NARS Aroused Blush Review & Swatches

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NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush
NARS Aroused Powder Blush

Aroused

NARS Aroused Powder BlushNARS Aroused Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark berry with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, but the firmer, thinner texture made it easier to pick up less product as it wasn’t powdery, which made pickup more precise.

I found that more rounded blush brushes tended to deposit color more strongly and made blending more challenging–it’s particularly unforgiving if one over-applies pigment. When I used a fan brush, I had a much more even lay down of product that remained blendable for longer, which tends to be my go-tool for deeper and more intense blush hues. It wore well for nine hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.16 oz. - $187.50 Per Ounce

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” NARS' blushes, since they've been released in such a massive range of shades over the years, can vary from shade to shade to some degree. Most shades are pigmented with firmer, slightly stiffer consistencies that can also run on the thinner side, which allows greater control when picking up product but some of the more matte shades could be a bit more blendable or easier to work with.

Some of the more newly-released shades have softer, more yielding textures that are a bit creamier and are easier to blend out, though most of NARS' blushes are fairly blendable. The wear typically ranges from eight to nine hours with a few shades falling above or below this range.

Browse all of our NARS Powder Blush swatches.

Ingredients

TALC • OCTYLDODECYL STEARATE • OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE • ZINC STEARATE • TIN OXIDE • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • PHENOXYETHANOL • [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) • MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742) • MICA • RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410) • RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) • RED 33 LAKE (CI 17200) • RED 34 LAKE (CI 15880) • RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) • TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) • YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140)] •

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Powder Blush
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$30.00/0.16 oz.

88%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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It’s pretty, but too bright for me. I don’t think it could work even using the lightest hand. Also, I’m very turned off by the shade name.

On my medium olive complexion, I believe that this shade would clash and appear clownish on me. These intense cooler toned shades seem to look best on either much lighter or deeper complexions than my own. On those, this would look amazing!

In case anyone wishes to know, this is one of the few new Nars shades that Is online at Ulta. (If you still have your 20 or want to wait for another.). I think the U online choices are the the same ones Christine has reviewed: Behave, Savage, Thrill, and Aroused.

I really like this one and I have some deeper berries and very light berries and nothing quite like this. I am going to check it out when I go to Kalispell next week. If I can apply it without getting too much pigment I think it will be really pretty on my fair skin. I usually don’t have much trouble sheering things out so it is worth a try.

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