NARS Freedom is a moderately warm-toned, medium coral with a matte finish. It is a permanent blush that retails for $30.00 and contains 0.21 oz.
NARS Freedom Air Matte Blush ($30.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture felt like a lightweight, velvety mousse--thin, lightweight, and "dry" like a silicone-based primer but still had a lot of slip. The product applied terribly, regardless of trying to use a brush or fingertips to do so. It felt more powder-like as soon as it came into contact with my skin; it was almost an instant dry-down.
The blush balled up into small, pill-like bits when applied to bare skin. I was able to use enough pressure to smooth most of it out on my arm, but I couldn't use that same pressure on my cheeks--especially not over foundation, as it just resulted in lifting and shifting my foundation all around.
When applied with fingertips, I was able to get a sheer layer of product that went on unevenly. The more I tried to blend it out or spread it out, the more product that lifted away and left even sheerer coverage behind. I could not build up the product at all as applying a second layer lifted the first layer almost entirely off my skin! It was only worse if I tried to do so over a foundation (even set with powder).
What little transferred and stayed on my cheeks--however blotchy and uneven it may have looked--lasted for six and a half hours before fading a bit.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
Comes on soft. Goes all the way. Wear if you dare. Introducing a perfectly diffused, soft-touch matte blush with a thrill of color. Uniquely lightweight, creamy mousse formula transforms into a velvety powder right on contact—instantly gliding a rush of blush. Color Diffusion Complex beautifully blends and blurs for second-skin color that lasts, while Jojoba gel smooths pigment evenly over skin and passionfruit oil adds a boost of antioxidants. A hush of color. Plush to the touch. A rush for the senses.
DIMETHICONE · HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE · C30-45 ALKYL DIMETHICONE · JOJOBA ESTERS · OCTYLDODECANOL · MICA · HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER · DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER · DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER · NYLON-12 · SILICA · PASSIFLORA EDULIS SEED OIL · SORBITAN OLEATE · MAGNESIUM OXIDE · ALUMINA · TOCOPERHOL · PHENOXYETHANOL · [+/-(MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) · RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410) · RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) · YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140)] ·
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