NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo
NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Liberation 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. It was very similar to Fervor, which is just a little darker across the board and doesn’t seem quite as warm-toned (but it’s still warm-toned).

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!

Liberation (Left) is described as a “shimmering light pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer coverage that was somewhat buildable, but this is one that you’ll want to dab on with a damp brush if you prefer richer coverage. The finish becomes more metallic and noticeably shimmery when applied damp, but it didn’t seem to emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. It lasted for seven and a half hours when applied dry and eight hours when applied damp. It was blendable both dry and damp, which was an upside, as I haven’t found this formula to be as blendable damp as dry in the past. Estee Lauder Peach Passion (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Sublime Flush (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Mother o' Pearl (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Loves Me Not (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Benefit Dandelion (PiP, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Devil (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Peach Dream (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Liberation (Right) is described as a “caramel rose.” It’s a medium, rosy bronze with warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It is a little lighter applied dry, and then it becomes more medium-dark and has a stronger orange tone (along with a smoother sheen) when applied damp. The finish on this shade never translates to emphasized pores, which is nice, and so it is more forgiving and easy to use. Applied dry, it had medium, buildable coverage that was easy to blend out and wore for seven hours. Applied damp, it was intensely pigmented and a little went a long way, but it wasn’t as easy to blend out the edges–my trick is to use it dry to buff out the edges, which helps a lot. It lasted for eight and a half hours when applied damp, though. Buxom Seychelles (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stellar Beauty Eclipse (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Savage (2020) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Takeover (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Charnelle (459) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Glow With It (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Alezane (260) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lissome (Top) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This blush will launch on narscosmetics.com on April 15th.

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NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo
NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo
NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo
NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo
NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo
NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo
NARS Liberation Dual Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Liberation (Left) Dual Intensity Blush
NARS Liberation (Left) Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Liberation (Left) Dual Intensity Blush
NARS Liberation (Left) Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Liberation (Left) Dual Intensity Blush
NARS Liberation (Left) Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Liberation (Left) Dual Intensity Blush
NARS Liberation (Left) Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Liberation (Left) Dual Intensity Blush
NARS Liberation (Left) Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Liberation (Right) Dual Intensity Blush
NARS Liberation (Right) Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Liberation (Right) Dual Intensity Blush
NARS Liberation (Right) Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Liberation (Right) Dual Intensity Blush
NARS Liberation (Right) Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Liberation (Right) Dual Intensity Blush
NARS Liberation (Right) Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Liberation (Right) Dual Intensity Blush
NARS Liberation (Right) Dual Intensity Blush

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette
On lips:
  • Tom Ford Scandola Moisturecore Lip Color
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Thanks for the review!
I didn’t expect this duo to be so pretty :). I’m eyeing this blush formula since a long time but I wonder if I could wear those specific shades, having a fair skin and pink undertones!

*Oh my goodness, you look stunning in that 1st pic! With the peachy skin/blush, teal eyeliner, and teal earrings, you look ready for a tropical vacation on a beach, just add a cocktail with little umbrellas 🙂 What is that teal eyeliner you’re wearing??
*Maybe NARS read your initial reviews of the formula and decided to change the wording on wet/dry? The colors are pretty, and it’s nice to have the option to go sheer or intense/metallic

I think this duo has a beautiful color combination. At least the directions make more sense on this one, but you’re right: If they’re changing it, they need to have consistent info on their website. The artwork on the box is really cute.

I’m like, did someone not change the wording for the blush boxes (vs. the eyeshadow boxes) or did they actually decide to change it? It’s always been a little backwards to me!

This duo is very nice and definitely says “summer”! I think that *perhaps* applying MAC OtherEarthly over Love Joy may give me that similar vibe? Otherwise I may need to put aside $$$’s for this duo.

That packaging is so adorable!! I’m not if I like this formula a lot – I feel some colours are more pigmented than others and this is more of the blah colours. Which shades are your favourite Christine?

Packagings are illustrated by Greek painter Konstantin Kakanias. His heroine Mrs.Tependris ,is his fictional “alter-ego,” is a caricature of an art collector and a high society doyenne. She is an eccentric character, a big-haired, beak-nosed, fashion-crazed woman-of-a-certain-age .

I love the left shade — it seems like a perfect light, soft, warmish pink — but not the right shade, at least for myself — it’s got too much orange for me. Too bad! It’s too expensive to buy it planning to use only half of it… maybe someday I’ll get it and de-pot, putting the right side in my professional kit — but I can’t wait too long, since it’s LE!

Didn’t buy any of the other ones that came out. None of them really called to me but this one yes siree, will definitely get it! Wonder when they will hit sephora….

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