Thursday, March 21st, 2013

NARS Silvana Blush
NARS Silvana Blush

NARS Silvana Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “natural peach terracotta.” It’s a medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a pearly finish. NARS Madly is a touch browner, less warm-toned. MAC Lush-Light Bronze is browner and more matte. MAC The Soft Meow is browner, less warm-toned. MAC Other Worldly is more shimmery and orange.

It has good color payoff, though I’d say it’s less intense compared to some other famous (infamous?) NARS blushes by just a notch–so you won’t have to fear over-applying the color or having to use a light hand with a stippling brush. The texture is soft, finely-milled but not powdery, so it applies smoothly and evenly on the skin without looking powdery or heavy. Silvana wore well for eight hours, and after nine, there was some noticeable fading. It blends out readily, and for light-medium and darker complexions, a very easy-to-wear, hard-to-overdo kind of color. On my medium complexion, it adds warmth and a touch of color but nothing too much or obvious.

I like brown-based blushes for any look that I’m not sure about a blush color for, because they add some definition and dimension without adding too much color. It has a light shimmer, so the finish is somewhat luminous but not shimmery or frosty; it didn’t emphasize pores or any underlying imperfections of the skin.

The Glossover



I like brown-based blushes for any look that I'm not sure about a blush color for, because they add some definition and dimension without adding too much color.











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NARS Silvana Blush
NARS Silvana Blush

NARS Silvana Blush
NARS Silvana Blush

NARS Silvana Blush
NARS Silvana Blush

NARS Silvana Blush
NARS Silvana Blush

NARS Silvana Blush
NARS Silvana Blush

NARS Silvana Blush
NARS Silvana Blush

NARS Silvana Blush
NARS Silvana Blush

NARS Silvana Blush
NARS Silvana Blush

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?, NARS, $29.00.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

NARS Madly is a touch browner, less warm-toned. MAC Lush-Light Bronze is browner and more matte. MAC The Soft Meow is browner, less warm-toned. MAC Other Worldly is more shimmery and orange.

What makeup are you wearing?

On lips: Tom Ford Frolic.

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115 thoughts on “NARS Silvana Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Really pretty!! Love NARS blushes :)

  2. Beautiful colour! The brown undertones make it look different to most other peachy blushes.

  3. PJ

    Hi Christine,

    I have fair-medium skin with yellow undertones. Do you think I can use this as a contour/bronzing powder. I feel like most bronzers look too dark or too orange on my skin.


  4. May I ask why you are often not wearing eye makeup in pictures recently, Christine? Is it a reason like allergies or you just don’t feel like it?

  5. reena

    looks amazing on you! great natural glowy look!

  6. reena

    Christine, which blush would you say lasts the longest? tarte blushes? please recommend, as i cant seem to find a blush that lasts longer than 2 or 3 hrs!

    • Tom Ford’s blushes last a really long time on me; Guerlain’s do pretty well. Le Metier de Beaute’s are also nice! Tarte’s are about 8-9 hours on me (which is better than average) – not the full 12 though.

  7. reena

    Do cream blushes generally last longer than powder blushes?

  8. Looks good, you look very fresh-faced in the pictures. I don’t tend to reach for brownish blushes myself. I always go for pinks, corals and peaches. But maybe I should get myself a brownish one.

  9. This is one of those colours I personally completely steer clear of, but of course, what does not look good on you, Christine? 😀 My go to brown don’t know what blush to wear is MAC for Gareth Pugh Strada which is great for light cool or neutral skintones.

  10. Wilcoa

    I have been slowly integrating more NARS into my collection because I love the quality of the products and simple aesthetics of the packaging. I usually use bronzer daily, but can sometimes find it too harsh on my very pale skin. This blush would be a great replacement for that. Thanks for reviewing this product! 😀

  11. Neha

    Thanks Christine for the review, looks like you have been reading my mind..first for Maybelline Shocking Coral, and now NARS Silvana. Its looking so perfect on your skin!

  12. t_zwiggy

    I didn’t expect to like this, but it looks surprisingly good both on your cheeks and arm swatches. This might be my next NARS blush.

  13. YH

    How does it compare to coppetone by MAC?

  14. That looks lovely on you Christine! I don’t think it would suit my fair skin…

  15. Tigerlily

    It looks so natural and gorgeous on you, Christine! A perfect match.

  16. Swatched Nails

    This looks like the perfect blush to blend with a Bronzer. I may have to test this beauty out!

  17. Lily

    LOVE Nars blushes, they are my favorite. They go on like a dream!

  18. Katie

    This is a lovely colour, perfect compliment to red lipsticks. But every time I have something applied at the NARS counter my skin breaks out.

  19. Precious

    And here comes another. Haha! I have to check Silvana out this weekend. 😀

  20. Natasha

    Love this! I like to look at your photos first because your skin tone is similar to mine (I think I’m slightly lighter). I thought the color would wash you out but it gives a lot of subtle dimension. Pretty!

  21. amber j

    That looks really pretty! I need something that color. Very natural looking. Do you know if they will ever have this at Nordstrom or Sephora?

  22. furandlace

    I really appreciate the little to no eye makeup you’ve been doing lately for some of your face swatches that don’t (obviously) involve eye shadows lol. It allows the blush or lipstick to remain the focal point of the review which is how it should be in my opinion.

