NARS Tribulation Blush Reviews, Photos, Swatches

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmery rosy sand.” It’s a light-medium gold muted slightly by hints of beige paired with a luminous, shimmer-sheen finish.
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The texture of this was soft, smooth, and denser than most NARS blushes; it felt the softest and smoothest, without being powdery, of all the NARS cheek products I have ever tried. It blended out beautifully without losing its color or sheen, and the more you buffed it into the skin, the more the glowing finish came out. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture either, but this is not a subtle highlighter, so it is better suited for someone who likes a noticeable sheen to their highlighters. I was surprised that NARS didn’t call this out as a “Highlighting Blush” (like Albatross), as it is more highlighter on light to dark skin tones, while very fair to fair skin tones will see slight warmth/beige color, plus the sheen. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly.

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NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On lips:
  • NARS Chelsea Girls Lipgloss
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Glad to see this one got such a good review! It’s a beautiful shade. Looks like NARS will be getting all of my money this Fall.

oh wow an A! wish it was more pigmented though then it would show up more as a blush and I’d be all over it! x

How close is the color to Nico, though? I use Nico as a subtle blush/bronzer, but in the swatch gallery the two of these seem similar in color (though different in sheen).

This is just gorgeous!! I really don’t need it but I really want it lol. It looks amazing on you. Just look at that glow!

Oh I like this blush to use as a highlighter! I actually was looking for one but could not find the one that wouldn’t be so subtle but not have glitter speckles at the same time.

You look stunning! Can’t wait to pick this up πŸ™‚ I did just purchase Becca’s champagne pop so not sure if I really need this.

You definitely don’t NEED it! This one is a bit lighter and more beige-based with less overt shimmer, so they’re not 100% dupes, but they aren’t like… purple and green different, lol!

How sparkly is this in person? It looks like it could be comparable to Becca Opal Pressed or Laura Mercier indiscretion, which I found to be a bit too shimmery. Or is it more like Candlelight where you get sheen with no glitter pieces?

I knew I had to have this when I first saw your preview swatch. Absolutely love this excellent take on a classic highlighting shade. Can’t wait to play around with mixing on this one.

I love it!!! This looks like the quintessential perfect highlight powder, and it gives you such a lovely radiance! For me, it will be either this beauty or the Becca Champagne Pop!

Yep,I am definitely going to try to get this. My worry is the release date on Nars website is July 15th from what I have jotted down and I may possible be in the hospital or in no shape to be placing orders.I spoke with the surgeons nurse practitioner just a few minutes ago. Here comes my fears rushing in ( anyone who has seen Inside out can play a little movie here with me,lol). I am going to be placed in an “induced coma and then heavily sedated” for a while to minimize movement of the area where they “manipulate” I am a nurse and I even almost barfed. So, Do you think this will go to the counters or Sephora? I cannot let a Temptalia recommended highlighter get away! I’ll have t getmy sister to try to order it or something, lol!

Best wishes for your surgery, Nicole <3

Make this your after-surgery treat when it comes out πŸ™‚ And I'm glad you caught the announcement!

It’s always these inconspicuous shades that turn out to be the most stunning. NARS Fall collection has me intrigued (as does YSL). πŸ™‚

Wow, this looks really stunning on you. It’s pretty in the swatch, but absolutely gorgeous on your face. I’ve actually been shopping for a liquid or cream highlighter, but I may opt for for this instead. Do you think this would look ashy on medium skin (around NC40)? It doesn’t look like that would be a problem.

I love your blog; it’s obvious that you work very hard on it. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve used the swatch gallery since it went live. And everything looks lovely on you; you can pull off such a range of lip, cheek, and eye colors.

It doesn’t seem white-based, more beige-based, so I think it should be okay, but I might try it in-store and/or from a retailer with a good return policy, just in case.

Thank you so much, Nicole! πŸ™‚

want !! but i am like on a 1$- to 0 money for pretty things right now πŸ™ anyone wanna get it for me ? lol send me your leftover christine ! πŸ™‚ btw it looks gorgeous on you

It’s such a light color that I don’t think it’s going to show up as a blush on anyone but very fair skin tones!

Stunning! I can tell just from the photos that the formula is great! I kind of wish it was a more unique shade though, since I feel like every highlighter range already has something exactly like this. I already have Becca Opal and the Josie Maran liquid.

Haha! Totally understandable πŸ˜‰ I’m surprised more brands don’t venture into the duochrome highlighters a la ColourPop has.

I like it a lot, but I just checked the dupe page and I have like three of those. Ah but it does look nice still, and great to hear good formula and pigmentation on this one!

Forgive me if I missed it somewhere but when does this come out? I’m not seeing it in sephoras site?,thanks for the awesome review and recommendation!

Oh my, this looks absolutely stunning! I’m quite fair with a natural flush on the cheeks. I never really like the look of very pink blushes on me and always tend to go for a muted colour on the cheeks. This is like a godsend to me. Must have this!

I literally fainted when I saw this highlighter and drove my ass straight to my local Bloomingdale’s department to purchase, one of the most gorgeous shades I have ever seen.

This looks so pretty! I am not very pleased with the results albatross gives to my skin. I’m afraid Tribulation could show off a bit too dark as a highlighter for my skintone (I’m around NC15/ Nars Mont Blanc). Sadly I can’t try it in store because Nars isn’t sold in my country. What do you think? Should I give it a try? πŸ™‚

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