NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder Review & Swatches

NARS Albatross was such a huge hit a few years back because it's the highlighter Kim K's makeup artist used to add glow to her face. I don't know if she's still using it these days but I know for sure I am! Albatross looks pretty… plain ol' boring off-white in the pan (and not exactly the most fun item to photograph) but let me show you how gorgeous of a highlighter it is once it's on the skin! :)

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder

Albatross is an off-white/cream-colored highlighter with extremely fine gold shimmer. The color is a little stark against the skin on my arm especially when layered, but when applied sheer on the cheeks, it imparts a really nice and soft glow with a light golden pearly sheen. It can be built up for a more dramatic sculpting effect but I like to keep it on the sheer side for everyday wear. With the cool-toned “yellow” tinge to it, I'm not sure if this would look natural on fair skin, but anyone with a medium or tan complexion with yellow undertones, I think Albatross will look gorgeous on you.

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder

The powder is velvety smooth and feels very firm but not hard. It feels very creamy for a powder going on the skin and more often than not, I like to apply it with just my fingers — quick, easy, and goes on exactly where I want — but any smaller brush with loose bristles works well, too. With fingers, I can dab a little bit on multiple parts of my face, such as the inner corner, under the brow bone, above the Cupid's Bow, along the bridge of the nose, and so on and blend in one go without having to switch to a different brush than the one used on the cheeks. Sometimes I'm just lazy like that! :) Albatross is a true multitasker and you can even use it as a shimmery eyeshadow, too!

NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
Wearing NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
Wearing NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder

Though it can definitely be worn alone, I like to pair it with a warm-toned blush such as Orgasm (they both look stunning together), and sometimes I will follow with Laguna for an extra step of contouring. I don't apply bronzer on a daily basis but I'm starting to get into the habit of it now. It really does make a difference to the face especially in photographs (not that I have mastered the technique yet!).

I love the way the gold shimmer reflects the light. It adds that extra oomph of a beautiful golden glow to the cheeks without being glittery. A little frosty, a little shimmery, but never glittery. If you find the shade too obvious, try applying it under the powder to soften the effect. :)

I find it to emphasize pores and fine lines a little, though. So keep that in mind and try to place it where they are less visible. The powder wears well on me throughout the day and I never feel the need to re-apply during normal wear.

Comparison to other highlighters

Here's a little extra comparison swatch of some of the highlighters that I own. Albatross (1) definitely leans heavily on the “pale gold” side while theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (2) and Tarte Angelic (5) are less gold. MAC Soft and Gentle (3) has a hint of rose gold to it while Dior Amber Diamond (4) is more of a champagne shade.

L-R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder, TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish, Dior Shimmer Powder in 002 Amber Diamond, and Tarte Angelic Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush
L-R: 1) NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder,
2) TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer,
3) MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish,
4) Dior Shimmer Powder in 002 Amber Diamond, and
5) Tarte Angelic Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush

Do you highlight on a regular basis? Do you prefer subtle or dramatic highlighting? :)

Purchase

US$30 at SephoraNordstromAmazon

฿1,250 at Sephora Thailand

TAGS: SHARE:

10 Comments

  • You made this “boring” highlighter look amazing in your photos! Kudos! The comparison swatches are always a huge bonus, so thank you for those! :D My go-to highlighter lately is Soft and Gentle, but I don’t use them very often b/c of my oily skin. I am CRAZY attracted to them, though! I always swoon over new highlighters! But later I’m like, “How many decades would it take me to use one up? 3?” LOL!

  • Hi Jaa, I heard good reviews about kevyn aucoin celestial powder and bobbi brown shimmer bricks. I can only afford one at the moment. Which one do you think is worth the investment?

    I would love to hear others’ suggestions too.

    Thanks
    Grace

  • Thanks Jaa. I really like your blog. I don’t know how you finding the time to work full time and keep up with such a great blog. Keep up the great work x

    • Thank you so much, Grace! :)

      It’s a lot of work for sure to keep up both work and the blog. I’ve been running on 3-5 hours of sleep a night for the last 7 months and I’m not sure how long I can keep up. I have a feeling I’m going to crash soon! LOL.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *