Perfectly Subtle: Nars Contour Blush

Contouring scares me! I know that might be a weird confession coming from a beauty obsessed blogger, but it is true. In the magazines and on social media, we encounter images of women contoured and sculpted to degrees that simply make me uncomfortable. For me, contouring is something we should save for the runway, professional photoshoots and very special occasions.

Nars Contour Blush in Olympia

That said, I totally understand why women do this. This can help accentuate your best features and hide minor flaws if done properly. I still blanched a little when I visited a Nars counter and the Make-up Artist mentioned he would use a little contour on me. I should have had a little more faith, because the product he used was amazing!

Nars Contour Blush in Olympia

The Nars Contour Blush palette in Olympia is perfect for me. It contains two shades: a contour and a highlight. The contour is matte and very subtle on me. The highlight is equally subtle: just a lovely illuminating shade without any obvious glitter. You can (try) to see the swatches I did in the image below: the colors are so close to my skin tone they are very difficult to photograph.

Nars Contour Blush in Olympia

Normally, that would be a massive strike against any product, but here it is perfection! The colors look so natural on me that even a contouring loser like myself can create a very subtle yet beautiful effect. Still, not something I use every day but a lovely addition to my festive make-up looks.

Nars Contour Blush in Olympia

The make-up artist also gave me a great tip: these colors work well with my blue eyes as eyeshadow. Just pop the darker shade all over the lid and use the lighter color in the corners of the eye and underneath the brow to highlight. Great in a pinch or while travelling light.

Nars Contour Blush in Olympia

What do you think about contouring? Maybe it is just me that finds it all a bit much. Have you tried this palette by Nars?

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45 thoughts on “Perfectly Subtle: Nars Contour Blush

  1. iamserenel May 24, 2015 / 12:38 pm

    I really want to try out this palette, I’ve had my eyes on it for ages! I am terrible at contouring I need to practise hehe ❀

    Serene | I Am Serene L

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    • Anne May 24, 2015 / 12:43 pm

      Well, you really can’t go wrong with this one πŸ™‚ Great for practicing because it is so subtle πŸ™‚ xxx Anne

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  2. shadesofbeautyza May 23, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    I contour for weddings or when I have time to play with.. It’s honestly such a mission!! But it’s like the new in thing where everyone just wants to be contoured. I don’t see the point! However I do not use a specific contour set, I have a lemon colour shadow and a brown shadow that can be used as eyeshadows n it works exactly the same! 🌟

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    • Anne May 24, 2015 / 12:57 pm

      Exactly: it is such a hassle! Special occasions sure, but I honestly don’t have the time or energy for this every day.
      Smart though to use shadows, gives you a lot of versatility πŸ™‚
      xxx Anne

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  3. avibrantday May 23, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    I’m with you about contouring. It’s a little scary to me as well. I’m always up for a good challenge though, and this NARS palette looks great!!

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    • Anne May 24, 2015 / 12:58 pm

      Isn’t it just?! Very intimidating, but a nice palette like this is half the effort.
      xxx Anne

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  4. Talking About Beauty May 23, 2015 / 11:53 am

    This looks lovely! I love contouring but only do it for evening looks and special occassions – don’t have time to do it in the morning + i think it looks too harsh for day time (unless you work in some beauty/fashion industry!)

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    • Anne May 24, 2015 / 1:13 pm

      Same here, it is for special occasions only but it can add a little extra to any look πŸ™‚
      xxx Anne

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  5. Amelia Vesper May 22, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    I love this palette! It’s perfect for subtle contouring (which is really the only kind we should be doing anyway – super intense contouring is so over the top, it usually ends up looking ridiculous even when done properly)!

    xo Mil
    https://southbynorthwestblog.wordpress.com/

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    • Anne May 23, 2015 / 9:25 am

      Very true: unless you have to walk a red carpet for the oscars, you shouldn’t be contouring like that πŸ™‚
      xxx Anne

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    • Anne May 23, 2015 / 9:29 am

      Totally agree: something I only do on special occasions πŸ™‚ Still, this palette makes it so much easier because it is so subtle!
      xxx Anne

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  6. Ann-Marie May 22, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    I’ll stick with my NYX Taupe, mainly because I just don’t feel confident with a stronger shade. I panic and blend until it’s gone.

    I have to say though, this is a superb colour match for your skin tone.

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    • Anne May 23, 2015 / 9:30 am

      Same here: anything stronger and I tend to panic and wipe it off. This really does work well for me, great recommendation from the Sales Assistant πŸ™‚

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  7. ymorbeauty May 22, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    What a beautiful little palette. If I wasn’t so obsessed with my too faced matte bronzer, I would get this thing. (I still might…)

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    • Anne May 23, 2015 / 9:33 am

      Hihi, oh that sounds lovely as well πŸ™‚ Don’t think we can get too faced here, will have to wait till I go abroad again.

