NARS Blush – ‘Taos’

Today I’d like to show you my favourite blush of all time – NARS Blush in ‘Taos’.

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The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry’s most iconic shades for cheeks.  Natural, healthy-looking color that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush. Silky texture in matte and shimmering shades. Micronized powder ensures soft, blendable application. Iconic NARS shades. – narscosmetics.com

NARS Blush is a compressed powder blush housed in a rubbery-plastic (yes, very technical I know!) compact casing which seems pretty travel-hardy – I have this blush in my portable make-up bag and it’s held up very well.  ‘Taos’ is a warm dusty rose pink with a hint of shimmer through it. The shimmer particles are very finely-milled so it looks natural on my cheek, even with my super oily skin, and doesn’t make me look like I’m about to star in an 80’s George Michael music video 🙂

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First picture: Swatch  //  Second picture: Blended out with Real Techniques Blush Brush

This blush is super pigmented and one swipe with my blush brush (I use the Real Techniques Blush Brush) is enough to pick up the right amount of product for one cheek. This blush also blends out really well and its staying power is amazing – I can wear this all day and it still gives me a natural flush eight hours later. NARS also suggests blending this blush into the hairline, along the jawbone and the bridge of the nose to give a natural all-over hint of colour.

It comes as no surprise that this blush is multi-award-winning – do you know that it has won Instyle Magazine’s Best Powder Blush Award every year since 2005? That’s 8 years in a row!

The price is on the higher end of the scale if you buy it in Australia (especially when compared to drugstore blushes), however a little goes a long way and one compact would last you ages. I’ve had this blush for over 3 months and as per the above photos, it hardly looks like I’ve touched it at all! I’m looking to pick up another shade when I travel to Singapore next month – I managed to resist temptation on my last Sephora order but the more I use this blush, the more I love it and I’d really like another one in my collection 🙂

Deets: NARS Blush is available in a whopping 28 shades (wow!) complete with risqué names such as ‘Orgasm’ (NARS’ best know shade), ‘Sin’, ‘Deep Throat’ (*giggle*) and ‘Desire’. Single blushes cost $45.00 in-store/online at Mecca Cosmetica (exclusive distributor of NARS in Australia) or much cheaper at US$29.00 through NARS or Sephora; you will need to use a freight forwarder such as PriceUSA to ship from the USA to Australia though.

Have you tried any NARS blushes? What is your favourite blush of all time?

Tracey xx