NARS Unlawful Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Unlawful Blush
NARS Unlawful Blush

NARS Unlawful Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as an “amber pink with silver pearls.” It’s a muted, rosy-brown with warm undertones and silver shimmer and slight silver sparkle. Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, cream. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is darker, slightly warmer. Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, sheerer, cream. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is browner. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is browner, darker. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, slightly rosier. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Peachtwist (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new (and permanent!) shade from NARS’ upcoming fall collection (launches online on July 15th). The powder felt soft, finely-milled, and fairly smooth when applied. It had good color payoff, but it builds nicely to true-to-pan coverage if desired. Initially, there seemed to be soft, silver sparkle strewn through the powder (not too much but noticeable), but applied, I really didn’t see any bits of sparkle whatsoever. The resulting finish was quite subtle–a soft, lightly luminous finish that didn’t emphasize pores. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading.

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NARS Unlawful Blush
NARS Unlawful Blush

NARS Unlawful Blush
NARS Unlawful Blush

NARS Unlawful Blush
NARS Unlawful Blush

NARS Unlawful Blush
NARS Unlawful Blush

NARS Unlawful Blush
NARS Unlawful Blush

NARS Unlawful Blush
NARS Unlawful Blush

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder
On lips:
  • NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple

About the 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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This looks beautiful, but I have several of the products mentioned as dupes, so I’ll be skipping this! Thanks Christine!

I wish I could have gotten Sea Me Hear Me. Though pretty, this one doesn’t drive me nuts. I have enough peachy blushes, and also Im moving away from powder.

I’m glad this is permanent! I don’t have to rush out and grab it which is such a plus right now. I can’t handle all of these new collections lol

Pretty in the pan . How pretty once on ….not really sure. That Barely Pink dupe from Maybelline looks really pretty in the swatch too!

And also..i dont see any face pic in this post Christine ( although your makeup is listed at the bottom and it sounds very pretty:) )

Maybelline’s seems so close initially, though this being way more pigmented and powder changes it a lot!

I wonder how similar it is to Lancome Rose Sable? I’m terrible at judging blushes though – they often look so different in the pan to how they swatch!

That aside, this one looks like a pretty, staple blush! I just made my very first NARS purchase yesterday actually – the Eye Paint in Snake Eyes, which I am super excited about – but I lingered over the blushes for a while (I kind of want Exhibit A)…

Hehe, thanks 🙂 My sister gave me a MECCA cosmetica voucher for my birthday! It was a hard choice between the eye paints, I have to say – I kind of want all of them!

Excited to do a snake-themed look with Snake Eyes though!

Snake Eyes is gorgeous, I think. I like all of NARS’ eyepaints. Everytime I’m in Sephora I take a long look at them, so far I’ve yet to buy one, or two 🙂
Will be interesting to see your snake look.

I like the look of this blush. Not that I need any blushes, and I want a few of the MUG blushes, but this one looks like something I could use every day.

What blushes wear 14 hours on you? It’s very, very rare that any powder blush even gets to 10+ hours on me!

Even though this is pretty warm I might be able to use it with a light hand on those days my rosacea is flaring up and my normal picks are too pink to cope with the flushing.

I’m a huge NARS blush fan that I almost have all the permanent shades! You’ve added a new lemming for me, Christine! 🙂

Would you say this is similar to Madly? Is it different enough to own?

I bought this today! Along with Bansar, Jardin Perdu, and Callisto. This color is really nice! I actually really love this collection. Everytime Nars put out something new I don’t hear about it, so I don’t pay attention to it. But as soon as I stop, and try them out, they’re actually really amazing ! I bought two things from the Nars counter today, then I walked to Sephora right after to kill time, then I splurged and bought the other two LOL. That was not good for my wallet! I was supposed to save up for the electric palette :s

Oh and I saw your 2012 review of this blush first and freaked out cause you graded it a D. But found this one after. I guess they improved the formula!

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