Good morning! I saw this morning that NARS has released information about their new Contour blushes. There are three shades, and each retails for $42; they’re currently available for pre-order at Nordstrom. Here’s a little collage of the shades so you can see them side by side (images from Nordstrom).
I was lucky enough to recieve Olympia at The Makeup Show – I’ve actually been waiting to hear more about the product before posting this – and have swatches and a review for you today!The packaging is the standard NARS black compact. It’s the same size as my Foreplay blush palette, and larger than a blush – here’s a comparison for scale. Please excuse the dirty blush compact!
Per Nordstrom, the Contour Blush “features a pair of shades that work together to create natural-looking dimension for the face while giving you a beautiful luminous finish. The deeper shade enhances definition while the lighter shade illuminates the highpoints of the face.”
The shade I have, Olympia, contains two matte shades. The left side is a pigmented ivory. I find that it tends to look a little bit chalky on my NC20ish skin, but it may work well on those paler than I am. This photo is a little washed out, but it gives a good idea of the pigmentation levels and colors.
As you can see, the right side – the contouring shade – is very sheer. I tried to build it for the swatch, but it wasn’t possible. However, when actually used, I find that it shows up just fine – and the sheerness makes it easier to use, as well. However, it’s much rosier than I personally prefer for contouring; in comparison to a few of my other contouring products, it might as well be a blush.
Overall, I think this is a nice product, but it doesn’t quite tick all the boxes for me; the highlight shade is a little bit chalky, and the contouring shade is too rosy. However, if the colors work better for you (in this shade or another), I can see it being worth it to some for an easy two-in-one sculpting palette.
*I recieved this product courtesy of the brand & The Makeup Show. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.