NARS Nico is a very warm-toned, light-medium beige with a pearl finish. It is a permanent blush that retails for $30.00 and contains 0.16 oz.
Nico is a light beige with a satin shimmer. It had good color coverage with a lightly powdery texture, but it was very smooth and blendable on the skin. This doesn't show up much on me; it's more like a very, very subtle highlighter on my skin tone, and I'm not sure if it'll work at all on deeper skin tones, but it may be something you could mix with one of the other shades to lighten then. On me, it lasted for seven hours. This is part of the permanent range. MAC Star! (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry's bestselling, most iconic shades for cheeks. NARS blush delivers healthy-looking color that enlivens the complexion and provides a natural-looking flush to flatter any skin tone. Iconic shades include a range of translucent, natural tones, each with a subtle pink undertone for a natural-looking blush to highlight the complexion. Silky, superfine micronized powder pigments in matte and shimmering shades ensure irresistibly soft, blendable application. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush. These soft, buildable shades deliver a wide range of effects, from ultra-sheer to powerful pops of color.