Nars Douceur and Penny Lane Blushes Review

July 11, 2011

Nars Douceur was my first blush that was not in the family of pink, coral or peach blushes. I passed it up when it was first released as LE  as I had this idea that any brown blush would look too muddy on me. I caved in as I read more and more great reviews about it. The minute I applied Douceur on my face it all made sense what all the hype was about. So this post is really dedicated to those of you who are still contemplating whether to get it or not! I love Douceur so much so I bought Nars Penny Lane Cream Blush which looks very identical to it in the pan.


The texture of Douceur is consistent with other Nars blushes – smooth, pigmented and easy to blend.


I also really like the cream formulation of Nars blushes. Penny Lane is neither too dry nor too creamy – very easy to spread the color without settling into the pores.


Douceur is a lovely soft dusty matte brown color with a hint of pink. It is a sophisticated color, in an understated way.

Penny Lane has more pink undertone. For those of you who are still not convinced in using a brown blush, this is a good start. It can be worn alone for a natural sophisticated look, or layered underneath brown blushes such as Douceur, or Madly to bring out the pink tone.


Douceur on me:

I personally love to apply Douceur along the hollow of the cheeks up the temples, rather than having it on the center of the apples. It creates this modern, polished and sophisticated look that is very office appropriate. To show you its versatility I paired it with bold orange lips. (of course I am not that daring in real life haha).



Bottom Line: Love it. I am on the hunt for more blushes in a similar hue. Any recommendations please let me know!

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Tina July 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

The blush is absolutely amazing, it’s more like a soft contour than a blush. Moreover, that lipstick looks great on you, you should wear it more often 😛 !!


Reika July 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Haha thanks Tina. I love checking out girls wearing bold lips..not for me gets too much attention..:-P


Delyteful Speaks July 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I really don’t like NARS cream blush formulas.. I don’t find them to be very long lasting.. I’m selling my Penny Lane in my blog sale.. It just didn’t work for me..

A smiliar shade I’ve seen is Giorgio Aramni Blush in #2 & I recently got Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Blushing Rose.. It’s a pretty dusty rose.. Looks dark in the pot but on the cheeks it’s lovely!


Reika July 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Thanks for the rec! I am so going to get the GA blush in #2!
I am surprised to hear Nars cream blush doesn’t last long on you, they last a whole day on me! Maybe it’s due to the weather difference…?


Delyteful Speaks July 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Yah maybe it’s the weather.. I was at bobbi brown the other day and saw that powder pink might be more to your liking.. They’re really amazing.. And you can use them on your lips too 😉


Reika July 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Thanks a lot for letting me know!


Megan July 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

That colour looks gorgeous on your skin tone! I think you should check out Illamasqua’s range of cream blushes they have some lovely soft pinks like this.


Reika July 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Thanks for the recs Megan. I am impatiently waiting for the next discount code from Illamasqua so I can place a massive order 🙂


Whitney July 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

What was the orange lipstick you used? Love the whole look!


Reika July 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Hi Whitney the lipstick I used was by Shiseido Rouge A Levres 01 Pure orange. I bought this one a loooong time ago not sure if it’s still available.


Junghwa July 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I love the finish of NARS blushes and Douceur looks fabulous on you. I think Tarte’s Amazonian clay blush in Exposed looks really similar to Douceur and maybe Lancome’s blush subtil in Miel Glace.


Reika July 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Thanks Junghwa, appreciate your recommendations. Tarte’s Amazonina clay blush is already on my ‘next sephora shopping list’ 😛


Me my best and I July 12, 2011 at 5:30 am

Stunning , love Penny Line and love it paired with the coral lip. Your skin is so so flawless!


Reika July 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Thanks Julie 🙂 My skin is not flawless at all without the help of foundation haha


onlyfr33b33 July 12, 2011 at 5:40 am

You definitely need to wear the orange lipstick more often! It looks amazing!!!!


Reika July 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Thanks for the sweet comment 🙂 I’ll blame you if my boss complains hehe..


Elaine July 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Hi Rei!!!

Very nice! I have & also in love with Douceur!
You can try Nars Oasis- slightly darker with shimmers, Tarte Exposed (matte), Illamasqua BEG.. ^__^

Love the lipstick!


Patricia July 15, 2011 at 5:35 am

I love your eyes, they’re pretty! And you have the perfect face shape to work with! (:


Reika July 17, 2011 at 7:09 am

Thanks for the lovely comment Patricia 🙂


marida July 16, 2011 at 3:32 am

Reika, have you tried TARTE Exposed clay blush? It’s kinda like Doceur, I think it might be prettier, dusty pink bronzy. U should get it. haha. I love this look.


Reika July 17, 2011 at 7:14 am

Hi Marida, thanks a lot for the recs! I am really keen to try the Tarte Exposed blush..I just need to find a way of getting them as they aren’t available in Australia..:-(


marida July 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Oh yeah, U’re right, U’re in OZ. If u want them, I can help u out through paypal. I have makeupalley and ebay acc. If u r interested, email me: 🙂


Reika July 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Thanks marida! will email you soon 🙂


Tasha July 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I adore that lipstick on you, you should wear it out! My favorite NARS blush is Angelika. It took me such a long time to finally decide to buy it because it looked so intimidating in the pan. Isn’t it funny how all the best blushes do that ?


Reika July 17, 2011 at 7:21 am

I think that’s what makes Nars blushes so superior! Most of their blushes look intimidating to me (to name a few angelica, desire, gina) but they applied so beautifully with a light hand 🙂


Lisa January 13, 2012 at 3:53 am

This is so beautiful on you-thinking of picking up douceur and I believe this has solidified that decision. I love the lipstick too…really makes the blush pop but in a polished way. Please let me know what products you used for your eyes. It’s so stunning the highlight above your iris/in the crease.


Reika January 15, 2012 at 10:27 am

Thanks Lisa! It was the Giorgio Armani eyes to kill in shade 08 on my eyes.


Arianna October 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

What are you wearing on your lips?It’s gorgeous!!


Reika October 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Thank you 🙂 This lipstick is by Shiseido and I believe the shade has been discontinued. But Tom Ford’s wild ginger is very identical to this one.


Rebekah March 16, 2015 at 4:13 am

Nars has discontinued both of these blushes! They were my absolute favourite and I cannot find them anywhere. Do you have any recommendations for a similar colour? I loved how contoured these blushes made me look without any extra makeup steps.


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