Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Nars Albatross: White Gold Radiance


Truth be told I do not have a lot of high end cosmetics in my collection... but my craving for Nars just might change that pretty quickly! Albatross is the second Nars cheek product to enter my collection and it has the same smooth, pigmented quality as I have come to expect from Nars. In the pan Albatross looks like a stark white which you may be thinking 'how on earth can I put that on my face without looking ashy?!' but no worries, it's gorgeous!


The packaging is, as fellow makeup junkies already know, simplistic and functional. The rubber packaging is annoying for some as it attracts fingerprints and dirt easily but for a clean freak like me, it's great. For $27, the amount you get is quite little. But really, it'll probably take me years upon years to finish this up so no complaints here. Nars is clearly a luxury makeup brand so if you think it's expensive and exorbitant, simply walk away from the counter.


On the left is a single pass across the powder which you can see yields a somewhat harsh white color. On the right I wiped off the excess highlighter on the back of my other hand and the residue that is left is an iridescent white gold. Applied with a brush and blended out, Albatross looks like a golden glow on your cheekbones. It does not have obviously large shimmers nor does it lean too golden. I believe this would look especially amazing on fair skinned ladies for that subtle, no makeup glow.

So do you need Albatross? E.L.F's Gotta Glow blush from their studio line is a dupe for Albatross and it costs a mere $3. Gotta Glow has been featured in at least one of my past favorites posts so I do enjoy it dearly. In fact, you can purchase nine E.L.F Studio blushes with the money it costs to buy just one Nars blush. However, the texture of a Nars blush far surpasses that of an E.L.F blush as it is more smooth and finely milled. Gotta Glow has much more fall out and it creates more of a mess. If you have the money to spend and you like high end makeup, Albatross would be a great addition to your collection. However, if you have a tight budget and do not care for absurdly priced luxuries, then you should probably go with Gotta Glow from E.L.F.

That being said, I have a whole list of blushes that I want to own from Nars.... My addiction continues....


12 comments:

  1. love nars products :D i dont own a highlighter from them but my nars multiple in copacabana which i love!

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    1. Copacabana is beautiful too! It's definitely another product I'd like to try out from Nars :)

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  2. haha NARS makes me think of pinky from pink and the brain because he used to say NARF! all the time. Your descrip of it sounds so pretty! I trust you will be showing it on yourself in a future post?

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    1. Haha, that's an interesting association. I believe I've worn Albatross a few times in past videos and whatnot but it's sort of hard for me to show the multidimensional sheen in pictures. Perhaps I will use it in a tutorial because video tends to pick up the nuances in color better.

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  3. i love albatross! one of my favorite highlighters. you definitely should explore nars blushes more, they are so great!

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    1. Oh believe me, I will get my hands on more Nars... oh boy! Deep Throat is already one of my favorites and it's relatively new to my collection :D

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  4. I have NARS Deep Throat, and I quite like it!

    I really love the packaging for NARS products, though. I just love the matte rubber exterior and the sleek font. I'm a sucker for minimalism and matte textures hahaha. I'm such a packaging-freak LOL. xD

    The iridescent glow on that looks REAALLLY nice though!

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    1. I think the packaging is very unique and it's super chic. I like that it's kinda of heavy so it feels substantial in your hands. I always keep my makeup really clean so I don't have issues with dirty packaging most of the time. Especially if I'm shelling out $27 for a single blush, I'm going to take care of the case!

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  5. I love NARS. It's a little overpriced and overhyped, but the two blushes I own are my favourite!

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    1. I agree! It'd ridiculously priced but they still got us! XD

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  6. That's a great highlighter. I don't have ELF gotta glow but my sister does and when I swatched it, the texture is definitely different and does not compare to Albatross.
    I nominated you for a cute blog award. Check it out when you get a chance. http://xxxbeautyredefinedxxx.blogspot.com/2012/01/cute-blog-award-and-eleven-questions.html

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    1. Agreed, Nars blushes have a much more refined texture compared to E.L.F but for $3 I can deal with some brush tapping if it's going to give me a similar effect hahaha. Thanks so much for the award! You're so sweet :D

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