So here's a tale only a beauty blogger could tell... Once upon a time, a make up aficionado went on holiday and remembered every single item in her beauty arsenal except for a blusher. After unsuccessfully attempting to use Chanel liquid lipstick as a replacement, she gave up and asked to borrow her sister's blusher. And fell in love...
Alas, the blusher in question, Fenberry by Sleek, revealed itself to be that nightmare for all beauty lovers - Limited Edition. But it was oh so perfect, providing the ideal winter flush for her cheeks... She could not fully enjoy all of life's delights without calling this blusher her own. So she began the valiant search for a dupe.
The stalwart of information that is Google swiftly informed her that Bobbi Brown Cranberry was a suitable dupe, then equally swiftly brought the tragic news that this too was discontinued. All eBay searches proved barren; all blog swatches were fruitless. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she organised a hasty trip to the nearest Sephora, Fenberry in hand, to compare it against all other blushers.
The search was not in vain. A replacement (albeit a rather expensive replacement) was found. And thus concludes the tale of how I purchased a 30€ dupe for a £5 blusher... Thank goodness for Christmas money, eh? I don't think I could have entertained the purchase otherwise!
In fairness, NARS Dolce Vita is beautiful. A rusty red that, when applied lightly, provides the ideal come-in-from-the-cold flush to cheeks. Funnily enough my other sister owns this blusher too - which proves that really I ought to have consulted her make up collection before prancing around Sephora like a ninny. But none of that matters now.
Is it worth the cash? Well, in my opinion, yes. It lasts a good deal longer on the cheeks than the Sleek offering, although I must stress that you only need a very, very light hand. Pictured are my usual artless methods of swirling a brush in the pan and dumping it all over my cheeks. I blended it out properly post photography, I promise. The packaging is smart (although I've managed to blot mine already, sigh) and looks great on my dressing table. I also appreciate the inclusion of a mirror. Who even needs blushes without mirrors, I ask you?
I can't lie, a little part of me did weep when handing over the cash for this, but now that it's mine I am fully giving into the indulgence of owning such a little piece of luxury. My NARS love affair is now in full swing and I see it lasting well into 2015!
Are you a fan of NARS? Let me know!
NARS Dolce Vita Blush retails at £22.50/€30