Category:Makeup > Blushes
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Blush is definitely one of the star attractions of this line and it’s easy to see why. These have a splendid texture and apply beautifully with a sheer initial application that builds to any depth of color you want.

The shade range is extensive, and most of the colors have strong pigment (a plus for women with dark skin). There are several beautiful shades to choose from, some of which are on the shiny side which doesn't always work for daytime makeup, but can look great for a sultry evening look.

Talc, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Cetyl Acetate, Stearoxy Dimethicone, Isopropyl Lanolate, Propylparaben, Triclosan, Methylparaben, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Bha; May Contain: Mica, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Ci 73360 (Red 30 Lake), Ci 15880 (Red 34 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake).

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

NARS At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.

Weaknesses:Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.

Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.

Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths—it reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If you’re a fan of bold colors, you’ll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.

Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you don’t mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.

For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.

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Wow, I don't know how Nars does it but Orgasm seems like a winner for just about every skin shade! It is actually slightly pink for me, so I tend to use it for a more dramatic look (especially evenings). It's quite sparkly, so if matte blushes are your thing beware. That said, I don't find it overly glittery or silly looking; I have 30s combination skin that is extremely sensitive. This may seem pricy, but is a good value for the money. More, more, more!

Reviewed by
caitlin d.
Nars Orgasm

I've been using Nars orgasm for years and will continue. It is the best blush and this comes from a blush junkie. I used to have 20 different shade is my arsenal. Now I just have Nars. The blush lasts me for at least a year. (I know they expire...I don't care) So it doesn't seems as pricey if you're only buying blush once a year.

Reviewed by
Sarah M
So good

These blusher's definitely are worth the price. I bought lustre and (obviously) orgasm and they are incredible. They last all day and paired with albatross they are amazing. I have worn lustre for two days now and being very pale, they had brightened up my complexion. They also don't make me look too 'caked' in blusher compared to my pale skin.

Reviewed by
Hayley S
Basically, perfect

I'm another Orgasm girl. I say this with no love for the branding (ugh) and after resisting it for years... why go NARS when Clinique threw blush in all my palettes for free? And who can justify $30 on a pinch of pink? Well, I can now. This blush is phenomenal - light, blendable, buildable, perfect for day or night. I use only a touch of it with either a brush or my fingers, and I never worry that I'll have weird blush lines or look like my blush is painted on.

Reviewed by
Elise L.
Nars Orgasm Blush

I am a 56 year old with fair, dry skin, and I love Nars Blush. I bought it in Orgasm, and the color just gives my skin enough kick to look healthy without being overwhelming. It goes on smoothly and has a great texture. It's my forever blush!

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