Nars Dual Intensity Blush Review + Swatches

Hi my loves!

I recently picked up some of the new Nars Dual Intensity Blushes and thought I would do a review for you! I am always searching the internet for reviews and find it hard to find feedback of new products for my skintone or for us tanned skinned girls sooooo I thought whenever I pick up something new Ill give you my thoughts on them!

I am a HUGE fan of the regular blush line from nars, and as most of you may know, Nars came out with the new Dual Intensity Blushes recently and as soon as I saw them available on the Sephora website, I just HAD to grab them! I picked up 5 out of the 6 shades (the 6th shade you would TOTALLY expect me to get, but when I swatched it it just did NOT show up on my skintone so I had to pass.. Its the more bronzy one)

So lets start off with what Nars says about the new blushes:

dual-intensity, silky, wet or dry blushes are uniquely formulated with NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology, which allows for multidimensional effects. With a lightweight texture for a flawless finish and true color application, each duo features two ultra-modern shades that can be worn alone or layered together for limitless looks. Apply these shades wet to achieve a high-impact flush or dry to get a natural-looking glow.

So pretty much, you can use these blushes wet or dry and layer them for more intensity.

I picked mine up from Sephora for $45 USD and you get about 6grams of product. That is pretty darn pricey so I was expecting quite a lot from these blushes, as you should for such an expensive blush. I was a little disappointed that for such a hefty price tag, these blushes werent as pigmented as they should have been. Some of them fell flat while others did look quite nice (swatches below)

I personally prefer to use these blushes DRY but I was very surprised to see how they transfer when theyre wet. You would expect something metallic, or with a metallic sheen, but the formula of these are so interesting that when you use them wet, they transfer more like a watercolor or like a stain. I personally DO NOT like cheek stains on my skintone or skin type so I will not be using them wet from now on. For those of you who like cheek stains or watercolor type blushes, then you will loveeee the payoff when using these wet.

I didnt notice much difference when swatching the highlighter shades wet/dry, they payoff was pretty much exactly the same. The colored side however, did change a little bit and sheered out more when used wet (watercolor).

Here are some pictures of the blush and some swatches wet and dry! Ill let you know my thoughts on each color with the swatch :)


IMG_2448This is FRENZY which would have to be my favorite out of all the ones I picked up. The highlighter shade is a beautiful golden color and the blush is a stunning terracotta finish. This isnt the most pigmented blush in the range but it is perfect for you bronze beauties who like to glow!

Frenzy DRY Swatch

Frenzy WET swatch

PANIC – second favorite in the range! This is the most pigmented blush out of all of them and looks beautiful wet or dry! If you were to pick up something from this collection I would say this is the one for you if you are into pink toned blushes!

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Panic DRY Swatch

Panic WET swatch

JUBLIATION – this is more of a highlighter duo than a blush. If you are a highlighter junkie like me then you will like this, BUT be warned, it is NOT as intense as other highlighters on the market. This is for those of you who like a subtle to medium highlight (which in my opinion is perfect for everyday)


Jubilation DRY swatch

Jubilation WET swatch

ADORATION – I like the IDEA of this duo, but it just does not work for my skintone. The pink highlight is a little too pearly pink for my skin, however I think this duo would be great for anyone who is fair to almost medium skin.


Adoration DRY swatch

Adoration WET swatch

FERVOR – this would have to be my least favorite out of the range. I dont know what Nars was thinking with this duo but it is just a little too “out there” for me personally. The Baby pink color is a pretty color, but its pretty chalky and I think would only work for fair skinned girls. On me it looks like I took my nieces sidewalk chalk and put it on my face. The second color I absolutely CANNOT see working as a blush. Its too cranberry of a color (think MAC cranberry eyeshadow) and I think its just not wearable as a blush. I think it would look great on my deeper skinned beauties but for me personally the only way I can see it working is if I were to use it wet as a “contour” since it is a little more on the red side.


Fervor DRY Swatch

Fervor WET Swatch

My favorites for my skintone would have to be Frenzy and Panic, with Jubilation coming in third just because Im a highlighter junkie!

My final thoughts on these blushes, I wouldnt splurge on them. Stick to the original formula of Nars blushes if you are in the market for a new blush. The highlight colors are pretty, but theyre nothing special compared to the other highlighters on the market (think, Mary-loumanizer from the Balm, Becca Shimmering Skinperfector, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick etc etc)

I hope you enjoyed this review and if you would like to see some more reviews from me, leave a comment below on what youd like reviewed next!