Friday, February 15th, 2013

NARS Mata Hari Blush
NARS Mata Hari Blush

NARS Mata Hari Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “rose petal pink.” It’s a medium-dark raspberry pink with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. MAC Prom Princess is a touch less pink, more plum, resulting in a more muted color. shu uemura Smoky is less cool-toned. Tom Ford Narcissist is bolder and cooler-toned. MAC Supernova is redder.

This blush has really intense pigmentation, so on fairer complexions: a little goes a long way; and on deeper complexions: you’ll have no problem getting this to show up. It had a soft, finely-milled texture that made it easier to blend out the color, which is absolutely critical when you have a shade this pigmented. There was some excess powder that kicked up when I touched the brush to the blush, but I didn’t see that translate to powderiness on the skin.  Mata Hari wore for eight hours well on me, and by the ninth hour, there was some noticeable fading.

The Glossover

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Mata Hari has fantastic color payoff and a soft, blendable texture that works well on the skin. It wears for about eight hours well, but it is still visible after another hour.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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NARS Mata Hari Blush
NARS Mata Hari Blush

NARS Mata Hari Blush
NARS Mata Hari Blush

NARS Mata Hari Blush
NARS Mata Hari Blush

NARS Mata Hari Blush
NARS Mata Hari Blush

NARS Mata Hari Blush
NARS Mata Hari Blush

NARS Mata Hari Blush
NARS Mata Hari Blush

NARS Mata Hari Blush
NARS Mata Hari Blush

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $29.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

MAC Prom Princess is a touch less pink, more plum, resulting in a more muted color. shu uemura Smoky is less cool-toned. Tom Ford Narcissist is bolder and cooler-toned. MAC Supernova is redder.

What makeup are you wearing?

On cheeks: NARS Mata Hari (left); NARS Miss Liberty (right). On lips: Benefit Fauxmance.

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46 thoughts on “NARS Mata Hari Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Jigisha

    Oh nice. I’m mac nc 42-45 I’m sure I can pull this one off coz no blushes show up on my skin.. Of course Taj Mahal is an exception…it’s the best best blush for dark skin

    • Avatar of Lisa Lee

      It must be your technique or brushes because Im an NW45 and I have NARS Lovejoy, Dolce Vita, Lokum, Luster, torrid and of couse Taj Mahsl they all show up on me. I have about 20 blushes between NARS, La Femme, Black Radiance, and even Wet & Wild and every single one I own shows up on me. Actually, so much so it’s easy to over do it & look like a clown.

  2. Nese

    Wow, okay, in the pan I was like “pass” but the swatch… gorgeous! I will have to test this one out.

  3. rowan

    i use this all the time but it shows a really cool rose on my pale skin, but it looks pretty warm/almost coral on you. just shows how much skin tone can alter makeup!

  4. Avatar of Fitrah Fitrah

    Yay for the return of permanent NARS blush reviews! Can’t wait for Taos :)

  5. I like this colour, if I’m ever going to buy another Nars blush it will probably be this one.

  6. Danielle

    Beautiful. I’ve bee eying this for months.. so now I think I may have to get it!

  7. How does this compare to MAC’s Coygirl? I’ve been looking for a good dupe since it got DQ’d last year, but in your swatch, Mata Hari doesn’t look as bluish as I thought. I always thought it had those noticeably purple undertones like Coygirl does.

  8. Agh! I’m now lemming for Nars. It’s down to this or Dolce Vita. I think I’ll grab this later though, since it’s permanent as well, and I need something more “dusky rose” at the minute!

  9. In the pan, I thought it might be similar to ELF studio fuschia (I think there’s another word in the name, can’t remember), but it’s actually much deeper than I expected once swatched. Very pretty, fresh, versatile tone. I can imagine it being flattering on many people.

  10. wow lovely color … I recently got lot of blushes from MAC and tarte

  11. Natalie

    How does this compare to Gaiety? I have that already and don’t want to get this if its too close!