    OT: I am wondering if you can recommend a good liquid eye liner? I am interested in getting one that’s good value for the money (so I used your price comparison pdf for that) but I also don’t want any of those formulas that ‘flake’ off like MAC Superslick, for example. Can you think of one off the top of your head that doesn’t have a flaky formula? Thanks in advance!

    • What about Milani’s Infinite? Those are just liquid, and they’re reminiscent of MAC’s Liquidlast liners (which were amazing). Pre-flake formulas!

      • furandlace

        Thanks, Christine. We don’t have a full selection of Milani where I live in Canada but I’ll keep it in mind the next time I go across the border shopping.

  23. Silvana

    I looove this blush and i think that is perfect for me, because my name is Silvana XD
    I visit your blog everyday! I follow you from Italy! Have a nice day! :)

  24. Rafaela

    This looks lovely on you! I have to thank you for doing the reviews of NARS blushes, It is so helpful! I cant wait to see your impressions on Taos, I bought it a couple of months ago and I really like it, although I have to be careful to not over do it. For a more neutral look I use either Douceur or Luster, but this is a very nice option!

  25. wow, that’s a beautiful shade! Will go well with a no-makeup look I’ll go buy this next time.

  26. MakeupTray

    Hi, I am very pale. Will it work on my skintone?

  27. n.

    Does NARS have any “true peach” blushes? This seems like maybe it would be the closest to a true peach… but I guess a “true peach” would be subjective.

  28. Liz

    definitely love the lip colour. Looks great on natural look. The blush seems a little bit like bronzer to me…but you never know, untill u have tested it on yourself :)

  29. Elle

    This color looks great on you! How do you think it compares to MAC Cream Soda from the Archie’s Girls line?

  30. Roxanne

    This is exactly the colour of blush I’ve been dying to get!! Not sure I can handle the pricetag though. Maybe it will be a “Happy you survived 5 years of university” gift for myself LOL

  31. Miss J

    This one looks really healthy on you; I like it! Now, we know I adore NARS blushes, but I just can’t get myself into this one. I do plan on adding to my collection soon, though! It’s been a minute since I’ve bought a new NARS blush, lol.

  32. vicky kemerli

    How do you compare it to Korres Natural???

  33. Lydia

    I normally gravitate towards bright blushes, but this one really calls out to be for some reason. I think it would look great in the summer for an all over bronzed look.

  34. Jackie McDermott

    This looks gorgeous! How does it compare to Luster by Nars?

  35. Faith

    How does this compare to NARS’ Luster? This looks amazing on you btw! :)

  36. ra

    I tried about 7 Nars blushes, they just don’t make me more beautiful in my opinion :-) So we separated ways.

  37. Yolanda

    How does this compare to MAC’s Trace Gold?

  38. Veronica

    Too orange and brown for me. :) It’s the one type of blush that doesn’t work for my skin tone – too much like bronzer! But this is very nice on you. I could see it working very well on medium to medium-dark skin tones.

  39. I actually haven’t ever heard of this shade but it looks nice on you–definitely adds that glow!! :)

  40. abigailod

    Liking it on you Christine! =)

    So I have NARS Madly and Casino, is Silvana different enough from these two?

    Do you think this would wear okay with the Casino bronzer?

  41. Liz

    Bobbi Brown Almond should also be a good dupe, except it’s more matte. It’s a pretty blush.

  42. Emily

    I think it looks beautiful on you! I have to return a Becca concealer at Sephora tomorrow and I think I am going to pick Silvanna up.

  43. xamyx

    This is one I was most curious about, but I think it may be a tad too warm for me. It seems very pigmented for a lighter shade, though.

  44. Sabrina

    Looks very pretty on you, I’m tempted to get it and see how it works on my pale skin as a bronzer!

  45. I love this one! It’s my go-to for contour or natural color these days, since I feel slightly more confident about contouring.

  46. I love this. I think it’s maybe a touch oranger than I’d like, but otherwise I’d purchase it immediately.

  47. This is really lovely! I could totally get away with using this as a bronzer. It gives you the perfect sun kissed look Christine! Definitely gorgeous.

  48. Floz

    Thanks for a very helpful review as always!! I’d been thinking of buying this but wasn’t sure, as I normally buy Luster, but this actually looks like exactly what I’m after at the moment 😀

    Think I’ll buy it with the Light Reflecting Powder… Thanks for your review of that too! xx

  49. This is so pretty! I love Douceur for a defined but mostly neutral cheek, although it has hints of plum on my skin tone; this looks like it could become the peach-toned version in my makeup collection! This has definitely landed on my “want” list!

  50. Kit

    Hi, Christine, great review! I’m an Asian (NC20), do u think this would work as a bronzer on me?

  51. I’m intrigued. I hope it looks good in person as it does on your photos.

  52. This looks really lovely. I’m very very fair and warm toned and I’m thinking this may work well as a contouring powder – most products are too cool toned or orangey and leave my face looking a bit grubby!

  53. Natasha

    Christine, in terms of color how does Silvana compare to MAC’s Sunbasque?

  54. cristina

    ahhh i love the way this looks on you! i really like warm peach tones for spring/summer. they bring so much life back to the face and i think can be worn alone with a swipe of mascara for a natural, fresh face look. i totally have to get this blush! its just too perfect!

  55. Angelika

    Hi Christine! I have a NARS blush in Gina and was wondering if that one was similar in color to Silvana? I am looking for a new brown based blush but am not sure if it looks too much like Gina. Thanks!