NARS Taos Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “desert rose with shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, burnt rose with a subtle golden shimmer/sheen. Illamasqua Allure is more muted, not quite as red. MAC Hidden Treasure is darker. Tom Ford Savage is lighter, less red/more brown. MAC Fleet Fast is lighter, less reddened.

Taos is incredibly pigmented–a little goes a long way–so a light hand and a feathery brush are must-haves if you want a subtle look. It has a soft, silky-smooth, and very finely-milled texture that sits well on the skin and blends out as desired. The delicate gold shimmer, once blended, looked like a satiny, golden sheen that didn’t emphasize pores.  It lasted nine hours well, and I didn’t notice any fading until ten hours, so Taos is one of the longest-wearing blushes I’ve tried from NARS.

NARS Taos Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

Powder Blush
NARS
$30.00/0.16 oz.

88%

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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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I’m biracial (black and white) and this is my everyday blush! it definitely is for darker complexions, and it doesn’t look this strong on me

Thank you for reviewing this! I JUST bought this last weekend and was hoping to see your opinion on it some day. I’m glad you like it! 🙂

Wow! Thank you for sharing that link! I’ve always been on the fence about Taos (I have Taj Mahal and Exhibit A), but this may push me over the edge. I wonder if they’ve done this for other shades. I’d be very interested in seeing those!

I like the color, but I honestly prefer blushes that are a bit easier to work with (doesn’t require a special brush and a super light hand). IMO extreme pigmentation isn’t always a good thing. I’m sure it’s great for darker skin tones, though. Personally I prefer to just use a regular blush brush and pile the blush on, lol.

All the dupes I could think of are listed – I don’t consider price point or anything when I list similar shades. I pull everything I know!

I have this and love it. It’s great on deeper skin tones.

Have you considered maybe including photos featuring heavy (like you have now) and more practical applications? I don’t mean it in a critical way. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t leave your home with blush applied that heavy.

I love it Christine, it looks beautiful on you. I haven’t pay attention to it before, but tomorrow I need to go to sephora, and I am going to check it up.

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This blush would not work for me. I am already quite red in my cheeks. But it does look good. Just hauled stuff from Nars today so not getting anything more for a while now.

I’m right in between NARS Siberia & Deauville, paler than MAC NC15, and Orgasm just doesn’t show up; unless you’re super pale, I wouldn’t pick it up.

Maybe you got a defective product? I know my Benefit Hervana didn’t show up at all, I used my sisters one and it was beautiful, so I had gotten a defective product. 🙁

It could be my specific tone; while I’m very neutral, I do have some slight pinkness in my cheeks, so perhaps it’s just blending in. It swatches very well on my arm, and even after trying several different brushes, I can’t get it to work on my face. I have a duo (with Laguna, which is great), and Orgasm has a nice sheen that works well over other blushes (I like it over Zen), so I’m planning to keep it.

This is one of my go-to blushes for summer; I pretty much wear it every time I go out at night during the warmer months. This is such a gorgeous coral-rose. It’s definitely a great color for darker complexions, but I don’t think lighter complected people should automatically rule it out. I’m barely darker than NC20, but this color is fabulous on me, not too much at all. Christine, I think it might be helpful in blush reviews to note that you generally build the color up for the review photo.

I am far too pale & beige for this one, and I would look like I spent way too much time in the sun. It’s a beautiful shade, on the right skintone.

This color is beautiful! I have Dolce Vita from Nars even though I have light skin and I love it (applied with a very light hand). How the two compare? I was thinking about getting it. Thank you!

I have this one and LOVE it! I’m a medium skin tone and this is a great color for the fall on me as my tan is fading. It’s so pretty and long wearing! One of the best ever from NARS!

I love this blush! To apply it, I use the Sephora #55 airbrush and touch it to the surface of the blush once then tap and blend into the skin (repeat on other cheek). I love the warm glow it gives my cheeks, it really compliments my medium olive skin!

OMG this blush is gorgeous!!! I am afraid of it though since I am a lot fairer than you are Christine! It looks amazing on you but perhaps it would work with my complexion will have to swatch it in sephora next time I am in!

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