NARS Taos Blush ($36) is intimidating. I have put off writing a review for this blush for almost a year now! I think it deserves to be featured, because it is SUCH a vibrant shade. If you ever swatch, you will know what I mean. It is a daring color, not for the shy ones. Sometimes even I feel too shy to use it. That is an understatement because I have had it for a year, but almost every time I picked it up, I thought to myself, I have never been intimidated a blush in such a way before. And this is a girl/woman is a blush fiend for god’s sake! And no, it is not that I don’t think it is beautiful; it is freaking g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s! {that took a long time to type, try it if you don’t believe me}

Now on to the shade, it is described as a desert rose with shimmer, I think of it more as a bright tomato pink with shimmer {but really, that’s just my strange color associations}. I love this shade, I really do! It is so unique from the run off the mill blushes one may own. It is the perfect special occasion blush. Women of color, take note, this is your blush! The texture is just what I expect from NARS and pigmentation exceeds my already high expectations. By a lot. The brightness of color and the superb pigmentation are what scare me. So good, its bad? Ha! No ways, I get my intrinsic pleasure from just looking at it, therefore it is money well spent. But it really is a blush which is best suited for skin tones darker than my MAC NC 35/37/40 NARS Sheerglow in Barcelona skin tone. I use a very light hand, but somehow, it is always more than enough for me. It is still very beautiful, though. No, more like stunning!

Oh just an update on why I am not posting as often as I used to. Well, I have hit a point where I just want to blog for myself and you too, but mainly for myself. It is so easy to tangle one self in competition and honestly, I just don’t want to engage in it anymore. This blog is my release; a way to channel my artistic side. Ok, it may not be artistic enough, but I am my degrees are in Economics and Accounting, with CFA on the side! So this is my only way for putting the right side of my brain to use. I already live a pretty stressful life and I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on myself for this blog, I already have a lot of self imposed pressure to do well in school. So the coming posts on the blog will be more heartfelt, but fewer in numbers. Maybe you got a feel already, but from now onwards, it will be more about quality than anything else. One area where I feel my blog is lacking is in the photography department, but that too is about to change. I’m going to have a D-SLR camera pretty soon, I haven’t decided on one, but my dad is feeling generous :D Besides that if you have any feedback for me, I would truly appreciate it. Oh yes, what do you think about NARS Taos Blush? Too bright or just right?

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23 thoughts on “NARS Taos Blush; Too bright or just right?

  1. Fieran

    I got Taos because you asked me to :) I am much darker than you, NW43 to be exact, and it looks really pretty but I have to be very careful how much I apply. I usually dab some on and end up sheering it out with a large fluffy brush. In fact, I spend more time sheering out my blush application than I do blending in my foundation. I’m *that* scared of going out looking like a porcelain doll with two round pink cheeks.
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    1. Shivani Post author

      Ahh, you did! Well if you have it, you’ll understand the impact it has. It is soo pigmented. How I am wearing it is only the 1/10th of the impact and look how the blush is all you see when you look at my face. Don’t get me wrong, it is beautiful, but I wish it was a little toned down.
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  2. Larie

    I love bright blushes :D I think with the proper care and a light hand, anything can look good. Taos is gorgeous, for sure!

    As for blogging, well, I think it should be just for fun. If it’s not a job, don’t make it into one, you know? Or else it just loses its appeal.
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    1. Jessica Allison

      I agree Larie! As beautiful as this looks on Shivani (and no doubt deeper skin tones) I’m a professional makeup artist with ultra fair skin and I find that most of the time, brights actually look best on me and other fair skinned gals. Deeper, more muted colors can look muddy on fair skin- brights look crisp & clean and more acurately mimic a natural blush.

      It’s all about application- a nice fluffy brush that’s not too big and a light hand. I ALWAYS tap the brush before applying color to the face- it’s much easier to put more on than to take it off once it’s there!
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  3. tanveer

    That blush is gorgeous! I love it on you :D

    I know what you mean about blogging for personal reasons, I been having such thoughts myself since some time.. I had earlier put a self imposed deadline to do atleast 4 posts a week, but now I am tiring. Have kind of hit a Blogger’s Block, plus all the crazed idioticy we see all the time doesn’t help either :P
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  4. Eden-Avalon

    I think you should only blog as often as you feel like blogging. Once it’s become an obligation that’s when it’s gone too far.

    <3 I love this blush! I'm a shade or two darker than you and while I usually avoid shimmer I really like the color results!

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    1. Lark

      Just post when you have something to say. Or just go with pictures. Think silent graphic blog. lol! Fun thing with make up!
      Your picture problem isn’t about the camera, although more camera is always nicer; you need to use more light! Daylight or incandescent light. It looks like you took these pics under fluorescent over head lights, causing a greenish shift and shadows along the sides and underneath. Turn on an electric table lamp and fill the shadows and your pics will immediately pop more; Step outside and even better- then use a piece of white card to reflect sun into the shadowed sides (the front,as it were) and even better!
      Or, put a flash on the camera. Simplest solution with computer in a teeny box cameras we have now.

      The blush? Gorgeous! Use a small face brush to put on a little bit. From the temple to the iris but no further. Small brushes are great for bright color, lots of control. Build up rather than have to take off; most blush brushes are from another era and style of make up. Look at the Nars blush brush and how different it is!
      Finding one cheaper than the Nars could be a pain but try a cheap thing and see how it works for you. I get great ones from a lady in Hong Kong on that auction site…..

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