Wednesday, March 18, 2015

REVIEW: NARS Contour Blush in Olympia

NARS Contour Blush Olympia

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NARS Contour Blush Olympia

NARS Contour Blush Olympia Open

NARS Contour Blush Olympia

NARS Contour Blush Olympia Swatch
 Swatch of brightening shade on left, contour on right.  Please don’t mind my veins protruding from my pale skin.  (Yes, I am the hulk.)

Everyone and their Mom is coming out with highlighting & contouring products this season.  I mean everyone, I even think my baby brother is currently in the lab concocting an H & C palette.  So for today's post I wanted to review for you a highlighting & contouring duo I picked up a couple months back.  I was attracted to this product because of it's simplicity and also because I had been using a standard bronzer to contour and wanted to try an authentic contour powder that would have more gray undertones.  In steps the NARS Contour Blush in Olympia.  I’ve got a lot to say about this product so buckle up…

First off this powder duo retails for $42 and can be purchased at Sephora, the NARS website, and most major department stores. The product comes in three shades:  Olympia shown here, which is described as “Ivory/Rose”, Paloma “Pink Beige/Deep Rose” and Gienah “Honey/Amber.”  I like to use the brightening shade down the bridge of my nose, under my eyes to set concealer, and on top of the cheekbones.  I place the contour powder under cheekbones, the sides of my forehead, and on the jawline and like to use my Real Techniques Setting and Buffing brushes to apply.  The contour shade is a rosy, medium beige-brown and the highlight shade presents as an ivory hue with some yellow undertones.  Both powders are matte.

Product Description: “Create seamless, natural-looking dimension with one sculpting product. The deeper shade enhances definition while the lighter shade illuminates the high points of the face, providing an instant soft-focus effect without shine or shimmer. Photo-chromatic technology adjusts to the surrounding light so skin looks natural in any setting. The powder formula blends seamlessly and easily with a combination of spherical silica beads, jojoba, and an ultrasilky polymer that provide a creamy texture and a lightweight finish.”

  • These are such high quality powders and they blend like a dream.  Seriously I have never used a highlighting & contouring product that blends better than this.  A couple strokes of my brush and it is seamlessly blended into the skin.
  •  Natural looking.  This product provides such a natural highlight and contour that never looks overdone.  And the contour shade has great neutral undertones that never look muddy on the skin.  It's easy to overdo a H&C job, but this ensures you just #wokeuplikethis.
  •  Convenient and easy to use. Look I think I'm like most working girls where I have 5-10 mins to do my makeup in the morning and I don't have time to do the whole Kim Kardashian thing.  This is easy and gets the job done is one sleek compact.  Also, it's not intimidating to use like some of the other highlighting & contouring products out there. 
  • Price.  This baby is expensive at $42 and in my opinion you can get much more comprehensive Contour & Highlight palettes for less, if that's something you're into.  (The Anastasia of Beverly Hills Contour Kit is only $40 and comes with six shades.)
  •  Unequal brightening and contouring shades.  You get much more contouring product in this bundle than highlighter.  This may be a problem for some.  Especially in the way I use this, to set my under eye concealer, I anticipate running out of the lighter shade far before I hit pan on the contour shade.
  • Tough to color match.  For someone like me who's an NC25/NC30 I can't really find a good match in this launch.  I really wish the contour shade was a bit darker.   
Final Verdict:  All in all I think this is a great product and you can never knock NARS for delivering high quality and efficient cosmetics.  I feel like where I struggled with this was that I just couldn't find a good color match for my skin tone.  In a perfect world I would have paired the brightening shade from the Olympia palette with the contour shade from the Paloma duo and I feel like that would've been the perfect duo for me I just found the contour a little too subtle, and probably only a product I could use in winter months when my skin isn’t tanned.  I also think this product is aimed more at contouring the cheekbones, not necessarily as a full face definition powder.  For the price point I think a lot of people would prefer a more multitasking product or even a whole palette.  If you're into highlighting and contouring my recommendation would be to spend your money on a contour palette, such as the Anastasia of Beverly Hills Contour Kit.  But if you can find a good color match in this line and want a simple and easy to use H&C product I think you will love this.  Have you tried the NARS Contour Blushes?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!                                                                                                            


  1. Ive been questioning whether to buy this or not! Your pros and cons have been very useful !

    1. Thank you Susannah, so happy this post was helpful for you!

  2. Nars blush is the best!!