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....