Friday, 10 February 2012

Rave: NARS Cactus Flower

I’ve had my eyes on Cactus Flower from NARS for such a long time (it must be about a year now.) I finally caved in and bought it whilst perusing the NARS counter in Liberty’s a few weeks ago.

It’s a super bright orange-red with a strong gold shimmer that is simply stunning to look at, but I imagine scares many people off at first glance.
As soon as you swatch it, you can see that it’s a lot more wearable than it looks in the pan, giving you a very natural, fresh look with something of a ‘glow’ (thanks to the shimmer!) You can build it up to achieve an intense red, but it is easy to apply a sheer layer for everyday.

The consistency is very much a cream-to-powder formula, so despite being a cream, it can actually feel a tiny bit drying on the skin if you’re prone to dryness but overall… it’s simply stunning.
Left: Blended, Right: Unblended
As always from NARS, the packaging is divine. Yes, it’s gets a little dirty looking after it’s been hanging around in your makeup bag for a while but I still love it.

I’m so happy I finally caved in to this one! I can imagine this will become one of my make up staples of 2012.

41 comments:

  1. Wow, I would've never imagined it to be that pretty! great choice! :)

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  2. The colour looks beautiful and actually, not scary at all :D. I love cream bushes but I can't always make them work so what I do is use them as a base and apply a powder blush on top. It works amazingly well and it also makes my blush last for hours and hours!
    I wrote a post about it here for anyone who would be interested

    http://coralista-xo.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-make-your-blush-last-longer.html

    Anca

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  3. Such a lovely colour! Cheapsmells.com are selling NARS products for half price, not sure when it ends although it started today. I bought two multiples for the same original price as one :) xx

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    1. Thank you for letting me know!! running over there RIGHT now xxxx

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    2. Thanks for the heads upn that one Sarah. I may have to sneek a peek ;) xx

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    3. just bought tropic eyeshadow from there, thanks a mil!!

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  4. love, love nars blushes & this one looks so gorgeous!

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  5. This is so beautiful! Would never have picked it up to be honest, but looks gorgeous swatched xx

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  6. Its a gorgeous product. One thing with makeup is that you can never tell what it will look like on just from looking in the pan! Always always swatch! Lovely colour :) xx

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  7. definatly A scary colour in the pan, but swatched it looks gorgeous. when dusted lightly it just looks like a natural flush really! x

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  8. Ahh! that is a gorgeous colour! I'd imagine it will be perfect for summer and lighter skintones :)xo

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  9. I don't like this as much as orgasm.. looks so scary in the pan!! xx

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  10. thats a gorgeous colour!
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  11. Ooo that does look lovely
    Ive been trying to decide which nars blush to try next, maybe this will be the one

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  12. I know cosmeticscharlotte72 raves about this blush a lot as well, it looks gorgeous but the price tag always puts me off! i have yet to try any nars products! xx

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  13. So pretty! I've been wanting to try Cactus Flower forever!

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  14. I could never pull this color off but it's very pretty blended out.

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  15. So pretty colour, love nars blushes even though they look scary but applied its gorgeous plus it is super pigmented.
    x

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  16. so pretty! and unlike any blush I own, i'll be heading over to nars now! lol

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  17. Shock, horror I have NEVER tried a nars product - oh well more shopping for me tomorrow. Fleur - I can't afford to keep reading your blog. LOL xxx

    Also - FLOG is fantastic....the vid with your mummy was adorable!

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  18. wow that looks like it will give you a nice flush of colour xx

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  19. This looked so scary in the first picture but blended it looks lovely! Definitely need to try this now.
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  20. This is such a lovely colour, Nars blushers always look so beautiful.

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    xoxox

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  21. This is such a beautiful & unusual colour
    xxx
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  22. That is absolutely gorgeous!

    gillianbanana.blogspot.com

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  23. it looks sooo stunning!
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  24. I keep looking at it everytime I hit a Nars counter, but always end up going for more subtle shades... And regret it once I get home.

    Maybe it's time for me to finally give it a try!

    -Elodie x
    http://www.elle-yeah.com

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  25. The colour is absolutely gorgeous!
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  26. i love the shade,...
    its really pretty

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  27. Oooh that's so pretty, I really want a Nars blusher but it's so hard to decide which to get haha xx
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  28. That looked quite scary to begin with but pretty when blended, I was hoping the 6 colour pallet was coming to the UK but its not, hopefully we will get something else :-)

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  29. oooh half price i hear! defnitely gunna go do some nars shopping :) x


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  30. I want this sooooo much

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  31. Like you said, This color probably would have scared me off, but it does look quite wearable in the swatch

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  32. I saw this on your video with Tanya and went straight to my Sephora that day and bought it! I never do this. I usually take months of going back and forth and telling myself I don't need it before I buy, but nope right off to Sephora and into my basket. (I'm a broke student so this was a terrible idea) I obviously ended up buying more and spent over $120.00 OOPS!
    I swatched this in the store and was terrified to buy it, needless to say if you ladies hadn't said it was a must have I would NOT have bought. But I rested my faith in you and have it on my beauty stand!
    Thanks for being amazing, love everything you do. THANKS

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  34. So pretty. I need to try a cream blush.

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