Wednesday, 30 April 2014

NARS Contour Blush Product Review


Got myself another NARS product! I think it’s really worth the investment.

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I’ve not tried applying contour blush on my own before. This item sounds like something only a professional makeup artist can use. Although I’ve worked with pro makeup artists for model photo shoots or video shooting for the brands I’ve managed in the past, I haven’t really grasped the techniques of how they apply makeup and what products will achieve a certain effect. I’m sure it took them years of training and practice to learn the tricks for this.

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But I decided to be brave and give this contour blush a shot. According to pros, applying contour blush can give better shape and slimmer look on the face. Wow, isn’t that something? I am scheduled to attend a wedding in a few months and I am panicking on how to get slimmer or at least look thinner during the event. Sigh, the challenges of being a mummy who has gained a lot of weight and having a hard time burning it for years.

Well, if the Nars Contour Blush can provide me with the ‘contoured’ face in minutes then why not? I did a bit of video surfing on how to apply contour blush, as I haven’t done this before. It looks easy when applied by a makeup artist on you but doing it yourself can be tricky.

After applying my moisturizer, sunscreen, pore minimizer and foundation, I excitedly took out my new NARS Contour Blush in Paloma shade. I just used a normal foundation brush this time; I haven’t bought a new brush for this. I wanted to experiment with what I have first then only decide if I really need a new one.

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NARS Contour Blush in Paloma shade

STEP 1:
Lightly sweep the contour blush (the one in bigger size or deeper shade from the duo shade) using your brush. Tap the brush a bit if you feel that you took too much product.

STEP 2:
Apply the blush starting from the hollow of your cheek towards your temple in an upward stroke. Repeat step 1 and 2 until you achieve sufficient shade/ contour.

STEP 3:
Using another brush, apply the lighter shade across your cheekbone to the temple. This is meant to soften the look of the contour blush.

STEP 4:
Repeat on the other side of the cheek.
You may also want to apply contour on your nose to make it look longer.


And here are some photos before and after using NARS Contour Blush, with a dab of lipstick. My face looked a lot thinner after contouring. How come I didn’t try this long time ago?! What a quick fix to get nicely shaped face!
 
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Side view before (left) and after (right) using NARS Contour Blush


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Contour of my cheeks before (left) and after (right) using NARS Contour Blush


Before and After using NARS Contour Blush (Paloma) plus highlighter

My technique is definitely not ideal yet, as this is my first time to use a contour blush. I think I should invest on a proper contouring brush to apply this more appropriately. But, hey, not bad for a first-timer!

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I used NARS Contour Blush in Paloma color code (pink beige/ deep rose)

Love the matte black finish of the compact. 

The NARS Contour Blush retails for RM135 and lasts 24 months after opening. 

It is available in 3 duo shades: Olympia (ivory/ rose), Paloma (pink beige/ deep rose), and Gienah (honey/ amber).  

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A LUST FOR BLUSH:
A duo of contouring blush shades to create natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish. A deeper shade enhances definition while a lighter shade illuminates the high points of the face.

NARS ARTIST TIP:
To create a beautiful sculpted cheek, apply the deeper shade of the Contour Blush to the hollow of the cheek with the Contour Brush #21. Using the Blush Brush #20, sweep the lighter shade across the cheekbone towards the temple to soften and highlight. Finish the look with a pop of your favorite Blush shade on the apples of the cheek. – Shayna Shapiro, Lead Trainer

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Where to buy NARS cosmetics in Malaysia?
NARS Cosmetics opened their first store in Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur last year, located at Level 3.

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About NARS Cosmetics (via www.wikipedia.org)

NARS Cosmetics is a Shiseido-owned cosmetics and skin care company founded by Fran├žois Nars, make-up artist and photographer. The cosmetics line began with twelve lipsticks sold at Barneys New York. Since then, NARS have created various multi-use beauty products. The minimalist packaging was created by Fabien Baron and has been hailed as a modern design icon. In 1996, Nars started his first advertising campaign doing the photography for the ads himself.

Product shades carry provocative names like 'Orgasm', 'Deep Throat', 'Striptease,' and 'Sex Machine'. NARS 'Orgasm' blush is one of their most top-selling products, being Best of Sephora's Best Blush for 2006, 2007 and 2008. They have developed an entire "Orgasm Collection," including blush, lipgloss, multiples, illuminators, and even nail polish. In addition, NARS product shades are also named after geographic locations such as 'Iceland', 'Kalahari', and 'Kuala Lumpur'.

Some of the most popular NARS products are blushes, bronzers, lipsticks, and their world famous eye-shadow palettes. The shadows are highly pigmented and come in an array of beautiful colours. They have been known to release products inspired by artists such as Andy Warhol using colours from one of his famous paintings 'Marilyn Monroe'. (for more info, log on to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NARS_Cosmetics)