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  8. V May 22, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Contouring scares me too! The tutorials I’ve seen with dramatic results use so much makeup (especially concealer) that I’d be afraid it would take me an hour and I’d look more like a cake face than I would like Kim Kardashian. This duo looks very nice though πŸ™‚

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    • Anne May 23, 2015 / 9:34 am

      Oh good, I am not the only one πŸ™‚ I agree, it is so extreme it is almost like wearing a mask. Not my thing.
      This palette is nice for a little very subtle contouring for a night time look.
      xx

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  9. Charline Has a Blog May 22, 2015 / 11:41 am

    Dit ziet er zo’n leuk product uit, ik vind het alleen wat duur voor wat het is. Ik denk dat ik toch eerst een Sleek contour kit ga proberen alvorens deze aan te kopen πŸ˜‰

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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    • Anne May 22, 2015 / 11:46 am

      Ik heb de Sleek contour kit ook (hihi). Heb ik al eens een review over geschreven en het is ook echt een superproduct. De contour is alleen veel te orange/bruin voor mijn huid. Alleen de blush is echt al de moeite waard, dus zeker een goed idee.
      xxx Anne

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  10. kalsoomchachar1 May 22, 2015 / 11:24 am

    i am totally gonna get this ❀ thanks πŸ™‚

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    • Anne May 22, 2015 / 11:46 am

      Aaah, sorry for the enabling πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚
      xxx Anne

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  11. anastasiias May 22, 2015 / 11:20 am

    I don’t like too much countoring I see sometimes on girls. It’s better for parties or photos but too dark contour looks weird in everyday life. I like bright make-up even in day time but countoring should be subtle or none. It’s should emphasize good features without shouting from face “I’m contouring powder and I’m right here!! “:D The duo you showed looks very good on photos. I didn’t try anything from Nars.

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    • Anne May 22, 2015 / 11:47 am

      I totally agree, it is best on special night time occasions only. This does allow you to go quite subtle though, so a great product πŸ™‚

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  12. Emily May 22, 2015 / 10:37 am

    I love contouring, I’ve been trying different products for a while but I’ve never come across this – it sounds amazing. I absolutely love NARS so I’ve definitely popped this on my wishlist! Great review x

    emily x ❀ | emilyloula

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    • Anne May 22, 2015 / 11:48 am

      Hi Emily! I had never heard of this either till the MUA tried it on me and I was sold. I guess it is technically a blush, but the color just works so well for fair skintones πŸ™‚
      xxx Anne

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    • Anne May 22, 2015 / 10:20 am

      It is great, I will try to do a face with it soon but it is just so difficult to photograph.
      Not al all: I bought it on a trip to the States, where it is about 42$ and I lucked out with a good exchange rate. It is about 35 euro here in Europe I think.
      xxx Anne

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      • The Rose Beauty Files May 22, 2015 / 10:24 am

        Ah okay, not too pricey then, thought the colours looked great as I hate anything that is too bold when it comes to contouring. Although I’m not that great at it anyway! xxx

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        • Anne May 22, 2015 / 11:49 am

          Decent mid range price for a great quality product. I love the subtle tones πŸ™‚ really helps contouring idiots like myself πŸ˜€
          xxx Anne

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  13. RavishingRoses May 22, 2015 / 9:31 am

    Now i can look a bit more like Kim Kardashian hahaha. Great review xxx

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    • Anne May 22, 2015 / 10:21 am

      Oh yes, because that is what we all aim for πŸ˜‰ Totally the reason I am not into contouring, she looks amazing but I can’t picture myself doing that every day and than wondering into work.
      xxx Anne

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      • RavishingRoses May 22, 2015 / 10:31 am

        Farrrr too much work! Hahaha. It must take her so long to get ready every day!

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        • Anne May 22, 2015 / 11:48 am

          Well, if I could afford a make up artist to do my makeup every day and had paparazzi outside of my door I might go there πŸ˜‰

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          • RavishingRoses May 22, 2015 / 11:57 am

            This is very very true!

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  14. Iclal Erman May 22, 2015 / 8:57 am

    I don’t have time and skills! to contour like Samer Khouzami. These kind of products are essential for those who love a little bit of contouring, I think. I will give this one a try. My personal favourite is the Kevyn Aucoin one.

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    • Anne May 22, 2015 / 10:22 am

      Oh the Kevyn Aucoin one sounds amazing, definitely on my wishlist.
      No-one really has the time or the occasions: who wants to look like Kim K on a normal day at work?!

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