NARS Exhibit A Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Exhibit A Blush
NARS Exhibit A Blush

Baby, I Think My Cheeks are on Fire!

NARS Exhibit A Blush ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a fiery orange that’s as pigmented as it looks in the pan.  It is an intimidating shade to be sure, because it does go on something FIERCE! even when you are careful.  Exhibit A has a matte finish, so it won’t accentuate fine lines or pores, and it can easily be buffed and blended onto skin so it looks natural and not quite so obviously orange.

When I wore this the other day, I used MAC’s 184 Brush, because it gave me the ability to really apply it subtly and softly against the angle of my cheek.  The width of the brush allowed me to deposit the initial burst of color onto the majority of my cheek, and then I could feather it out with soft strokes.

It doesn’t pull too red, and it certainly doesn’t pull yellow, which makes it wearable regardless of your undertones.  I particularly love this blush on our darker skinned beauties (plus, it shows intensely even on darker skin tones).  Don’t let this blush scare you — it can be worn and worn without fear.  Just be sure to have your buffing brush and some loose setting powder on hand to blend and diffuse it!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Whether you want a subtle touch of orange or a heart stopping shade of fiery orange on your cheeks, Exhibit A is capable of both.

AVAILABILITY: NARS, Nordstrom, Sephora

NARS Exhibit A Blush
NARS Exhibit A Blush

NARS Exhibit A Blush
NARS Exhibit A Blush

NARS Exhibit A Blush
NARS Exhibit A Blush

NARS Exhibit A Blush
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NARS Exhibit A Blush
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NARS Exhibit A Blush
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NARS Exhibit A Blush
Wearing NARS Exhibit A Blush (lightly) with theBalm Mary Lou Manizer on cheekbones

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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).

Learn more about her review process here.

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oh lord! i’m as light as a skintone can get so i’ll pass! but i can imagine on darker skintones it would make an amazing statement cheek! its nice to see something different in a blush anyway.

Oh wow…it looks amazing on you!!!

I have this blush and it’s amazing! And since it’s so pigmented, it will last probably forever lol I find myself having to dip the brush in the pan once, tap off excess, dab on the back of my hand to get rid of extra extra color, then applying to cheeks it gives a beautiful glow

This is one of Nars’ many “Don’t let the color intimidate you!” products =) and one of the best!

Why produce a color like this when you’ll have to “be careful” about how much to apply? Would there ever be a time when this can be applied like any other NARS color?

I’ve found you have to be light handed with a lot of NARS blushes, actually – so it kind of feels like normal NARS blush application to me. Just depends on what kind of look you’re going for 🙂

Thanks for photographing yourself with this blush because it does look extremely wearable and I never would’ve given it a second thought until reading your review. Is it possible to have too much blush? I hope not, ’cause I’d be in trouble =)

Off topic but being the antithesis of a morning person, I would like to thank you, Christine, for getting up so early every day to post stuff on here! You’re even one time zone ahead of me and I’m always so happy to have something to read before work! You’re awesome 🙂

HMMM this color looks a like mac’s orange alarm cream color base! and i LOVE orange you know how compoarable these two colors are?

I always use the Japonesque equivalent of the Nars Yachiyo brush to apply these super pigmented Nars blushes. It keeps application light and is the BEST brush for cream blushes. It’s also half the price of the Nars one, but still very soft- the Nars one is waaay prettier, though. I’m able to use even “Exhibit A” on my super pale practically translucent skin.

Mother may I have 10 please? I want this blush so bad. I am sure it will look amazing on my NW45 skin. I have Taj Mahal and that is beautiful. This matte shade is a must-have for me!

Wow, wow, wow. Now that is a blush! I’d love to have it or a lighter version of that orange. So much fun. I suppose it would last until the end of time, being that pimented and all. Great review, thanks!

Is it just me? When worn that lightly I don’t think it looks that different from a typical coral blush. *shrug* I’ll pass. I don’t think I could put it on lightly enough to make it look good on my NC25 skin!

