sooo yellow on my NW20-25 skin. Looks extremely unnatural.

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    While I don’t have any of NARS’ actual “blushes” (yet!), I have 2 “highlighters”-Albatross & Nico. While I absolutely love Nico for daytime/consevative looks, Albatross is my HG for evening/dramatic looks. Not only do I use them for cheek highlights, I also use them on the browbone & inner corner of the eye. If I’m wearing a paler lip color, I use a small brush around my lips and highlight there, as well. For reference, I am light/neutral (NARS Deauville, L’Oreal True Match N1 or 2, Revlon Colorstay Buff) While $28 seems like alot, these poducts will last a long time, even with regular use, and they are multi-taskers.

  3. Albatross is the only NARS product I’ve tired that is worth the hype for me in terms of their blush line.

  4. Miss J

    This is one of my favorite highlighters. I’m NC20-25ish, and on me, this works as a very candlelight glow. I don’t use it as much during the day, but I love it for night. This is a really soft product, and I don’t need much of it at all. IF I layer it too much or use a dense brush, it will look too yellow. IF I use it the right way then it’s amazing. I don’t think this one works for everyone, but I do see a lot of people overdo it, and then complain it looks yellow, but sometimes on some it does just look yellow no matter what. If you want to try this out, try it out in daylight and go light at first – that’s my best tip.

  5. Czarbina

    Looks very beautiful! 
     

  6. Amber231856

    I am about NW43 and i love it on my skin..it looks gold. :) beautiful.

  7. hwendy

    my favorite highlighter! most of the others I tried are either too pink or too golden.

  8. You know, I tried a sample of this one, and it highlighted the fine bumps on my cheeks like no other product I’ve ever tried. It was like OH LOOK HERE BUMPS. I don’t know why – I’ve tried a LOT of powder highlighters, from drugstore to high end, and none of the others do this.

  9. NazNyc

    This is one of my favorite powder highlighters. On my caramel complexion it comes out golden and looks great under the brows and along the cheeks.

  10. Luce

    This is my HG highlighter, in fact the only one that really works for me. It leans warmer on my fair warm-toned skin and gives such a lovely glow. But I could see how it might start to wash out skin tones darker than, say, NC25.

  11. KK

    I really like Albatross–I have medium tan skin, and I pretty much only wear it near my templed and around the outside bone of the eye, and it looks really pretty in that area.  I agree it would be too light for use anywhere else though, but for that purpose, it’s my favorite!

  12. I’ve actually never tried this highlighter, but it definitely leaves a beautiful, soft golden sheen on your skin. Pretty!

  13. ivyeducator1908

    Albatross is the only Nars blush/highlighter I own!  LOVE IT!

  14. BerryLove

    I think it makes my face look… yellow :/

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lani sueellenewing

    There is an exact dupe for this, IMO, e.l.f’s Gotta Glow for $3

    •  @sueellenewing I agree, I have E.L.F’s  “Gotta Glow” and it does exactly the same job as NARS “Albatross” for a fraction of the price. :)

  16. grace

    this looks awesome! does anyone know how this compares to MAC’s Whisper of Gilt highlighter? Thanks!

  17. I have this in liquid form that I got as a tester — it looks amazing in powder! I bet it’s a little easier to work with than the liquid, too, except for smaller areas like browbones. 

    • sunnybyash

       @annedreshfield what liquid form? I only knew about the blush…I’m intrigued. lol

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

       @annedreshfield  In liquid form? Are you perhaps thinking of the Copacabana Illuminator? It looks white-silvery. If so, I agree – Copacabana is amazing, though I use it in the Multiple form (cream stick) which I think is easier to use.
       

      •  @Kafka You’re right, that’s totally what I meant! Oops. :) I’ll have to try the Multiple form — the liquid is just a little *too* liquid-y, and it can be hard to control how much I’m putting and where.

  18. Rehana Baksh-Mohammed

    I love love love this highlighter – one of my faves!!

  19. Jenny Ramone

    My favorite highlighter ever. I own other ones, but it’s kinda pointless because I always reach for Albatross anyway. lol

  20. Liparazzi

    Oooh I haven’t used my Albatross in ages! Need to dig it out for tomorrow night!

  21. Jhenn Caldoza

    My One n only highlighter!!

  22. Pamela Bacan-Pagente

    the most perfect highlighter for my skin tone. looks great with my evening makeup

  23. Holly Snaith

    I love it too – it’s fairly similar to illamasqua ether though which is lots cheaper!

  24. Holly Snaith

    I love it too – it’s fairly similar to illamasqua ether though which is lots cheaper!

  25. budgieee86

    Christine it would be nice if you could also state what foundation you are wearing. xx

  26. Elise

    Oh my gosh…that looks like the perfect cheek highlighter AND eyeshadow! I’ve been looking for one just like that. A soft white (nothing too stark) with gold undertones. I might have to invest in this!

