NARS Blush Unlawful (Fall 2014)

8.17.2014

NARS has managed to bring out yet another unique blush color for this fall.
NARS describes Unlawful Blush as an "amber pink with silver pearls". Gotta love their no-frill-get-to-the-point description of the color, because Unlawful is exactly that.
From the online swatches which looked quite warm and yellow, I did not expect NARS Blush Unlawful to be as flattering on my neutral complexion. I wanted it anyway since the color seemed so unique and complex. Easy justification this time.


NARS blush Unlawful
NARS Blush Unlawful




(At this point, those risqué names are just blah blah to me. Unlawful or not, it is a pretty blush for sure.)

NARS blush Unlawful
The base is definitely a pink but it looks muted with a bit of brownish hues (well, amber?).


NARS blush Unlawful
The "pearls" in Unlawful are quite densely packed but well done. They are nothing like those ugly glitters in Super Orgasm (reviewed).


NARS blush Unlawful
Once blended in, the pearls are not that prominent only creating nice sheen, which is also less intense than Orgasm, for example.


NARS blush Unlawful swatch
On my arm, the color pulls almost terracotta.
This is another case that heavy swatches on arm are maybe only good for hepling us to exercise our imagination, because Unlawful plays quite differently on my cheeks. You will see.


I do not have anything close to Unlawful in my collection. I initially thought it would be somewhat close to peachy pink colors like Orgasm or Deep Throat (see swatches here), but Unlawful is much cooler and also calmer.


I pulled out two other shades for comparison.

NARS blush Unlawful swatch
Cargo Louisiana (reviewed) is similar in undertone but looks paler and cooler due to its high shimmer.
I am not sure why Unlawful reminded me of Oasis since they are two very different shades. Maybe because the compositions relate to each other. Oasis has a cool base with warm shimmer and Unlawful the other way around. The size of the shimmer is quite similar although Oasis has less of it.


An overall look with NARS Unlawful

NARS blush Unlawful FOTD
On me, it pulls more pink just like my friend Tracy predicted for me.


NARS Unlawful has turned out to be a versatile and flattering color on me.
It adds healthy flush and glow to my cheeks without pulling too warm and surprisingly goes well with many different lip colors. Unlawful is well-pigmented but it would be hard to overdo since it blends in very easily. This chameleon of blush seems to flatter many different undertones as well.

Overall, big thumbs up from me to this new NARS blush. 
I've worn this for three days in a row, and it is not because of the excitement about the fresh blush. I think I like the way how Unlawful looks on me.




Makeup Items Used For This Look

NARS Lip Gloss (Bad Education)
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette (056 Bar)
Dior Diorskin Nude Compact (Ivory)
NARS Blush (Unlawful)





39 comments

  1. Ooooohhh I really like it! Thanks for including a swatch when worn! It always looks so different once applied on the cheeks. I feel like it would be a nice color to contour with too!

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    1. Thanks, Angela! This color really looks different on individuals. I thought it would be more like a bronzer shade, but it is more of a blush on me. I can certainly pair this with a brighter color to achieve more a sculpted look, too.

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  2. i like terracotta shades, so i'd like this. it looks pretty on you :)

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    1. I think Unlawful would look natural and beautiful on you! :)

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  3. Unlawful looks indeed very nice on you! I think it will make a great shade for autumn.. ^^

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. It is very interesting how versatile this color is. It corresponds to different lip colors pulling different undertones. :)

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  4. Ver y pretty on you ! The pink shows indeed more on cheeks than in the pan. It's a pretty summer blush <3
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    Michelle
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    1. Thank you!
      Maybe it is because I have reddish undertone on my cheeks. In this case, I'm not complaining that it pulls more pink since pink is my favorite blush color! :)

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  5. Hey Lena, I like that beautiful sheen on you, but I am VERY cautious when it comes to shimmery blushes. I'll really have to swatch this in real life to see how I feel.

