There's nothing I like more than blushes - especially if they're from NARS. If you saw my latest haul post you would have seen that I was lucky enough to pick up two limited edition Pierre Hardy blushes for only $19 down from $58 (I think). I've been drooling over these blushes ever since I saw them pop up on the blogosphere, but I knew I wasn't going to be able to get my hands on them as I couldn't justify spending over $50 for one blush. I legitimately couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them (the last ones as well) sitting on the sale table when I stopped by Myer on boxing day. As soon as I saw them I did not let them go and ran straight for the counter.
Now I don't know about you but I'm such a massive sucker for intricately designed products. If a product has engraved detailing I need to have it (and then stare at it for hours before I can actually swatch it). These limited edition Pierre Hardy blushes in Boys Don't Cry and Rotonde are quite bigger than the standard range of NARS blushes with the PH blushes being 13g and the standard range being 4.8g. That's almost 3x the amount of the regular blushes.
Packaging on the other hand is exactly the same as their normal range expect for the added 'Pierre Hardy' added beneath the famous NARS logo. As always, the packaging is sleek and feels great with that somewhat velvety matte texture. The mirror inside is quite big (due to the larger size of the blush) and makes these blushes perfect for travelling. Only downside to the NARS packaging is the ease of finger prints/marks that are transferred onto the product, but it is quite easy to clean off.
Rotonde is a medium-dark orange (which looks remarkably like the colour of Oompa Loompas from the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) which is described as a 'tiger lilly' shade.
Boys Don't Cry is a stunning coral-red that is often described as a 'pink-grapfruit'.
As you can see in the images both blushes have a beautiful golden shimmer indented into the product. The gold pattern is actually just an overspray (to make the blush look pretty obviously) and will eventually fade into a matte powder as both Boys Don't Cry and Rotonde are matte blushes.
Boys Don't Cry and Rotonde are very, very bold shades are can look quite scary when swatched and in the pan, but with a very light hand and a little bit of blending both look absolutely perfect on the cheek. Blending is easy-peasy for both blushes as the powder is very finely milled. The wear for both blushes is also great, I was able to visibly notice both blushes after 8 hours of wear even during the hot, steaming weather.
I was quite scared to wear Rotonde at first as I've never owned an orange blush (I usually stick to pinks/mauves) but I was surprised to see how well it complimented my tanned complexion. It certainly doesn't make you look like a oompa loompa, unless of course you cover your entire face with the blush.
Out of the two shades I do tend to reach for Boys Don't Cry more frequently, but that is purely out of habit - both blushes are equally matched. I will admit though, that I am glad to have waited to buy these blushes on sale as I don't think they are worth the hefty $58 price tag. Well, I don't think any blush is worth $58 but for $19 these are an absolute steal. If you can find them, I certainly recommend you purchasing them as they are a staple for any makeup lovers collection.
Have you tried NARS limited edition blushes?