NARS Silent Nude Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Silent Nude Blush
NARS Silent Nude Blush

NARS Silent Nude Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Guerlain Clair / Brunettes (01) (P, $53.00) is more orange. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is pinker, darker. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is more orange, brighter. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is similar. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is pinker, peachier. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

You are being warned… the powder blushes in this collection represent a new formula. If you gasped, so did I as I was so surprised to see the words “new formula” in my email from NARS that I double-checked to confirm. The new formula is described as a “soft, silky texture with sheer, buildable matte color.” The texture is noticeably thinner and more powdery than most of the NARS blushes I’ve tried in the past while the powder seems to be pressed more firmly into the pan. It had semi-opaque color coverage at best, but it tended to apply semi-sheer. This is a shade best suited for light-medium and fairer skin tones, as it barely shows up on my medium skin. It applied evenly and didn’t look powdery or dry on my skin, though it might not be the case if you have dry patches on cheeks (my swatching arm is a bit drier and it caught a bit on the driest area). On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

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NARS Silent Nude Blush
NARS Silent Nude Blush

NARS Silent Nude Blush
NARS Silent Nude Blush

NARS Silent Nude Blush
NARS Silent Nude Blush

NARS Silent Nude Blush
NARS Silent Nude Blush

NARS Silent Nude Blush
NARS Silent Nude Blush

NARS Silent Nude Blush
NARS Silent Nude Blush

NARS Silent Nude Blush
NARS Silent Nude Blush

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • NARS Outer Limits
  • Parallel Universe Eyeshadows
  • Sephora My Boyfriend's Jeans Eyeliner
On lips:
  • NARS Nucleus Lipgloss

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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I was SO surprised when I saw the word “new,” LOL! I was like, “What??! Don’t mess with your cult product!”

That’s *exactly* how I felt withe MUFE eyeshadows, LOL! If it ain’t broke, don’t “fix” it… Of course, many brands do this, typically to make manufacturing more cost efficient (tarte, LORAC), while others try to “keep up” with other brands (LancΓ΄me, Estee Lauder).

No kidding! “Don’t mess with what’s not broken”! Geez, I hope Nars doesn’t self-destruct. I am not sure if these are cost-cutting efforts or what. i just don’t get it. Nars summer collections have always been something I have looked forward too. I was really excited to see this. But the reviews totally changed it. The last several collections seem to have been not so great.

Another poor grade. What’s wrong with NARS? I think the quality of the collection is quite awful even if colors are beautiful.

Sometimes I wonder how much attention is paid to performance (and/or performance relative to what they say about their products) vs. the concept itself – how colors and textures look in the pans.

Hi WWendy, sorry to intrude. Quick question: I know you seem to be well versed on skin care. i am in a bit of a transition period-trying to find an anti-aging regimine that is going to help my dry skin with some fine lines and mild sun damage. My derm has me trying retin-a again. I am trying to find a combination that will suit me. I hav

..Not sure what happened..it sent before I finished(not so quick,lol) sorry! Anyway, any ideas for a good , emollient moisturizer for dry skin. But that works well under makeup. I also am looking for an SPF product that is not super shiny or so mattte it cracks. I currently use Omorovicza’s Gold Rescue cream Am and PM (yep it is thick) over an oil. I have a lot of facial oils too. Can;t seem to find the perfect one. I just ordered the tarte maracuja one. Thinking abut trying Juno by Sunday Riley. For SS, I have many too-from mineral to physical.I had noticed in one post, you seemed to be pretty in the skin care area in and thought you may be able to point me in a direction to research. If not, that’s okay too! Thanks! Have a great weekend!

This “new” formula doesn’t sound like it’s an improvement. From the swatch it looks like it clings to dry patches on cheeks. I thought this was a face powder when I first saw the swatch – if you’re very fair skinned, I think you can just save some money, buy a drugstore powder that’s a few shades darker and get the same effect.

It’s definitely not up to quality level of their average blush, so I hope it is just a new, additional formula and not a replacement of the existing range (I don’t think it will be, since those are marketed as pigmented, and it’s odd to replace with a completely sheer formula!).

Passing..looks almost like face powder for me. I think Nars had a pretty good blush formula. why in the world would they reformulate the one thing that was working for them?

My guess is that this is in-addition-to vs. replacing, since their current range is very pigmented that perhaps they wanted to put out sheerer options as well. That being said, it wasn’t a great formula!

Formula change?! Please tell me Nars didn’t “fix” what wasn’t broken. I won’t be trying this blush because it would be pointless on my skin tone, but this doesn’t sound like good news.

I’m hoping it is merely an add-on vs. replacing, since it would totally run counter to the reputation they’ve built up for pigmented blush. Plus, they probably would have said reformulation vs. new formula (and this is LE).

I knew something was very different with my most recent orgasm purchase! It was so dry and stiff that I brought it back. it was horrendous!

That’s weird! They said “new formula,” but it didn’t seem like a replacement (since it’s very different sheer vs. pigmented!).

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