NARS Unsung Heroes: Taos Blush

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NARS Taos Blush ($27) belongs to an elite battalion of blushes in my beauty brigade called the One Swipers, a group of blushes able to deliver all-day color from a single swipe across the pan.


What makes it special?

These One Swipers pack a lot of pigment, so a little goes a long way — which is great when they’re as expensive as a NARS blush. Taos, here, should last until forever, or at least until Bella and Edward break up (whichever comes first).

A platoon leader in the NARS permanent collection, Taos is one of those vibrant colors that I always notice when I walk by an open pan. A bright rosy red with golden shimmer and a wisp of coral, it’s like NARS Torrid’s darker red doppelganger.

I’ll wear it year-round, typically with neutral eyes and lips, but I find myself reaching for it more often around the holidays because of how much I like the way it looks with red lips.

When darker divas ask for blush recommendations, Taos is one of the first blushes that comes to mind, and I think it looks fan-freakin’-tastic on dark complexions, on both warm- and cool-toned babes.

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nars taos swatch

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Being so heavily pigmented can also make Taos a little tricky to apply. One too many sweeps from my favorite fan or skunk brushes, and Taos can take cheeks from having a rosy flush to looking like the cheeks of a scary circus clown, so whenever I use it, I try to remember to “dilute, dilute, dilute” the color by grazing the brush across the back of my hand (or a tissue) first before bringing it to my cheeks.

Christmas came early!

Meloni at Fangtasia


Talk about epic collisions of awesomeness! It’s really happening! Christopher Meloni, the former Detective Elliot Stabler, has officially joined the cast of True Blood, and he’ll be a regular, too, playing an elder vamp who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his well-muscled undead hands.

Christopher will always be Detective unStabler to me…but I think I can find some room in my heart for another handsome vamp. πŸ™‚

I can’t wait! It’s a perfect pairing, like MAC Blacktrack and Lady Danger.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chris25 says:

    I have Taos in my collection. I don’t know how I lived without it before I had it…crazy.

  2. Kimberly says:

    I’ve had my eye on Taos for months, I just haven’t bought it yet! I think it’s one of NARS’s prettiest blushes.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kimberly,

      It’s one of my NARS faves to date. I love how it looks so scary in the pan, but it looks so natural once you put it on cheeks.

      What are your other NARS blush faves? I have a few, but right now I’m crushing on Taos and Madly.

  3. That is a gorgeous color on you!! My skin is far too light for it, but it’s amazing on your skin tone. πŸ™‚ I hope you will check out my beauty blog and enter my holiday giveaway!!

  4. Margaret says:

    It looks super pretty in the pan, and swatched as well. I think Taos will go on my never ending wishlist.

  5. Let says:

    Taos looks really pretty. I have swatched it in Sephora so many times, yet I haven’t bought it. Maybe I’ll buy it during next year’s Sephora F&F sale…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Let,

      Oh, I hope you give it a try sometime soon on your cheeks! It’s a really beautiful shade.

      Wanna know something funny? I already have a new Sephora F&F wish list going and it’s pretty darn long… LOL!

      • Let says:

        LOL Karen that’s awesome! I already have some items on my shopping list too for next year’s F&F. They are mostly NARS stuff, thanks to your swatches lol πŸ™‚

        For now, I’ll just play with my only red blush, Illamasqua Panic, which I believe is brighter and so much more difficult to wear haha…

  6. I have Taos. It’s great for brown gals like me!
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  7. Mary says:

    That looks so great on you. This is def going to be my next purchase from NARS. What are you wearing on your lips?

  8. Tiffany says:

    Taos is one of my faves!

  9. Julliah says:

    I’m way to pale for this color, though it looks great on you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julliah,

      Thanks! πŸ™‚ Maybe try it just for fun one day? You’d definitely have to use a fan brush and a very, very light touch. You never know…

      Do you wear NARS often? What are your fave blushes for pale gals?

      • Jackie says:

        I’m blueish-white-pale and I wear ‘Orgasm’. It’s a bit ‘DING!’ but makes me look like I’ve been sleeping a lot and have just come back from Greece!

  10. mn says:

    Noticed this blush yesterday at Sephora and was thinking of getting it for my mom- thanks for the swatch.
    On the off chance you or any other MAC fans read this- any comments on which MAC lip products don’t have that vanilla scent? I thought they all did until I ready one of your posts a few days ago. I am fond of pigmented lipglosses- any help woudl be appreciated.

  11. Alex says:

    Santa better bring this for my stocking! I love the color, any dupe suggestions?
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  12. Y. says:

    looks great on you karen! I have torrid instead;)

  13. Marina says:

    This blush is gorgeous and looks beautiful on you. I love using NARS blushes as eye shadows, too. And this one would make a great one. Reddish but wearable (for me at least).
    I am waiting for Game Of Thrones mostly. but TB is welcomed, too πŸ™‚
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  14. DalaLuz says:

    I have several Sleek blushes that also look quite terrifying in the pan, but I do love them to bits, especially now that I have discovered the existence of fan brushes LOL For the moment NARS blushes are not within my price segment, but they sure look pretty!

  15. Nina says:

    i didnt buy Taos because i own Torrid and they looked similar … but after reading this, i think it needs a second look!

  16. shiny says:

    When you mentioned Detective *un*Stabler + True Blood, the blood rushed to my head and I almost swooned away (fans self). As it is, I can barely type this sentence :D.

    Anyway, could you create a category for your NARS Unsung Heroes, the way there’s a dedicated category for MAC? Although, you’re probably doing this already.

    Thanks for showing Taos – it looks divine!

    Any chance of your comparing it to Tom Ford’s blushes?

  17. Vonvon says:

    Till I finish up some of the blushes in my stash…. This will have to wait, but nevertheless a very pretty Colour. Also….I don’t seem to be able to finish up a pan of blush even though I use it almost everyday for the last 2-3 months. It’s not a very pigmented blush. So I tend to swipe and swipe my blush several times….. Yet it still hasn’t hit pan!
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  18. Dominique says:

    I’m in search of a new blush and now I’ve added Taos to the list. I want Exhibit A as well. I think both colors are absolutely beautiful for women of color.
    I can’t wait to see Stabler on True Blood, I miss him on Law & Order SVU, it’s not the same. πŸ™

  19. Karen B says:

    I don’t have Taos, also because it would look SO strong on my super-pale skin. The effect on your skin does make me think of how Amour looks on me. Very pigmented and super-pretty.

  20. Yelena says:

    i tried this on yesterday while at sephora and boy is this super pigmented! the girl did it first and i looked like a clown, then i cleaned it off and tried again with a gentle hand and what i got was a gorgeous flush of healthy color. wow. this is going to go on my wish list πŸ™‚ absolutely gorgeous!

  21. nlinton says:

    I have Taos and I love it. I wear it with Flair lipstick (reddish color) and it looks very polished. I’m a brown girl and it looks GREAT with my skin tone.

  22. Great post! I only own 2 blushes from Nars–Torrid and Taos!

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