  27. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Maca Macazor

    I absolutely love your reviews, in my humble opinion the very best in the whole interwebz!I do miss comparison swatches, though.  Like, in addition to a list of possible dupes, a picture of all of them swatched side by side.
    I already own Mary-Lou Manizer, but this one looks so dang purty, I might be tempted to buy it…

  28. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

    I *knew* your swatches, photos and review would make *ALL* the difference!  Thanks to this, Albatross has just dropped down in ranking on my blush list.  I may get it eventually but I’m not gaga over the golden-yellow sheen it gives to your skin which is very similar in colouring to mine.  I much, MUCH prefer the angelic-white-silver effect of the Copacabana Multiple (which some people compare to Benefit’s High Beam).  I think it’s a much prettier, more subtle highlighter for my particular skin tone.  You’ve just saved me a lot of money and now, I can focus more on the other 12 NARS blushes on my list. Again, I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to reviews NARS’ permanent, non-seasonal line. 

  29. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jenn Jenn

    This is actually a beautiful highlighter for darker skin-tones (NW45+) and looks great worn alone on.  It picks up an almost holographic quality on brown skin.  Swatch it on someone of that skin color and see for yourself!

  30. jster

    Want, want, want! ;)

  31. Julia

    I bought this at Sephora several months ago – I kept looking at it and finally I broke down and bought it, it’s simply gorgeous.

  32. I keep wondering if Albatross would look good on me. It’s so pretty.

  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jenny Jenny86

    It really looks lovely on you Christine! But I think I will skip it because the price is high (although I have 2 NARS blushes and I don´t mind spending my money on them because they´re really good quality and worth it, but for a highlighter I don´t know…) and I have my beloved NYX mosaic powder blush in Highlight and 2 mini Benefit High Beam that I also like a lot. But maybe when I finish those highlighters I have I might try Albatross.

  34. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    I wouldn’t quite agree with them that it’s completely sheer, but it is pretty.  I’m waffling between this and the Capacabana cream highlighter.  Decisions, decisions…

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

      @Veronica, I have the Copacabana Multiple and….. wow!  Seriously, WOW! I put it on top of primer but below the foundation on my cheekbones, and it creates the most unbelievable highlight. I thought all the mentions of “angelic light” and “glow from within” were pure hyperbole. It just seemed all too much, esp. with all the claims that Copacabana was the supermodel secret weapon, J. Lo’s favorite, etc. etc.   Er…. no.  It’s NOT hyperbole. It really *does* give you a light from within glow. To be honest, my jaw dropped the first time I walked past a mirror and saw the effect.  It added perfect luminosity and depth; and my cheekbones looked razor sharp! I much prefer how it looks and the silvery-whiteness than the look of Albatross here. I got my Copacabana for a great deal on eBay but it’s something that I think is totally worth the full price.   

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

        When I visited Sephora today, I wound up breaking down and grabbing Albatross.  While I was there, though, I did wind up swatching Copacabana again…*sigh* so lovely.  A very bold highlighter, I think, but I love the pink undertone to it.  Just perfect for my cool-toned skin.  I’m probably just going to wind up owning both of them by the end of the month.  :P

        • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

          @Veronica- YAY! Christine enables yet another NARS addiction. ;P  I think I’m doing your process in reverse; first, Copacabana and then, eventually, I’ll probably succumb to Albatross, too.  As for Copacabana, you can totally avoid a bold look or excess shimmer by placing it under foundation. That’s what I prefer doing. But it’s glorious, too, on the brow bone to highlight an eye look. If (when, LOL) you end up getting it, let me know what you think.  :) 

  35. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Azaza Azaza

    Ah this makes me want to own that highlighter even more

  36. Cocochanel_912

    Do you prefer albatross or amber diamond? :)

  37. Cocochanel_912

    Do you prefer albatross or amber diamond? :)

  38. maebeee

    Looks ashy on your complexion.

  39. samanthaL

    I agree a little ashy :(

  40. Budziak

    Looks opal-like. I use theBalm highlighter but its really sparkly.

  41. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Leticia Leticia

    Albatross looks nice, but I’d rather wait for your other reviews and save those $28 for something more special.
    On a side note: I absolutely looooove your makeup! I love how you paired the purple-pink eye makeup with peachy bronze lips. You look gorgeous!

  42. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ramneet neet

    I have this!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!

  43. SharonS

    This is my HG highlighter for my NC42 skin. It gives such a gorgeous golden-y sheen to darker complexions. I love this beyond reason!
     
    *clings to her NARS Albatross*

  44. Eliza

    Really not sure if this would look good on my NC15, yellow undertoned skin. Haven’t seen many photos that seem to show the product on a similar skin type to mine! Would anyone here know? Unfortunately I don’t have a nars counter where I live so all purchases must be made online. Kind regards,
    Eliza