NARS New Order Highlighting Blush Review, Swatches and FOTD

After my makeover with NARS National Artist Austin Mark, I brought home some goodies from the latest NARS Summer 2011 Collection, including the New Order Highlighting Blush.

NARS New Order Highlighting Powder Blush
NARS New Order Highlighting Powder Blush

Described as a “soft pink highlighter with gold and silver shimmer”, NARS New Order Highlighting Blush is a cool-based baby pink packed with gold and silver glitter. While the color looks more than gorgeous in the pan, I admit I was a bit skeptical at first (hey it is no secret that glitter can be difficult to work with plus my past experiences have taught me icy colors and my warm Asian skin don’t always get along!) Anyhoo, the pink-obsessed sucker in me kept calling and calling so eventually I caved and I am glad that I did.

The Highlighting Powder Blush, though not as smooth as the regular NARS Blushes, still applied evenly. It added a beautiful iciness onto my cheekbones that looked like fairy dust and just made them pop. The glitter, while visible upclose, is also not as chunky as that you see in NARS Super Orgasm Blush.

Now I know there have been negative reviews circling around that this is sheer. While that is true, the color is buildable and does show up nicely on my NC30 skin. I also find that if you apply this over a cream product, for instance, NARS’ very own Multiple or the new Illuminator, it will help bring out the pink more.

The same goes for the issue with glitter fallout. When applied on its own, yes you will end up with glitter flecks here and there – which is typical of powder products with glitter. But if you apply a cream product underneath, the glitter will adhere onto your skin much better.

Overall, I really liked NARS New Order Highlighting Blush and think it has the potential to be a great blush, highlighter and even eyeshadow for those with light to medium skin tones. However, I do agree that it is not the most user-friendly product out there and is definitely not for everyone. I say

Skip It If:

• You have a darker complexion. The color will most likely not show up plus the iciness can look ashy.

• You are not a fan of glitter because you are bound to see them.

• You have textured skin. Any fine lines, pores or acne can be magnified by the glitter.

Onto the pictures!

NARS New Order Highlighting Powder Blush
NARS New Order Highlighting Powder Blush

Wearing NARS New Order Highlighting Powder Blush
Wearing NARS New Order Highlighting Blush over NARS Riveria Multiple

Have you tried New Order? What did you think about it?

NARS New Order Highlighting Powder Blush is available at and Sephora for $30.

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Review overview
Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. thanks for the review! I’m glad at least someone likes New Order :p
    I don’t think my skin is smooth enough for this though…

    • No prob Andrea! I was surprised to see so many negative reviews about it but I really liked it myself. I’ve been wearing it every day ever since I got it =)

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