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    1. This is definitely a shimmery shade, but in a good way. If you don't mind glow, you'd like this color. :)

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  6. Argh, it's so nice on you and Tracy, but I saw it in person and thought it looked a bit pale for me. I'll still have to try it on though! :)

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    1. True it doesn't show up as well over a darker foundation shade I tried the other day. In fact, it looked like a different blush and I thought it was interesting. You have light skin so I wouldn't think you'd have a problem with Unlawful to show up on you. :)

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  7. this is very pretty. Surprised it looks a bit pink on you as I'm sure it would look more brown on my skintone. This will be a perfect blush for the fall.

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    1. All swatches I've seen online so far look all different. I'd love to see how this color plays on you. I love that it is not too girly but still looking youthful and a bit edgy, too.

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  8. LOVE it on you! It looks so pretty! Every time I see it on someone it looks so good! I think it's the best fall blush colour in a long time. Like you, I keep reaching for it all the time because it just looks so good with everything!

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    1. When you said it'd pull more pink on me, it really helped my decision. Plus it looks so pretty on you!!
      I didn't expect it to be so versatile, though. Which is a nice surprise! :)

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  9. Such a pretty blush, seems like people at Nars did it again...!

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    1. I have to agree with you! :)

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  10. I love colors like this - works with almost anything! I bet it would pull terracotta on me, but I would love that even more :D

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    1. Also, do you still have the box? I know NARS's old blushes weren't p-free but I was hoping maybe something changed.

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    2. I might be wrong but I didn't see any paraben. It is really a pretty color and I'm sure it will look fabulous on you! :)

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  11. Ah, this is gorgeous! I'm a huge fan of NARS blushes and haven't seen a new blush from them this pretty in a while. I must check it out :)

    -Jen

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    1. I'm currently obsessed NARS makeup, but this blush is one of the special finds. Many NARS blushes look nothing like the pan colors, so do check it out. :)

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  12. that looks like the exact color I might have been looking for. It is on the peachy side but not too warm. I really gotta have to check it out. I have not bought myself any nars blushes yet, when I buy one I really would like it to be the right color.

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    1. Sounds like you will like Unlawful a lot!
      NARS blushes are good investment and they last forever. ;)

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  13. Looks lovely on you, Lena :-) You and Tracy make me want this. LOL!

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    1. LOL. I know you have issues with NARS blushes but maybe check this out? ;D

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  14. They definitely try to be provocative with these blush names don't they. It's unlawful how pretty this shade looks on you. Sorry I couldn't resist. It's Monday after all ;p I'll have to to swatch this one the next time I'm at Sephora.

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    1. LOL Rowena, how sweet you are! Thank you <3
      I had to get up too early today but now I'm all smiling. Unlawful is quite pretty and unique. I'd recommend if you're looking for a well-balanced autumn blush shade. :)

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  15. Oh it's so pretty on you! I haven't even really given Unlawful any thoughts since I didn't think I would be able to pull it off, but now I have to reconsider! :D

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    1. Thank you!
      I was the same way. I'm glad I got this one, though. Not only it is a unique shade but it looks good on. I'm happy. :)

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  16. Such a beautiful blush. It gives such a nice glow to your skin.
    Beautetude

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  17. It looks SO lovely on you! And a lot less shimmery than I had expected, just gorgeous.

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  18. Looks good on u .. I still not so into blusher like this .. i like the one with the same texture as lipstick .. :)

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    1. Thank you!
      Matching lipstick and blush is not a bad idea! To think about it, I don't think I'd wear something like this on my lips. LOL

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  19. Oooo cooler than Deep Throat... At the moment it's the one I tend to reach for to give my Terracotta a little sheen but I'll definitely have a look at Unlawful which I think would be pretty good as another everyday no fuss cooler option. Thanks for the rec, Love Bad Education on you! :)

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    1. I wore this again today with Dior Lip Glow and it pulled much pinker this time. Such an interesting shade!
      Unlawful definitely has a brown undertone but it is a cool brown. It does not have any orangey color.
      You should try it on your cheeks to really see how it plays. I'm sure it will look fab on you! :)

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