NARS Darling is a slightly warm-toned, light coral with a matte finish. It is a permanent blush that retails for $30.00 and contains 0.21 oz.
NARS Darling Air Matte BlushNARS Darling Air Matte Blush ($30.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a brighter, light-medium pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had sheer color coverage, which wasn't easy to build up in person; if anything, the more I tried to build up the color, the less color adhered to the area as the product lifted up and bunched up in places. It was supposed to be sheer, but it was also supposed to be buildable, which it was not.
It applied best with a fluffy, synthetic brush, but the formula was difficult to work with as it pilled up on itself and was very difficult to smooth out for an even application of color. It didn't improve by warming it up between fingertips or on the back of my hand. The pressure necessary to really push and almost grind out the pill-like bits was excessive and didn't really work on my cheeks (which are less of a firm/flat surface like my forearm). The color was hard to get to look even, and it was really the sheerness that made it look passable at all.
It did not apply well over base products as it was prone to lifting and moving foundation/concealer around. It was best over bare skin, though "best" is kind of like "not the worst" in this context. There was visible fading after six hours of wear.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
Comes on soft. Goes all the way. Wear if you dare. Introducing a perfectly diffused, soft-touch matte blush with a thrill of color. Uniquely lightweight, creamy mousse formula transforms into a velvety powder right on contact—instantly gliding a rush of blush. Color Diffusion Complex beautifully blends and blurs for second-skin color that lasts, while Jojoba gel smooths pigment evenly over skin and passionfruit oil adds a boost of antioxidants. A hush of color. Plush to the touch. A rush for the senses.
DIMETHICONE · HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE · C30-45 ALKYL DIMETHICONE · JOJOBA ESTERS · OCTYLDODECANOL · MICA · HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER · DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER · DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER · NYLON-12 · SILICA · PASSIFLORA EDULIS SEED OIL · SORBITAN OLEATE · MAGNESIUM OXIDE · ALUMINA · TOCOPERHOL · PHENOXYETHANOL · [+/-(MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) · RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410) · RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) · YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140)] ·
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