NARS Gilda Blush – Review and Swatch
This was my first NARS blush. I purchased it many many moons ago and honestly, I’ve just been too lazy to review it. Sorry about that! This’ll be a short review as I don’t have too many images for you and i’m writing this just before I wipe my drive to send the laptop in for repairs…AGAIN. ~dies~
I actually purchased this pan of NARS Gilda from All Cosmetics Wholesale. It arrived within 3 business days, well packed and undamaged. A packaged version of Gilda from NARS would cost one $28 USD. I paid $19.99 for my refill pan from ACW. Just like a regular NARS blush, you get .16 oz of product. The size is actually a bit disappointing for me. A MAC blush contains .21 oz for $20 USD. (Then again, a similarly priced Illamasqua contains just .15oz.)
NARS describes Gilda as the, “Perfect coral with a hint of red.” I’d done a bit of swatch browsing and at the time it was down between this and Gina. I was looking for something in the reddish coral and this defintiely came closer to what I wanted. Though, now I want Gina because i’m all about the orange! NARS’ official image (here) shows it looking a lot redder in the pan then it does. But it’s a good accurate depiction of what the product looks like applied so I’ll let it go. Here’s a swatch!
Now that I have several other NARS blushes, I can safely say that Gilda lives up to the hype. It’s a pigmented blush that should be applied with a light hand. It’s blissfully matte. I think this would have looked redonkulous if it had shimmer or glitter.
If you’re heavy handed like me though…you might want to apply this using a stippling brush and lots of blending. I’ve found that the starker NARS shades don’t blend easily and so you really have be careful when putting it on or you can look like a clown.
Because I apply this so lightly, it doesn’t always last on me. I’d give it 5-6 hours. Don’t get me wrong, that’s really very average for blushes on oily cheeks – but with the strong pigmentation I’dve expected more.
You never forget your first NARS. If I could do it all over again, I would probably choose something a bit easier to wear. Gilda is such a unique shade that it has to be worn with care. Done right -it can add a classic, reddish flush. Just be careful or you’ll end up looking less reddish and more ruddy.
Pricy and less product than some less expensive products….but more than other luxe brands.
Color Accuracy: 9/10
Reddish coral is right, but it looks much pinker in the pan which makes me worry that others would buy it and be unpleasantly surprised!
Must use a light hand and blend well. Otherwise you’ll come off clowny. It’s not a shade to put on without a mirror.
Average wear time. Disappointing for something so pigmented and expensive.
Overall: 84.4% (B-)
It’s a good blush if you know what you’re looking for. But it’s not foolproof and not for the palest of complexions (try something less red!)