Once I decide I like something, and I mean really like something, I tend to go all in. I have a no-holds barred approach when it comes to different makeup brands and NARS is no exception to this obsession. It’s high time, then, that I did a collection post. You know, the one where I show you my NARS blushes.
You’ll see swatches, of course. But you will also learn about the ones I love, the ones I don’t and what I have my eye on next.
L-R: Exhibit A, Taos, Liberte, Taj Mahal
Blush is one of my most favorite items to
buy collect hoard. As NARS is pretty well-known for their blushing beauties, it’s not surprising that I have amassed a nice collection of them.
L-R: Taos, Exhibit A, Liberte, Taj Mahal
Taos was a shade I envied after seeing it in a blog post but I no longer remember the original inspiration. It was a few years ago so I’ll forgive myself. Suffice it to say that it is quite bright, incredibly pigmented and shot through with a fine shimmer. It’s very pretty and can make a great natural flush.
Exhibit A is a shade that you see in the pan, freak out a little and either become obsessed with or completely uninterested in. Let’s say I started out in group A and now find myself in group B. I rarely reach for this shade. It’s not that it isn’t beautiful or totally smooth and densely pigmented (because it is all of those things) it’s just not a shade I find myself wearing daily, weekly or even monthly. It’s nice to have, but not a must for me.
Liberte is another blush I was disappointed with. I did my original review here and my opinion hasn’t changed. If you don’t already have a similar shade, it might be worth looking at. But NARS has another blush- Gilda- that’s very similar and the quality of the formula is better. This is a skip for me.
Taj Mahal like Exhibit A is one of NARS iconic shades. It’s crazy looking in the pan, and no doubt scares away many a prospective purchaser. But on the cheeks it turns into something much more lovely and glowing. It’s also great when mixed with other shades, like I show here. Definitely put this on your list if you haven’t already.
(Above and below) L-R: Mounia, Outlaw, Dolce Vita, Oasis, Sin, Mata Hari, Desire
Mounia was sadly (and inexplicably) discontinued some time ago. It’s a highly pigmented blush. I recommend a very light hand (or the NARS Yachiyo brush- which does amazing things with pigmented blushes). It borders between berry and red and has shimmer. It’s silky smooth. Worth having if you ever see it or if it gets repromoted.
Outlaw actually disappointed me a little. It was a previously discontinued shade that got brought back last year. It’s a nice color- a berry pink with a sheen. It looks nice on the cheeks but it’s not quite as silky smooth as other NARS blushes are. If you love the color, I’ve done a comparison post here showing other blushes that might do a better job.
Dolce Vita is a classic shade that everyone needs to have. I recently did a post on the entire Dolce Vita line from NARS here. I don’t need to say anything further.
Oasis is a blush I don’t hear about as often. It’s a pinky plum shade that is a fresh take on a neutral blush for fall. Truthfully it was my love for the Oasis lipgloss that pushed me to purchase this shade a year or two ago. I still love them both.
Sin is one of NARS most well known shades. It’s a moody plum shade that seems look good on everyone. It has sparkle in the pan but don’t let that scare you. Most of it never appears on cheeks.
Mata Hari is a total under-the-radar shade that you need to know about. It’s one of my most-used blushes from the NARS line and actually a fall staple for me. It’s pigmented but not overly so and it’s matte. It has that smooth formula I’ve come to expect from NARS.
Desire is another must have from the range. It’s bright, but not unwearable. It’s my ideal shade of pink and looks especially great when I’m rocking a tan. No matter the weather or season, I always look more perky when I’ve swept this matte blusher onto my cheeks.
L-R: Amour, Deep Throat, Lovejoy, Gilda, Boys Don’t Cry, Luster, Madly, Douceur
L-R: Boys Don’t Cry, Gilda, Amour, Deep Throat, Lovejoy, Luster, Madly, Douceur
Boys Don’t Cry was a limited edition blush from the Pierre Hardy collection that was released earlier this year. You can see my original review and comparison swatches here. It’s a beautiful and bright shade that NARS should really add to their permanent line. They don’t offer another shade like it! Get it, if you still can.
Gilda was a shade I couldn’t decide on at first. I was torn between it and it’s close relative Gina. Gina is more orange while Gilda has more pink. That’s what ultimately swung my vote. Both of them were silky, smooth and pigmented to perfection. Worth it!
Amour is a shade I had largely overlooked until I saw Christine from Temptalia feature it here and then it was love…or was it Amour. It’s like someone took
all most of the peach out of Gilda and this is what was left. It’s very pretty and easy to use. I’d add this to your list if you’re a pinky coral fan.
Deep Throat is…sigh one of “those” blushes. You know, with the cheeky name that’s meant to be illicit but really just sounds cheap. I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer, but my future sister-in-law and I agree: NARS makes products that we need to “black” out the names on lest prying eyes ever get a hold of it. Despite it’s name, it’s gorgeous. One of the easiest to wear that NARS makes. It’s a peachy pink with a hint of golden shimmer. Try it, and you’ll fall in love.
Lovejoy is a newer one to my collection. Again, inspired by Temptalia in her post here. It’s an ideal transition shade for me. The bronze tones help me hold onto the last bits of my summer tan while the gentle rose tone evokes the chill of the Autumn air on the way. I’m officially calling this my go-to fall blush.
Luster was a shade I got around or at the same time as it’s cousin Madly. Both have a similar brown/nude hue but each of them looks different on me. Luster pulls golden peach and has a fine shimmer shot throughout. It’s beautiful and more a of a summer staple than anything for me.
Madly is my favorite of the two. It isn’t as shimmery as Luster and is much more nude looking. Some find it too muddy, but for me it’s just right. It’s one of my most-reached for blushes of all time….not just of the NARS brand.
Douceur is Madly’s pinker, matte cousin and was my very first NARS blush. It’s lighter on pigmentation and that’s what makes it easy to reach for again and again. It’s the kind of blush you can wear when you don’t know what to use. It’s the perfect makeup wing-man.
I hope you enjoyed this stroll through my NARS blush collection. I know they are releasing some palettes (undecided if I’ll be partaking in those) and new single shades soon- which I’m sure will end up finding a home in my blush drawers. From their permanent line I still have my eye on Torrid. And I really wish they’d repromote Crazed (a gorgeous bright raspberry).
What do you think of NARS blushes? Any must-haves I’ve missed?