I’ve been on a blush-as-contour kick for awhile so when NARS released three new Contour Blushes this spring, the timing was perfect. And considering we in North America are just coming out of Polar Vortex induced hibernation, the soft rosy tone of Olympia eases us into a gentle and spring-like contour.
Olympia is the lightest of the the three shades with an Ivory highlight and Rose contour. Paloma is in the middle with Pink Beige/Deep Rose, and the deepest duo is Honey/Amber from Gienah. I know it should seem that Paloma is the best fit for my skin tone (especially since I spent all of 30 minutes in the sunshine and my olive skin is well on its way to summer tan), but check it out…
This is Contour Blush, remember? Not bronzer. So you can expect to get much different results than from the typical golden browns used to chisel features and add summer color. I find Olympia much more suited for a romantic look. Think of wedding contour, if you will. As I expect Olympia to be the most popular for fair skin, I chose to wear a tan foundation with strong green undertones to show her off in a different light.
To contour with the rosy blush, I swept it just above the hollows of my cheeks focusing the color at the bottom of my cheekbone and toward the outer 3/4 of my cheeks. I followed up with the ivory at the top of my cheek, in a triangle at the center of my forehead, down the bridge of my nose, at my cupid’s bow, and center of my chin.
The buttery matte formula gives a soft shadow and light to my features. And while I enjoy Olympia on its own, it never hurts to add a little color.
Summary: NARS Contour Blush in Olympia gives a gentle contour and subtle brightening. The matte finish is soft and pretty on my medium-tan complexion. It is well suited for a natural makeup look and I highly recommend it for spring or bridal makeup.