NARS Intensely Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, light-medium orange with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was a lot more yellow based compared to most orange blushes on the market.
It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage by patting a touch more on top. The blush had a soft, silky texture that was a bit thin but not dusty in the pan. I had no trouble applying or blending out the powder on my cheeks, but I noticed that the color looked a bit less matte applied as it seemed to absorb some of my skin’s natural oils. On me, the color started to fade slightly after eight hours of wear.
- Guerlain Orange Blush (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).
- Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar).
- Viseart Orange #1 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Lunar Has It (P, $7.00) is cooler (85% similar).
- Flower Beauty Nectar (P, $9.99) is more muted, cooler (85% similar).
- MAC Sunny Side (LE, $34.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar).
- MAC Melon Pink (Top) (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, more muted (80% similar).
- Colour Pop Underclassman (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar).
- Colour Pop 2 Cool 4 School (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar).
$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.