Nars Sin BlushNars Sin Blush ($28) is described on the Nars website as a berry tone with gold shimmer. Sin is actually one of the top 3 best selling Nars blushes, but it's never a color that really appealed to me in the compact. In the pan it appears to be a dusty mauve-plum with fine golden shimmer. I always assumed it would look dull or dirty on my cheeks, but I guess it's a best seller for a reason, so I decided to give it a try.
Once the color hits my cheeks, the color seems to come alive, and it changes from the boring and dull color in the pan, to a soft rosy-berry color on my cheeks. It does definitely pick up some of the warmness from my skin, but I love that the color doesn't completely change once it hits my face. Because of my prominent warm tones in my skin, blushes usually morph into a warm peachy shade, but Sin doesn't seem to do that. The color is soft and muted, yet completely sophisticated. It's subtle enough for every day, and for intense eye looks. The shimmer in Sin is very refined, and doesn't make the cheeks look shimmery - just a soft glow.
The blush itself is pigmented, and all I need is a touch of the brush. To avoid looking bruised, I always make sure to powder my cheeks after my foundation and apply the blush very lightly on top so it applies smoothly with a seamless finish. I like using a brush that isn't dense, so it won't apply too much color in one spot. (I've been using the Sigma Large Angled Contour Brush and it works great!)
Sin is exactly what I've been looking for. A blush that is soft enough for every day - something soft and neutral that won't wash out my complexion, and something different than the average pink neutral or nude blush.
I'm particularly excited that this blush is perfect for the Fall, and pairs really nicely with my warm eyeshadow colors and plummy pink lipsticks.
Nars Sin Blush on my cheeks
Nars Sin Blush swatched on my hand
Overall, I'm extremely happy with this blush, and it's definitely one of my favorite Nars blushes. It's a color I can enjoy often all year round, but I know it's going to be a shade that I'll reach for in the colder months.
Sin has overall positive reviews (4.3/5 with a 78% repurchase rate) on Makeupalley which is fantastic, but still, there are some negative reviews. Most of the negative reviews claimed that this blush looked "dirty" or "bruised" on their cheeks. I think it mostly depends on your application. Make sure your cheeks aren't tacky or damp from your foundation, so the blush won't cling to the spot you first lay our brush down (resulting in a patchy application). Use a brush that isn't too dense and only touch the blush with the edges of the brush so you don't lay too much product down at once. Lightly brush the color onto your cheeks, and build if necessary.
Have you tried Sin? How'd it work for you? I think I'll do an updated Nars blush collection post soon.
- A subtle berry that is perfect for the Fall/Winter - it's subtle enough for every day and can be worn with intense eye looks.
- Looks very natural and glowy on my cheeks
- Applies easily
- Great pigmentation - isn't too pigmented where you have to be careful and it's not sheer where you have to build the color.
- None for me!