NARS Aroused Blush Review & Swatches

01/09

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 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.

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.

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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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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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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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