=) I ordered this the day you posted your coupon NARS code and I’m super excited about receiving it! And you’re right, it does look good on various skin tones.

Ohhh, Exhibit A! We sold NARS at the Bath & Body Works I used to work at, and I don’t think we ever had a customer who wanted to try to pull it off. They took one look at the tester and went straight for Orgasm instead.

I have Taj mahal and I love it, with a very light hand.
I am a NW20 and was wondering how this will look on my skin? Is it more intense than Taj mahal or are they equally pigmented?
Thank you

I’d say it’s a lil’ more pigmented than Taj Mahal, but the color itself is stronger, so it could just be that, too. I think it would work 🙂

It looks gorgeous on you. Exhibit A has the same “problem” as Crazed which, if I use more than a touch, gives me that crazed look. Cheeks on fire look far better with the right eye makeup, etc. that you do so well.

Never been a fan of a strong cheek look. Seems like your other color choices would need to be toned down. Would rather do something on the eyes for that. I only put blush on my apples so this would probably make me look like I’m hot! Literally! Cheers for the gutsy who can pull this off!

I’m somewhere between a NW15 and NW20 and I do own this blush. I rarely reach for it because it scares me but when I do work up the nerve to wear it, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

The free lipgloss code finally convinced me to order some new Nars stuff! I picked up Desire blush, Niagara lipstick, Orgasm nailpolish, and the I Want You Lipgloss Coffret.

That is quite the blush but I am liking it! I may have to stop in at Sephora to see what I can do with it. I like how you manage to make it look natural–as natural as that color can be. 🙂

I wouldn’t go anywhere near this blush with a 10 foot pole! However, I have a couple darker skinned beauty friends that would look AMAZING in this shade. I love make up!

Wow. How do you pull it off?! Thats such an intense pretty orange I really want that color in nail polish form, i cant imagine wearing it any other way

Hey Christine, these cheek colors look great on you! Your lip color is also gorgeous — what is it!? I want the lip color and the blush now!

wow, that blush looks gorgeous on you! I’m definitely gonna check it out next time I go to Sephora, although I doubt my student budget will allow me to buy it 😛

This blush looks great on you, Christine!

I have often swatched it on myself when in Sephora but never purchased it b/c I’m uber pale.

Wow! That is some blush! Very dramatic for like, a fashion show or something. Reminds me of my cockatiel’s red spots on his cheeks. RIP Angel! 🙂

I tried this colout today. I looked awful,(NC40). When the SA asked mr to look in the mirror. I was horrified! I’m a huge Nars fan, will not be adding this ot Taj Mahal to my blush collection….

As soon as I saw Exhibit A on Sephora, I had to have it. I have fair skin, and usually wear peachy toned blushes, and sheer red lips. I applied this red blush VERY lightly to my cheeks- a single *pop* with my brush onto the palette. I blended it well with a clean brush, and it came out a pretty, bright reddish/peachy/orangy/REAL looking “flush”. I looked like I had been running. The best part is I doubt I will ever have to buy blush again…this will last for years, as little as you need to use. Wow! Go Nars!!! Torrid is awesome for fair skins too…if you use a similar technique.

Wow!!! This looks beautiful on you. I’d never try it just seeing it in the pot, but now that I’ve seen it on you, I may have to give it a try. Gorgeous. You should wear this all the time!

My fav blush by far for spring!! When i saw this i asked the lady at sephora to try it on me and she was so scared! I was like…do it, she wanted to purchase it herself afterwards. IT LOOKS AMAZING ON and i am quite fair..this is a MUST have…wearing it today…mega hawt!

I adore this blush and I’m pretty pale (turn lobster red when I burn, legs are a hazard to motorists during the summer due to their blinding whiteness -pale). I actually originally bought it to use as a eyeshadow color (a la Carolina Herrara and Thakoon last year plus the movie lady vengeance,) and it works really well for that as well.

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