cover of TOMOTOMO June 2011
...and Gaiety, my dears, is it. Another selling point was the unusually silky, satin finish. I am not a fan of Nars textures in general (mattes can look chalky, shimmers rain down nightmarish glitter dandruff), but Gaiety swatched smoothly on my very parched winter skin and its subtle silvery sheen helps it retain that cool lavender undertone once applied. As soon as I swatched this, I remembered that Shiseido is Nars' parent company -- which, if you know of my adoration of Shiseido textures, is very high praise indeed.
Here it is against some of my other cool-ish pinks and lavenders.
All swatches are one-swipe (though the mix of textures skews things), pictured in natural light.
Etude House Miss Tangerine Cream Choux Blusher #4 Miss Grape
Becca Lip and Cheek Cream Rosebud (housed in a detachable Muji pill case)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Gracilis
Shu Uemura Colour Atelier M225
Addiction Amazing powder blush and cheek stick
Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Moist Glow Liquifuchsia
Blended swatches of Gaiety (applied with Suqqu Cheek Brush) against its closest shades:
London winter lighting being what it is, you may have to take my word for it that Liquifuchsia has a more reddish base, and Amazing lacks Gaiety's cool lavender undertone.