Review: NARS blush in Mata Hari

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There’s something about the sleek matte packaging that NARS has that just gets to me –  I’ve always contemplated about getting another blush ever since I purchase my NARS blush in the shade Orgasm (Sam did a review here) about 3 years ago now?

Yes, That IS indeed,  a long time, but any of my closest friends know for a fact that I take foreverrrr to make a decision to purchase something  and this can be a good and a bad thing haha sorry guys!

One of my best friends, Ting, was super sweet and got me a new NARS blush to add to the collection as part of my christmas gift, so welcome to the family, Mata Hari!

About & Packaging

The blush is the perfect definition of a pale dusty rose colour, and contrary to what’s seen on the internet, the blush isn’t as bright. Unlike the blush in Orgasm, the blush is matte and hence doesn’t contain any flakes of silver/gold or shimmer at all.

The packaging is no different from any other NARS products. The sleek matte case that encloses the  blush is very durable within one’s makeup drawer and with experience, there’s no fading of the logo or scratches even after 3 years! It also comes with a mirror which makes it great for traveling or doing makeup on the go.

Texture & Swatches

It is a very buildable shade and whilst picking up the product on my finger tips to swatch , it was incredibly smooth and didn’t give off the cheap powdery feel like some matte blushes tend to do. There’s no scent to the blushes and I use about two light taps onto the blush and its more than enough to cover both my cheeks! That’s how pigmented the product is.

Colour payoff & Lasting power

This photograph shows the blush when it was freshly applied, it gives the look of having ran a couple laps around the track minus the sweat. It’s great for bringing some life onto my face into the morning’s when I’ve got an early class and I look incredibly tired. Towards the end of the day, (Sorry about the lighting and angle change, This shot was taken 7 hours later) The pink has settled into a very subtle flush, I know it’s not as obvious in the photograph, but there’s enough blush to look like you’ve got some colour on your cheeks. Usually with other blushes, there’s not a trace of it left on my face , well…. except maybe some specks of glitter. 

Before & After


Ok, I’ll be honest, even after reading a couple of reviews on the net that claim it last throughout the day, I didn’t believe it. The only blush I’ve tried lately and has lasted through the whole day, was Sam’s chanel blush in accent.

The lasting power of the NARS blush took me by surprised and lasted me a whole 7 hours! It’s an oddly satisfying feeling to see that your blush comes up on your cotton pad whilst removing your makeup hehe.

Overall thoughts

I am really happy with the blush and will no doubt be getting a lot of use from it for the next couple of months. It’s also the perfect shade for you ladies who are looking into getting out of drugstore beauty goodies and are looking for a blush that doesn’t disappoint!

I am aware that it is a little pricey, but ask either Sam or I, and we’ll definitely tell you that it’s an investment, we’ve yet to make a dent in our other NARS blush that Sam got last year and I got 3 years ago.

Recommended for
– A staple blush for everyday use
– All skin tones

Would I repurchase?
I am already looking into other cheek products from NARS (signs of a makeup junkie right here) perhaps the infamous bronzer in Laguna? hahaha As far as repurchasing the same shade , I honestly don’t think that day will be near any time soon because NARS blushes last A LONG TIME.

Stockist: NARS counters Singapore / Hong Kong
Price: HK$310 / SG$50

Overall rating:   8.5 /10

What’s your favourite blush from NARS?Thank you for the amazing present Ting! xx (♥)Ash

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Hi, I’m Samantha Joy but please feel free to call me Sam! Welcome to my space where I pen down all my thoughts ranging from personal posts to beauty and lifestyle! Samantha dabbles with marketing by day, and is a beauty writer by night. Samantha-Joy.com is an avenue for her to connect more closely with her readers and shares her tips and tricks with them! With her sunshine smile, it is no wonder why she is adored by her readers!

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