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NARS Gina Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Gina Highlighting Blush
NARS Gina Blush

Fresh-Squeezed with Gina

NARS Gina Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “true tangerine.” It’s a softened orange with a satiny sheen. It’s not vibrant, not an intense orange, but it’s much more orange and richer than peach (hm, I am amused that all descriptions are fruit-related!). This is actually one of the closest shades I’ve seen to Illamasqua Expose, which is darker, richer–but when worn softly, they look nearly the same. Illamasqua Lover is lighter, brighter. MAC Solar Ray is more shimmery and golden-tinged.

I really liked the texture of this shade, as it was so soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being powdery.  The color was true-to-pan, and it’s a buildable blush.  A light tap of product gives a warm cloak of color, while a swirl of the brush in the blush (say that five times fast!) yields full color.  The softness lends to effortless blending on the skin, and the subtle sheen is both glowy and natural so it doesn’t emphasize pores.  The lightness inherent in the shade keeps it from looking red-toned or burnt on the cheeks.  Gina wore well for eight hours and started to have noticeable fading after nine hours.

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NARS Gina Blush (Diffused Flash)

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Megan Avatar

Sorry to not comment on your actual post, but are you aware that the advert under this post is for a dating site called “Local Slags”?! I know you’ve been concerned about some ads in the past so I thought you’d want to know about this one, which I assume is targeting a male UK audience.

Christine Avatar

Hi Megan!

I’m not – if you happen to see it again, if you could send us a screen shot at submit[at] that would be fantastic. I’ll try to see if I can find it, but it’s not an ad I’m seeing since I am in the U.S. But we have all personals, get rich quick, get thin quick, etc. kind of ads blocked, so I don’t know why that would show up.

Megan Avatar

It did strike me as odd! If I see it again I will let you know. When I hovered my cursor over it it gave an ads-at-Google address, but I didn’t think to copy it for you or anything, sorry!

Liz Avatar

It looks nice. I’m interested in this blush, but Sephora doesn’t seem to carry it. Do you know if this is similar to MAC Peaches? I already have Peaches and don’t want to go through the trouble of buying this (online) if the two colors are similar.

Miss J Avatar

Personally, I think they are similar, but I’d say Gina is more opaque and pigmented compared to Peaches, and I think the orange in Gina is a bit stronger, too.

Liz Avatar

Thanks so much. I started looking at swatches online after I posted this. They look similar enough that it’s probably not worth buying Gina right now since my Peaches is fairlly new.

Gina Avatar

I was excited for this review because it’s not often I see a product with my name on it, but on top of that the quality is great AND it will look lovely on my skintone! How exciting!

Gena Avatar

Though spelled differently (I was named after my dad, Gene) my name’s pronounced the same; it IS exciting to FINALLY have something “named” after me!! Too warm for my skin tone -like the Guerlain lip shade Gina! I guess that’s who they have in mind when they picture a “Gina”…I keep asking Zoya, when? After all of the names they’ve used, where the heck is mine? Silly, I know. 😉 It DOES look gorgeous on you, Christine!

Gina Avatar

I’ve been peeking at Guerlain’s Gina too! I’m not huge on orange-reds, though, so I’m not too sure. I’ve also been waiting on a Gina polish from Zoya! I don’t think our name is THAT rare that it would take so long to pump one out. They’ve got Gia, but no Gina!

akhan Avatar

I’ve been wearing it with neutral makeup for work, and also brighter teal and blue-based eye looks this summer. It’s worked with almost every lip colour I’ve tried so far, although I haven’t tried wearing it with very strong reds or burgundies yet. I really like it with bright cool leaning pinks since it brightens up my olive skin and balances out the cool tones.

Rafaela Avatar

Thanks so much for this review Christine!
I’ve been thinking of buying Illasmasqua Lover but this review made me have second thoughts.
How does its texture compares with the texture of Illamasqua Lover? Which one would you recommend to a MAC NC20?

