NARS Angelika Blush ($29 at Nordstrom) is a medium pink with blue undertones, gold micro-shimmer and silver glitter. Despite the blue undertones, it’s really just slightly on the cool side of neutral and works for me with my warm undertones.
Believe it or not, this is my first NARS blush and I’m definitely impressed enough to try some more! Angelika is finely milled and goes on very smooth. It’s highly pigmented, so it will cover deeper skin tones (I have red on my cheeks, and this one does not pick that up like some do). This blush does not tend toward an ashy tone, so while it will have too much blue for some warm skin tones, I don’t think it will give anyone that weird grayish look some cooler blushes create.
This blush pulls off that magic trick of having plenty of color, yet not being difficult to apply lightly. Just don’t get a lot on your brush, and dust it gently onto your cheek. Then it blends easily, but without sheering out. If you get too much, you can easily buff it into submission.
Now let’s talk about glitter, which most people either love or hate in a blush. This blush is very definitely glittery, but how much of the silver glitter actually winds up on your cheeks will depend on the brush you use. If I apply this with a dense brush and kind of pat it on, I get glitter. If I use a fluffier brush and just dust it over my cheeks, very little if any of the glitter actually makes it to my face. You can also tap the brush against something to dislodge most of the glitter from the brush before applying.
The gold sheen is more subtle than the glitter. It just highlights and adds dimension to the cheekbone. With or without the glitter, I do not find Angelika emphasizes pores, lines, etc. It actually minimizes some of my hyperpigmentation in the cheek area and I find it overall very flattering.
As I said, applying this blush is really easy to get right because it’s finely milled and easy to blend. It also wears longer than average for me. At the end of a day I see some slight fading, but not enough to make me feel the need for a touch-up.