NARS Zen is a very warm-toned, light brown with a matte finish. It is a permanent blush that retails for $30.00 and contains 0.16 oz.
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NARS Zen Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, very light brown with more olive-leaning undertones, though it seemed a bit warm-toned overall. The texture was soft, lightly powdery in the pan, but it applied evenly to bare skin and blended out nicely without looking too flat or too dry applied.
It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which seemed to deepen slightly once applied and blended out (likely due to the natural oils on my skin when meshed with the matte finish of the product). It seemed slightly warmer than the previous version of Zen that I have. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
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