My NARS blush collection has been slowly growing as of late which makes me really happy because I love their blushes. I was a bit put off from them at first because the first powder shade I tried (Orgasm) didn't leave me with an overwhelming desire to try more. It's not a bad product but not my type of shade I think. Anyways, I was sent this product ages ago (more like 2 months ago) but put off reviewing it because I was a having a bit of trouble with the application. More on that in a sec...
I think the color is what sets Mata Hari apart the most. It's a bright pink in the pan, but it comes off as neutral mauve on the skin. I think it's a versatile color that would look good on a bunch of different skintones. I'm sometimes tempted to call it a bubble gum pink but then I look at it and realize that it's not quite that.
Mata Hari is consistent with the other NARS shades I've tried. The color is true to pan and very pigmented. I love this because darker/medium skintones don't need a bunch of layering and lighter skintones can use a fluffy brush for a light application.
The texture of this blush is luxurious and soft. However, I think that out of the 3 NARS powder blushes I own, this one is the hardest to blend. Not terribly difficult as in patchy-looking, but it needs a bit more blending so the edges don't look harsh. Because of that, I make sure I only apply Mata Hari with my fluffiest, less dense brush and use really light strokes. This could be attributed to the fact that the color packs a serious punch so it's something to keep in mind.
I like the blush and I love the color, but I wish it was a tad easier to work with so I didn't have to spend so much time blending away the edges. It's definitely not a no-nonsense put-it-on-and-go kind of blush, but if you don't mind putting in the extra effort you will be pleased with the results. I often get compliments on my blush when wearing this one. It's also the blush I was wearing in yesterday's post. Hope this review was helpful!