  12. I’m wearing this Today! I’m an NC15 & with the right amount of blending Mata Hari looks amazing on me.

  13. Avatar of Rachel Rachel

    This is a beautiful color but I find really pigmented blushes annoying to deal with. It seems like it takes extra time to get the application even and blended.

  14. Avatar of Melissa Melissa

    Thank you so much for this review!!!!

  15. I LOOOOVEEEE this color, it is my go-to color definitely! Wears well can be paired with a simple cat eye or bold smokey eye.

  16. Lydia

    Mata Hari means Sun in Malay, my second language I speak at home. Love how NARS names their products! And I love this colour!

  17. Avatar of aykhan akhan

    I picked this up in the last Sephora sale, and it’s been in regular rotation since then. It’s a great winter pick-me-up colour.

  18. This is soooo pretty! I love how it looks on you!

  19. i had no idea mata hari would show up on my complexion, i always looked past it but now i’m intrigued, thanks for the review!

  20. Avatar of Michelle Michelle

    Hi Christine- I love bright, pink blushes and NARS, but I worry about this on my NW 15 skin. Gaiety looks great on me, but Dolce Vita is a little too red. Do you think this will work for me? I’d love to have it. Thanks so much for another great review!

  21. Megan

    I’m pretty sure you just read my mind. I was just looking at this color on the sephora website wondering what a swatch would look like.

  22. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    I really like this. I may have to get it *g*

  23. I think it looks really nice on you. :)

  24. Avatar of Adriana Chanterais

    Mata Hari is my all-time favourite blush. God, it’s so good! The pigmentation is incredibly intense, but it blends so smoothly that even when I get a little over-zealous with the application, it’s not a problem. It’s interesting to see that on Christine’s golden-olive skin, it looks quite warm, but on my NW15 skin, it goes on as a definite neutral-to-cool rose. And it’s got enough depth that I bet it would be absolutely gorgeous on women with darker skintones, too. It’s quite matte, and plays really nicely with every foundation I’ve tried it with (or indeed with no foundation at all). It’s just damn pretty.

    • JADE

      I know I just posted above! I am NW10- Do you think it could work or would it be too light?

      • Avatar of Adriana Chanterais

        It’d be absolutely perfect on you, Jade! As you said above, it’s ideal for that sweet, rose-cheeked Snow White look. The one bit of extra advice that I’d give to pale-skinned folks is to make sure you have a buffing brush on hand (it doesn’t have to be a fancy kabuki one, just a cleanish face brush of some kind) to soften the edges a little after applying. It’ll be beautiful on you!

  25. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer

    How do you think this blush would look on nc15 skin?

  26. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    I swatch this quite often when I hit a NARS counter. I might actually give in one of these days and get it because it is such a gorgeous color. The only thing that’s stopped me is because of how pigmented it is. Seems easy to overdo on my fair skin. :P

  27. Avatar of Erica Erica

    I am NC 55 and I’m thinking I could seriously wear this bright pink especially since it seems to be matte. I tried the new (and darker) Seduction blush on my cheeks today. I swiped my MAC ambering rose next to it, not much of a difference (lol). Seduction is very pretty, but this color seems more vibrant.

  28. JADE

    Looks Lovely! Has anyone with extra pale skin tried this out!? I am MAC NW10 and have read online that this is a beautiful blush for pale girls. Apparently if snow white were to have a blush- this could very well be it. Any opinions anyone cause It looks BEAUTIFUL above!

  29. Joyce

    Its very interesting to me how skin colour can change how makeup looks. This is my fav blush but it looks a lot cooler on my nw20 skin and black hair.

  30. How does it compare to Tarte’s “Flush”? They look really similar…

  31. Faith

    This looks AMAZING on you, Christine!

  32. mdmeileen

    This is my first Nars blush and I’m NC 30. It really is very pigmented! Only a dab of brush on the pan goes a long way! It gives you this natural flush! Sadly enough, it’s an underdog product which is kind of lame because it is realy good.

  33. I love Mata Hari! It’s one of my favorite NARS blushes of all time!!