“Taos” by NARS is described as a ‘warm desert rose’ and on Sephora it is described as ‘desert rose with shimmer’. I believe that’s pretty accurate description. It’s a nice dusty rose color, not too red, not too bronze/dirty. There’s a slight sheen to it, which makes your cheeks glow. I would say though you could definitely still use a highlight with this blush. I don’t find it to emphasize my pores or anything like that. It sits on the skin very nicely.
Like most NARS blushes it is very pigmented, its one of the more pigmented blushes I’ve used from NARS. Because of how pigmented this is it looks very nice on medium tan to deeply toned skin. It can also be built up to true to pan color on pale to medium toned skin. But with a light hand it can still leave a subtle flush for those of you with paler skin tones. It lasts a good solid 8 hours on the skin with some fading by the tenth hour. Though depending on your skin type this wear time might be more or less. On oilier skin tones probably less time and drier skin tones probably longer.
If you’ve ever owned or handled a Nars product you know the feeling of their slightly rubberized black packaging. While lovely to look at when it’s brand new, it has a tendency to attract fingerprints and stray makeup residue so over time it’s pristine black packaging gets more and more skin colored. Though with a wet cloth you can clean it right back up to an almost new appearance.
Inside all Nars compacts there is a mirror that is as big as the compact lid. This comes in very handy when applying your makeup on the go, or last minute touch ups.
Nars in general is a bit more on the pricy side, though I think it’s worth it! Their blushes just recently went up in price, they are now $29 for 0.16 oz. Definitely on the higher end for blush, but with how pigmented it is you use much less than a normal blush.
I love this blush, especially for summer when I have a bit of a tan. It blends wonderfully has great pigmentation so it can work for a wide range of skin tones. It’s also a nice transition color if you’re too afraid to use a straight up true red blush. You can buy it here!
Now for the swatches!
NARS Taos outside packaging
NARS Taos blush in pan
NARS Taos blush, heavy swatch (top), blended (bottom)
Until next time . . .
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