NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm-toned duo that is for those who love shimmer and metallic finishes. The texture of both shades is a bit firmer, so using ultra-soft brushes may get you poor results (e.g. blue squirrel haired brushes don’t work well, but goat hair and synthetic brushes worked fine). The color payoff was good regardless of dry or damp application, though the shimmer in the finishes was amplified when I used the shades damp. The “translucent wash of color” for damp application continues to elude me–I get nothing but intense color (and my brush is lightly misted, not sopping wet!). I would recommend a duo fiber brush like MAC’s 159 for applying these damp, rather than NARS’ own brush, as the damp application easily lifts base products and/or moves the brush around together while lifting it from place to place rather than blending it out, and I’ve had the best luck with the duo fiber brushes as they swirl without lifting the best. Damp application is a lot more work, because it is quite fussy.

Jubilation (Left) is described as a “sparkling yellow gold highlighter.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It is actually rather metallic whether it is used dry or wet, though it is even more metallic when used wet and the pigmentation is richer. It emphasized pores very slightly when applied dry, and it lasted for seven hours. When I tested it with a dampened application, it definitely made my pores look bigger and skin more textured, and it wore well for eight hours.
NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is much lighter. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is similar. MAC Centre of Attention (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is similar. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker. Chanel Or (LE, $45.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jubilation (Right) is described as a “shimmering soft nude peach.” It’s a softened peachy-orange with a warm, golden metallic sheen. It had rich color payoff regardless of wet or dry application, but a wet application brought out the metallic shimmer and also tended to give it a chunkier, more textured look (the powder seemed thicker). Applied dry, it illuminated the skin and added warmth without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture and lasted for seven hours. Applied damp, it was thicker and more metallic, which amplified pores and my skin’s texture but wore well for eight hours. NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is darker. Laura Mercier Rosegold Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is a cream product. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is darker. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is less warm-toned, less metallic. MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation (Left) Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation (Left) Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation (Left) Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation (Left) Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation (Left) Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation (Left) Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation (Left) Dual-Intensity Blush (Wet)
NARS Jubilation (Left) Dual-Intensity Blush (Wet)

NARS Jubilation (Left) Dual-Intensity Blush (Wet)
NARS Jubilation (Left) Dual-Intensity Blush (Wet)

NARS Jubilation (Right) Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation (Right) Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation (Right) Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation (Right) Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation (Right) Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation (Right) Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation (Right) Dual-Intensity Blush (Wet)
NARS Jubilation (Right) Dual-Intensity Blush (Wet)

NARS Jubilation (Right) Dual-Intensity Blush (Wet)
NARS Jubilation (Right) Dual-Intensity Blush (Wet)

NARS Jubilation (Right) Dual-Intensity Blush (Wet)
NARS Jubilation (Both) Dual-Intensity Blush (Dry)

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • NARS Colombo
  • Jezebel
  • Brousse
  • All About Eve Eyeshadows
  • Sephora Sun Tan Eyeliner
On lips:
  • NARS Jane Lipstick

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Katherine T. Avatar

Yikes, way too much shimmer for me….it’s easy to look like a disco ball if you over do it. And all that shimmer can be a spotlight for pores, orange peel skin, dry patches. For $45, there are much better products out there. BTW, I love that lipstick (NARS Jane) on you !

Rachel R. Avatar

Whoa! These are really metallic. I think I could just use the Lorac Unzipped Gold metallics on my cheeks and get the same look. 🙂 Very pretty, though.

I wish they’d take all the colors from this blush line and make them into eye colors. I would snag a palette like that in a heartbeat.

Katherine T. Avatar

LOL, I was thinking the same thing! Just take my Too Faced Holiday palette, slap some of the shimmery glittery shadows on my cheeks, and I’ll get the same effect

Sarah Avatar

‘Apply these shades wet to achieve a high-impact flush or dry to get a natural-looking glow.’

This is what Sephora’s site now reads in the product description. Someone somewhere realized the error!

Nicole Avatar

This would be more like two highlighter for me. I don’t think I like it. For that much $, I expect a B+ or higher. The metallic/shimmer stuff is overkill even if it were a highlighter it seems. I would have to walk on eggshells with it and I don’t love it that much. I I have had mixed feelings about all of these so far. I initially was pretty excited. I am a little interested in Fervor and Frenzy still. But, not enough to buy without seeing it in store first.

Maiko Avatar

I feel like these would work much better as a highlight over a matte blush. They are too shimmery and not pigmented enough to be a blush and I think give ore of a dewy finish that you look for when applying a highlight.
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