NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a highlighter and blush shade in the wet/dry Dual Intensity formula. I like this formula, but the ratings may make it appear less desirable, which is a result of NARS claiming that it is more intense dry and “translucent” applied wet–the complete opposite of reality. (Even funnier, this isn’t how the eyeshadow version of the formula is described!) I think if you tend to like this type of wet/dry formula, it’s a formula worth considering. This duo gave me a very fall-into-holiday vibe, as you have the rustiness of the blush shade that represents fall, while the more traditional shimmering gold screams holiday.

Vengeful (Left) is described as a “white-gold highlight.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had good pigmentation with a fine, shimmer-sheen finish, while damp application yielded slightly more intense pigmentation and a more frosted finish. The damp application just barely emphasizes pores, but I didn’t have any issues with pores becoming more noticeable when I used it dry. The color lasted for eight hours dry, nine hours damp. Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Ghostlight (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vengeful (Right) is described as a “shimmering brick-red.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly bright copper-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had intense color coverage applied wet or dry, though it was deeper and richer when applied damp. The finish went from a softly luminous one to decidedly luminous as the application went from dry to damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable, but it was easier to blend out when dry. It wore well for eight and a half hours dry, nine and a half hours damp. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Almeria (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Flirting with Danger (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Bubbles (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (DC, $49.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Maui Nights (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Rare Beauty Love (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Bardot (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On lips:
  • NARS Redemption Lipstick

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Katherine T. Avatar

Wow, this is an intense one! Very pretty, will be great for medium or darker skintones. It looks just great applied dry, not sure why I would want to apply blush/highlighter wet. I think the PR dept was going into overdrive to come up with some new twist to sell this

Karen Avatar

Hi Christine! This looks very pretty on you! What would you say the rating would be had Nars described it in the same way as they do their eye shadows of the same formula? Thank you! Been loving Temptalia everyday, just haven’t been having lots of time for commenting lately! I enjoy all the work that you do!

Nancy T Avatar

Love it!!! However, I do already have dupes, especially for the blush end of it: Burnt Pepper and probably Clinique Cola Pop are close enough, and Lunch Money is STILL in my CP cart with Dr. M! LoL!

I do believe that their backwards description of how this wet/dry application is supposed to work needs to be fixed ( FINALLY) on their end, because it’s illogical to keep it this way!

Trish Avatar

Oh I really like this! Hard to explain why I’m just drawn to some of these really intense colors- but I love this on you Christine and it looks as good as when you wear corals with pink on the edges. I’m for sure getting this! Thanks for the swatch!

Christine Avatar

In terms of texture/feel, yes, I think they could, but just be cautious as they could contain dyes or even the type/size of any particles may not be eye safe (as it is formulated for cheeks). I’m not sure either way but just wanted to pass on the concern!!

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