Tuesday, April 24, 2012

NARS Gaiety Blush and MAC Peony Petal Comparison

The moment that I saw Peony Petal (bright blue pink) from the MAC Très Cheek Collection- it made me think of NARS Gaiety (bright candy pink). I thought that Peony Pink was perhaps a good dupe for Gaiety, or at the very least in the same family of hues. My purchase of Peony Petal was done without having compared them side by side in reality, but instead it was based upon an imaginary comparison that spontaneously appeared in my head as I was falling asleep the other night. Strange A-ha moment to have-- a makeup epiphany while falling asleep is surely reserved for the makeup obsessed!
I would say that at first blush (haha) my midnight musings weren't far off the mark. In the pan Peony Petal looks like a close dupe for Gaiety. However, the colors differ when swatched.
Indoor Lighting
Gaiety is a lighter blue-based pink while Peony Petal is a darker blue-based pink that seems to have a little more red in it.
Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor Lighting Direct Sun
I would definitely say that these two beauties fall within the same family of pink hues, but there is no comparison between the quality of these two blushes, period. Gaiety is soft smooth and silky- it applies like a dream, and is without question one of the greatest blue-based pink blushes EVER! For an outstanding review of Gaiety see Zuzu*s at Everyday Beauty- if that doesn't make you run out and buy Gaiety- nothing will! While Peony Petal is a gorgeous color it is stiff and chalky to the touch- so you are deprived of the same outstanding tactile experience that is immediately noticeable with Gaiety. However, Peony Petal applies and wears beautifully- and though I expected it to be patchy and skip it did neither. 

Overall assessment: Peony Petal  is not an exact dupe for Gaiety, and while both are gorgeous- if you are forced to choose between them Gaiety should be your blush of choice.


  1. *smooches*

    Peony Petal looks gorgeous. If only my skin didn't react to MAC, I so adore their plain, big round pans. Sadly I do find MAC texture either chalky or gritty. Miss MAC of the mid 90s, before the EL mothership invasion.

    1. It really is gorgeous! I wonder what crappy ingredients are in there that causes you the trouble. I adore the big round plain pans as well. There are definitely plenty of chalky and gritty products, but there are a few silky smooth blushes (like Pink Swoon), and then there is the glorious PIP Beauty Powder from Chen Man! I really miss MAC from the mid 90s as well-- the landing of there EL mothership led to so much product annihilation! Pre-EL were the good old days!

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