NARS Exhibit A Blush
If you follow my blog, you may have noticed this little beaut in my recent Glambot haul. It’s the NARS Exhibit A blush, and it’s quickly becoming my go-to blush for daily wear!
NARS Exhibit A is described as a ‘brilliant red’. Perhaps the name is the main reason why I’d steered clear of this blush shade for so long… Prior to picking up Exhibit A, I used to wear mostly pinks and purples, like the NARS Oasis and NARS Orgasm blushes. But after watching a tutorial on the NARS website, I saw just how beautiful and natural it looked on the cheeks, and decided it was time to go for it (and luckily I found it for quite cheap on Glambot).
NARS Exhibit A Blush Review, Swatch, & Application
As you can see from the swatch below, the color becomes quite intense after about three swipes on the hand. But don’t let that scare you! It is in fact very easy to adjust the color to suit your desired look and intensity, especially if you use the right brush.
I personally recommend applying NARS Exhibit A blush (or any NARS blush for that matter) with the Sigma F50 Duo Fibre Brush or the MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush (which I use below). These stippling brushes provide you with more flexibility when it comes to adjusting the color, which is important to have since NARS blushes are very pigmented. In comparison to more densely packed blush brushes, stippling brushes allow you to create lighter, more diffused layers on the cheeks, which can then be built up.
The very first swipe of the NARS Exhibit A blush creates a soft warm flush on the cheeks. And by the third swipe, you’ll see a deeper (yet natural) red that mimics warm cheeks after a day out in the sun. It’s surprisingly beautiful even when built up quite a bit. (No worry of the ‘clown’ effect here!)
In terms of longevity, like all of my NARS blushes, Exhibit A lasts a good 10+ hours on the cheeks. It doesn’t easily rub off either (but luckily with blush, if you over do it, you can just lightly cover it up with a powder foundation.)
Personally, I expect to wear this blush all year round. It looks so natural in the Summer, and works beautifully over deeper/tanned skin. And it’s equally as pretty on pale and fairer skin tones!
Have you tried NARS blushes? If so, what’s your favorite shade?