NARS Olympia Contour Blush Review & Swatches

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NARS Olympia Contour Blush

NARS Olympia Contour Blush

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).

NARS contour blush

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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!

NARS Olympia contour size comparison

NARS Contour blush // NARS blush

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.

NARS Olympia contouring blush swatches

NARS Olympia

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.

NARS olympia contour comparison

MAC Sculpt // NARS Olympia // NYX Taupe

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.

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  • Ohh ahh! I’m actually a bit of a contour fiend – this looks lovely and it just may be the first NARS product that actually works nicely for me 🙂 It’s not a bad price, and I hope that the Canadian price won’t be too different from the US price point!

  • Nicci

    Thanks for swatchig this! I’m excited to see what they all look like together – the two others look like they may be a bit warm.

  • MakeupWithdrawal

    Thanks so much Emi for this post! I’ve been looking all over for info on these contour shades. I’m agree with you, by the looks of it these aren’t quite the sort of colors that I’d pick to contour with- a shame because I was so excited about these!

    • It’s really a pity – NARS makes some great blushes, so I would have expected a bit better.

  • Mel Rose

    I’m not really into contouring, but this looks lovely! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness! I think I need at least one of these!

  • I’m not a fan of cream & powders in the same palette, but I would have been very happy with two creams, or if both were powder, a shimmery or at least satiny highlight shade.