Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

 

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.”  It’s more of a medium, neutral-toned set of shades, relative to the other two duos available, though I think the textures and finishes will make each duo more versatile and work for multiple skin tones.  The Highlight shade wasn’t as powdery as the shades in Olympia, while the Contour shade was a little drier but luckily did not look dry on the skin.  Both shades wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly.

The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. The powders lasted for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a neutral-to-cool toned, light beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and not too powdery. NARS Olympia Highlight (P) is lighter. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Nico (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

The Contour shade is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but builds slightly. The texture was fairly soft but seemed a little dry. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is similar. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is similar. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

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Paloma

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Dupes
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Highlight

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Contour

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

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Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

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Application

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NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma Contour Blush

NARS Paloma Contour Blush
NARS Paloma (your left) / Olympia (your right) Contour Blush

The Makeup Look

On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder. On lips: Chanel Tocade Glossimer. On eyes:: Sephora + Pantone Luminizer.

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51 thoughts on “NARS Paloma Contour Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Martyisblue

    Considering that I’m a NC15, should i choose this colour or Olympia?

  2. Avatar of Wwendy Wwendalynne

    As much as I want these, I actually already own shades that are incredibly similar. Mac Harmony, NARS Madly, Burberry Earthy, NARS Douceur. The highlight shades do not appeal to me as a highlighter. I prefer something with a bit of shimmer or colour nuance. These just look like light coloured matte eyeshadows. Still, they look great in the pans, but I’m not viewing this as a must have and perhaps something I pick up down the road since they are not LE.

    • I don’t love these highlighters personally, but I like a more obvious highlight 99% of the time. If I want something subtle, then I’ll just mix in a liquid illuminator with my foundation and call it a day.

  3. Avatar of Emi Emi

    Not a big fan of the contour blushes, but I LOVE that lipgloss on you!
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  4. This looks gorgeous on you, Christine, and now, seeing them side by side, I’m torn as to which might be better for me. I will have to wait for these to arrive in store and maybe give them both a try, one on each side of my mug, as you’ve done.

    • I would definitely try ‘em in store if possible. I think with contour shades, getting just the right one is important. Olympia’s contour is a little rosy on me, so it didn’t really look right to me, but Paloma was a better match.

  5. I like it! If I were to one of these, I’m not sure which shade I’d get..
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  6. Avatar of Monica Monica

    I’m really torn. These look so new NARS contouring shades look so pretty on you! I don’t know if I want to get them or the Anastasia contouring palette. How do you think NARS vs Anastasia vs MAC (sculpt/shape)?

    • I haven’t tried Anastasia’s before, so I can’t weigh in on those… MAC’s Sculpt/Shape line is one of the best contouring/highlighting lines, IMO. Sculpt still remains one of my favorites, because it just works well on my skin tone. The Shaping range has a little more satin/shimmer to them overall, so I think they’re more versatile as highlighters (without as much worry about the highlight in the NARS’ compacts blending too much with the natural skin color). The Anastasia contour palette is probably the best value, though.

      Hope you’ve been well, Monica <3

  7. I’m a little bit torn between this (Paloma) and Olympia – what would look best on NC20-25 skintone?
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  8. I like this contour shade better than Olympia, but I’m afraid it will be too dark or look muddy on fair skin. I think I’ll have to play with them to know which one to get!

  9. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    This one looks cooler toned than Olympia, but it still isn’t quite grey enough that I’d consider it for my skin. I do, however, like the look of this for my sister who is an NW20/25. Would you mind telling me which one you think would work better for that skin range – Olympia or Paloma?

  10. You look so beautiful in those pictures! I love the concept of these but I think it’s a bit weird to have a matte highlight shade. Just a hint of sheen would have been a nice contrast between the two. I can’t wait for the Gienah review!
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  11. Avatar of Glenda MACupGrl

    OMG! I LOVE YOUR EYES! Forget the NARS Paloma! I want to know about your eyeshadow!

    • It’s listed after the last image of the post, here it is for reference:

      THE MAKEUP LOOK
      On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder. On lips: Chanel Tocade Glossimer. On eyes:: Sephora + Pantone Luminizer.

  12. Elle

    I can’t decide between this and Olympia! I have NC20 skin that is really fair in the winter and I usually get a little darker over the summer (although this year I’m trying not to tan, lol). I have yellow undertones for sure but I’m worried Paloma will be too dark on me. I also love the rosy contour of Olympia but again I don’t want it to clash with my skin tone! What do you think?

  13. Makeupjunkie

    Your eye makeup is what caught my eye. I love the way you did them. Outstanding!

  14. Wow, Christine – you look so flawless and pretty in these photos! :-) I wish I could take nice face pictures, hehe.

    I second what others have said too about that lipgloss – it’s lovely :-)
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  15. Avatar of lisa Lisa

    Christine, i need to know what you are wearing on your lips and eyes in this post. Amazing!

    • Hi Lisa!

      It is listed at the end of the post (after the last image), just as an FYI!

      THE MAKEUP LOOK
      On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder. On lips: Chanel Tocade Glossimer. On eyes:: Sephora + Pantone Luminizer.

  16. The contour shade looks quite nice, but I admit I do like a bit of shimmer in my highlighter.

  17. Hm… well I love Madly and wear it almost daily, so maybe this particular contour blush palette will be the winner of the three for me…
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  18. Too bad it feels a bit dry. I already own a lot of contour shades anyway!
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  19. KC

    Ahhh thank you so much for these amazingly helpful reviews!! How does Paloma contour compare against Nars douceur (sp?). I like douceur but it’s a tad light on me.

  20. laurin

    i bought this sunday and absolutely love it. I have fair skin and decided to go for paloma and it works well on me. Love your pics and how you applied it!