NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. Both shades had sheerer, softer color and shimmer applied dry and richer, deeper, and more metallic color when applied damp. The shades work well together, if one wants to layer or use the lighter shade as more of a highlighter and the darker shade to define the cheek.
I noticed something interesting on the packaging, which says: “apply dry for sheer color or with a dampened brush for high-impact finish.” The reason this is interesting is because this is the exact opposite of the formula when it initially launched (see original press release verbiage here) that stated “sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color.” It was an issue, because they are pigmented both wet and dry, but they darken, intensify, and become more metallic when used damp (by no means translucent!). It was also odd, even at the time, as the Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are described as dry application resulting in sheer coverage and damp application resulting in more opaque coverage (in fact, the copy for the eyeshadows is the exact copy printed on the boxes for the blushes in this launch). NARS’ website copy sounds different to me than when the formula debuted (I’d say it’s almost more confusing), though is still mentions to apply it “wet for translucent, second skin finish.” Anyway, since the boxes for the blush duos in the launch specifically say one thing, that’s what I’ll be rating on — but they should decide once and for all what they want these to be!
Sexual Content (Left) is described as a “sandy peach.” It’s a light, muted peach with warm, rosy tones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer coverage and had less warmth and depth, while the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Applied damp, it was mostly opaque with a stronger sheen (but less obvious shimmer particles) that wore eight hours on me. I had no trouble blending the blush whether it was with a dry or damp brush. MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Sexual Content (Right) is described as a “soft raspberry.” It’s a soft, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had medium, buildable coverage with a sparkling, frosted sheen, with a soft, lightly dry texture that was blendable and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. With a damp brush, it was opaque and more metallic–this shade did emphasize pores slightly–and was a little more challenging to blend out damp, though it seemed easier to use than past iterations of this formula. It wore well for eight and a half hours when applied with a damp brush. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.