18thCenturyFox Avatar

DAMN, Gina! I forgot I had this one and I quite like it. I really * really* want Mata Hari and Exhibit A- those are just The Sex to me… Nunna this Orgasm and Foreplay 😉 give me the full on blush of coitus interruptus! On an aside, that just autocorrected to ” colitis interrupts” LOL

18thCenturyFox Avatar

Ha ha! I LOVE autocorrect… It gives me so many unexpected “visuals” and today has been sooo Damn, Gina! I think my brain has gone loose in its pan… 😉

Gena Avatar

Hey, you talkin’ to me? What did I do? Kidding! I love your comment. Believe me , I’ve heard “Damn, Gena!” my entire life! Yep, autocorrect is fun; I’d MUCH rather be interrupted by colitis!

beachgal Avatar

Nars blush is always a hit with me…but this one is too orangy for me. Looks OK on you – but you are much darker than I am – I would look like a clown in this one.

Joanne Avatar

waw! Haven’t seen you give an A+ for a while, really must be worth it. The colour does look amazing on you though! Might have to be my first blush from Nars purchase lol. Cheers hun, always enjoy reading your reviews.

Cheryl Avatar

What complexion tones will Nars Gina blush look best on? I’m thinking warm but a light warm or medium-dark warm complexion? Thanks, Christine!

Arantza Avatar

I love your review, but I want to add just one thing: NARS packaging, in my opinion, never deserves a 5/5. It’s SO dirty =(
Don’t you think this is something they should improve?
Thank you =)

Carrie Ann Avatar

NARS has some beautiful products, but I hate their packaging. For some reason, a lot of my NARS products have become very sticky (the containers, that is) and no matter how I try to clean them, the stickiness won’t go away. It makes it very unpleasant to use the products. Has anyone else experienced this problem?

denise Avatar

One of my older single eyeshadow by Nars got tacky on the outside.But I own many Nars products and this is the only one that became sticky.

Carrie Ann Avatar

It is gross! I don’t want to throw them away because I love the products inside and they’re still good, but I just hate having to touch the compacts. :/

Jenny Avatar

I haven´t experienced this myself, but I read a lot of people with the same problem and they say cleaning the packaging with a cloth and alcohol has helped a lot with the stickyness and dirt 🙂

Carrie Ann Avatar

Thanks for the tip. I have tried alcohol swabs. Unfortunately, they didn’t get rid of the stickiness completely and actually made the cap of my lip gloss crack a bit. 🙁

Stevia Avatar

Hey Christine,
Do you think this blush will work with someone with a NC15 skintone? Or would it be a lot of work to not over apply or look like a clown. I love the color!

Miss J Avatar

I’m just barely darker than NC15 in the winter, and it’s definitely not a shade I have to worry much about overdoing. If I use a stippling blush brush then I get a very soft/faint hint of the color, which leaves me with a warm glow, and if I use a regular blush the color is more prominent, but still nothing scary. 🙂 I think you could rock it, too!

nichole Avatar

I would try it out first. I’m NC45. It does show up, but I need multiple passes to get there. I haven’t had this blush very long, but it has the biggest indentation out of my collection from needing so much product. Nars Gilda is much better. Tarte’s organge-y coral (Tipsy, I think) has better pigmentation.

Nichole Avatar

Meh. Not one of my favorites and won’t repurchase. I’ll probably hit pan on this blush soon because I have to use so much of it to get it to show up on my skin (NC45). I’ll stick with Gilda.

Becca @ The Beauty Sample Avatar

This one is pretty but just a tiny bit too orange for me. If it hinted at peach a little more, I think it’d suit me better. Still, this review is making me realize how many Nars blushes there are that I don’t know about. I haven’t bought a Nars blush in a LONG time. I should really make a trip this weekend…

Deb Avatar

Hi Christine,

How close do you think this is to either MAC Modern Mandarin or MAC Fresh Honey? I also have Torrid and Liberté but I’m a sucker for these tones. I tried Gilda in store but it looked florid on me – too much red I think. Maybe this one would be better.


Patricia Avatar

It looks gorgeous! Actually, I wanted to buy Orgasm while traveling through America but now I’m not sure! I already have the Mac Margin blush which isn’t similar to Orgasm but has also a shimmery peach color! So I’m not sure if I should buy Gina instead of Orgasm because when wearing a highlighter it would be better to have a matte blush which I don’t have! Nars is more expensive and I think the balm Hot mama would be a dupe for Orgasm! What do you think and isn’t it too much to wear a shimmery blush and a highlighter?

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