NARS Contour Blush in Paloma Review

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NARS Contour Blush in Paloma

When I first learned of NARS Contour Blush at The Makeup Show LA 2014 (before it had even launched!), I was super excited to try it out. I never was huge into contouring because I never found the perfect product or thought I was bad at it. So, I was able to experiment with the look because of this product! NARS Contour Blush comes in 3 shades: Olympia (ivory/rose), Paloma (pink beige/deep rose), and Gienah (honey/amber). I have Paloma, which does work fine for my light skin, but it will work for darker tan skin as well! Olympia seems like it would be ideal for very fair gals that don’t want a strong contour, and then Gienah is ideal for dark complexions where the other shades wouldn’t even show up. Paloma is the perfect medium that can work on almost anyone. All of these duos are very warm toned, and I wish they came out with a cooler taupe shade, because I think it would suit me a lot more!

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Contouring with NARS Contour Blush in Paloma

I always see girls contouring with these huge brushes. I prefer to use something smaller, because it’s so easy to apply too much product. In the above photo I’m using INGLOT’S 4SS Brush, which is apparently an eye brush, but I like it to highlight, and now contour! Check the thumbnails below to see how I *really* apply this duo, as the above shot is a minor exaggeration. A quick tip: if you find the contour to be a bit dark, mix the highlight shade on your blush and get a toned down shade! I like using the highlight for this reason (although I didn’t in this post), because the highlight is so close to my skin color, I can’t even see it when I apply it on it’s own. #palegirlprobs

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NARS Contour Blush in Paloma

I like the look that I get with this duo, but I wish it was a tad bit cooler toned, as the pink undertones somewhat clash with my yellow toned skin. This is the ideal contour for girls with pink undertones, I’d say! I like this, but don’t love it. If I hadn’t received it in a gift bag (perks of being a beauty blogger), and had bought it, I’m sure I would have returned it to get something more taupe. Hopefully they extend the line to cater to those who prefer a cooler toned contour soon!

Below are some more product shots, along with a quick demo of how I apply the highlight & contour!


Find NARS Contour Blush at Sephora and NARS boutiques for $42.

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  • Alexandra Aimee

    Oh I really like the look of this quite a bit! Nars blushes are my absolute favorites. I scored the palette last Christmas and will seriously cry when it runs out.

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

    • Olivia Frescura

      Really wish I had picked one of those palettes up! They’re so pretty! I really want their Albatross highlighter. I actually just put this on as a regular blush today and I like it even more as that, since it’s a bit too rosy as a contour for me!